Monday, July 16, 2018

The 67%/Advertising

From a reader in Muscle Shoals:

It may be a little confusing to some.

Think of it like this...

There is a tax.

MSC decided to add a "city appropriation" that the citizens voted on back in the 70s that made it a new tax of 7.5 (mills).

It was renewed in April 2015 at the rate of 7.5. That is the portion of the total 16.5 that you are referring to.

Lindsey was very crafty in that he told the city council MSC has the lowest advalorem tax of all the schools in Colbert County at 7.5. The city council was arguing with some people that it was correct at 7.5 because Lindsey said so. It took Waylon Huguley taking the breakdown of the tax records from Oswalt to convince them that once again Lindsey had misled an elected body.

So, while Lindsey is correct in the 7.5 tax is a stand alone tax dependent on the citizens renewing it every 20 or so years, he lied by omission.

Clear as mud yet?

ha ha. We kinda liked him saying it was for the 7.5 special tax with the 5 mil increase cause that clearly is a 67% increase in that tax.

Nothing like giving the opposition plenty to work with huh?


We've been asked if we are now endorsing Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson for re-election. We have not endorsed either candidate at this time. Rest assured that our ad for Sheriff Williamson is a PAID ad. We will be happy to sell sidebar ads and the bottom banner to any candidates, including Phil Andrews. 

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Two Appeals: Who Wins? Who Loses?

Anyone convicted of a crime is allowed to appeal. That's our legal system, and it's a good one. It prevents defendants from being railroaded in a county where these things happen with great regularity. It can also be used to overturn perfectly legitimate convictions on a minute technicality. Sometimes the criminal wins...but more often the innocent lose. Let's look at two recent winning appeals.

First, Jason DeWayne Green in Franklin County. Here's a Facebook post from a member of his victim's family:

I think I'll kill someone. I'll do it in Russellville, AL so I'll do minimal prison time even if I'm sentenced to 19 years. That's apparently how things work. My cousin Shay Ledlow was shot and killed by her boyfriend. He shot her, then put a lit cigarette in her right hand, put the gun in her left hand and called 911 to report a suicide. First of all Shay was right handed, second of all the gun barrel was too long for her to have turned it on herself. He was free for a very long time then he was sentenced to 19 years. (Which is not nearly enough for a murder to begin with). 

Now he's out of prison to get a new trial! Who does that? So if you disagree, you just get new lawyers and get out of jail? What is this Monopoly, get out of jail free card? He got out in October for a new trial to be held in March, that was put off until August and now again until December. So let me make sure I get this...You can kill someone in cold blood, be prosecuted, sentenced even though that isn't a long enough sentence, then get OUT of prison indefinitely while you await another trial that keeps being put off to whenever! 

Jason Dewayne Green is a monster who should NOT be walking the streets! He should rot in prison for what he did. He should at MINIMUM be in prison for as long as Shay Nicole Ledlow is dead! Russellville has some crooked politics if you ask me and Green is paying someone to keep him out of prison or postpone that trial. This calls for public outcry. Something stinks...maybe rotten government and murderers walking free! Feel free to share. I'm not ashamed to tell the truth!

We were totally surprised by the verdict being overturned on what we consider a specious argument. Yet it happened. Yes, Green is free, but we hope it's only temporary. Franklin County juries are notoriously hard to predict, so no one should count on any particular verdict until the jury foreman reads it in court.

Next, we have Lauderdale County and the attempted murder conviction of Timothy Vincent Murphy. Murphy had no criminal record, but obviously had mental problems or he wouldn't have been the object of a commitment in the first place. We believe he belongs in a place where he'll receive mental health treatment...and the state prison system certainly isn't that place.

A state appeals court says Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Ben Graves committed a serious error in not allowing a private mental evaluation of Murphy. Why Graves would have ruled this way is a mystery, but as we pointed out during the campaign for this office, his only experience in a courtroom seems to have been in Florence Municipal Court. 

On that note, how much is an appeal of this appeal and a retrial (if it comes) costing the citizens of Lauderdale County? How many more errors will be made and ultimately appealed? 

Oh, well, it's only (our) money...

Saturday, July 14, 2018

TAX INCREASE: The Two Year Shuffle



NOW - think about this.

APRIL 2015 -  The citizens renewed the 7.5 mil Advalorem Muscle Shoals tax that the citizens do get to vote on.

By December of 2017, Brian Lindsey is back to the City Council asking for the citizens to give even more money.

Did Lindsey just discover between April 2015 and December 2017 that he had screwed up giving out $90,000.00+ for the athletic director coach, $70,000.00 salaries for assistants, and a 10 million dollar sports complex? Not to mention the other high salaries for administrators, travel, coaches that never step foot in a classroom except to recruit players, and the list goes on and on.

Brian Lindsey's LACK OF PLANNING and ABILITY does not constitute MORE TAXES PAID BY CITIZENS as our problem. The problem isn't money -it is ADMINISTRATORS and the SCHOOL BOARD.

Will Lindsey be back in our pockets in 2020?

Is this the pattern of this group of struggling administrators that obviously can't manage a school system?


Friday, July 13, 2018

New Tourism Board?

