Category Archives: Property Rights

Tiny House Village Hearing Tonight

Councilman David Anderson of Dover will be chairing a hearing on a proposed tiny house village Tuesday May 10 at 6 p.m. in Dover City Council Chambers. Anyone can afford a house if we get government regulations out of the way. If you support affordable housing or property rights please come out to our committee meeting at 6 pm in Council Chambers. The concept is to put them in their own area not in other neighborhoods so no it won’t hurt your property values, though they wouldn’t anyway. If you are curious, find out more at the Parks, Recreation, and Community Enhancement meeting.

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A discussion of socialism

How can anyone not know that free stuff isn't really free? The question is do you have control over how much you pay and what you get or does some bureaucrat determine those factors? Central planning doesn't work. Who is trying to move into North Korea? Government dictating prices, payments and services offered by doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes is not good. It wouldn't be any better at the college level. Why would we want to turn our collegiate system into the wonderfully ineffective and inferior system of a public high school? The first semester and often the first term at most public colleges for a large percentage of students is bridging them from high school. Most people no longer graduate in 4 years partially due to this fact. Free is expensive in that either the quality will go down as it becomes almost universal or the cost will go up to accommodate those who are Read more

First State Animal Shelter/SPCA Proposes Public Contract Extensions

Controversy Remains By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In an apparent change of strategy, First State Animal Shelter/SPCA Director, Kevin Usilton, has proposed a one-year extension (to June 30, 2016) of all public animal control contracts in Delaware after previously announcing that they would be terminated by September 15, 2015. Currently, about 40 FSAS/SPCA animal control officers and other employees are scrambling to find new jobs in anticipation of the termination, as the State of Delaware moves to assume direct administration of animal control functions through the Office of Animal Welfare. Annual FSAC-SPCA annual contracts ranged as follows: Sussex County ($682,616), Kent County ($895,041.12), New Castle County ($1,035,000), Wilmington ($600,000), City of Dover ($40,000) and the Delaware Department of Public Health for rabies ($275,520) and cruelty reimbursement of ($106,000); Read more

Property Rights: Can We Exit the Highway to Feudalism?

Who really owns your property? Does the government? Do you? Do you own it, but the government controls it? I believe in too many towns that we have a lite version of feudalism, it is an insidious and frustrating system of government control and manipulation of private property. You own it and pay taxes for the privilege of keeping it, but do not try to do anything with it without the express permission of the overlord.   If you want to relax with your family any time you want in a pool on your own property, you have a maze of conflicting regulations.  If you want to have a few organic eggs for your health, too bad we are watching you.  If you want to put a solar panel on your house, jump through twelve hoops.  If you want to keep the litter of cats because all of your friends are too smart to take any, we want you to choose which ones may be killed.  If you want to paint your home Read more

Melissa McCafferty: Bold Citizen

UPDATE:  I can confirm that at least in the state of Delaware this has reached Joe the Plumber status.  Don't tase me and don't touch my junk also come to mind.  The basketball fiasco has started going viral.  When I got home tonight about a third of my facebook wall was full of links to the News Journal article, the YouTube video (which has over 13,000 hits so far UPDATE: make that 145,000 hits, not bad for Delaware), and other comments about the incident.  Not to mention there is this new facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/DelDOT-Replace-the-poles/192131067491871?sk=wall  We will just have to see how far this story goes. ---------------------------------- I think that Melissa McCafferty is my hero of the week. I haven't quite decided yet but for Delaware this just might be Joe the Plumber level stuff.  When the State came to take away the basketball hoops Read more

St. Nicholas Church at the World Trade Center

The New York Times July 3, 2008 The story of the tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and its efforts to rebuild after the collapse of the World Trade Center is one of well-intentioned promises that led to endless negotiations, design disputes, delays and mounting costs. It is, in other words, a microcosm of the seven-year, $16 billion, problem-plagued effort to reconstruct the entire trade center site. Within a month of the attack on the trade center, Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, pledged that the four-story church would rise “on the same sacred spot as a symbol of determined faith.” Gov. George E. Pataki agreed.But today, the church exists only on blueprints. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency overseeing reconstruction, has not finalized the exchange of land needed to provide the congregation with a new home Read more

Your Stimulus Tax Dollars at Work

The myriad of payoffs that reflect the corrupt Obama so called "stimulus" package,   (Really just Liberal Democrat Union payoff money at our expense)  demonstrates that liberals really don't care about rebuilding our economy.  One would hope though that funding directed at some of the key functions of the Federal Government such as Defense and Homeland Security would be devoid of stupidity. Well think again.  Seven (7) million of our  taxpayer dollars will be used to put a family dairy farm out of business to secure that noted border problem area of Franklin, Vermont.  Obviously,  Janet Nepalitano can't think of a better place in Arizona for increased  border security.  Instead, she, thru another Fed agency, has decided to pick on a family dairy farm in Vermont for confiscation of property  thru eminent domain.  You see instead of spending some money on our Southern Border, Read more

Please drop the National Park

Lewes is not historically significant enough for a national park said the bureaucracy to Senator Carper. Residents should be glad and ask the Senator to drop them for the bill. As a matter of fact, Delaware would be much better off if the entire enterprise is dropped. We do not need another level of government meddling in our land use. People in the Adirondacks were sold a bill of goods and have been in a nightmare ever sense.  When a federal park is placed in open park land, it is what it is.  When it is imposed on a place where people already live, it creates real issues that no one who is informed would invite.  Read this congressional testimony from the Adirondacks. They recommended 2,000 acre per house zoning, the segregation into an isolated Adirondack division of each state bureaucracy from welfare to police, the retroactive screening or removal of houses that were visible Read more