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Shout out to El Som who dutifully does what in the other 49 states would be the News Journal’s duty, just so we too can be an informed public… Many thanks from those of us who use this valuable resource….
You probably know by now from the “other” sources that Valerie Longhurst is gutting $70 million from fixing our roads and bridges despite the disaster on 495!
You probably right now are smacking your forehead with your hand, and saying “What the fuck is she thinking?” I have to sit in traffic an extra hour because of her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You would be right. But, apparently she is not alone. The majority of the Legislature is still living in the 00′s and is too timid to increase revenues… any revenues… There is very tiny fringe of people cheering that… and that tiny fringe are the only ones who have their ear…
So the rest of us have to suffer more gridlock because of Valerie Longhurst… and more, and more, and more, more, more, more, more, …,
Collectively in 2 years we will all scream!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “Why doesn’t someone do something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”….
Instead of passing a gas tax which will hurt only those speculators investing in gasoline….and will be 60% financed by out of state travelers….. she is cutting, (this is not about growing any bigger) but she is “cutting” infrastructure improvements…..
Well, we gotta cut something……
NO! YOU DON’T…….
There are unlimited resources for raising revenue… The gas tax is one… And taxing our wealthy is a goldmine… Recently it was determined that our wealthy could adquetely fund up to $1.3 billion yearly each single year…. to bring them up to the level counting for inflation to where they were taxed back in the 50′s… They survived then; they’ll survive now…. No billionaire has ever died impoverished…..
So with an untapped $1.3 billion at our disposal…. Valerie Longhurst is cutting back on rebuilding bridges and roads!… Just think… if that inspector who luckily got in his car that Monday morning to look under that bridge, … had been laid off. Just think, if all of them had been laid off! Exactly! That is where Valerie is taking us….
We’d not have fixed the bridge in time… We still be pulling bodies out the river….
This is where Valerie Longhurst is leading us… This is just plain fucking stupid. Anyone can see it is plain fucking stupid….
The problem is not really in the number of brain cells these legislators have…. They, I trust, have pretty close to the same number as the rest of us… The real problem…. IS THAT THEY… DON’T…. HEAR… YOU !!! (They hear the tiny few from ALEC 40 times a day)… You must make them HEAR you… You must…
Call or more effectively…. email…. today….
Say: RAISE THE GAS TAX AND TAX THE TOP ONE PERCENT….. BUT, whatever you do…. don’t EVER cut the transportation fund and make me wait in my car ONE MORE SINGLE MINUTE because you were too cheap to fix a bridge before it goes out!!!
And if you don’t know who they are…….
The problem with government these days is that they just don’t hear anymore from people with plain Common Sense…. Change that! Today!
(Sung to the tune of the National Anthem…..)
Oh, say, can you see?
By the pale florescent light.
What once was so proudly was hailed,
As the reason for Sussex’s being…..
Whose broad girths and wide ties.
Led Conservative battles galore…
Illegal prayers and hot sexed lies….
Made them more desire… a Conservator…..
As county sheriffs, with posse’s in arms…..
Or as popes whose morals were in great harm….
They kept the brown skinned down,
So only those who were white… could farm….
Oh say, doth… those… fallen… bigots,
From last century in rural Sussex’s Way……..
Represent the best, that Sussex can ever be-eee?
Or like the Georgetown hatchet? Should be buried after election day……..
Ken Grant, formerly with the Caesar Rodney Institute, a Koch Brothers’ mouthpiece, is now spokesperson for the TDC (The “Data” Center)… Granted, one would think also a former employee of AnalTech, would be technically more anal about throwing around facts. At least one would expect a lot less bluster…
Here is his take in the News Journal….
If you should choose to read it, you will find it to be mostly a lambasting of Newarks’ citizens and very little defense of the Data Center… Very little. Reminds one of when Caesar Rodney declared global warming was a hoax. It would attack all the scientific knowledge in the world, because it found one glacier out of 400,000 that was growing…. Of course in the readers head would pop this question… But what about the other 399,999? But the Caesar Rodney Institute was simply too unconcerned with 399,999 other pieces of evidence to even care…
Anyway… back to what he said….
