Maybe they provide the call center for those companies and in order to show they are busy and worth the money, they're drumming up questions.
Nice. This is my new go to for subversive insults.
who strongly believes in the right to bear arms.
Balk so what exactly is your tie to Oxford? Bill Clinton just finished speaking to about 1000 people on the Ole Miss Campus and received glowing reviews from both Dems and Repubs alike. I see that as an even greater sign of progress.
What's really ironic, county residents in rural areas (i.e. Obion, TN) are often very anti-government and anti-tax. I can almost guarantee you this man is a member of the tea party which is part of the reason he didn't pay the $75 in the first place.
In the rural area where I live you can't get the county residents to pay for anything; schools, public transportation, sports complexes, etc. because they see it as a violation of their right not to pay and not to participate.
Which, btw means they use a volunteer fire dept. which is mildly effective and the community has to raise money for through fish fries and bake sales.
@KarenUnOh I think you're right to some degree, the decent thing would have been if the firemen just put it out anyways. I guarantee they discussed it.
But I can't put all of the blame on some big bad municipality. The homeowner has to take quite a bit of responsibility for his decisions. I'm speculating, but based on where and how the fire started, he caused it himself as well. Society can't save you from yourself.
It is a high price, which is probably why he should have coughed up the $75 or at least been more careful when burning stuff in his yard.
The kid scenario is completely separate. Of course it wouldn't be fair to kids, it's never fair to kids.
He'll lose a lawsuit so any attempt is only going to take away court resources from other more important cases. But this is America, he gets to try.
I'm compassionate. I feel for him and if he was in my community, I'd give him some cash and help him out. But I don't think the government was completely negligent.
And I definitely don't think I'd point to our health care system as a model for anything except dysfunction.
"This is the kind of crap that this country has gotten mired in debating. It's disgusting."
That and stupid lawsuits because people like to throw around their legal weight and act like their doing something productive by tying up tax money in legal proceedings.
You obviously don't know much about rural areas. There is a tax for city residents. County residents can elect to pay the tax ($75 annually) or go without the service.
County officials do not impose the tax on county residents because county residents don't like paying for services they don't think they get much benefit out of; such as parks, schools, etc.
Letting someone's house burn down is fucked up, why did you do nothing to stop it?
I think "being able to pay" is subjective. He obviously could have afford to come up with the $75 for the year. It just wasn't worth it, until his house caught on fire, which by the way looks like it started because he was burning shit in barrels near a shed. In fairness to the home owner, he didn't seem that outraged. He seemed like he was accepting the consequences of his choice and it was the media that was trying to make this into a social injustice story.
It definitely sucks and we should help each other out, but if people make a decision to not participate in the social contract, then why should they only reap the rewards of that contract?