Letters to the editor are opinions that sometimes cross over the line in reason and judgment. This includes mine as well. One such letter recently submitted by Monica Smith of St. Simons Island — who must be a U.S. constitutional authority with her certainty of its interpretation — reaches a new plateau of loony. She as well as many of our black-robed politicians have amended, twisted and distorted our constitution to meet their own agenda of how the world, should be.
The original Constitution had only 4,543 words, counting the signatures. Since the states signing on to be part of the United States, our document has been amended 27 times and now has 7,541 words, making it still the smallest constitution in the world for larger countries. Perhaps many of The News’ readers connect the same dots I do in that many so called constitutional decisions are reached which have no correlation whatsoever to do with our founding document.
Mrs. Smith’s polluted thinking aside, she is more than likely correct that someone will challenge that legal and illegal immigrants — in fact the rest of the world — are protected by the constitution. It matters little to those who think like Mrs. Smith that the results are bankruptcy, loss of sovereignty, etc. It is thoughts such as those expressed by Mrs. Smith that are destroying our country — once the greatest man has ever known. Too bad.
Sidney Lanier says:
Sidney Lanier SNAP is a subsidy program for food producers and distributors. A regular subsidy to individual households, as Switzerland is proposing and as both Nixon and McGovern supported in the ’72 election, would be more equitable and efficient. But, that would violare the fundamental prejudice that people have no money because they do not know how to manage it. Which of course is contrary to the reality that all dollars come out of the U.S. Treasury and, if people have none, it is because they were given none from the public purse and have not been clever enough to steal some. See, the problem with paper and electronic dollars is that they are inedible, undrinkable, unwearable and non-protective. Indeed, unlike the gold and silver, of which they used to be made, they cannot even be turned into artifacts or baubles which someone might value more. A cross of gold would be more useful than a pallet of Benjamins. Personally, I think anyone with an eleemosynary impulse should start carrying some Benjamins and hand them out more or less at random to people who will spend them and prime the economic pump. The dollar’s current has been slowing since about 1991. See that graph?
There is a huge crowd in a new meeting room. Most of the crowd are surf sailors. Somehow, the landlubbers do not understand that sailboats are not conveniently hauled around on trailers&. Continue reading →
It seems a pervasive pattern in Glynn County: private citizens use, abuse and otherwise arrogate public lands as if they were their own; public officials such as the local government, school board and sundry authorities abrogate their responsibility to maintain the property and then, when it seems convenient or financially profitable, the usurpers petition for their arrogation to be certified by abandonment. Continue reading →
Privatization is the last refuge of the reluctant public servant. Ever since the U.S.citizenry determined to act on the promise of the Constitution that it is “the people, who govern” both elected and appointed public officials have been conducting a rear guard effort to deter and defeat public access to information and involvement in decision-making. Privatization is a logical refuge from public scrutiny at the same time that it enrolls the support of those looking to the public purse as a guaranteed revenue stream?
That said, when we consider the prefix (de) and the consequences of development, it has become increasingly clear that development, whether as in “community development” or “economic development” or “urban development” is a synonym for “destruction,” for ripping the heart out of the extant society in the vain hope that, as the “creative destruction” ideology proposed, something new and better would rise out of the debris, like the phoenix out of the ashes or Europe out of World War II.
The hope, of course, only resides with the victims of dispersal and relocation. Speculators, especially land speculators, see the conversion of assets as an opportunity to “make a killing.” So, developers have descended on the coast of Georgia to exploit the detritus of industrial enterprise and the hopes of a population eager for revitalization. But, that takes a lot more work than public servants are willing to undertake.
While planning for success is fairly easy, privatizing that function makes it painless.
One of my very favorite things about commuting between New England and Florida was the swing around New York city along the Cross County, the Wilbur Cross and the Henry Hudson Parkway to cross the George Washington Bridge. Music on the car radio provided an added touch of enjoyment. Unfortunately, when Youtube detects some recognizable musical composition, the proprietary vultures descend to raise a claim and Youtube co-operates by selling ads. Fortunately, this segment is small enough to upload to Hannah where no monetary considerations interfere.
Some insensitive people have been accused of complaining about some African Americans continuing to play the victim and that being the reason for their inability to advance socially and economically. I think “victim” is the wrong term and, for that matter, if/when they are victims, they are not playing. African Americans are being exploited mercilessly, but then so are women as a whole. Exploitation persists and is widespread. Continue reading →