These are the seventeen white men and two white women serving as the Board of Directors for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Presumably, they are exemplars of what it means to “run government like a business” — i.e. to generate profits for the principals by exploiting our natural resources without, one hopes, destroying them entirely.
October 24, 2014
The men and women serving in the Georgia National Guard will be doubly relieved when Nathan Dean is retired from the governorship at the end of this year. That’s because, since the term of the Adjutant General of the Guard ends with that of the person who appointed him, MG JIm Butterworth will be sent packing, as well.
October 23, 2014
Doesn’t look like there’s much treatment going on, but that was almost two years ago.
Note the use of the word “shall” in the legislation. In legal speak, that means the public entities tasked with protecting our waters have no option. And, of course, the reason the law can make such demands is because public officials are hired to follow orders and are liable to being dismissed, if they fail. For some reason, that getting paid restricts their autonomy and limits their options doesn’t register with some public servants. They call it using their discretion to do nothing.
James Holland went to take a peek and, sure enough, the asters are in full flower. We have them in the marsh in New Hampshire, too, but by now the first frost will have done them in. While the fall colors in Georgia are not as spectacular as those that lure tourists to the White Mountains, they last a lot longer.
October 22, 2014
Bears repeating until I figure out how to have more posts on the front page.
My friend Lee Leslie over at “Like the Dew” is an editorial genius. His graphics always improve what I send in by a hundred percent. You don’t even have to read the story to get the message. Of course, I won’t mind if you do.
If you feel even a tiny twinge of guilt for ignoring the pleadings of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee let me relieve you of it. For, while electing Democrats to do our bidding in Washington is obviously desirable, politicians ought not to be involved in the selection of their colleagues.They can argue that they need the votes, but history has provided no evidence that lock-step voting is beneficial. Well, except for the careers of politicians whose longevity in office is crucial because they don’t know what else to do with themselves.
October 21, 2014
Conservation easements require on-going stewardship by entities such as Land Trusts — i.e.they provide a constant stream of revenue and income for a cadre of middlemen (accountants, lawyers, surveyors, appraisers). The Saint Simons Land Trust, for example, pays out $200,000 annually for five conservation easements. On the other hand, the development value of land, established by appraisers (also middlemen) rather than actual sales, can be donated and claimed as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. That’s a benefit derived at someone else’s expense. A free good, so to speak. And a two-fee. Exemption from local taxes makes it a triple treat.
October 20, 2014
The Brunswick News put up a story, obviously already delayed because the Board of Assessors had already decided to cave on October 16th, at 12:00 AM on the 20th and then pulled it. But not before an alert reader grabbed a screen shot to share the tale of the intrepid retired Riverkeeper with anyone who might be interested in what our children are taught at that eleemosynary enclave known as Cannon’s Point.