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Wri"'HH'iy fr1 "(win Free Press - Wednesday, May 17, 1995 - Page 2 Expectations bring surprises along road not taken they Editorial Buckling up is habit you can live with Despite years of public awareness campaigns and laws requiring conformance, north Utah County drivers are still reluctant to commit one single act that could save their lives. resentatives. (They will be at Smith's Food and Drug from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.) Schools will be distributing information promoting the use of seat belts, and Most of us still don't "Buckle up." area merchants are donating rewards The statistics demonstrate an for local drivers who are caught "buckled up." unwillingness on the part of local residents to develop this simple, Frankly, habitual seat belt use habit. makes a lot of sense. A 1994 study showed that only 38 It is estimated that seat belts and percent of American Fork residents child restraint devices can decrease the wear seat belts when they drive the number of deaths and serious injuries lowest rate in Utah County. Many of from motor vehicle crashes by 50 perour other communities don't fare much cent. Statistics show that 78 percent of better: Pleasant Grove showed 47 perthe 255 people killed in Utah traffic cent of the drivers use seat belts. Lehi accidents in 1992 were not wearing drivers buckled up 41 percent of the safety restraints. time. Alpine drivers used their seat Utah has reinforced the idea that belts 46 percent of the time while 49 wearing seat belts is a good idea by percent of the Highland drivers buckled passing two laws that require adults and children to be properly restrained up. in their vehicles. Failure to observe the Passengers especially male pasdemonstrated even poorer law is costing money (millions a year sengers rates of seat belt use, except for Alpine, for those cited for driving without where seven out of 10 (70 percent) were restraints) and lives (approximately observed wearing seat belts. two a week). And that's more like it. In fact, Utah Utah County as a whole registered has set a goal of attaining 70 percent 52 percent seat belt use putting virseat belt use, and American Fork's poor tually every north Utah County come rating has merited that community the munity at figures for distinction of being singled out for speseat belt use. cial attention by the This current campaign offers area Health Department. residents a good opportunity to make The department is teaming up with wearing seat belts making sure chilthe American Fork Police Department dren use appropriate restraint devices to bring "Vince" and "Larry," the origia daily habit that will lead to many nal crash test dummies, to the commulonger lives. Buckle up today and every time nity this weekend to promote seat belt use, along with health department rep you drive. It's a habit you can live with. life-savi- below-averag- City-Coun- Unbelievably, the school year is drawing to a close. Both students and teachers alike may be really looking forward to it, and for a the end of this particular year marks a significant rite of passage. The graduating class is now at the crossroads, and the rather safe and sheltered world of public school is about to be taken away from them. Decisions, if they haven't already been made, will have to be made soon, no matter what direction the graduate decides to pursue. Life for these young adults will have to become somewhat more structured as they now have to set priorities for many more things than just homework assignments. At the same time, life will become less structured for the teachers, particularly those that are retiring at the end of this few, year. The days that have been filled with planning, teaching, correcting and preparing, may now be filled with travel, hobbies, home projects and other pursuits that may have had to take a back seat during their careers. It is at this point that the first group (the graduates) start to recognize the con- tributions made by members of the second group (the teachers); in turn, members of the second group likely continue to receive a measure of job satisfaction as members of the first group become successful in their chosen vocational pursuits. As I think back on my own education, I remember teachers that I really liked, and a few that I really didn't like, as well as some about whom I changed my mind after getting into that class. My first year in seminary, for example, I was not assigned to a particular teacher ty Practicality wins out over zeal on this Sabbath experience The Reverend Myrddin of the local community church was in fine fettle on this Sabbath day. He had chosen as his text for a sermon, "Keep the Sabbath day holy." He had soundly castigated the local young people for their absence from church. They were spending their Sundays flirting in the ferns and bracken. "Aye, jndeed," he said, "the devil is up there on the mountain