Category Archives: Down the drain

Our historic boat ramp.

Disputed quarter acre off S. Harrington

Disputed quarter acre off S. Harrington

Sometimes it takes a while for things to register. Which is why our Glynn County Commission has a tendency to rush things through by voting in bulk on the “consent” agenda. Fortunately, when they’re proposing to give public property away, state law requires a public hearing, giving the public an opportunity to argue that their property needs to be retained.

Delay, unlike denial, is good. It gives thoughtful people an opportunity to collect their thoughts (and memories) and speak up, as Jingle Davis has done for today’s edition of the Brunswick News.
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Tell me this is not a scam. Eleven years ago, the citizens of Glynn County approved an additional penny in sales taxes to collect almost one hundred million dollars over five years.

Forty million of that hundred was pledged to rehabilitate aging sewer and water systems. Sixteen million was actually spent, half of that on new south of the river facilities, which have almost no users. In the mean time, the water and sewer systems for both the City of Brunswick and Glynn County have been palmed off to a new Commission, along with a forty million dollar debt. $41 million are still needed by the JWSC for restoration and rehabilitation, while the Glynn County Commission generously promises $13 million from a new SPLOST.

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Brunswick Cellulose tainting the river


The Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority’s recently named 2016 Manufacturer of the Year (ā€¦/), Brunswick Cellulose, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, apparently hasn’t managed to clean up its effluent into the Turtle River. But, not to worry, Georgia has a solution for waters whose fish aren’t fit to eat. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources just reclassifies the water body for “recreation” and leaves it at that. Oh, and they put up warning signs. That’s why Georgia is the #1 state to do business.
9256---6-21-16 Koch Cellulose waste water discharge to Turtle River

9290---6-21-16 Koch Cellulose waste water discharge to Turtle River

Public v. Private

Private property = exclusive
Public property = inclusive

It’s understandable that the owners of private property might want to keep other people out — i.e. to exclude them. What’s a bit puzzling is why the champions of private property are often so quick to violate other people’s property, regardless of whether it’s public or private. How else to explain all the trash that’s deposited in our yards and on our streets and highways every hour of every day?

It’s almost as if individuals are fair game for having their rights (of privacy and property) violated because their recourse under the law is even less than the public’s. There’s strength in numbers and isolates are easier to abuse.

Which suggests that, just maybe, private property rights are a sucker play — to justify that whatever isn’t tied down or locked up is an invitation to the thieves in our midst.
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Landknappers or marshsknappers ?

What shall we call them?

First you take public lands, then you exact concessions to give them back. But, from where I sit, it’s still extortion.

There’s a long history of squatters claiming presumptive easements and getting away with it. It’s one of the risks of absentee ownership. If the squatters have made “improvements,” the courts are inclined to grant them property rights.
Presumably, that’s not the case with the so-called “fishing village” that’s been operating with the landlord’s permission but no apparent building permits or business licenses.

One soldier’s confession

Yes, confession is good for the soul. Being absolved of one’s guilt is better than carrying it around. But the problem with Iraq and Afghanistan isn’t that such a small percentage of the population were/are “persuaded” to participate by propaganda and the deprivation of other options. The problem is that we’ve accepted a culture of obedience which asserts that, if people, native or foreign, don’t do what they are told, they deserve to be killed.
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Killing by remote control

Reuters photo

Reuters photo

Salon reports that Secretary Clinton got to approve assassinations with her cell phone. Killing by remote control has got to be a definite high if the lust for power is to be satisfied. At least the dress is appropriate.
The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation. So, she’s innocent until proven guilty of something more serious than malfeasance in office. Clinton’s resignation may yet rival Nixon’s as far as mistakes go. But, the wheels of justice turn exceedingly slow. How do you deal with an indicated killer?

Georgia Marsh Buffer Act is a Bust.

8554---5-30-16 Yacht Club Site
The Georgia Marsh Buffer Act, also known as Senate Bill 101 is a bust and it’s not because the object of the legislation was to “buffer against marshlands” as if they were some creature come from the sea to snatch the population. Though, when you come right down to it, the object of all the legislation affecting our fragile coast is directed more towards preserving human and economic interests (commercial fisheries, recreation and development), rather than protecting the natural environment.
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Proper Procedure

Some people think that if the proper procedure is followed, the end result will be good. That’s false. If the objective is bad, such as extracting information from foreign captives, then following all the proper procedures to water-board them, including medical assistance on stand-by, won’t change that the consequences are still bad, albeit perhaps not illegal. After all, the state killing inconvenient persons also continues to be minutely specified in the law.

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The Brits survived Margaret Thatcher. The question is how come the U.S. keeps having to follow in the footsteps of the Brits. Isn’t that why we’re still wandering all over the Middle East?