A bunch of us were talking
Following a Wayne County Board of Supervisors’ meeting last week, a mix of reporters, supervisors and County officials were just sitting around, solving the problems of the world.
First: Do away with all property taxes. Even if you own your property outright, you continue paying a form of “rent” to the government. Fall behind on your rent and they evict you and take the house you own.
Second: Do away with the complicated tax codes, deductions and tax loopholes. Have everybody, including welfare recipients, pay a flat 10% payroll tax, including a 10% tax on capital gains. That would also ring true for profits on business that would also pay a flat 10%.
Third: Do away with all the stupid grants, PILOTS (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) and stop propping up failing businesses. Quit giving “subsidies” to farmers, clean energy and a number of cockamamy ideas.
Fourth: Do away with the totally stupid idea of an electoral college. The pure absurdity of a presidential election being won by a person who did not receive the majority of votes is antiquated and stupid to say the least. All eyes are positioned on the State of Ohio and the presidential candidates are expected to pay out over $181,000,000 dollars in advertising to woo the state voters.
While we’re at it, ban those super PACS from dropping millions of dollars into a presidential, or any national election, by-passing the direct, limited contributions to a campaign. It is often difficult to tell which commercials/ads are actually endorsed by a candidate.
Fifth: Make welfare recipients work for their dollars. How dumb is it when a welfare recipient states they can make the same, or more money by not taking a low paying job.
Sixth: The New (?) Wayne County Nursing Home was a really stupid idea and now we are stuck with yet another ‘white elephant’ that will cost the majority of taxpayers (who will never, ever use the facility) millions of dollars for years and years to come.
On Thursday, Macedon Police Officer Ed O’Konsky responded to a report of a four month old baby who stopped breathing. The home day care worker had called 911 and they stayed on the line working the woman through the CPR for the child until Ed arrived. Ed worked on the baby for several minutes until the Macedon Ambulance arrived and they took over. They were able to get a pulse back on the way to the hospital.
I spotted Ed two hours later and thanked him. “I was just doing my job,” said Ed “All I could think about was my son. The real heroes were the (woman), 911 and the ambulance people”
That baby died during the night, and I could feel Ed’s pain the next day. Tell me again how cops are overpaid.
The young Wayne County man could not figure out why his dishwasher kept overflowing. He tried to run the dishwasher empty, no problem, loaded it, overflow! Seems the lad was putting in a Tide laundry detergent tab instead of a dishwasher tab. I told the story to a State Police Investigator (MP) in Williamson. Seems that when in college, he too used laundry detergent in the dishwasher, fell asleep, woke up with a kitchen full of suds!