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It's Over. Who Wanted What January Delivered?
Not Me

By Mike Fak

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[February 02, 2008]  I'm planning to have a huge party very soon. Unlike a Super Bowl extravaganza, it will be a "Thank God January of 2008 is over" bash.

In all my years on this planet, I have never seen a month like the one we just had. From subzero temperatures to monsoon rains, hurricanelike winds with 65-degree temperatures, to being buried in a snowdrift, January 2008 decided to give us all a taste of what central Illinois weather patterns can be like -- all in one month.

I could write a book about all the problems January presented to me and my family, as I'm sure so many of you could as well.

Rather than harp on the bad, I would prefer to spend a few moments on the people who got all of us through this month from hell.

I am thankful for the city and county crews and the police and firemen. They don't have the luxury to stay home when it is too cold or too wet or the snow is too deep. In fact, it is at those most inhospitable of times that we need them the most, and I believe they delivered as best anyone could.

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I am one of those who worry about the infrastructure of our city and county. I don't believe there are enough police or firemen. I am certain there aren't enough city and county crews. Since I moved to this town 25 years ago, the police and fire departments have become smaller than they were back then. The city crew has been halved since then, and yet we expect to receive the same services since our taxes continue to rise. I will leave the discussion of where our tax dollars go and "Why do we get less and pay more?" for another day, for another person to argue.

Rather, I would like to take a moment to thank all of these men and women who are out on the streets doing as much as they can with what they can. They are the best among us, and we should spend a moment appreciating them.

What all of them had to contend with in January was far beyond the scope of just taking home a paycheck. They all served us well.

They all deserve a "Thanks for trying so hard."

[By Mike Fak]

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