The staff rationalization for restricting public input to three minutes per speaker is their reluctance to unnecessarily tax the volunteers on the committee. That they started twenty minutes late becasue somebody couldn’t arrive on time did not count. I wonder what it is about public service that our public servants do not understand.
Only if they insist on bulldozing and building on the dunes. We like to think people learn from others’ mistakes, but it isn’t necessarily so. Smarty pants abound. And then there are people who don’t know what to do with four million dollars but waste it on shifting sand.
The former head of the CIA and various Bush Administration officials are responding to the official report of torture with the claim that the executive branch called it “legal.” What that should tell us, if nothing else, is that “legal” is not necessarily moral. Or, rather, it should remind us.
I haven’t had time to write anything for the blog this morning ’cause I got distracted by a whole slew of stuff on Like the Dew. You should check it out. Hannah did leave a couple of comments, with which you can disagree, if you like.
A not-to-be-missed Colbert Report!
So many ‘p’ words!
Since each applies to what the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee in Georgia is about, it’s hard to know where to start.
So, let me focus on privilege, doling out favors to special people (people who can pay for permits and call on friends in high places), permitting the exclusive use of our resources by shutting other people out. In this case, the application by the eleemosynary Cannon’s Point cohort for permission to construct a bulkhead and a dock, what’s perhaps most objectionable is the deception being perpetrated by the Sea Island Acquisitions people. For, it is their ownership claim to the marshes surrounding Cannon’s Point which is being perversely affirmed by letting a public body pretend to be in charge. Private property is the leis majesty of the 21st Century.
Why we the people still accord preference to ownership of property over the rights of persons, including Mother Nature, is the question. You’d think that having gotten over the ownership of persons, the rationale for giving special deference to private property would be gone. But, as George W. Bush rightly observed, the US of A is an ownership society and ownership without obligation is what’s valued most highly of all.
By rights, if protecting resources, rather than doling out privilege, were the issue, it’s Sea Island Acquisitions that should be bringing a petition to erect yet another obstruction in the marshes and harm the organism that live there in the process. SIA should be making the argument for reasonable harm. Instead, as usual, this public corporation is letting someone else do the dirty work.
Why we the people let them get away with that is perhaps the biggest question. Why do we authorize artificial bodies and then let them lay waste to the nation? Why not make them discharge their obligations; to preserve what they claim to own?
It’s a sucker play.
“Don’t pee on me and tell me it’s raining!”
Because the regulators aren’t focused on the environment, but on the humans who might be inclined to interact with it. If humans promise to be good, they can get away with crap.
Mariners Landing, a proposed multifamily development on St. Simons Island, Georgia, might well be an improvement, but there is no excuse for the Sea Island company dumping their wastes in our community. Words cannot explain what these pictures show.