Monday, September 01, 2014

Monday Comments - Labor Day

The Delmar Delaware Mayor and Council meeting is tomorrow night at 7 PM.




After a number of weeks of inactivity I see Chris Mills is working on a plywood wall for the back wall.  I don’t know if this is to be an interior wall and another outside wall will go up.  As you can see this wall sits in beyond the original brick wall.

Fools are on the road driving this labor day weekend.  Beware.
Election time is going full blast and my mailbox is being filled with candidate flyers.  You can tell those with full war chests as their campaign signs are larger than everyone else. 

Our own local Carl Anderton is out campaigning. See his website here

Sept 9 th is the primary.  Not that far away.  I had written briefly about the Sussex County candidate Councilman forum at the Laurel Library.  The Laurel Star has the questions and answers asked and given in last week’s newspaper.  What is missing is the body, tone of voice, train of thought and response time of the candidates which was a deciding factor for me.
Speaking of Sussex County I received the tax bill and it is amazing.  My taxes were a couple hundred dollars.  My mother’s house in Wicomico County was about $1,500.  Of course in Wicomico County you have hogs to feed.  

Should you not remember; this October there will be an election for a Mayor and two council members on the Delmar Delaware side of town. Should you be interested in filing for one of those positions (and you should be) you will have to file by September 12th. You can only file for one office at a time. About the only requirement for filing is you have to be 18 years of age and a resident of the town for one year preceding the election.

Say what you will about the above but I know once the wife leaves the house you are going to try it.  I think the bun warmer is a nice touch.

I received this comment in regards to the Delmar post office from a reader;
....I want to thank our local post office. I was tracking a package that was shown to be delivered in Mardela Springs Post office. I thought little of it and thought I would see it tomorrow. However.... a gentleman in his own vehicle delivered today. I was so surprised I didn't even think to ask his name or how. I did reconigize him from post office. What a great service!

So a big thumbs up to the Delmar Post Office.

School has started which means waiting on school buses and trying not to hit school kids who seem to lack common sense. 
I was driving thru Woodcreek development a week or so back and noticed how bad the houses look with all the mildew on the north side of the homes. 

I recently took my mother to a Doctor’s appointment and on leaving the exam room we commented on how twisted and how many turns the hallway took.  It turns out it is part of security - as in the case of an “active shooter.”  The old way there would be one long straight hallway that a shooter could kill anyone standing in it.  Now, there is only a 20 foot straight hallway before it turns.  This of course dates back to trench warfare in the civil war and WW1 in which the armies found if their trenches were straight and one end was over run by the opposing army that army  could shoot everyone in the trench.  They turned to making the trenches zigzag so only a limited area of a trench was exposed.
Speaking of active shooters what is the deal with this teacher Dorchester County escorted off the school grounds and put on administrative leave?  He had worked in Delmar school before and very little is being said about that. I understand the Delmar police are investigating him, big waste of time for them.   My impression is their problem was a couple books he has written under a pen name which Dorchester County calls an alias and the books are about school shootings.  So now everyone that writes about school shooting are denied access to their job and school grounds?  Going to be some out of work TV and newspapers reporters if that happens as that seems to be the main subject they report.

From WW1 but just as applicable today

Humanitarian bombing does this not sound like government doublespeak?  What is humanitarian about dropping bombs, but we again at that point that logic is pushed aside and the American people accept it.  Pretty much what the German people did under Hitler. 

The Lower Delmarva Genological Society are having some good speakers for their fall session.  They meet at the Nabb research center at 7PM and the meetings are open to the public and of course free.
On Sept 24, Joey Di Carlo of di Carlo Digital Copying will talk about restoring old photographs and documents.

On October 22nd Delmar’s own Elaine Patterson will speak on how to publish your family tree. 
On Nov 19th Tony Russo will speak on his new book “Eastern Shore Beer; a heady History of chesapeake brewing”  It includes the Third Wave in Delmar.   

And if you enjoy Labor day as a holiday you can thank the Labor Unions for creating it. You notice in Obama's proclamation there is no mention of them altho he does almost say it.

On Labor Day, we honor the legacy of our working women and men who have played a defining role in the American story and all those who carry forward our Nation's proud tradition of hard work, responsibility, and sacrifice. From assembly lines to classrooms, across highways and steel mills, American workers strengthen the foundation of our country and demonstrate that our economy grows best from the middle out.
For generations, working Americans have fought to build a better life for their families and a better future for their country. United in the cause of dignity and justice in the workplace, they organized for the workplace protections that have helped build the largest and most prosperous economy in the world, including the 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, and safe working conditions. Each hard-won victory, from laws establishing collective bargaining to those guaranteeing a minimum wage, has helped raise standards of living for people across our Nation and provided them with opportunities to climb the ladder of success.
In the same spirit of strength and resilience, Americans today have battled back from a financial crisis, a weakening economic foundation, and the worst recession of our lifetimes. We have brought manufacturing jobs back to America, invested in skills and education, and begun to lay the groundwork for stronger, more durable economic growth.
But we still have more work left to do to reverse the forces that have conspired against working Americans for decades. As we seek to strengthen our economy and our middle class, we must secure a better bargain for all -- one where everyone who works hard in America has a chance to get ahead. I am committed to boosting economic mobility by empowering our workers and making sure an honest day's work is rewarded with an honest day's pay. My Administration is fighting for a fair minimum wage for every employee because nobody who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. We must also eliminate pay discrimination so women receive equal pay for equal work, combat unfair labor practices, and continue to defend the collective bargaining rights our parents and grandparents fought so hard for.
As we celebrate Labor Day, we reflect on the efforts of those who came before us to increase opportunity, expand the middle class, and build security for our families, and we rededicate ourselves to moving forward with this work in our time. We stand united behind our great American workforce as we lay the path for economic growth and prosperity.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 1, 2014, as Labor Day. I call upon all public officials and people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor the contributions and resilience of working Americans.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.