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October 02, 2013 - Oct. 1 certainly was a great day.

Archery deer season opened and the federal government shut down. Yay!

It's like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one. If I suddenly win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Lagavulin distillery on the Scottish island of Islay, I'll know I'm dreaming or Ron Swanson.

My only question is do I get to deduct the shutdown days from my income tax? We get discounts on our bills when the cable TV goes out and when the newspaper isn't delivered. Why should I pay income tax for those days when the federal government was shut down?

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Kudos and heartfelt thanks to Oxford Village Councilman Elgin Nichols for resurrecting the idea of giving village residents a vote regarding dispatch services. See the story on Page 1.

Choice isn't something to fear or stifle.

Choice is something we should all embrace because it's a fundamental part of what makes living in America an exceptional experience.

Only those who fear the answer oppose asking the question. Only those who lack confidence in their position fear the ballot box.

I refuse to be governed by a handful of people who fear and deny my right to choose.

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One of the things that bugs me most in life is wasted potential. I can't stand it when people with intelligence and talent have absolutely no drive or direction in life.

Today's shiftless youth are tomorrow's middle-aged drains on society. It's amazing how quickly 'all the time in the world' runs out.

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Congratulations to the Oxford Village Council for conducting a meeting last week that only lasted three hours.

They managed to shave off an entire hour.

Who says government is not efficient?

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During a budget workshop meeting last week, Oxford Township Trustee Jack Curtis made a humorous remark about the township buying the village and running it.

I don't think it's funny.

I think it's a fantastic idea.

When it comes to finances, the township's management is much more sound, efficient and practical.

There's no missing $20,594 in property tax funds in the township. There are no cash-strapped entities under the township's umbrella. The township isn't one potentially-successful ex-employee lawsuit away from having its cash reserves wiped out.

Actually, the more I think about it, I can't see why the township would want to buy the village.

That would be like purchasing a burning house that's sitting on quicksand and is right in the path of a tornado that's five minutes away. Did I mention the haunted Indian burial ground in the backyard?

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I think we need a new national holiday.

It will be called "National Mind Your Own Business Day." We'll celebrate it by living our own lives and not trying to control or meddle in other people's affairs.

If it goes well, we could try celebrating it every day.

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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