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A Cowboy’s Faith: Tax dollars at work

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s all supposed to be done by mid-November.”

That’s what the highway construction foreman has again promised. Work will not be finished any too soon for ranchers putting up with the roadblocks that have continued for months.

Just when it seems there’s going to be reprieve different projects cut loose all at the same time.

Not mechanically minded, everything is a “bulldozer” in a wannabe cowboy’s intelligence. There are all kinds of machinery on the go. Big trucks with bigger wheels, every shape imaginable dirt mover, giant bulldozers, huge dirt haulers of every sort.

Every one going lickity-cut, must be 60 miles an hour, so it seems. Give them the right of way, even though sometimes the mind would like to dare one to see who gives first.

“No way, let ’em have the road, they’re 100 times as big and likely 1,000 times as powerful.”

To make it worse and most nerving of all is the loud always roaring engines. Never one to own or want to have a hot rod, rides with friends who had them five decades-plus ago were instantly refused.

Those agitating big screeching motors are accompanied by very loud horns of every decimal God has created. Not just one but seemingly two dozen all at the same time. Then there are backup caution whistles, sirens, beeps, whatever else they might be called.

Top it off the many construction employees with bright orange vests and white hardhats are often screaming at each other. Can’t understand all that is being said, but likely not particularly appropriate for old sensitive ears. Sometimes a blessing to not be able to hear so good.

No spoofing, there were 11 men wearing caution apparel all within 10 feet of each other on some big machine. The “rig” was right in the driveway entrance for no less than 15 minutes as extremely loud conversation continued. Finally, the motor roared, everybody jumped down out of the way and the machine pushed gravel. “Workers” scampered frantically into their own pickups or other contraptions parked nearby.

Bet those “talking arguers” weren’t working for a buck a day. Whatever it is, us taxpayers are the ones covering their wages.

Reminded of Ephesians 5:16: “Pay attention to how you work, not unwise but wise, make the best use of the time.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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