He said: there are 4000 CHP’s scattered across the US… Here is the data sheet he pulled up to write his piece….. (pdf)
Here are his 4000 units. Here is what he doesn’t show…
Any little business that has a generator that also produces heat is included in his file. Even the original presentation made to the Newark zoning commission, that the data center would need an auxiliary power source like one might find on an IKEA, is included on the map…. I think it would be safe to assume that were such a small power plant going in at the Data Center, there would be no controversy as we speak…
The problem is the size… Ken Grant in his op-ed makes no mention of his size… The difference in size is like you took the penises of 5 horses, sewed them together and then attached that to a person… Saying he has a penis, so does every male… is disingenuous and dishonest… You are technically correct he has a penis… But …. who would want him in an arranged marriage with their daughter?
It may be true there are 8 people in Manhattan with penises. Bet none of them spew 10 horse testicle’s full of discharge, do they?
The one he touts in Austin is 52-75 MW. The award winning Texas A and M, is a paltry 60MW. Delaware will host a 248 MW generator.
Size does matter….
Let us talk water….. At minimum, the Christina River flows 6 cubic feet per second. The data center will use ~34.7 gallons per second (~3 million gal/day). There are 7.48 gallons per cubic foot. Rounding out the conversion, the data center will use 4.64 cubic feet per second of water flow out of the 6 cubic feet per second one usually finds every August. Obviously 1.36 cubic feet are left to fulfill all the needs downstream… The flow levels back in 2003 would leave dry river bed.
That is just not right. And Ken Grant (of course) makes no mention of that….
Let us talk air quality. Currently there is no radon in the air over Newark and Northern Delaware. There will be a lot. Radon as you know, kills. Currently there are no particles raining down on Newark Proper. These particles cause cancer… There will be a lot.. So these people that Ken Grant dismisses will be wheezing, coughing, hacking, and spitting up blood.
It is estimated that now after facts have matriculated into the community of Newark proper, that 98% of its residents are against the power plant. One is certain, that as these health facts get matriculated as well, that would be a guaranteed total…. For who wants to die a needless painful death?
So when Ken Grant calls 98% of Newark’s citizens who are sincerely worried about dying prematurely, ” a small group of very sincere but very wrong people”, perhaps he is correct in his assumption but just needs to turn that designation… the other way around…..
It is very tiny minority of the the Koch Brothers’ minions who deserve the ridicule and derision, not normal hard working Americans, who loved Newark so much, they bought a home here…..
One of my nightly escapades found me in a local Delaware Bar… I was brought here because the clientèle is political savvy even though most are not into politics… There this happened.
Bartender: “Attention everyone we are doing a spontaneous survey and afterwards when I tell you you can all down your drink.”..
Grumbling turns to mumbling which turns to silence…
Bartender: “Are you ready? First question…. How many of you out there believe everything you hear on Fox News.”….
(no one raised their hands, though talk afterwards said one did obviously for a joke and quickly put it down)
Bartender: “Ok, 2nd question… There will be 6…. 2nd question: How many of you believe everything you see on ABC news.”..
(no one raised their hands…)
Bartender “Ok, 3rd question: How many of you believe everything you see on CBS?”
(no one raised their hands)
Bartender: “Ok, Number 4. How many of you believe everything you see on CNN…..?’
(no one raised their hands)
Bartender: “Ok everyone only 2 more and we can get back to drinking… How many of you believe everything you see on…. ESPN!
(Laughter, exclamations, hands up, probably close to half… almost all male)
Bartender: “Better, Ok… one more… How many of you believe everything you see on John Stewart’s Daily Show on Domedy Central?”
(Lots of laughter, cheers, and a unanimous hand raising… Some ESPN males raising both hands…. )
I came away from the experience thinking that America is indeed in good hands… The “Bullsh\t” is completely missing the target….. The real stuff is getting through.
