Saturday, April 14, 2007

A Pot Of Gold

This photo is of our neighbor's house after the storm we had last Thursday. I always suspected they had a pot of gold in their backyard. Now we have proof.

Franklin E. Mitchell

While looking thru some of the 1951 editions of the Bi State Register my attention was drawn to someone who had several articles about him. The person was Franklin E. Mitchell, son of Mr and Mrs Otis Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell, at that time Private Mitchell, was in the Korean War/Conflict. By the time he was 17 he had been wounded on three different occasions. He was wounded once in December of 1950, a second time on March 15, 1951 where he received shrapnel in both arms, and a third time on April 23, 1951 where he received three pieces of Shrapnel in the hip and one in the shoulder. No doubt other than some other old people who remember this and people like me (also old) who look thru old newspapers, the sacrifices of Mr. Mitchell are long forgotten. It seem to be the pattern for soldiers who go to war, there is a lot of attention at first than no one remembers as new wars come along and new people are wounded and return home. One Delmar soldier I can not find information about is Glenn Raye the person the American Legion post in Delmar was named after.

Today's Tax Quote

"When there is a single thief, it's robbery. When there are a thousand thieves, it's taxation'
Quote from Vanya Cohen

Happy Birthday Prentiss Howard

A big Happy Birthday to Prentiss Howard of Pocomoke. Today he turns 63.

Incubator Row Delmar in 1951

From the BiState Register in April 1951.
The post war Baby Boom hit Delmar in 1951. This Photo and article speaks of 25 children in 10 homes all on one block in Delmar.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Delaware Invasive Plant List

As someone who like to plant a few flowers and other plants around the house I was surprised at the range of plants Delaware consider to be invasive. The Delaware Invasive Plant List lists plants that are commonly sold in greenhouses and garden centers. Some are just wild plants I never considered as invasive, they are just there and growing. The list has about 66 kinds of plants. A few listed are; Garlic Mustard, tickweed sunflowers, Canada thistle, Asiatic dayflowers, English ivy, yellow iris, european privet, 4 kinds of honeysuckle, pachysandra, bamboo, bradford pear, multifloral rose, red raspberry, perwinkle (vinca), and Japanese Wisteria. Surprisingly Marijuana isn't on the list. I guess the growers paid off the right people. Some seem to be on the list because they spread quickly and are nonindigenous. The News Journal had an article about the Delaware Invasive Plant List yesterday. One comment they made was "invasive plants - non indigenous species that quickly move outside their original ecosystem - threaten native plants, sapping their resources". Now being a native of Delmarva it is surprising how that comment can relate to people and the number of people who move to Delmarva from outside the area. They also said "State regulation isn't yet part of the equation". I am sure it will only be a short time until we have Delaware garden police with complete authority to walk on your property and fine you.

UPDATE: the writer of the blog "Invasive Notes" is much more involved in invasive plants and animals than I am. His blog is worth visiting for a more detail insight into invasive plants and animals.

Today's Tax Quote

"The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."
Quote from President Ronald Reagan

The Year the Government Cancelled Income Tax

Prior to 1943 individuals paid their taxes for the previous year in one lump sum on March 15th. They did not use our current payroll withholding system. This did not sit well with the government because they had to wait an entire year before seeing any revenue arriving to the Treasury. In typical government fashion they wanted more money and they wanted it quicker. After all they had a war on and the taxpayers they drafted for the war reduced the number of taxpayers they could collect from. Their 1942 method of collecting the income tax payment had the basic defect that tax payments were not synchronized with the receipt of the income on which the tax is based. They wanted to go to a pay-as-you-go income tax withholding. Everytime you were paid the income tax would be withheld from your paycheck. This would give the government cash flowing in all through the year not just on March 15th. The problem with the plan was if they started it in 1943 the taxpayers still had not paid their 1942 taxes and this would create a double taxation tax year. One in which they had to pay 1942 and 1943 taxes in the same year. The payment of two years' taxes in one year would be a severe hardship, if not an impossibility for a number of taxpayers in 1943.

Enter Beardsley Ruml, the chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, an economist, and treasurer of R.H. Macy & Co. He proposed that the United States Government forgive the taxes owed for 1942. Even though the taxes for one year would be missing, the cash receipts coming into the Treasury would continue in 1943 because of the pay-as-you-go form of withholding.

