My neighbor's dogs keep getting out and making a mess at our house. They're two very friendly and cute dogs but they chew up our kids' toys and they've been getting into our trash. We've respectfully and kindly told our neighbors about the ongoing issue that happens about twice a week and all they say is "we're sorry about that." I'm tired of replacing toys and picking up trash but I want to be a friendly neighbor. Now what?
Dear DogGone Neighbors,
The answer I’d love to give you starts with a .2 and ends with a 2 with nothing in between, but let’s not go there,I don’t want PETA after me.
You’ve been ‘kindly and friendly’ and apparently that didn’t work. If you’d like to continue to be kindly and friendly, keep your trash and toys up and out of dogs' reach and forget it. If you want to be really kind and friendly, offer to buy them an invisible dog fence.
Now, if you’re past the kindly/friendly stage, see sentence one or it might be time to flush your car’s coolant. I’m kidding PETA, kidding!
I got behind a tractor pulling a big piece of equipment the other day on 259. The tractor could have pulled in the emergency lane at any time but instead, they chose to drive 20 mph for about 4 miles and backed up traffic for about 17 cars. I know farmers have to get from one place to another but aint there some etiquette in there somewhere?
Dear Getting Nowhere Fast,
Tractors, garbage trucks , funeral processions. These are the top three worst things to get behind on the road. Could be worse, you might be in the lead car of the funeral procession. I’ve actually had this question before and may have been the guy you were behind. Anyway, keep these things in mind when behind farm equipment: if said piece is taking up two lanes of the road, chances are there is not room on the roadside for said piece to get out of your way. Tractor tires can cost as much as $3,000 each; a broken signpost or road tile in the ditch could cost $6,000 (front and back tires) if run over-- likely causing the driver to be apprehensive about pulling off into a 3’ ditch.
As much as farmers have to do these days, they want to get to where they are going just as fast as you do. Just remember where food comes from the next time you’re behind one and practice patience because it could always be worse. You could live where there are twelve lanes of traffic jammed up for 27 miles, three times everyday.
What is your take on this whole Trump--Kim Jong Uno (or whatever his name is). Is this a good or bad thing?
Dear Korean Card Game,
This much is true, half the country thinks he’s doing the right thing and half the country thinks he’s an idiot. I fall somewhere in the middle. However I will say this, we’ve not been attacked by North Korea yet-- that I’ve heard-- so he’s got that going for him. Honestly, we as common folk, won’t know if Kimmy sticks to it and denuclearizes for a couple of years. In the meantime, half the country will say Trump is Satan because he drinks Diet Coke and the other half will swear it cures cancer. Me, I’ll stick with tea and be at peace knowing everything gives you cancer.
Thank goodness the first part of this election is over. I never thought I see such nasty stuff come out of our own little county. Where the heck did all this come from?
Dear Mud Bog Hater,
There was enough mud slung this year to supply Purnell and Williams Sausage’s hogs for the next 10 years. I can’t say much, boys I used to sling em. But as Momma always said, “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything”, so I stopped with the name calling, bad mouthing and all-around nasty talk.
I love this county, born and raised here, but there is one thing I can’t stand. EC is notorious for putting others down. I have a theory: EC is the butt of many jokes, ’poor, backward, rednecks’ according to everyone else. Instead of lifting ourselves up most people here tear everyone else down as to elevate their status and make themselves look better. Call it insecurity, low self-esteem whatever you wish but it’s poison. Just like the bully in school, when you stand up to them they generally back off.
My mindset is this; rising tides lift ALL boats, so instead of slinging donuts, build yourself up so you outshine the competition and let everyone else who are still stuck in two wheel drive (slinging away), worry about themselves. They won't get too far.
I saw where two people were arrested for dealing drugs down at the baptizing place the other day but I never saw where the church people are raising heck over it. How come they got all tore up when there was a music video with a positive message shot down there but they don't say anything when drugs are down there?
Dear I Baptize This My Reader:
Somewhere along the lines of this discussion, the silly notion has been passed around that somehow the people that own and/or use the baptizing facility for religious purposes turn a blind eye to the illegal or inappropriate actions that sometimes happen on the property, and that's simply not true.
The biggest difference in the two examples you've given are: the video was done very publicly and blatantly. The church members and property members were very much made aware that something was taking place at the property that according to the owners, was not supposed to take place. Whether you liked the music video or not, or no matter your opinion about the property, we very plainly learned through that process that the property was indeed private and that the owners have a right to say what happens there. When someone goes there to deal drugs, have secret hook-ups, or to fish, or anything else for that matter, it's usually kept quiet. No one calls the owners or the churches and lets them know that illegal activities are about to take place. If they did, you can bet your fishing poles that there would be all sort of heck raised.
Should churches police the property? Maybe, but most of them are probably at work. I predict this situation will cause the property owners to adjust how they oversee the property. It's obvious that the property owners didn't want a video shot there, but what's been overlooked is that they also don't want drugs there, hookups, fishing, swimming, nor anything else that's not a religious ceremony. The majority of them are just not the type of folks that jump up and run to Facebook every time they disagree with something, so you don't hear about them being upset.
