Threatens to sue MoveOn for making a point. There’s a reason some people want government to be run like a business. Businesses are used to getting all sorts of favorable treatment so they can win in secret and stick the public with their mistakes. Public servants dislike being critiqued. That’s why the First Amendment was passed.
March 7, 2014
March 6, 2014
If nothing is to be done, or the agenda is failure, then it doesn’t matter who’s tapped as the agent. Right? Anyone will do. Anyone can be blamed. So, perhaps we can utilize this reality backwards. That is, irrelevant agents can be taken as a sign (clue?) that the enterprise is up to no good or destined to fail. Incompetents or unsuited individuals are not to blame for failure; they’re a sure sign that someone else, the organizer or organization, aims to do wrong. I mean, anyone that’s aiming for success is going to deploy competent assistants. Right?
March 5, 2014
The news of the day is that the GWB was part of Christie’s Slush Fund. The raising of the tolls aimed to send dollars where Christie wanted them spent for maximum political effect. Christie, the legally designated highwayman.
March 4, 2014
Well, I’ve said for a while that protection is a racket, designed to keep the protected object or person from doing his or her own thing, such as running away. However, while environmental protection seemed to fail in the sense that the environment was no better, and often worse, off as a result of being “protected” than it was before, I thought the failure lay in the follow-through or even a lack of enforcement action. Pollution permits, designed to collect lots of data and information, never were geared to prevent the release of toxins that sicken or kill people and other living things.
Water and sewer utilities are an issue in Coastal Georgia, as most everywhere else. Here they seem intimately connected with ground water and surface water pollution that, unlike elsewhere, can still be corrected before it gets too bad.
March 2, 2014
February 28, 2014
After collecting the data from the Glynn County GIS office, having nice chats with the property assessor and the Head of Environmental Health (a state agency that seems not well co-ordinated with local regulatory folk), I spent some three hours in the deed books, if only to get more familiar with the people involved in making lots of money by advantaging themselves. Then I came home and sent off the following to fellow at the Department of Environmental Protection in the GADNR. Why Environmental Health is in a separate section of the Health Department is a puzzlement.
February 16, 2014
To Georgia Department of Natural Resources:
I noticed the salt marsh buffer has been flagged on the south side of Sea Island Road from the Dunbar Creek bridge up to near the new Sea Island Hotel “The Inn” on Sea Island Road. I was told several months ago by Paul Andrews (Copied) that Glynn County had some areas along highways that they wanted to remove the vegetation along side the road the same as was done to the Jekyll Island Causeway.
I stopped along that area this afternoon and photographed all the salt marsh vegetation from the Dunbar Creek Bridge back to “The Inn”. On this walk I only observed one area where high salt marsh vegetation had been chopped down. This vegetation was flagged and it appeared to be “Silverling” as the attached photo indicates. Attached you will also find a Google Earth Image with the GPS Coordinates to where this site is located.
I am requesting that you find out who did this and why. I am also requesting that your staff or you to please advise whomever is doing this to stop it. The friends of salt marsh and marsh buffers are not going to condone another incident like occurred on the Jekyll Island Causeway without it being permitted by CRD if marsh vegetation is to be impacted and the EPD if the marsh buffer is to be disturbed. Would you please respond to this and let me know what is being prepared to occur on the south side of the Sea Island Road in this area.
Thank You Very Much,
James Holland, Retired Altamaha Riverkeper®
February 14, 2014
What recourse do we have against agents of government who use their discretion NOT to follow the law? Since the passage of the Federal Tort Claims Act, citizens can bring civil suits against such officials if they’ve been injured. A grand jury looking into a possible criminal charge is something else.
February 11, 2014
Rachel Maddow reports:
Three times was not the charm. Duke Energy spilled the ash under cover of the state’s Republican Governor.