First Connecticut and New York raised their heat allowance from $1 dollar to $20 dollars in order to qualify millions for SNAP food stamps, who would otherwise get cut off.
Today, in a very surprising move, PA, did the same…
Where is Delaware? Every dollar spent puts $4-7 thousand back into our economy! It’s the fastest way to grow our economy!
“allow package stores to open at 8:00 a.m., instead of 9:00 a.m. on days other than Sundays”.
09/06/2012 Co., Inc., Standard Distributing 100 South Mews Dr., New Castle, DE 19720 Individual Data Conversion $200.00 Sokola For Senate
10/19/2012 of Delaware, LLC, United Distributors PO Box 10370, Wilmington, DE 19850 Individual Data Conversion $500.00 Sokola For Senate
10/22/2012 & Spirits of Delaware, Southern Wine PO Box 10887, Wilmington, DE 19850 Individual Data Conversion $300.00 Sokola For Senate
11/05/2012 Co., Inc., Standard Distributing 100 South Mews Dr., New Castle, DE 19720 Individual Data Conversion $500.00 Sokola For Senate
11/05/2012 Co., Inc., Standard Distributing 100 South Mews Dr., New Castle, DE 19720 Individual Data Conversion ($100.00) Sokola For Senate
11/05/2012 Inc., N.K.S. Distributors, Box 758, New Castle, DE 19720 Individual Data Conversion $200.00 Sokola For Senate
01/02/2012 Busch, Anheuser 250 Park Avenue, New York, NY Individual Data Conversion $200.00 Hudson Campaign Committee
10/15/2012 of Delaware, LLC, United Distributors P.O. Box 10370, Wilmington, DE 19850 Individual Data Conversion $300.00 Hudson Campaign Committee
2/19/2012 Anheuser Busch One Busch Place 202-7, St. Louis, MO PAC Committee Data Conversion $200.00 Hudson Campaign Committee
I’m skimming Nancy’s account of the Millsboro Vlasic Pickle delimna and my, are they in a pickle.
But some of the data given had me pause and ask questions… Perhaps one of my more astute readers geographically closer to the problem can reassure me that what I’m reading, “ain’t really so?”
“Samples at a central location showed levels of tetrachloroethene and perchloroethene above the state’s drinking water standard, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.”
Does this mean when I eat pickles I am getting tetrachloroethene and percholoroethene in my brine? Where would this contamination come from? What use do these chemicals have with vinegared cucumbers?…
Nitrate was detected in several onsite wells, but the drinking water standard was exceeded in only one onsite drinking water well and two monitoring wells.
The plant sits either in or almost on city limits. Does this mean everyone in Millsboro is drinking water, right now, right before the holidays, Christmas and all that, with family coming in to celebrate, that is potentially deemed harmful? It certainly would imply that it is… When was the last time Millsboro’s water and wells surrounding the town, have their purity checked to deem if they were truly safe, ..or not?
In addition, lead exceeded the state drinking water standard.
How can this happen in 2013? Drinking water? With excessive lead? (And we’re thinking Common Core is going to make these contaminated lead brains smarter?) When was the last time Millsboro wells and drinking water was checked for lead? Children live there, you know!
Other chemicals – including iron, cyanide, mercury, methyl acetate and chloroform – were found in soil samples but none present a risk to human health, DNREC officials said…
Beneficial: Iron, … Harmful:.. cyanide! mercury!, methyl acetate! chloroform!…. Here, drink this poison. It makes you tough, puts hair on your chest as long as you don’t drink too much…( but I’m a girl; I don’t want hair on my chest.)
Gov. Markell and other politicians have focused solely on a vacant site and jobs, and not the resources or impact on the tourist economy the area also depends on,”
For some of my western NY readers… can anyone tell me how much tourist revenue the Love Canal is currently bringing in these days?
A DNREC memo dated May 19, 1997, indicated concern about the Vlasic site.