So, the TD (Totally Decatur) reports that our incredible Florence Tourism Board is pleased with a marketing campaign that Rob “I’d rather be in Nashville” Carnegie has now bought (too bad they didn’t report how much this campaign is costing $$ Cha-ching) to promote Florence.  With a tiny 1% increase in tourism over last year, I would be ashamed to admit I was pleased with anything Canada Rob is doing. Well, unless you are interested in his music career in Nashville which from his Facebook page is booming, as it should be.  He spends more time in the Music City than he does in Florence. Alabama.  

One of Carnegie's Most Innovative Promotions

But back to our top-notch tourism board.  I am so glad that we have marketing gurus like Larry McCoy inserting his valuable tourism and marketing experience into the decisions made about how to advertise Florence Tourism.  It appears he doesn’t approve of billboards because he doesn't know who is seeing them. I am guessing he can’t see billboards with those big bushy eyebrows covering his eyes. 

From my understanding, the 5 members of the Florence Lauderdale tourism board is made up of 2 members appointed by the Lauderdale County Commission and 2 members appointed by Dick Jordan, oh excuse me, the Florence City Council. Then the final spot is a joint appointment meaning that the city and county have to come to a mutual agreement of who to appoint.  I bet that's an interesting conversation.  Call your commissioner or your council person and demand that we have NEW board members with tourism related experience.  Maybe EVEN a HOTEL representative.  Just the fact that they actually declare they are pleased should be an immediate dismissal of their board appointment.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Now on Netflix: Roy Moore Takes on Sacha Baron Cohen

As Roy Moore often says, "I'm broke again. Whom can I sue to get the suckers to donate their hard earned money?" Apparently it may now be British comic Sacha Baron Cohen, supposedly a favorite of the late Queen Mum. We're not too sure about that last statement. If true, she would be the first female to enjoy his humor.

But make no mistake, Baron Cohen has pulled pranks on Alabamians before and has been sued before. We're at a loss as to whether Moore doesn't know the comic is Jewish or not. Baron Cohen's trademark is making fun of his own religion, but he does, like Roy Moore, take it seriously. He even stipulated his fiancee' Isla Fisher had to convert before their marriage. 

That probably makes scant difference to Moore. If he says he is defending God's chosen people, his core followers will flock to him with pieces of green paper. Then Moore can dine high on a non-Kosher hog until his next quest comes into view.

He was almost our senator, folks. Narrow escape wasn't it? 


About that 67%:

A group has been formed to lobby against the 5 mill added property tax for Muscle Shoals. The opponents of this tax say that it is an increase of 67%. Others say this is malarkey. Who's right?

According to tax records, Muscle Shoals residents pay 16 cents on every 1K of property owned. This referendum would raise that to 21 cents. By our calculations that's a little over 31%. That's quite a raise, but still not 67%. 

Are we missing anything here? No matter, this is an unneeded tax and should be defeated. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Doc Larry Is Doing What?

Did you get your mailer from Dr. Larry Stutts? Interesting isn't it? Let's take a closer look.

Stutts says he's:

1. Defending Our Guns - Have you seen any guns under attack in this state? In case you're inclined to mention the federal level, remember that our legislature has nothing to do with federal legislation.

2. Saving the Unborn - Translate this to read passing laws that we have to pay to defend...knowing we're going to lose anyway. Why don't we try to save chastity, or barring that, teach birth control? Doesn't that make much more sense?

3. Stopping Illegal Immigration - Now ol' Doc Larry may help pass laws to prosecute illegal immigrants in this state (not that we can think of any since he's been in office), but unless he's helping build the wall, he's not stopping any illegals from entering Alabama.

4. Draining the Swamp - And which swamp is this? Is it Washington? We had no idea. Doesn't he have enough to do here and in Montgomery? Or are there still Democratic alligators in our fair state capital? Look out Johnny Mack!

Doc Larry goes on to tell us to stop the liberal agenda on July 17th. That implies that Steve Lolley is liberal? Well, there are dirtier campaigns being conducted during this runoff season, so we'll forge on.

We have already endorsed Steve Lolley. Do we think he can win the runoff? It may be doable, but it's a long shot. There's certainly a good chance that Morrow will be facing Stutts in the November general election. Now that should be a contest!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A Letter to Mayor Steve Holt

Dear Mayor Holt:

First, let us say that we believe you've done more in your 18 months in office than Mickey Haddock did in four years. Kudos!

Second, we know you drew some fire Tuesday night over conditions/incidents at the animal shelter. We understand that you cannot stand before a group and say that you want to kill/paddle/curse/fire a city manager. Not good form. We believe that you will do the right thing.

Have you or the city wasted money on the animal shelter plans? We'd say it was more of a flim-flam man holding the city for ransom over plans you didn't want or ask for. Sad that there are those like that out there, but that happens in all sectors.

Third, all that being said, some things in life are hard. We don't know who at the shelter has abused animals, but whoever it may be, he/she has to go. That's all the way to the top. We believe that you're dedicated and kind hearted and this is difficult for you. We've prayed before even putting this out here, but the animals have to come first.

Fourth, a suggestion. We know there are budget restraints, etc., but ideally the shelter should have two managers - one for administration and one for operations. Neither should interfere with the other except in the case of the admin telling the other manager how much money is there to be used in operations. Let the administrator run the office and apply for grants and speak at the Rotary. Let the ops manager allocate space, choose cleaning supplies, schedule workers, and whatever else is needed to keep the animal end on an even keel. 

Above all, let's put the animals first!