Daily Tidbit for Thursday: Our birthday calendar shows that El Laurie Bolm, A. J. Downs, Jordan Gilbert, Bill Gleason, Janet Groves, Lawrence Kerr, and Maie Smith are celebrating being another year younger again this year! Happy Birthday Maie, Lawrence, Janet, Bill, Jordan, A.J., and El Laurie!
The childcare center Infants & Toddlers had a canned an food drive for the Care Station to show them that we are small but our hearts are big! Pictured from left to right are teachers Wy-Keisha Jones ,Shelia Thomas, Makayla Jones student ,Charles Estess Care Station president Shequita Carter infant teacher & student Malayla Wilson.
And guess who is turning 50 something tomorrow! We won’t say, but her first name might be Ann! Check in tomorrow to find out.
Beware! The Grinch is in Clarksdale and stealing Christmas displays from front yards on West Second Street! We got that from a homeowner who refused to notify the police.
There will be a Clarksdale Community Blood Drive at Wal-Mart this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. And there will be t-shirts and gift cards for the donors as long as the supplies hold out.
Saturday night is the night some people wait all year for. That’s right; it is time for the Annual Griswold Tacky Christmas Party (with DJ Mario) at Hopson Plantation on Highway 49 South. Limo service is available by calling (662)624-5756.
And don’t forget the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest at the Carnegie Public Library next Monday! We have just never figured out where to go get an Ugly Christmas Sweater!
Check out the musical happenings around town by clicking on the “Sounds Around Town” flyer in the gallery above this blog.
There may be more things happening around town than we know about, so, just to be sure that you have the latest info, put your cursor on the words “Hometown Links” in the upper menu. When the drop down menu pops down, click on the words “Local Events” and don’t forget there may be several pages beyond the first one.
As promised on Monday, here is a Thursday Tirade. The subject is the declining price of gasoline and oil.
We all watched the price of gasoline climb to undreamed of prices during the last decade or so and, at the same time, we watched our apparently impotent elected officials in Washington do nothing to help us, the American people. This lack of action on Washington’s part helped create a whole new social class in America. I refer, of course, to the “Working Poor.” We won’t even mention what this has done to the poor in our country!
But now, oil prices are falling and along with them, gas prices are falling rapidly. We have heard the “experts” predicting that gasoline will drop to an average of under $2.00 per gallon during the first few months of 2015. So, remember those do-nothing elected officials in Washington? Well now they want to jump into action! That’s right, they are talking about upping the gas tax so they can have more money to spend on their pet projects. Sure, they are saying the new taxes will pay for the rebuilding of highways, but since when have they actually done what they say they are going to do?
As if this is not a big enough slap in the face of all of us taxpayers, now our state government is jumping on the “tax them until they bleed” bandwagon. That’s right folks, just when we the taxpayers are getting a few pennies back in our pockets to spend on a sagging economy; Jackson pops up and says they want to increase the state gas tax!
Here is the way we see it: As gas prices fall, we will be driving even more than we have in the past. (Shoot, we might even be able to afford a vacation!) Hence, more gallons of gas will be purchased and this will yield more taxes as the taxes are based on a per gallon basis. Therefore, both Jackson and Washington will get an increase in tax revenue without increasing anything!
We, of course, will also have more money in our pockets to spend on other items.
But that is not the way the greed of America works these days. For example, remember the huge freight increases the trucking firms implemented to pay for the high cost of diesel fuel? Well, now that diesel prices are coming down, are the trucking companies actually coming down on their rates? Well, of course not. Now they are talking about increasing their fees even more! That’s right, they are not going to pass the savings on to their customers, they are going to charge us more!
As we were growing up, we were taught that you should charge a fair price for your work. Of course, the supply and demand theory would often come into effect as it should. But now it is the greed factor of the yuppies at the top wanting all the change in your pockets.
So, what can we do about it? Remember all this tax talk the next time you walk into a voting station to vote for anybody! Don’t vote based on fear, vote based on your pockets!
By the way, if you are looking for the cheapest gas prices in town, go to the WROX radio web site. Then scroll on down. They have a listing of the cheapest prices in town!
Have a great day Clarksdale and Coahoma County! Hope we see you on Monday.