with the ferns and , bracken." ' Then suddenly he stopped. "Hark," he said, "and listen and you can hear the voice of Satan." Over the air came the sound of Billy Farr the Blacksmith hammering on his anvil at his blacksmith shop. "He is violating the Sabbath day and I will not stand for it." A few days later Billy Farr called on my father. "William," he said, "I received a letter from the City Council advising me that I am accused of violating the Sabbath day and my shop should be closed on Sundays. "It is true I opened my shop last Sunday because Rees Morgan, who delivers the milk, brought in his horse that pulls the milk cart because it had lost a shoe and was lame. Unless I took care of it there would not be any milk delivered Monday morning, and William, I want you to speak for me at the meeting with the City Council." Now, my dad was a bit of alright with words, so the next Wednesday he went with Billy to meet with the city officials. The mayor and his two counsellors were there and the mayor read a letter that stated that on this particular Sunday the sound of the blacksmith hammering on his anvil was disturbing the Sabbath day, and the shop should be closed on Sundays. "How do you plead, Mr. Farr?" "My friend, William, is going to speak for me." William spoke in a soft but pointed manner. Browsing pi "Mr. Mayor, Mr. Farr has told you that Rees Morgan brought his horse in to Mr. Fair's shop because it had shed a shoe and was lame and if Mr. Farr didn't take care of it, there wouldn't be any milk delivered on Monday morning. "Now, Mr. Mayor, you have a large family with several children. How will it be at your house tomorrow morning with no "milk? "And you, Mr. Marsh, you have several small children and a grumpy wife. With no milk for the porridge I'm afraid you will have a grumpy wife tomorrow. "And Mr. Marsdon, I understand you suffer from ulcers. We extend our sympathy, but a day without milk would not be good for your ulcers. "Mr. Mayor, that's all I have to say." The mayor was silent for a few moments, then he spoke to his disistants. "I feel we have misjudged Mr. Farr. I move we table the complaint and allow Mr. Farr to operate his shop for emergencies." As they headed for home, Billy said, "William, you sure told them a thing or two. When you mentioned Mr. Marsdon's ulcers, I almost wet my trousers." The Daly don't. I great things to happen and admire those people who are able to make the best of those situations and end up having a positive experience despite a rocky start. We've all seen the expectation-resugap occur as we've given presents, too. No matter what the age of the recipient, sometimes the gift just doesn't spark the same emotion in the "givee" as it does the 'jB Planet lt By RUSS DALY "giver." What an exciting experience it is, when you've shopped for the perwho seemed to be the favorite among stu- though, and you've taken the time to confect gift dents. Yet I ended up having a great expethe needs of the recipient sider carefully rience in that class, and I now consider the strength of the than rather just myself fortunate to have been assigned of the buyer (although it's great that way. and then the recipOn the other hand, I also found myself when they match, too),uses the gift. and ient enjoys truly in classes where I was not assigned to the card or letter can The greeting right particular teacher that I wanted, and my accomplish the same thing, and it brings a experience throughout that year was as level of satisfaction to know that the time bad as I expected. your feelings Other teachers and their classes you've taken to express life of that readthe in difference a makes throughout the years held similar situa- er. tions where the end result was either Neither gifts nor sentiments, nor anticmuch greater or much lesser than anticisituations, turn out positive, and ipated pated. I suppose, is to keep trying, our obligation, Isn't the same true of many cases we d effort. Being giving it a face regularly in our lives? not is but it must that always easy, How many of you, for instance, have human, done. be church found yourselves in a new congreThese situations need not involve anygation, either through a move or a reasso profound as the effect of an eduthing signment? cator or the sharing of emotions, but can The new situation may feel uncomfortable because one becomes used to one's cir- be found in relatively unimportant actions cumstances. Amid the comparing that goes such as reading a book or seeing a movie. We still may find that our expectations on, the new group may not meet the expectations. For others, however, the change is are not met as we had hoped, or we may find ourselves pleasantly surprised. relatively seamless, and new friendships Either way, we might still gain someto are quickly formed make the transition thing from the experience, and in the end, easier. be thankful that we've participated in the Unfortunately, there may be times when one joins