Life in the Wild West...Bank
Once in a while I write a post that only people who live in Judea or Samaria can relate to. This is one of them.
We have a weekly newsletter which comes out on Friday mornings. It contains a dvar Torah (Torah lesson) on the front page, along with the times for services throughout the week. The back page contains both personal and other announcements to the whole community.
This past week there was an announcement from the municipality, saying "Yes, we KNOW the streetlights are on, even during the day, please stop calling!" It seems that some *ahem* local individuals have been vandalizing and stealing parts from the streetlights. I know, I know - what can you do with streetlights? (Perhaps sell them to disreputable contractors who will buy them cheap, then sell them to others at a high price?) In order to deal with the situation, the municipality decided to leave the lights on 24 hours a day, presumably because the fear of being electrocuted would be a deterrant to would-be vandals.
Of course, it means that all of us will have to foot the bill for the higher electricity usage- by paying higher arnona (municipal taxes). And, if someone does get electrocuted (future Darwin award winner?), then the rumors will start circulating that the settlers are electrocuting the local Arabs....
On the other hand, I like to look on the bright side. It makes for an interesting blog post, no?