Humanitarian needs should be served first
Recently, I was asked about the $40 million that the city of Dixon will receive and what should be done with it. First of all, I gave the glory to God; it was an answer to intercessory prayer during a 21-day fast of reading the Holy Bible, and that others were praying for.
What should be done with the money?
I said 10 percent, or $4 million, should be set aside in a separate account, for the Lord's will, meeting such humanitarian needs as the food pantry, PADS shelter, Volunteer Care Center health needs, and the Red Cross, to name a few ideas. After all, all is his anyway.
Then repair the breach of the city wall, otherwise known as the Old Lee County Courthouse lawn, where a nativity scene and military cemetery honoring our beloved dead have been for many years, for the sacrifices they made to fight for freedom, to defend the Constitution against foreign and domestic enemies, and our way of life, with their sacred honor.
I would focus on paying down, if not eliminating, as much debt as possible in the city budget, instead of going on a reckless spending spree, as some are in a habit of doing.
One last thing I would mention, as a community project that should bring a positive unity result, is the restoration of the Memorial Pool that Ronald Reagan, the 40th president, dedicated so long ago.
When the arrest made local, national, and international news, all eyes were focused on Dixon because who and what Ronald Reagan had accomplished by saying, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." That is the power of working with the glory of God.