Sonny Fulks
Sonny Fulks
Managing Editor

Sonny Fulks is a graduate of Ohio State University and pitched four varsity seasons for the Buckeye baseball team from 1971 through 1974.  He furthered his baseball career as a minor league league umpire for seven years, working in the Florida State League (A), the Southern League (AA), and the American Association (AAA).  He has written for numerous websites, and for eight years served as a regular columnist and photo editor for Gettysburg Magazine, published by Morningside Books, in Dayton, Ohio.  Widely knowledgable on that period of American History, Fulks is a frequent speaker on the Civil War at local roundtables throughout the country.  Involved with a number of writing projects, he and wife Mindy have two grown children and live in Covington, Ohio.

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In response to readers’ comments, there’s really nothing “fair” coming from politicians and government crying for more money…by every means possible!

I’ll admit, there is some merit to the adage about there being two topics you never talk about…politics and religion.  If you want to lose favor and friends, just question someone’s beliefs and loyalties to what they cling to in this life…and what they hope for in the next one.

So it was regarding responses received following the May 16th blog post entitled, What Is Your “Fair” Share?  You can go back and read it if you wish.  But to summarize, I questioned the president’s constant lament that those of means in this country (those that have money) need to pay more taxes…so that those with less or no means can have many of the same advantages held by those who’ve worked, saved, invested, and made their money work for them.  Not for the benefit of someone else. 

Plain and simple, that’s the logic that has, as the saying goes, made this country great.

I admit, too, that I don’t mind rattling a few chains, and those words drew divided opinion from some of nearly 4,000 readers.  Some wrote to PPM objecting that my views were “selfish”, “elite”, and contributing to the divide between the “haves” and the “have nots”.  Nothing new here.  The current administration thrives on that.

Others wrote in support, saying that “fair share” was typical liberal rhetoric aimed at leveraging votes and another four years in office, something mentioned by more than one…that we cannot afford, regardless of share, “fair” or “unfair”!

One writer in particular, a retired teacher from Sidney, really opened a can of worms with this statement:  The word “fair” as it’s used by the policitians is little more an open-ended “justification” for theft!  “Follow the logic and pretty soon you can follow the money,”  she added.  And she’s right.

She also added, “There’s no limit to the ways people can take your money if they’re determined to do it.”  And again, she’s right!

I think about that every time I see a road sign that reads, “Click It Or Ticket”, which literally makes me want to reach down and undo my seatbelt.  I know that state governments mean well when they say they’re just trying to save lives, but frankly, I don’t believe it…not for a minute.  They’re fining people for not wearing seat belts for revenue enhancement.  And frankly, I need my money worse than I need their concern over how long I live. 

The scriptures say that your days are numbered and that the instrument of death in a person’s life is already set.  It doesn’t say anything about seatbelts! In the meantime, I’d like to have that freedom back to live as I choose, without the Ohio Dept. of Traffic Safety telling me to “Click It” or they’re going to write me a citation.  Try as I might, I can’t see anything “fair” about that.

I don’t smoke cigarettes and never have.  And I’m the first to say that I appreciate being able to sit in a public restaurant and eat without inhaling someone else’s second-hand smoke.  I don’t like to come home from a bowling alley or nightclub reaking of cigarettes, either. 

But to tell a business owner that patrons cannot smoke in his establishment, even if he chooses to allow it, is nothing more another freedom being denied for the sake of public “safety” and “convenience”, yes…but “revenue enhancement”, assuredly.  Frankly, if people are that concerned about their safety they could sit at home, or patronize public places that “choose” to be smoke-free.  That seems to be “fair”.  Government mandates do not.

I boil at the thought of cities installing cameras at intersections now to catch people running stop signs or doing anything illegal, because what they’re saying is…we’re willing to take in money, but we’re not willing to spend it on uniformed human personnel.  They’ll send you a citation in the mail for the sake of “public safety” and call it good governing.  I call it desperate, cheap, and unwarranted. 

Do people roll through stop lights?  Sure they do.  Do people jaywalk?  Sure they do. 

But is it “fair” that we hold ourselves to “perfect” adherement to the law and ask people to believe that we’re doing it for public safety?  Hell no!  What I actually believe is that since we pay for public streets we should have some recourse to use them in a “responsible and sensible” manner, even if it means crossing in the middle of the block…without paying “twice” for it.

Cell phones while driving have been outlawed in some states.  Texting while driving will be outlawed in all states.  And yes, I do respect the fact of “distracted” drivers being a safety hazard for others on the road.

But some states are pushing to write citations for eating while you drive.  Some already do. And a California driver was cited this spring for spitting out the window of her car while she drove.  They are, after all, desperate for money in California.  But there’s nothing “fair” about being desperate.

It’s funny.  We all grow up saying we just want what’s “fair”.  Now the politicians have caught on, taking it up an emotional notch to “fair share”.  I’d ask you to consider that…the first time you get shook down for not wearing your seatbelt. 

Please write then, and tell me…if you and your wallet don’t feel “fairly” empty!

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