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Ever so often I come across a lot of items that don't merit a story or a column, but they do merit publication. And then there are observations that are not worth the time for a column.
I gotta say the weather is not inspiring me to jump up, run out, and do a story. There is rain in the forecast ... so here's a collection of items.
Monday brought word that Alice Faye Henderson, one of the nicest people you will meet is in the hospital. Everyone wishes her a speedy recovery so she can get home to spoil that cute grandchild she got last year. One of the more delightful moments I had at the Levy County Schools Foundation's annual dinner was sharing a table with her and her hubby, H.C. Henderson and listening to her description of a cruise they took to Alaska.
Joyce Tarnow and the Friends of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge sponsor a bird walk every month. It's worth going on these walks if only to learn what is in your back yard. She sent along this note on what she spotted in a Cross City back yard on Jan. 30: a flock of Cedar Waxwings, Robins, a Mockingbird, a Tufted Titmouse, an adult and juvenile Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, male and female House Finches, Chipping Sparrows, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, a Downy woodpecker, Cardinals, Yellow rumped warblers (a.k.a butter butts), Mourning Doves, Goldfinches, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow-throated Vireo and Catbird.
There's a woman in a TV commercial going on about how horrible it is that government wants to tax sugary beverages (sodas) and who are they to make her family's choices.
I just want to know where she was when lawmakers at the federal and state level were piling on taxes for beer, wine, liquor and cigarettes. I did not hear a peep from her or the lobbyists who thought up this ad campaign.
For the record, the last six beers I have had in my hand went into Cajun barbecued shrimp. I do consume wine and liquor, but less so as I get older. The only smoking I do is second-hand, but I try my best to avoid it.
Can anyone else think of taxes laid on us about our lifestyle choices?
Oh, I thought of another one, sales taxes on guns and bullets.
Lou Elliott Jones is the editor of the Chiefland Citizen. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.