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Good Wednesday Morning,
It rained. Finally. Too late for the berry crop but it rained and for that I am thankful.
Wow! The top news at the online edition of the NYJN is that Bobby Kennedy has filed for divorce. In the meantime, home foreclosures are rocking our communities and destroying families, unemployment benefits are running out for millions, millions more have no health insurance, there's a little oil gusher in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico that is being felt over thousands of miles of coastline, local governments are corrupt and ineffectual, we're fighting wars against enemies we've created out of thin air.... and the list goes on. But set all that aside so we can focus on the private life of a guy who has done good works for our communities and the river that binds us all together. Yeah, that's journalism in 2010.
It was on July 14th 1789 that residents took up arms against the monarch and stormed the Bastille, a prison in Paris. The aim wasn’t to free those inside as much as it was a direct challenge to what had become a regime immune to pleas from the people for meaningful assistance and change. Those involved got their ideas from their brethren on this continent and modeled both their movement and their constitution on what our founding fathers had created a few years earlier. The French version, adopted in August of that year, was called the “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and led to the establishment of the First Republic.
I was told the other day that the $250 bribe, er, tax, er, fee, er, whatever... that contractors must pay to Putnam County for the right to work is not a tax but a fee and I should quit my bitching about it because yes, we contractors are provided a service by the county. What that service is may be hard to define but if everyone from the Code Enforcement officer to the county Legislature tells me I'm getting something other than my entry into the protection racket, I don't know what that is.
So I decided to find out what a tax is and what a fee is: Form the Wiki:
Tax: nounSo, though the county insists that it's only a fee failure to comply comes with a legal punishment, thus it is a tax.
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