a congregation expecting journey. pock-etboo- whole-hearte- Must be 50 ways to raise your taxes Paul Simon (the not the politician) once wrote a popular song about the "Fifty Ways to Leave Your singer-songwrite- r r, Lover." Right now throughout the state, Utah's politicians are trying to find fifty ways to raise your taxes. Maybe that's not fair. What they are really looking for is fifty ways to raise more money. But you and I know that when politicians talk about raising money, they are ultimately talking about raising taxes We the people may not feel like we own much of the government anymore, but brother, we sure pay for it. And this is the season when it's time to hold onto your billfold and try to weather the storm of incoming taxes. Most of the increases now will come from our local governments cities and other small government entities which are trying to put together their budgets before the deadline the end of June for the coming fiscal year. To be fair, our local cities are hurting for money. All of this growth is creating tremendous stress. With more people, there is more demand for water, sewer, parks, roads, police, fire and ambulance if cities provide it, we need protection more of it. But the government income that will eventually pay for all the growth takes time to develop. Property taxes from new , homes help some, as do the hook up fees and such. But while this kind of income is steady and will eventually mean a healthy city economy, it doesn't really give our communities a real windfall. And taxes from business and industry can take years to develop. Often these new commercial building projects, like American Fork's business park and the proposed" Micron plant, are built using tax increment financing schemes which put the property taxes back into paying for building the development, rather than using those funds to fill a city's or school district's coffers. The government agencies will reap the direct benefits, but not for 15 or 20 years. Meanwhile, they have to make do with the smaller piece of the tax pie that comes from increases in residential property taxes and sales tax. Right now the cities are going through the same process a household goes through occasionally balancing the books, adding up income and outgo, and basically trying to figure out what each can and cannot afford in the coming year. And like most of us, they find that their The Editor's Column By MARC HADDOCK wants and needs have outstripped their means and that means trouble. Because cities, like you and I, must balance their budgets by law. They are not allowed to operate in a deficit as the federal government does. And when they want to make more money, they look to you and ? me to provide it. are' taxes Actually, property pretty safe this year. By some stroke of serendipity the Utah Legislature has made it really tough for cities to increase property taxes this year. Apparently, property taxes can only be raised by a vote and the vote must be taken before the June deadline for budgets. Since it takes a lot of time to set up an election of this type, most cities ran out of time to hold an election before they realized they needed one. Another, bullet dodged? Maybe. But cities are creative, and they are looking for other ways and means to pay for themselves. Here are some taxing schemes, gleaned from a, nearby town not in the coverage area of this newspaper, that may be used to raise money this year. Impact fees. There is some question as to how these can be used, since American Fork and some other Utah towns are currently being sued by developers because of impact fees. Basically this amounts to tacking on fees for people who are acquiring new city services. It has been a popular way to offset the costs of meeting the demands of growth until the people who were being hit kicked up a fuss. Still, some impact fees may be levied. Voted bond issue. Always a popular up-fro- up-fro- Nothing too much: That is the law. All men through all time have patterned their lives by the Golden Mean or have been punished for their excesses. A little water you must have to live too much and you drown. A little food you must have or starve too much and they take you to the hospital and slice you open. too much A little sunshine is good and you get skin cancer. A little love you must have lest you die of desolation 1995 Paul Harvey Products Inc. too much and her husband shoots you. It's hard to know when to say when because trouble always starts out being fun. Moderation in all things. The delicate balance. The Greeks had a name for it, and they inscribed it on the Delphic Oracle: "Pon Metrion Ariston." The middle ground. Juvenal, the Roman writer, thought the 'precept so important that it must have descended from heaven. "Ne quid nimis." Nothing in excess. Nothing too much. Nature cannot get out of balance without getting into trouble, and man is a natural thing. If living gets too hard for us, we go I. Paul Harvey