First of all I am starting to write this on Labor day and for the first time in a few years I am not laboring. It is another gem of a day. I probably won't finish this today but I don't care. There surely is a feel of fall in the air. I don't know about anyplace else but the weather man (I say that because he was a man at least as far as I know.) said that September was the sunniest month and I can't wait for scenes like this.
The above photo was taken from a tower in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery about 5 years ago. I'm can't remember if this before the peak color or post.
Ah politicians. Politics is a bit of a sport around here and the political ads are in full swing. We take a back seat to no one when it comes sneaky, underhanded shenanigans. John Kerry, our Herman Munster look a like senior senator bought himself a yacht. Hey why is there a ch in the word yacht and why don't you pronounce the ch? But I digress. I can't remember how many millions of dollars it cost him, but the media found out and they also found out that he had docked the yacht in Rhode Island. Docking it there gets him out of paying a Massachusetts tax, I'm not sure which one. There are so many. He also didn't pay the excise tax. That's a tax on any kind of vehicle. If you buy a car they charge you an excise tax every year. I suppose they feel they just don't have enough of your money. He was asked why the yacht wasn't docked in Boston Harbor since he has a residence in town or why it wasn't down at his little summer shack on Nantucket. He said the yacht was down in Rhode Island because the company he bought it from is there and it's there for "maintenance". According to reports the boat has been in the harbor several times and the law states that if you make an out of state purchuse and bring it into the state within 6 months you owe money. It's the "You bought something out of state and we want more of your money tax." This has forced me to postpone my yacht purchase. It cost him, or actually more correctly his wife Teresa Heinz, yes, of ketchup, fame a cool $7,000,000. He owes the state about $500,000 for the one tax and $70,000 for the excise tax. I don't even know what excise means.
Also concerning politics. One of the three people running against our incumbent governor "forgot" to pay some taxes. Whoops! The best one is the guy running for state auditor. You know the person who is the watch dog making sure that there is no funny business with the states books. He didn't pay some income taxes. Whoops again! He said it was just an"oversight". You can't expect the auditor to remember to pay his taxes every year. Government. What a racket!