For those simple enough not to remember what their ribbon colors are supposed to mean, do note that April 23 is Denim Day. Every time anybody sees a person wearing blue jeans that day, their awareness is supposed to go up, about what I’ve already forgotten – too many days, too many symbols. You need a whole closet of stuff just to get out of the house without making a statement.
As an argument against groupthink, I would recommend consideration of the news commentary following mass murder rampages, which have become quite the fad in this country. Following the shootings at Jewish places of worship Sunday, reporters sought a group to explain the gunman’s motives. Whether or not statistics argue strongly the case that those who go on shooting sprees harbor “ties to” a group blatantly espousing bias against other groups, or that news peddlers create sensation amongst blind followers by arguing that case; groupthink gets a bad rap.
Tuesday is Tax Day. Wednesday is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Around the country providers, navigators, and whonot will be helping survivors “prepare to die.”
The Polk County Commissioners approved $22,268 in quality-of-life improvements for the local jail. The decision followed bad reports from both the state and the local health department. I don’t mind, since nobody in jail seems to be there on serious charges anymore, and I believe the wardens who complain about what a zoo a stinky, hot jail full of funky prisoners can become.
Here is another detestable illustration of the mindset that human beings are a means to the end of revenue for local government.
Last Saturday, I complained about going to a meeting of legislators. As it turned out, I was privileged to witness a behind-the-scenes display of tremendous character. Unfortunately, the noble and soulful act was perpetrated by a candidate running for office. JLF is a 501(c)(3) organization, and the press outlets for which I write need to be fair and balanced – so you’ll just have to wonder who did what.
Tax season is closing in on me. It would be great if I were relaxed enough to scour the headlines, but I am struggling to see why, as somebody in the 10% bracket, I owe 30% of my income. Remember that, unlike the typical high-school dropout, I have not memorized the tax code, nor am I capable of filling out 32 pages of forms a minute.
Well, I have to cover a political meeting this afternoon for the local paper. That means I get to quote all these legislators and wannabe legislators who think taxes aren’t high enough yet for everybody who works a service industry job for the revenue-essential tourists, pays 30% of their income in taxes, and with the $600 a month left is supposed to buy an $800/month apartment, and pay a penalty for not thinking they have enough to buy health insurance. Then one wonders why we have food deserts in a land of plenty.
Leadership in Jackson County is still fighting over how onerous a steep-slope ordinance should be. Some people decide based on their partisan affiliation. That failing, opponents hurl epithets and cast aspersions. County Manager Chuck Wooten thinks the foolery will settle down after the elections.
After an eight-hour hearing held by the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment, owners of land in Riceville will get to develop it. Plans for a new community were met with citizen and non-citizen complaints. To oblige complainants, some of whom signed a protest petition even though they did not live in the United States, the developers had to scale plans back from 322 to 281 homes and eliminate some non-residential uses. The Buncombe County Commissioners would not approve the plan as originally proposed, so the developers found a way to come in under the radar.
TSW has a plan for the seven westernmost counties in the state. They promise it will be more refined before the open house planned for Murphy on April 24. The open house will provide a venue for comments and questions on the fait accompli. Hugh Williamson, who we infer from the article is a man by that name, has complained that the planners’ methods are questionable; and that the planners have not respected public input in former public input sessions.