Saturday, June 27, 2015

Emporia Ks is a medium sized town at the intersection of major highways and a college town. It is also the home of a NASCAR Driver, and my choice, in many cases, of shopping center.

It follows the general trend of the medium sized towns of raising taxes, other than property taxes. That neat thing called user taxes. Bloody stuff. But necessary I suppose, except, I keep thinking, if people would find some other way of earning a living than by government, you know.

But, more and more, the government intrudes, the minority green peace hugs trees (and use petrol burning boats to harass fishing ships, and find tiny fishes to protect and obfuscate issues. And still America retreats from manufacturing, sending jobs, importing finished goods, to and from countries that have a more realistic outlook on things.

 

The price Emporians pay for purchases will soon be increasing. Beginning July 1, the Kansas state sale-and-use tax rate will increase to 6.5 percent. This increase will make the sales tax rate for the City of Emporia 8.5 percent.

The Kansas Department of Revenue is encouraging business owners to plan ahead for the change rather than wait until July 1. Many cash registers and computerized payment services need to be programmed with the updated tax rate to calculate properly. In a press release issued by the Department of Revenue, a list of guidelines was provided to help business owners.

Well. That is as it may be. 

I was a day late getting the water to the calves. They were outside the door this morning at day break bawling their heads off. They kept their peace until they saw me and then told me all about troubles they couldn’t cure. I got on the tractor before day break and checked the creek and it was mud, no water even behind the dam.

Got the critters water and they paraded by me one by one and all butted or chewed my gloves. First time they’ve done that. Can’t say I hope it is the last, but it sure made me feel rather small allowing them to go without water for at least two days too long through an arbitrary decision on my part.

Suppose I’d better pay attention to business rather than withdrawing into myself like I’ve been doing.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

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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