More realistic costs of ‘12 Days of Christmas’ fowl
I was amused and concerned with an article in the business section of the Thursday edition of the Carroll County Times. The article was about the cost of the items in the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” While I’m not qualified to question the accuracy of some of the financial aspects of the article, I feel I am aptly qualified to question the veracity of the fowl prices as quoted. I don’t know anything about the PNC Financial Services Group, but I can’t help but wonder if they were the same group that purchased the $600 hammer for the Pentagon.
I was born and raised in Carroll County and for over 50 years attended the Western Maryland Livestock Auction, later to become the Westminster Livestock Auction until April of this year when it went out of business. I regularly attended Thursday night auctions where chickens and assorted foul were sold. I can tell you firsthand that the prices in the article just don’t “fly.” While the point the author was trying to make may have worked in a city paper, us country bumpkins are sometimes more adept at discerning facts from a pile of bovine excretion.
Partridge in a pear tree: $220.13 (PNC quoted prices), $6 to $7, including tree another $20 (auction price).
Two turtle doves: $375 (PNC), $5 to $8 a piece, x 2 = $16 (auction)
Three French hens (I don’t know for sure what a French hen is, maybe they cackle in French?): $181.50 (PNC), $3 to $12 a piece x 3 = $36 (auction)
Four calling birds (I don’t know what was meant by a calling bird, but a I would assume a Bob White quail would do): $599.96 (PNC), $4 to $6 a piece x 4 = $24 (auction)
Six geese a-laying: $390 (PNC), $4 to $9 a piece x 6 = $54 (auction)
Seven swans a-swimming: $13,125 (PNC), $100 to $125 a piece x 7 = $875 (auction)
Total: $14,888.59 (PNC), $1,032 (auction)
On the other side of the coin, eight maids a-milking, $58 (PNC), going cost of farm labor, $12 an hour x 8 = $96.
Have a holy Christmas!
GM, Trump, corporations sticking it to Americans
In spite of the $13 billion General Motors bailout by taxpayers eight years ago and the huge $1.5 trillion tax cut given by the Trump administration to big corporations, GM has decided to cut 15,000 jobs from the American workforce. With record GM profits, these jobs will be moved to other countries. Greed has no bounds. The cuts include over 300 jobs by GM in Maryland. It’s GM’s way of saying thank you to the American worker and taxpayer.
Donald Trump promised that not a single manufacturing job would be lost under his administration. Trump promised that with the $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthy and corporate America, we would see significant increases in worker pay, better and higher paying jobs, and historic economic growth. How is your 401K retirement fund and the stock market working out for you lately? Have you seen those big pay raises and bonuses you were promised? How about all those high-paying jobs that were supposed to materialize from the Trump tax cuts?
The fact is that as a taxpayer and a hard-working American, you were duped by GM, corporate America, the Trump administration and the Republican party. Many bought into the lies of Trump and the Republican party hook, line and sinker.
Don’t you love the new Chevy family ads on television? Seems that GM is divorcing many of these families in 2019. When will American workers realize they are being screwed by wealthy corporate and political interests. When will American workers start organizing and fighting for their economic interests and economic justice?
David J. Iacono
New positions for CCPS not ‘pie in the sky’
The article in the Carroll County Times, dated Dec. 6, covered the recent meeting of the Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education. The budget was discussed in the meeting, and one of the proposals in the planned budget is to increase the staff in several areas, including mental health, that have critical needs that are not being met. Marsha Herbert, a board member, was quoted as saying the possible plan to add 29 new positions is “pie in the sky.”
I disagree strongly with that statement. The increase in the number of staff positions in the CCPS system is less than 1 percent of the total staff of 3,269. The planned positions would meet needs that should have been covered long ago. We elect members of the CCPS Board of Education to see that the needs of our students are met, not to view things simply from a budgetary position.