Topic: "Liberal Lament" (40)
During the recent millennium, which in reality only lasted eight years, Frodo grew very weary of the assertions that it was the responsibility of government to defend the people, as if government carried no other function at all. Frodo often averred that it was the responsibility of government to make sure that no American froze to death, or starved, in the dark. Frodo believed that this was truly something with which all Americans agreed, but that only liberals could put into words. Many Republicans, it seems, get very righteous, if not downright indignant, when forced to support a fellow countryman in any situation which cannot be otherwise classified as purely gratuitous. The concept of welfare is cast upon their souls, and they retch.
Mr. Marvin E. Schur, of Bay City, Michigan, froze to death inside his home earlier this week. Mr. Schur, a widower, had no children, and he was, until yesterday, 93 years old. Mr. Schur, it seems, owed Bay City Electric Light & Power more than $1,000 in unpaid bills. The Bay City Manager, Robert Belleman, said that a city utility worker had installed a "limiter" device to restrict the use of electricity at Mr. Schur's residence. Such a device, it seems, blows out, like a fuse, if "consumption" rises above a certain level. There is no indication that anyone explained the device, or how it operated, to Mr. Schur.
Remember, for the love of Pete, we're talking about Michigan, in January.
A neighbor discovered Mr. Schur's body on Monday. Beside the body were each of the delinquent notices; paper-clipped to each was cash sufficient enough to satisfy each and every notice. Mr. Schur had voluntarily surrendered his drivers license several years ago. His telephone, designed for those with normal hearing, was useless.
Robert Belleman, in response to a reporter's question, said that the city policies would be reviewed, but he did not feel that the city had done anything wrong. "I've said this before and some of my colleagues have said this: Neighbors need to keep an eye on neighbors," said Belleman.
Born during the First World War, Marvin Schur survived that War, and several more. He lived through the greatest Depression, and he saw man land on the moon. He was, unfortunately, not able to survive the installation of a "limiter." Timely payment did him in. Poor, silly, old man.
Mr. Belleman, respectfully, you suck!