Monday, April 30, 2012

Estimate: Tax cuts could mean $910 million deficit for Kansas

Kansas City Star – ‎18 minutes ago‎

By BRENT D. WISTROM Kansas could face a $910 million budget deficit when a proposed income and property tax reduction plan goes into full effect in 2018, according to a draft

Which is one story for consideration, and gives pause to the critics of government thinking. The problem of what to do for the greater good. It’s been said that we need government, the question how much do we need.

The next story headline illustrates the potential.

As Wichita tornado victims rebuild, county considers whether to waive permit fees

Kansas City Star – ‎22 minutes ago‎

By DEB GRUVER As homeowners hit by the EF-3 tornado that twisted and turned along I-135 begin to rebuild, Sedgwick County officials are thinking about how far to go to help them do so.

Fun times in the halls of government.

photoshare Crawfish for Dinner Ellirwood KS Cptkirk (Quivara National Wildlife Refuge)

Sailors probably know the feeling; Foggy, quiet, sounds muted; even the rub of rigging doesn’t seem to carry far, or very faintly; the creak and twisting of the hull in the swells giving the only sense of being.

That is  what we have out here today, around my place. One finds oneself pausing to listen and muted sounds come from a banging door somewhere; a hissing moan of a passing vehicle hidden over there; the normal lowing of cattle absent; no dogs bark; no wind to stir the branches and leaves of the trees. The air heavy. One almost expects a world either dying or awaiting the rebirth.

Yuk. Waxing poetic over the morning given us by the thunder and lightening’s and deluge of rains last night. The horrendous clap and rumble out the kitchen window signaling the end of that phase of the slowly passing T-Storm; the pause as one turns over and snuggles deeper into the pillow and the dog settles down to sleep along side.

And just as slumber creeps across ones mental concentration; the drum of the rains pouring off the roofs edge signals the leading edge of the following storm marching in lock step with its brothers.

It’s a quiet waiting the sun to unevenly heat the cloud tops and tease the moisture laden air into movement, relieving us of the gray.

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From the reaches,

Ten Mile

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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