News insane if it gets too soft, we atrophy. So, things have to get out of whack just enough to just once in a while keep us awake and to preserve our mental muscle tone. Nothing too much. The middle way lies somewhere between faith and fanaticism, between drudgery and frivolity, between the runny nose and the nightclub paint job, between the brute and the jellyfish. Nothing too much. Totalitarianism is too much government. Democracy is too little. Some government you must have or somebody steals your strawberries too much government and the govern- ment steals your strawberries. In between is the Golden Mean. We found it here in 1789, a government that was neither too much nor too a "republic." It was designed to little protect each man's rights and to prevent him from transgressing on the rights of another. Let every man make of himself a prince or a knave as long as he makes no other man his slave. We created a government neither too hot nor too cold but just right. Nothing too much. And when government lets the pendulum swing too far in any direction, who blows the whistle? You do. When government aid for the deserving poor overflowed to the undeserving, you said, "That's too far." When justice for criminals began to deny justice for their victims, you said, "Too much!" It was you last November who said "too much" to taxes, redundant regulations and unwinnable wars. Hear and heed us now, Mr. on balancing the budCongressman for their will also term and limits get be other Novembers. g method, a bond election asks the voters if they are willing to pay for like Alpine's proposed new something fire station. We are used to these, but bond elections held at odd times during the year can often blind side voters who aren't mentally prepared to go the polls. Franchise taxes. This is how governments turn private companies Into tax collectors. Franchise taxes are tacked onto our power bills, telephone bills, cable television bills and others. No election is needed. Collection is done through our monthly bill and turned over to the taxing entity. Personally, I think franchise taxes are among the most insidious tax, since most people are unaware they are paying the fee and end up blaming the gas company for a rate increase when actually the increase comes from a "hidden" tax. Gross receipts taxes. This proposal if like an additional sales tax only hidden" from the consumer because it is paid by the businesses and based 'on their sales. Since the tax is collected on the merchants' end, the consumer only sees the tax as an increase in the cost of goods. Orem City is taking a serious look at a gross receipts tax, banking on the sales and the University Mall and other popular Orem businesses to help bankroll the city at the expense of the county residents who shop in Orem, but don't live there. Pretty tricky. A library mill levy. Cities that operate libraries can dedicate a portion of property tax solely for the use of the community library without a vote. Then general funds that were paying for library services can be allocated to other needs. This is a good way to make certain the town library is fund-raisin- nt nt always funded. Tort mill levy. Same as the library mill levy only designed to pay for the city's insurance fund. These are just some of the creative methods we need to on the lookout for in the next month as our local governments try to match income to outgo. Reducing outgo is also an alternative, but not a very popular one. Still, maybe a little on the government level wouldn't hurt now and then. belt-tighteni- Letters to the editor Kids deserved a better hearing Editor: 'Ni quid nimis' - Nothing too much k On Tuesday, May 9, we attended a Lehi City Council meeting where four students from Lehi High School presented a plan for a recreation center in Lehi. These students had done a lot of work d and research on this project for the citizens of this growing community. We were impressed with how these young adults were and how well they made their presentation to the much-neede- well-groom- ed council and mayor. But we were very unimpressed with the juvenile behavior of the council members, who seemed to laugh at "high school students" and their presentation. The council did not let the students communicate their research on the roof design they had chosen for the building, but complained about having to repair the roof on the ambulance building, which is an old building probably in need of repair. We feel the council should have made this a positive experience for these young adults who are pursuing a venture in preparing for their vocations in life. The council shrugged these students off with token "lip service" to the project. These students will be voting within two years, and we bet we know who they will not vote for in the city elections. Jim and Carolyn Miller Sharie Woffinden Policy on letters to the editor letters to the editor. 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