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November 22, 2014

St. Simons Incorporation Introduction

Filed under: Economy,hannah news — hannah @ 1:31 am


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November 20, 2014

Glynn County Priorities

Filed under: another perspective,Cost/benefit,Economy — hannah @ 1:56 pm

Correction: my prediction/conclusion that my latest missive to our paper of record would be ignored was wrong. The letter was published in full on November 21, 2014.

Another letter to the editor that ended up in the circular file. However, the Brunswick News did see fit to mention both the County’s penury as regards the Coast Guard Station and beach access and the proposed profligacy on behalf of commercial enterprise that’s designed to siphon off dollars and send them overseas.
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November 16, 2014

Fake IDs and Straw Buyers

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 8:24 am

It has to be true that what we don’t do, we don’t know. At any rate, having never had reason to have, much less use, a fake ID (I’ve only ever been stopped and asked for my driver’s license once in my 58 years of driving and then it was a bogus stop by a cop, who thought out-of-state plates = drug dealer), the whole birth certificate and voter ID kerfuffle has been a puzzlement. But now, having tried to run down the ownership of real estate in Georgia, it’s occurred to me that the people, who relied on fake IDs in high school to buy liquor and cigarettes, now use that same strategy to conduct mostly sham business enterprises. For Georgians, Florida seems a favorite place to get chartered. Indeed, there are services on the internet that will file all the paper-work for a fee. Guess that’s how Limited Liability Companies resident in P.O. Boxes qualify as owners of property.
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November 14, 2014

Bankruptcy, wherefore art thou?

Filed under: Economy,Hannah's views — hannah @ 6:28 pm

Why are there so many bankruptcies in the United States? Because we reward failure. We provide care when people are gravely ill and heap honors on the dead. Success is touted, but it’s hardly rewarded in any material sense. We don’t even elect the most successful people to public office. Willard Romney having been promoted up and out was not an anomaly.
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November 11, 2014

Have We Turned a Corner?

Filed under: Economy,Hannah's views — hannah @ 5:28 pm

I first published this essay on Dailykos, where one of the readers contributed this quote from Jonathan Swift. It really deserves pride of place.

Money, the life-blood of the nation
Corrupts and stagnates in the veins
Unless a proper circulation
Its motion and its heat maintains.
– Jonathan Swift

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November 7, 2014

Killing the Golden Goose: G DOT in the Golden Isles

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy,James Holland Photography — hannah @ 4:43 am

October 21, 2014

What’s Good About Conservation Easements?

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 7:01 am

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.
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October 20, 2014

Wherefore the fearful USA?

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 6:29 am

An admission. When I use the letters USA to refer to that part of the North American continent that is not Canada and definitely distinct from Central and South, it is in recognition of my sense of not being a part and, to be honest, glad of it. Who would want to be a part of the fearful glop much of the melting pot has become?
But, to answer a question on Kos about how it happened, read on.
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October 17, 2014

James Holland Re: Glynn County Board of Assessors

Filed under: Economy,James Holland Photography — hannah @ 11:30 am

This is an open letter to all that would like to know what happened at the Glynn County Board of Assessors (BOA) meeting yesterday afternoon where the decision was made that the St. Simons Land Trust (SSLT) would not have to pay certain property taxes, especially for 2013 under a 501 (c)(3) exemption. James Holland
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October 11, 2014

Georgia, the state of things left out

My spouse of fifty years has a quirky brain. It looks for things that aren’t there. Which is probably why one of his favorite poems is Antigonish or “The man who wasn’t there,” by Hughes Mearns.

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today,
I wish, I wish he’d go away…

When I came home last night at three,
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall,
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door…

Last night I saw upon the stair,
A little man who wasn’t there,
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away…

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