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Here we go again:  On May 12, our postage stamps will go up again. They will now cost 42 cents. Remember that "Forever" stamp? Well, it seems it wasn't forever. It, too, will go up. The U.S. Postal Service states that the "forever" stamps that you purchased for 41 cents will remain good for first-class postage after the rate increase takes effect.  After that, it'll cost more.

Board of equalization:  I got a phone call this week from a friend that informed me that since Mrs. Smiley's office only has part-time help, that in order to make an appointment to appeal your taxes, call the assessor's office.  

Spay and neuter certificates:  Volunteers, who partner with the Bryan County Caregivers, will be at the Midway IGA tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. handing out spay and neuter certificates.  The cost is $20 for dogs and $10 for cats. Rabies shots will be $6. All of you with pets know how expensive these can be if you take your pet to a veterinarian. This is an opportunity to get them spayed and neutered for a lot less cost.  

Wild game supper:  Monday, Feb. 25, is the deadline for purchasing your tickets to the Wild Game Supper at the Bamboo Farms on Feb. 29. Call today or go by there on Highway 17 at Canebrake Road.

Goodwill donations:  I dropped by the Goodwill store last week, several days after I had donated eight boxes of "stuff" and only saw one item on the shelf that I had donated. Hmmmmm.

911 calls:  In watching emergency calls televised on TV, I cannot believe the questions they ask the caller. Call:  My mom is on the floor. Is she alive? Is she saying anything? No, she is on the floor and is not moving. In the meantime, no one is there to help the victim. My boyfriend is not responding. What happened?  Well, if I knew that, I wouldn't be calling you, I'd be him giving mouth-to-mouth.  I'm telling you.... Watch some of the shows where people call into 911 and the ludicrous questions they ask. A young man heard burglars in his house. He hid in the closet of his bedroom. The dispatcher spent probably 15 minutes asking him stupid questions, when he finally took matters in his own hands and went after them with a baseball bat. God help me, if I ever have to call 911. What is the problem Ms. Moss? Well, there is a mountain lion in my front yard. Well, what color is he? What? We need to know the color to determine if he is really dangerous. Nuff said.

Lake George POA:  I recently received a copy of the 2008-09 POA budget and revised bylaws. There is no provision for repairs to our community center. There is no provision for gas, oil and repairs for equipment.  I don't understand why $1,500 was set aside for roads and grounds. The "grounds" are covered under "contract service" and the only roads we have to maintain are the short ones leading into our rec areas. There has been $2,100 set aside for "docks." The docks at Rec 1 and Rec 2 were completely rebuilt, so what are we talking about here? However, office and postage went from previous $600 to $1,500. Of course, now I understand. A phone and a computer were installed in the community building. Why? We've run our POA for years without either of these "luxuries."  Who uses these "luxuries?"  When I reviewed the new bylaws, I was astounded at the major deletions and additions. I know my decision to vote no on the budget and no on approving these bylaws is not going to be popular with the board, but that is what I am going to do.

How to handle change:  On Feb. 18, 2009, all TV broadcasters will be required to shut off their analog signals and broadcast solely on the digital spectrum. That will leave more than 13 million viewers with a choice. Either buy a converter box or lose TV.  I resented when Comcast took away my Game Show Channel and switched it to digital with no remorse. We, the public, are being forced into situations we have no control of. Let's see, is this the state of Georgia or the Republic of Georgia? I read somewhere recently where the FCC is concerned about what people are being forced into and they are looking into giving people a choice in the stations they pay for. I just hope this comes about before 2009.
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