Last Word on why you can't hurry at the airport, May 19

An Airbnb customer weighs in on the debate on whether an exception should be made in James City County.

 

Slow at the airports

We now read that flights are delayed and passengers are joining ever longer lines because of TSA resources. As a frequent flier I can confirm this. What is not being highlighted is the $85/year pre-check program where “qualified” people can join the security fast lane.   However, the scam is not just from the $85 but the fact that many others enjoy “free” pre-check by virtual of being a frequent flier with one or other airlines.  This pre-check status is not consistent. It’s pretty random. So one day its ok for me to join the pre-check lane. The next flight – no. I conclude that pre-check is a scam to raise funds. If it were security related, it would be consistent with background and risk. $85 changes neither. The US government already has all my details including finger prints but they still want $85. 

Airbnb customers

As an Airbnb customer and JCC resident, I read with interest the article about the James City County rules which effectively limit hosts to those with properties in commercial areas (such as timeshares and licensed B&Bs). None of the properties I have rented (in Europe and USA) through Airbnb fit that description, and that is by choice. Customers are thoroughly screened and must receive positive reviews from hosts to remain in the system. In other words, we are good guests. But I typically look for properties that have amenities that timeshares and B&Bs do not have. If I were visiting this community, I might choose to stay in the Yorktown area, where I see Airbnb listings other than commercial properties. That means potential occupancy taxes would go to York County, and JCC would lose the business and the taxes. If any of my neighbors wanted to become an Airbnb host, I would not object. Yes, it would violate our neighborhood covenants, but that would be minor compared to the array of violations that I see when driving through our community.

Sinking islands

I have read several articles about land subsidence in the Chesapeake, including Hampton Roads as well as Tangier Island.  They say that as our Northeast, relieved of the tremendous weight of the ice sheets of the last glaciation, rebounds, the land of the Mid-Atlantic, no longer squeezed  upward, sinks.  The depletion of groundwater by wells also shares the blame—up to 50% of it, in the case of Tangier, according to one study.

Voter ID

You wonder why you need photo ID when you vote.  All you have to do is look to Maryland. Maryland’s state election officials ordered that the results of Baltimore’s recent primary election be decertified after watchdogs and candidates complained the process was flawed. The number of ballots cast in the April 26th contest was hundreds more than the number of voters who checked in at the polling places. There you have it.

One definition

What do you call a person who takes money from one person to do a job and then takes even more money from another person to do the exact opposite job? Would the name, “politician,” fit?  I think it fits. Have a blessed day.

Presidential politics

I recommend this article to anyone considering supporting  Donald Trump for President. http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2015/07/donald-ivana-trump-divorce-prenup-marie-brenner

A lot of news stations are saying that if Donald Trump does not get the endorsement of Paul Ryan, he’s running as a third candidate. How is that possible?  That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard of. Trump is registered as a Republican. Republican voters have made him the nominee, and if Paul Ryan doesn’t like it because he’s in Mitt Romney’s camp, then it’s Paul Ryan who is fighting against the Republican voters and is becoming a presumptuous third party unto himself. We called Robb Wittman’s office and nobody is in favor of Paul Ryan’s stance. Called McCarthy’s office in California, sixth [?] in line in the House of Representatives, no one is in favor of Paul Ryan’s stance.  Republicans have been calling in. But Mitt Romney is in favor of Paul Ryan’s stance.  So the answer is to Republican voters or Mitt Romney? You  figure it out.

D.A. Hagginbothom’s letter in the 5/11/16 Virginia Gazette on the last seven years was most profound when summing up with “After seven years of intentional fundamental transformation, we’re now on the sinking sand of progressive demagoguery instead of Constitutional bedrock.”  I suspect my grand and great grandchildren will live under an increasingly intrusive, less tolerant federal government.  A pity.

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