Based on what was disclosed above….. I SHOULD “EFFIN” HOPE SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The contamination of off-site shallow domestic wells which lie north and northeast of the Vlasic facility have always been the major concern regarding the potential off-site groundwater impacts of the groundwater plume,” the memo stated.
Translated… the water table will be contaminated some day inevitably, if not done so already. How does one pollute so much from pickles, for heaven’s sake… We EAT pickles!
Bob Wheatley, incoming public policy chairman for the Delaware Association of Realtors.
Oh, man. Like anyone is going to believe a single thing he says is true…..
Rob Arlett, Sussex County Association of Realtors public policy chairman: “This is also about property rights,” he said. “The owners of the building have the right to sell or lease their property.”
Appropriate translation: “Die! Die! You scurvy scum. Haul your bones to your graves will you? Bite off your tongues. You got no right to live! You got no right to be healthy! You got no right to have children without Birth Defects! YOU ARE SCUM. POND SCUM, YOU DON’T MATTER. YOU DON’T MATTER… NO ONE CARES IF YOU LIvE, DIE, OR MOVE. YOU ARE THE LOWEST FORM OF HUMAN EXCREMENT FOUND ON THE SEAT OF ANY PORTA-POTTY…. PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE WHAT ITS ABOUT! NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU. PROPERTY RIGHTS! PROPERTY RIGHTS! PROPERTY RIGHTS! PROPERTY RIGHTS! PROPERTY RIGHTS! … OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE ALL IMPORTANT! YOU SCUM WHO LIVE, WORK AND DIE IN THIS TOWN… GET OUT! GET OUT! GET OUT OF HERE NOW! PROPERTY RIGHTS! PROPERTY RIGHTS! PROPERTY RIGHTS…. NOTHING IN SUSSEX COUNTY MATTERS NOTHING NOTHING EXCEPT PROPERTY RIGHTS. PROPERTY RIGHTS, PROPERTY RIGHTS…. SCREW DEAD BABIES! PROPERTY RIGHTS, PROPERTY RIGHTS, PROPERTY RIGHTS… SCREW THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION… PROPERTY RIGHTS, PROPERTY RIGHTS, PROPERTY RIGHTS… SCREW EVERYONE EXCEPT THOSE WHO WILL MAKE MONEY OF THIS DEAL… PROPERTY RIGHTS, PROPERTY RIGHTS, PROPERTY RIGHTS…..
As said… looking for clarification… Thanks Nancy for stirring the pot… Never knew Millsboro had such a poisonous aquifer. And I eat pickles…
How does one grow Delaware Jobs?
- Does one say…. Here come here and will shave a penny off the cost?
- Does one say… If you work here, we will bend regulations to cost you less money?
- Does one say… Our productivity is high because our employees are smart?
- Does one say… There is no better place to live on this planet?
If you are good at what you do, you probably try all three…. (If that didn’t set off signals in your brain then step three is not even in the running).
We have strikes against us… We are are the 40th lowest economy, due to our small size… We have 39 bigger economies competing against us.
Any one of which can under-bid us on business taxes and make up the difference by raising their sales tax rate a penny….
So, against this, how do we increase Delaware’s jobs…
Well we’ve tried the carrot… Now the stick. There are businesses already heavily invested in Delaware…. Why not give them the option to write off new building costs?
In it’s simplest and most abstract form, it works like this:…..
Since paying taxes and building something both equally help the economy of the state, it makes no difference and is a simple trade off from the states economy’s point of view, as to whether the money goes directly to the treasury or indirectly, by being invested into new buildings on business properties… Therefore now is the time for businesses to expand, for that expansion can be written off the tax owed to the state…
The initial lost revenue will be returned in part by the taxes on the new jobs, and by taxes on the business transactions that mushroom as a result of this policy….
So as a business owner, you have this choice. You can pay the state and never see that money again, or you can build upon your property, and keep that money invested in the increased value of your assets… When you sell, you recoup the amount you invested so it is not lost revenue; it is not wasted… Plus the expansion now means your yearly net income is higher as well….
