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Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Gathering

Last Monday was the day we picked to dedicate in remembrance to one of our fallen brothers. It was a solemn occasion. We had fun as we know he would want us to do, but certain songs would come up on the juke box that brought silence to the group and had us contemplating each his own thoughts. Many toasts were given, many a slow nod of the head observed. Strong hand clasps and several hugs were bestowed on each arriving Drifter that showed up. Fitting that a year to the day was Easter Sunday, reminding me that I will see him again in the not to distant future. Still, as we remembered Greg R. on Monday, it was in bitter sweet recollection that we saluted a friend and brother who gave the ultimate sacrafice.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." -John 15:13

Monday, March 03, 2008

Event center...again

I am back to work once again, and while you would think I would have more important things to think about, my mind keeps wandering back to the Event Center fiasco.
My numbers might not be perfect, but last check showed that $14 million had been allotted from city coffers to be put towards part of the land purchase. The land purchase in and of itself raises an eyebrow, but that is for another time.

The issue I’m looking at again is the spending habits of our city council and their priorities. It has come to my attention that the hospital is in need of a hospice facility for Bemidji residents in their last days on earth. Projected costs were around $1 million. Interesting, the city didn’t have any money, fresh out.

The city could also use several other things, but I don’t know if they were put forth or not. Even if they were, darn (snaps fingers) there’s just no money.

Roads need fixing? Too bad, there just aren’t enough funds.

This ties into something else….kind of.
I needed to renew my license the other day, had to pay like a $20 “fee.” Now I know this is nothing new, but one would think that after my income is taxed, my gas is taxed; the city has a new sales tax (that isn’t going away like they said it would, weird), land taxes went up, I get hit with capital gains tax whenever I make an extra buck on the side (22% depending). That’s just the short list people! Then after all my money has been ripped from me I have to pay a stupid FEE for a license. A fee for a truck that I paid taxes on when I bought, that I pay a FEE to get tabs every year, and now another FEE for a license renewal. Where does it end?

I know taxes are helpful in some areas, but when you see actual needs being disregarded in favor of some fluffy wish list that “may” bring in some extra revenue “someday” in the future it’s enough to make my blood boil. Enough said (for now).