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Opinion

February 2, 2014

ED VASICEK: Like many chemicals, some news just does not mix well.

A few comments on stories from 'off the beaten path.'

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“One evening, after a truce was called, live streams offered a unique view of the square behind the battlefield, where hundreds of citizens moved at high speed and in organized lines to the front, carrying sacks with ice used to build barricades. From a distance they looked like ants, diligently building their defenses, a labyrinth resembling the front in Northern France during the First World War ...”

Let us hope the Ukrainians will one day experience a non-oppressive, non-Putin aligned government where rights are respected and corruption is considered unacceptable.

Back home, in America, it doesn’t pay to have cash. If you own a house but have no money invested, you can get grants, scholarships and all sorts of government aid. If you bank money for a house but choose to rent, you cannot get any of those things. It is not just the U.S. that penalizes those with cash. Take this story from Essen, Germany, from the UPI:

“A German lottery winner says she tore up more than $500,000 in winnings and flushed it down the toilet to avoid paying nursing home bills for her late husband. The Mirror newspaper of Britain said Angela Maier of Essen, Germany, told a court she received a steep bill from the home that cared for her husband prior to his death shortly after she received her lottery winnings.”

Why didn’t this gal pay the bill and save her government some Euros? Although we are all frustrated with government bureaucracy, waste and sometimes misguided approaches, most of what federal and local governments do is done right. As I look over the snow-laden landscape in front of my house, I see a street well-plowed — and quickly plowed. The trash collection works like clockwork. We need to remember that our society is a “we” proposition, not a “they” one. A nation — especially a free one — is a complicated co-op.

Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at edvasicek@gmail.com.

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