But at Delaware’s current abysmally low rates, even allowing the expansion write off, would benefit only a few of the larger, more prone-to-expand, business entities across this state…. Which is why it must be accompanied with a higher tax rates to create shock and awe among the principle players…
Taxes are based on the amount of money left over. Simply put, if there is no money leftover in a business, there is no tax… There is therefore incentive to maximize one’s profits in the field, and then minimize them on paper…. That incentive, creates the expansion that hires people… most particularly those in the construction trades….
Tax increases drove the WWII economy. The post war expansion. The Clinton Revival. And now this year, 2013… States enacting tax increases such as California and New Jersey, are doing much better now than states reveling on their lack of taxation and their lack of regulation…
More is better in this case.
Delaware has one of the weirdest tax state income tax delineations. The percentage climb stops at $65,000…. A person who makes $65,001 pays the same rate as does someone who’s financial empire brings in $65 billion dollars… We have much room to pay with. This year Delaware needs its General Assembly to act and pass a state tax system such as below…. This is just a first draft that will, and should be tweaked by the lobbyists scrambled by the powers that be to do damage control….
$1 Trillion and above…. 15%
$1 Billion and above…. 10%
$100 million and above…9%
$ 1 million and above… 8%
$100,000 and above… 7%
No further changes are required….
As an example New Jersey’s economic stimulus new tax hike rate stands at 8.97% over $500,000…. No one is going to run away from Delaware because of our increased tax rate…. unless they run away in order to pay even more.
Based on sources inside Delaware’s Department of Revenue, this would increase our state’s annual revenue intake by roughly $220 million dollars or about 7% of our current revenues…
What that should mean for every Delawarean, is that there is a very good likelihood that most of this will be invested right back into this state, if a that change in state tax code is made, thereby allowing the complete write-off of all domestic construction on this tiny patch of earth, only 35 miles wide, and 96 miles long…..
If you build on that small patch, Delaware won’t tax you the amount you spend upon the building. Delaware needs to jump on this idea first. Otherwise other states will take even this competitive edge away……
I am just as guilty of this as is every one else.
A single issue polarized this election for outsiders. A huge power plant, which will dominate the skyline from Academy Avenue southwest to Chestnut Hill.
However there are other factors not being taken into consideration. The 115 margin is disheartening to many of those outside Newark who will be soon breathing toxic air. But it is a miracle that it was even that close when one considers the dynamics of a small town mayoral race.
The first factor left out of every discussion so far up till now, is that the incumbent was considered by most Newarkeans to be the best mayor they have ever had. Both business interests and residents have commented in private, that Vance Funk “got it” . He understood how things worked together, development and quality of life, and rode the magic line right down the middle. In truth, the Newark of today is almost unrecognizable from the Newark of the early 2000′s… Now when one says Main Street of Newark, one has to ask… which one?
A lot of the magic that is Newark is due to Vance Funk. So when someone of such stature endorses his pick as someone who will carry the same theme forward, it carries a lot of weight. Many votes for Polly are votes of thanks to Vance. “He’s a good guy, so if he picked her, she must be alright too” was a sentiment heard across the streets of Newark the past two months…
Against this, two great candidates, Amy Roe and Rebecca Powers, would probably not have done as well had they not had the thermal of the power plant issue burning underneath them…. From Amy’s personal biography one has to wonder if she would have ever run, had this not become an issue requiring someone of her stature to step up… I’ll let Ezra speak for Rebecca.
In point, if one lives in Newark, this race was not only about a power plant. It was about people you know; it was about how you feel about the town; it was about who should lead the town in the future on all issues, not just the town’s approval of a power plant…..
And the people spoke. And it was close. Whether the power plant goes in, or another controversy rises up to stop it, (a severe economic crash for example)… the people will have to live with their choice for a long time.
I think it should be noted, that Amy Roe handled herself in the spotlight rather well, and in the future, all this effort will undoubtedly lead to a greater good.
And, just in case no one heard Allan Loudell’s observation on WDEL, all the top three vote getters were women…. How nice is that?