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On Wednesday, I posted a You Should Meet item about retired English professor Joe Plut, who was having a 'reading room' dedicated in his honor that night.
Nancy Waller, who had nominated Joe, sends along this message today:
It was a nice gathering, quite lovely, with many of his friends gathered. Steve and I think there were at least 70 there, amazing... and just a guess since it was standing room only.
Joe wore the tux from his play. He was beaming and enjoying every hug he got that night.
He had a print out of your blog, and talked about it quite a bit. He kept mentioning you and the 3 hour conversation all night long.
Nancy sent along these photographs. My favorite is this table of important items and photographs. You can probably figure out why.4 Comments)
The people over at Prairie Home Companion have now put up the video of last Saturday's tribute to the late Tom Keith.
You can find many videos there, although I'm isolating this one while musing on what it is about pies in the face we find so entertaining, time after time after time?
I do not know what the context was and it doesn't much matter.(1 Comments)
If I said my property taxes went up $75, would that be a lot? What if I said they went up 3 percent?
My property tax statement came in the mail yesterday and it shows they're going up $75, or 3 percent. To me, 3 percent sounds worse than $75, which, of course is only $6.25 a month. I probably can swing it.
In a story about Floodwood earlier this week, we noted that property taxes on one business have gone up 36 percent the last 10 years. Is that a lot? It's hard to say without actual numbers. For example, if the typical tax bill was $1,500 a year, that's an average increase of about $57 a year. Is that out of line? Inflation alone would have increased that $37 a year.
Every year, I invite people to add their particulars in the comments section below. How much -- in actual dollars -- is your property tax bill rising -- or falling?
Also, the Public Insight Network is gathering data on the subject here.(31 Comments)