Naturally there was no way the government would approve something like totally forgiving taxes. The tax act finally passed (the Current Tax Payment of 1943) allowed for taxes to begin withholding on July 1, 1943 and to forgive 75% (100% up to $50 of tax liability) of each taxpayers 1942 or 1943 taxes, whichever was lower. In addition the act allowed for tax rates to increase for 1944 and 1945. So although the government still collected some taxes for the 1942 tax year, the amount collected was greatly reduced and in many cases for the lower income taxpayer 1942 was truely a year in which taxes were cancelled.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Delmar Delaware Cleanup Day

Today and Tomorrow is Delmar, Delaware cleanup day. It is the once a year time in which you can throw all your old junk you have accumulate out to the curb and the Town of Delmar will pick it up. Last year was fiasco for me. I hauled stuff to the curb and it sit there for a week before the Town finally picked it up. This year however was an entirely different story. The Town fired up the old trash truck and by 2PM my junk was picked up and gone from my house. Congratulations to Public Works for doing a good job.

Today's Tax Quote

"Over and over again Courts have said there is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich and poor, and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands. Taxes are enforced extractions, not voluntary contributions, to demand more in the name of morals is mere cant."
Quote from the Honorable Learned Hand, US Appeals Court Justice

The Other Delmars

There are many towns called Delmar and their names seem to have originated from railroads or, in the case when it is spelled with a space, as in Del Mar have a Spanish origin. The ones I have heard of most often, besides our Delaware and Maryland communities, are in New York, Alabama, and Iowa. Delmar, New York is located outside of Albany and was named Delmar by the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. At one time the Delmar Fire department would participate in parades in Delmar, New York. I haven't heard of that being done in a while.

Delmar, Alabama is located in the North west part of Alabama. It has a website, Delmar Alabama and it too has a connection to the railroad. A railroad construction worker had a retired race horse named Delmar. The horse was well-known and loved by the community. When the work on the railroad was completed around the year 1887, the community was renamed after the race horse.

Delmar, Iowa is located between Clinton and Maquoketa, Iowa. About twenty years ago I had some communication with the Town clerk and Delmar, Iowa seems similar to Delmar, Delaware and Maryland. It is Small community that is a bedroom community for Clinton Iowa. It was named by a railroad worker who supposedly had six daughters and he used the first letter of each of their names to form the name Delmar.

The others Delmars I know very little about. They would be;
Delmar, West Virginia located at the intersection of Interstate 68 and Interstate 79.
Delmar, Illinois which is located East of Kankakee Illinois.
Delmar, Arkansas located North east of Fort Smith.
Delmar, Missouri located North East of Lebanon.
Delmar, Oregon, located south of North Bend, Oregon.
Delmar, South Carolina, of which there are two of them. One is West of Columbia and the other is South East of Spartanburg.
Delmar, North Carolina is North east of Rocky Mount.
Delmar, Georgia is North east of Valdosta.

Del Mar with the space has several places named that way. Del Mar, California comes to mind as it is north of San Diego and compared to Delmar, Delaware a very wealthy community.

Del Mar, Texas of which there are three. One is located around South Padre Island. Another is close to Laredo. The third is west of Longview.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Today's Tax Quote

"There is no art which one government sooner learns from another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people."
Adam Smith

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Trash Day

In the gray dawn of 7:30AM these workers are out busy picking up the trash in Delmar Delaware

Today's Tax Quote

"The trick is to stop thinking of it as 'your' money."
Quote from a Revenue Auditor

Happy Birthday Megan

Megan turns 23 today. Happy Birthday!!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Today's Tax Quote

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” — Albert Einstein, physicist

Police Commission Meeting Change

I have just found out the Delmar Police Commission meeting has been changed to April 16th (next Monday) instead of tonight.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

National Arboretum

We took a trip over to DC to see the Cherry Trees at the Tidal basin. Missed the flowers by a couple of days as most all of the blooms had fallen. This time of year it is always hit or miss on flowering trees as the weather is warm one day and freezing the next. Stopped by the National Arboretum where something is always in bloom. Had to feed the Koi.

This is a Bouganvillea Bonsai.

Another bonsai. Most are quite old. One supposedly was started in 1625. The staff must sweat it out hoping the plants don't die on their shift. Bonsai trainers are like the public school system, they shape and kills any natural growth of the plant, until it is something they think looks right, and the end product is something that is an unnatural freak, but accepted as the public as something nice to look at.

Today's Tax Quote

"Only the little people pay taxes."
Leona Helmsley