“Yep, you are right,” he surrendered. “And the Kokomo area is such a fine place to live. Ed, what was that article you were talking about earlier?”
“Here it is: ‘The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) has honored the City of Kokomo with its 2012 Community Achievement Award. Kokomo was selected for increasing the quality of life for its community and the results these investments are producing …
“‘In a time when budgets are tight Kokomo has decided to make itself a more attractive, livable community which has poised them to grow their economy.’”
“Something else bothering you, Emil?” I added.
“Yep, I’m worried because the city is trying to annex our area. The city says taxes are going to go up in both the county and city anyway, and they are capped at 1 percent. Still, the neighbors are worried that this will cost us more down the road.”
“Emil, I’m no expert,” I added. “I’ve never owned a house in my life. And the residents have a right to organize and try to oppose it. I can see both sides. I personally like the amenities that come from being part of a city. I know people sometimes react negatively when they feel like they are being told what to do, even if that is not exactly the way it is.”
“I know what you mean,” Emil added. “One day Elmer was not watching his step; he was about to walk into an open manhole. I yelled, ‘Stop!’ He got mad because I didn’t ask him politely; he kept walking.”
“What happened?” I asked.
“Let me just say he had a subterranean out-of-body experience. It was not a pretty picture.”
I could only say one thing: “Oops.”
• Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.