Here I sit, five miles south of Pacific, wondering how to get to town with all the roads under water. Funny how you take these things for granted. I’ve read about the roads in very poor countries and how it can take a day to go 20 miles. I want to go to Kirkwood tomorrow to canvass for a great DEM who’s running for state rep, but I can’t get there from here.
Which got me to thinking about all the things we take for granted and how much we really benefit from the taxes we pay. Everyone bitches about taxes, and I guess that’s part of the American story what with the Boston Tea Party and all. But, when you think about what it would be like with no fire or police departments, no public parks, no county clerks keeping track of our property deeds and no water treatment, sanitation and public works depts – whoosh. We’re back to the wild west and every man for himself.
Twenty years ago, a neighbor’s house burned down because the fire dept was stuck waiting for a train. Since then, the highway dept has built an overpass in Pacific so there is at least one way to get over the tracks, and the fire dept has built another station closer to those of us out in the country. Now I have at least a little more peace of mind knowing they can get here if I need them. Same with the sheriff, the ambulance crew, and all those other services we’ve come to take for granted.
When people bitch about property taxes in Franklin County, you can imagine the earful they get from me !! Taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilized country. And the part that goes for education and libraries is an investment in the future.
Now if I can talk the Meramec River into getting back where it belongs, I’ll get to Kirkwood tomorrow.