Before the names of the dead were read by 50 of the crowd
that numbered at least three times as many;
before the moment of silence and the prayer
and the thanks to all the first responders and police who assisted at the scene in Orlando;
this evening at St Barnabas Church on Bemiss Road
one speaker said we could choose to focus on the person who did this horrible thing in Orlando,
or we could choose to focus on fear, but as for her and her house,
she chooses love:
go out and do something for your neighbor.
Appeal today if you think there’s more to land (or business)
and woods and fields and streams than money,
unlike the Tax Assessors, whose revaluation would drive development
into agricultural areas of the county where it doesn’t belong,
while avoiding populated areas such as the south side of Valdosta.
We can expect pipeline companies and utilities from other states
to think nothing of pillaging our lands for their profit.
We shouldn’t expect that of our neighbors whom we elected Tax Asssessors.
If you have affection for your land, your county, your neighborhood,
today’s the deadline
to appeal your valuation.
And there will be an election later.
As Wendell Berry said,
Whatever has happened in what economists call “the
economy,” it is generally true that the land economy has been
discounted or ignored.
Are the Tax Assessors boomers?
Are you a sticker?
Wendell Berry explains: Continue reading →