I'm Just Saying

Dr. Paul Perkins

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For an author writing is as necessary as breathing. They don't write for money or to court literary fame, but because they believe they have something to say. It matters not that anyone will read or listen, the words must be written, and if in the process someone is blessed -- all the more wonderful

Dr. Perkins has written for a long time, but only recently has sought to publish his work and venture into new genres. He believes in education, finally earning his doctorate at the age of 55. He believes that learning never ends, giving fodder to the imagination and breathing life into the characters on his page. His hope is to continue telling stories for a new generation of readers and aspiring authors.

Dr. Perkins' first novel is "Centurion: From glory to glory", but is not his first book. He has written "Legacy to my sons", "The Lost Shepherd", "The prayer of a transformed life", "The Cost", and a verity of Christian Youth Devotionals. 

Paul’s Revolution – Day 10

Pit-bulls are neutered free. So when I took my dachshund to have him clipped I introduced him as my Pit-bull. They didn’t believe me. Well, the other night (at my sons college) some of the students wanted to see my dogs, who were asleep in the Jeep. So I took them out and let the dogs run around while everyone admired them. No one noticed the pit-bull who stealthily came up behind us, except for my dachshund, Tobi. He lunged after the pit-bull ferociously barking and snarling. I was like, NOOOO! One bite and my dachshund would be just a dach with no shund. Stephen took Mysti (the black lab who was totally unaware) and I went for Tobi (trying to keep myself from being bit). To my surprise the pit-bull moved quickly away from Tobi. I couldn’t tell if he was slightly scared, surprised, or merely annoyed. But my vicious little dachshund won the day.

It was a David and Goliath moment. That is how I feel when it comes to my relationship with the government. Who am I to say anything or do anything that will really matter? They are so big and unmovable. All I will do is irritate them and they will come after me and bite my head off. That’s why most of us don’t stand up for right when the government intrudes in our lives unfairly or unjustly. We don’t want to end up on their bad list.

For evil to triumph all it takes is for good people to do nothing. We have a right and responsibility speak up and speak out. We don’t have to be rude, disrespectful, or mean, but we need to be passionate, reasonable and persistent. So where does it start? That’s a good question and I am glad you asked.

I have never been one to be involved with local politics but that is where we can have the greatest impact. Local governments are more responsive to their constituents because they live in the same communities. Some of the highest taxes are our property taxes. We have to hold our local government responsible to keeping the budget in check and our taxes to a minimum. Of course that will depend on what the community believes is a need, a necessity, or a right in relation to community services. The more we require of the government the more our taxes will go up. We can’t have it both ways—low taxes and an abundance of government services.

The larger the community the more people disengage as participants in their local politics and then when taxes are out of hand or the government’s intrusion is unbearable we scratch our heads and wonder what happened. What would it take for us to be more active in our community politics? Start by being informed. We have a right to know what our city spends money on and why they collect the fees and taxes they do. Be informed and then help inform other people. We each have to be responsible for our own finances, and we have a right to hold our politicians to being responsible with the money we have entrusted them with. It’s not their money to do with whatever they want. It is our money given in trust for the common good. Don’t stick your head in the sand – be informed. Now, where is that pit-bull? I think it needs a leash.