Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Yesterday the gas company turned off the gas to our house in Collinsville in order to paint the outside meter. They then left a note which Dale found when he got there around 4. It said, "Your gas meter is shut off. Please call to restore service and relight pilot lights on appliances." "Service person was digging in your yard."
Someone was digging in the yard in order to paint the outside meter? They had to shut off the gas to paint? What the heck?
A second notice card said, "You have chosen to relight your own appliances: follow these steps. Close all fuel lines. Slowly turn gas valve to the on position. Any movement of the meter hands immediately after opening the valve could indicate an open fuel line or gas leak. Re-light all appliances.
Seriously? We never indicated we would light anything or turn gas back on. Especially turn the gas valve on. Who fools around with gas lines. And why would they just paint our meter and leave us without gas? We are supposed to call if we want help.
That was no help last night.
In any event none of our gas appliances- furnace, water heater, oven, have a pilot light, all are equipped with an igniter. But while that keeps our gas usage way down, it doesn't help that we are supposed to fool around with the main gas valve to get things to work again.
And why were they digging in our yard when the meter to be painted is next to the wall of the house?
The Huffington Post is upset that congressional republicans want to repeal the Federal Inheritance Tax, writing a story which makes it look like this action is handing wealthy heirs free money which will be used to party on. Those people have too much money as it is and this is so unfair. blah blah.
Well, we just paid our taxes for last year and let me just say, it was infuriating. Ministers of Religion must file as though they are self employed which means estimating a coming year's taxes and pay quarterly. This has always been difficult for most pastors and for us it means paying and paying and paying throughout the year. We were led to believe we'd given the government than enough last year but found out yesterday we still owed more. So I'm not in the mood for stories about others having to pay more taxes and the inheritance tax seems the most unfair of all.
Think about it. The money or property left by a deceased family member had been taxed already. Taxes paid and paid through the years. Someone in Congress years ago thought it was a good idea to tax it again when death occurs. Believe it or not, this tax hits many more average people than the very rich. It affects farm families more than anyone. A farmer dies and his children inherit the ground and find they must pay taxes on it when they take it over. Patently unfair to tax what has been taxed for years. And while many farm families have land, this does not generally translate into actual cash. Land rich cash poor.
We get taxed on everything and this tax should go away and those who love this tax need to quit using the Rockefeller type wealthy to promote their point of view. They are much fewer in number than the many family farmers.
Another one of those regulations which is wreaking havoc for baseball fans. MLB decreed that baseball stadiums must now have metal detectors at entrances and the result has been hour long waits for fans to get in. This happened at the Cardinals season opener and many fans missed the fun opening ceremonies because of the wait. It got so bad that finally 40 minutes before the game, team officials just shut off the security system and let everyone in.
And St. Louis was not alone, almost all MLB stadiums saw the same thing happen even though, "Ahead of opening day, Cardinals officials, as well as those for other teams, had optimistically predicted that the walk-through detectors would not prove an impediment to efficient fan flow."
Sitting here as a news watcher, I'm not sure why this took Busch Stadium officials by surprise because a week ahead of the opener a National Womens Soccer game with a sell out crowd was held there and the same thing happened. Long lines, long waits, irritated fans. You'd have thought someone would have taken note of the mess of long lines and found an alternative way of getting baseball fans inside quickly.
Not sure how they're going to handle this the rest of the way. The crowds maybe won't be as big from now on but who really believes Cardinal fans won't pack Busch. We'll see today and the rest of the long season.
Have I mentioned how much I resent the attention paid to Iowa during primary season? Well, I do. All the pandering to one state which is not a representative state to most of the rest of the country is outrageous. And phony.
I'd like to hear everyone running for office promise to do things which would actually make life better for us. Like, simplify the tax code and knock off the federal regulations. The problem with doing anything about these things goes straight to -> Cui Bono -> Who Benefits?
This is the worst current social justice adjective I've heard in a long time. It refers to kids who are allowed to go places on their own, such as the park across the street/over to a friends house two blocks away. They can go without their parents driving them or walking with them.
Seems in Maryland this is against the law for kids of some ages. Frankly, if this Free Range parenting nonsense was in effect when we were kids or even our own kids were kids, we'd all have been in jail.