Advocacy Works!

That’s the hopeful conclusion of Pierre Howard, former Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, in response to the news that a petition by Sea Island Acquisitions to park catamarans and other toys in the dunes was finally denied.

Actually, we thought the matter was settled back in February when the application was withdrawn and Dr. Fred Marland showed up at the hearing for naught. But, being a professional, he didn’t miss an opportunity to make a point to an organization of which he’d once been the head.

Then, with almost no notice to the public, they were back in April.
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Not all non-profits are motivated by charity.

There’s an interesting essay out of Washington State on Dailykos about the conflict between professional environmentalists and the grassroots. Citizens are such a nuisance! Professional politicians will agree there, as well. I’m not sure why professionals resent amateurs. Is it because they won’t do what they’re told and the opportunity to exert power is less?

Not all intentions are good.

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Some are downright malign, especially those that come wrapped in honeyed words of flattery and faux praise. That seems particularly true whenever the latest well-funded group of environmentalists to arrive on the Georgia Coast, the “Hundred Miles” folk, step into the limelight to offer some moderate and easy to “correct” critique of the commercial project of the hour. Eventually, it’s hard to mistake the pattern. What worked with the original 12 Star Ranch proposal did nothing to help the Sea Island Beach Club promote its agenda to keep littering the sand dunes — like some trashy trailer park where people can’t afford a garage for the chairs and the kids’ toys.
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Is it a spill when it goes on for ten years?

Off the coast of Louisiana oil is leaking.

As to the question why companies get to drill in deeper waters when they don’t know how to prevent leaks in the shallows, the answer is largely because the EPA is still wedded to the preconceived notion that “the solution to pollution is dilution.” So, the logic goes, if there’s more water in which the pollutants are dispersed, the toxic effect is going to be less. Not to mention that crude oil is a natural product and nature is supposed to be able to handle it. It’s a rational argument when time is taken out of consideration.

But, as this case shows, time is of the essence and the damage is cumulative.

Avarice is not Nice

Avarice is not nice, even when it’s displayed ostensibly on behalf of someone else. So, for example, the recent safari by the Glynn County Commission into the communities to persuade people they should charge beach goers for parking, “’cause they’re mostly from out of town,” was a sorry spectacle. The argument that we should authorize another Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) to collect more pennies from tourists was also not well received. None of the audiences, whether big or small, fell for it.
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Tax Evasion by the Cons

The Cons seem to be evaders by nature. Maybe that’s simply a consequence of not being able to connect the dots. That is, maybe they can’t get from point A to point B directly because they can’t think or go straight. Random behavior is essentially evasive. In the case of evading taxes, there’s a dual incentive. Taxes are assigned tasks or obligations which random creatures can’t carry out. So, evading taxes may not be a matter of intent, but of destiny. If one can’t follow orders, then one doesn’t want to take them, or even hear them.
How do politicians then do what they are told? They don’t do; they repeat what they are told — sort of like a parrot. Parrot people are popular politicians until we realize they can’t deliver.