I am not usually one to fuss about "Ask Mongoose" because I agree with most of what you have to say, but! It was the simple fact that most people, apparently including MONGOOSE, do not understand what taxing districts are and how this article can cause confusion. I was reading one of your replies when you wrote “Example, if you feel too much of your taxes go toward, let's say the library, but you'd rather it go towards our parks, “ and it kind of aggravated me. This is the thinking of most people in this county, and probably lots of others. There are several different TAXING DISTRICTS on there that get tax dollars from people like you and I. They include County, School, ambulance etc. There are a total of 7 on your property tax bill and there is one more that is not on there but it is a separate taxing district which is the Water District, which is the only other one that I know of. Oh wait I forgot that Fire Dept. dues are on there now. Fire Dept. dues are not actually taxes but they are on the bill now so most people probably view them as such.
This means that each of these taxing districts receive their own tax dollars and that their budgets are not intermixed with the county budget. That being said I guess you can see how I believe this article can confuse people and cause problems for the county government. I think this should be explained and corrected. I think it would give Mongoose a little more credibility with people in the county that do know how taxing districts work and enlighten those that do not understand the system. It may even help out our Fiscal Court if people understand how it all works.
Let me first make it known how refreshing it is to have a knowledgeable reader engaged in what’s happening in his/her community. Secondly, let me apologize if you or anyone feels as if my aim was to mislead John Q Public in any way. On the contrary-- my focus has been, and always will be, to motivate my readers to do their own research and form their own opinion, although I do hope I influence opinion somewhat; the last thing I want is a bunch of little Mongeese running around.
However, I'd like to take a moment to defend/justify the highlighted portion of my answer. "if you feel too much of your taxes go toward, let's say the library, but you'd rather it go towards our parks, then talk to your magistrate first, then attend the next meeting. If he doesn’t voice your concerns, vote him out."
Had I written the following, “if you feel too much of your federal taxes go towards Social Security, but you’d rather it go towards LGBT, then talk to your Congressman first, then see how he votes, if he doesn’t voice your concerns vote him out”, the advice remains the same. Understand that FICA is not unlike the Library tax in that it is a separate “tax district” also understand that in our representative style of government, the only way to pursue change is to communicate the changes you want to your representatives. Am I proposing raiding the library revenue to fund the park system? No more than I would be raiding social security/Medicare to fund rainbow sidewalks. What I am proposing is for individuals to be informed and involved. If Edmonson County taxpayers want better parks, better libraries, or better anything, WE need to tell our representatives where to spend OUR money.
We've got gluten and msg in our food, tobacco causes cancer, office jobs are causing obesity, football causes concussions, and now makeup parabens are causing cancer, too. Should I just go ahead and roll myself in bubble wrap?
Dear Bubble Boy,
Did you know that being born is the number one cause of death?
When I get a question like this I think about George Burns: smoked cigars all his waking hours and from what I hear drank like a fish, yep it finally caught up with him at the young age of 100.
In our days of 24 hour news cycle and everyone being able to make money off the cause or the cure, the best thing one can do is enjoy life, use some common sense, don't do anything in excess, and don’t believe everything you read. *
*The original response contained a line about celebrities and cancer which was portrayed as an insult. While the comment was intended as satire, one reader that has been greatly affected by cancer felt it was inappropriate and provided suitable reasons why. While this column is intended to be humorous and often tongue-in-cheek, I unintentionally crossed a line and have apologized. Cancer is no laughing matter. --Mongoose
My daughter just turned 10 and was pretty disappointed when she didn't get a new iPhone for Christmas. I don't think she needs one because she has one of our old phones she can use on wifi, but her mom thinks Santa shouldve bought her one of her own. What age do you think it's ok for a kid to have a cellphone?
Dear Mr. Grinch,
I’ve been asking for a dirt bike since I was 7. I'm still waiting for it and there have been several years where I was real good.
Some parents never cease to amaze me, first of all, they’ve completely forgotten what things were like when they were their kids’ age. There was no such thing as a cell phone when I was 10 and guess what, I survived. Not only did I survive I learned 3 things by not having "Satan’s CB”: 1) to listen 2) to remember 3) to improvise.
Let me explain; if I were to do something outside of the normal routine that required my mom or dad to pick me up etc.. I had to 1) listen to the plan they had mapped out for me to make it work. Not only did I have to listen, I had to 2) remember the plan. For instance, “mom, can I go to Jim Bob’s house after school, his mom said it was ok.” “Sure son, I’ll pick you up from there at 6:00, make sure your shoes are on, don’t forget your book satchel and be out front, I don’t want to have to come in and get you or I’ll be there till 10:00”, said mom. Now, I had to listen carefully to the plan AND I had to remember it all day long. But, But what if an emergency came up? That’s where the improvisation comes into play. I didn’t have the luxury of sending my parents a text to tell them that Jim Bob’s brother swallowed an entire bottle of Flintstones vitamins and we were at the Emergency Room, I had to figure out a way to get word to them—improvise. First I’d call home, no answer, no machine. Next, call grandma; “your mom is at the grocery store”. Then, call the grocery store, “Betty said she just left but mentioned she was headed to bank”. You get where I’m going with this.
The problem is this; we do our kids a disservice by not putting these responsibilities on them because we haven’t trained them to handle such. On the other hand, we give a 10 year old a $600 phone with the capabilities to look at naked pitchers of strangers and classmates and expect them to handle that responsibility. If your kid can afford both the phone and phone bill, let them have one. If not, they’ll survive just like you did without one.
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