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October 25, 2012

Human nature ... consistently inconsistent

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Thus we are somewhat puzzled why alcoholic beverages were permitted at this particular event as we do also think it tends to suggest that the village is not consistent in what it allows at various gatherings. Why we wonder does the village chose to allow alcohol at its gathering while denying them at gatherings at Three Mile Point or Fairy Springs, as well as at block parties throughout the village? It is one of seemingly inconsistent moments about which “inquiring minds want to know” the explanation.

Of course, we encounter such “inquiring minds want to know” moments more often than we might think possible. In fact, we are still puzzling about two emails we received this past week which seem to us, at least, somewhat inconsistent, if not completely ironic.

The first email referenced an article “Insight: U.S. taxpayers poised to subsidize Asian coal demand,” which was found at www.reuters.com. The article read in part: “...At issue is how much miners pay the government to tap the coal-rich Powder River Basin in eastern Montana and Wyoming... Government auditors have long faulted lax oversight of the coal lease program, saying miners have too much sway. Officials have defended the system, saying their approach is the right one to help utilize a region that provides a large share of the country’s power ... That dynamic raises questions about whether taxpayers are essentially helping Asian economies save on energy costs ‘...A key question is whether the taxpayer is getting a fair return on the use of those lands,’ said Lynn Scarlett, who served as a deputy to two Secretaries of the Interior under President George W. Bush between 2005 and 2009.”

Much has been said of late by those opposed to natural gas drilling about the landowners in this area being nothing but greedy when it comes to wanting to lease mineral rights for natural gas development. And yet now it might seem that when the federal government is leasing its mineral rights, the government, and hence the taxpayers, don’t seem to be greedy enough. We are not certain, but we do tend to think it cannot be both ways.

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