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February 01, 2012 - We are individuals born with free will and living in a free society, but that does not mean we should act without considering how it will affect others.

There is a big difference between freedom and selfishness.

The free man knows that he may say what he wishes, he may go where he pleases and he may do what he wants, but he tempers this liberty with the knowledge that he has a responsibility to at least consider how it could affect his family, his friends, his neighbors or his community.

The selfish man knows only that he is free to do as he pleases and that's all he really cares about. His actions are his actions and he cares not for how they impact those around him.

Too often we make excuses for selfishness, or worse glorify it. That is why we must constantly remind ourselves that we do not live in a vacuum.

Every choice we make, every word we utter, every action we take affects someone else in some way, shape or form. That's the price we pay for living in a civil society.

The world would be a much better place if we all remembered that.

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I read something in another newspaper the other day that gave me quite a chuckle.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was explaining that the reason why the county is trending more toward the Democratic Party these days is because it continues to "accept people fleeing Wayne County and Detroit."

I hate to disagree, but the real reason more and more county voters have chosen to ride the proverbial Donkey is because for years, Patterson made such a big push to attract as many high-tech professionals here as he possibly could.

It's no secret that folks who work in the tech industry tend to punch Democratic tickets.

Ironically, if this county ever does become a Democratic stronghold, it will be because of the policies Patterson pursued.

Frankly, I don't know why the Democrats would even try to oust Patterson from office this year.

He's done more for their party than they have.

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Hats off to Onekama Township which was recently awarded $355,365 in grant funding from the state's Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) to help with local efforts there to disincorporate the Village of Onekama.

The EVIP is an incentive-based program to help offset costs for cities, villages, townships and counties interested in consolidating or sharing services.

The Onekama Disincorporation Commission is currently holding meetings and preparing a plan about how various issues would be addressed if the village disincorporated into the township. When completed, this plan will be presented to the village and township boards for approval. The question of disincorporation would then be voted upon by residents.

All I can say is good luck to Onekama. This community is to be commended for taking a bold step toward eliminating the antiquated, inefficient and unnecessary layer of government known as a village.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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