Hello Thursday! If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers mentioned in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes with a little sarcasm).
REMINDER: By reading this column you will probably gain a great deal of knowledge not found on other websites! You can use this information to impress your family, friends and co-workers, and it might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…
This week I write about a surplus, a jackpot, Facebook, bonuses, unemployment, taxes on medals, equal pay, bunker time, fundraiser, Post Office names, women with curves, a bikini parade, not paying taxes, the last August recess, and much more! Continue reading
Congratulations! You’ve almost got another week under your belt and to help you make it through another Thursday I bring you my “Thursday Numbers” column!
Rest easy – Friday is only a day away…
In case you are a new visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is a look at some of the numbers in the news recently – which are often presented with commentary or sarcasm or both!
This week I take a look at food stamps, views of YouTube videos, unemployment, income taxes, book purchases, jobs being eliminated, NASCAR, Baseball, the Governor’s trip, a “deadly” gas drive-off, and much more! So to be in the know, please read on… Continue reading
Faithful readers – pardon me while I give my personal commentary about a local issue…
When the local Great Falls (Montana) school levy was defeated, I wrote a commentary about it and figured that would be about all I’d have to say about it. I had written a column before that expressing my support for the levy request, which would cost me a little more than $15.71 per year.
The levy was defeated and life goes on…
But then I happened to read an advertisement in the local newspaper from a group called Citizens Against Higher Taxes (CAHT). In my opinion they kind of had the “spike the ball” attitude toward those who supported the levy. So I must offer my commentary about this advertisement:
It seems the group purchased some advertisements called “An Open letter to the GFPS Administration, Board of Trustees and Teachers Union” in which they claim the school district “is implementing a new bullying program and is now acting like the bully.” They contend “Anyone who opposes their viewpoint is a target of retaliation.” They also say they “expect a new attitude from the Board of Trustees and top administrators…” Continue reading
Local governments are always looking for ways to “stick it to the little guy or gal” it seems.
If you look at your utility or tax bills, you’ll see all sorts of taxes and fees just to live where you live. By the way, politicians like to use the term “fees” as this keeps them from saying the “tax” word and angering voters.
It was not really a surprise when I recently read that the City of Philadelphia is charging bloggers $300 per year for a “business privilege license” because they believe blogging is a business.
They consider blogging a business because some bloggers receive a little money for advertisements that run on their blogs. The bloggers reported this as income on their taxes and “BAM” here comes the local government bloodsuckers to get their share. Continue reading