statistics The Riverdale Observer: April 2006

The Riverdale Observer

The "RIVERDALE OBSERVER" is an individualy written, produced and distributed broadside newspaper dealing with one topic per issue as it relates to Riverdale Park, Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States of America, Earth, Milkyway Galaxy, Universe, and Beyond (the writer does not wish to be too limited in subject matter).

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Location: Riverdale Park, Maryland, United States

Born and raised in Weems, Virginia attended VPI, BS General Science 1964, Work experience in Research and Quality Control Labs; WWTP Management, Operation, and Teaching; Member of various Boards, Organic Food and Farming, Tax Reform, Homeschool, and Soccer. Married, wife and I homeschool two teenage children.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Henry George and Land Tax, Cinquain and Prose

On the town's group talk list recently Land Value Tax made a meteoric rise in discussion only to go down in the smoke of controversy on the local busses and whether or not they are useful or a noisy dirty interference in our "Idyllic" suburb.

And during an unstressed moment, well the vertigo and tinnitus took me out of the usual full round of activities, and gave me time to reflect on things and I noticed that the town had a special election for Ward 1 in February and the Brazilian Style Indoor Soccer season passed me by and I had not made a post in four months. The viewing activity has been steady and much like prior to four months ago.

The above town LVT discussion inspired me to put up more information about Land Value Taxes the link is to a prose piece I did and below is a poetry piece, which truth be told was major part of a resume for a part time position I got for awhile.

Henry George's work "Progress and Poverty" is one of several inspirational books for me and my understanding of the world of ecology and economy, especially as applied to human action. It adds to the fullness of my understanding of Fernand Braudel's "Civilization and Capitalism", James Miller's "Living Systems", Kirkpatrick Sales' "Human Scale", and Murray Bookchin's "Ecology of Freedom"

Among other writing I have done for general use and to particular officials and people about Henry George's comprehensive discourse on the single tax, based on ideas of sources as old as Levidicus and as new the Physiocrats and the Classic Liberals, I now wish to add my contribution to poetry via the French Poetic form the Cinquain, a five line poem.

The Cinquain
Line 1: The title, a noun, one word
Line 2: Describes the Title, two words
Line 3: Action words or phrase about the title, three words
Line 4: Describes a feeling about the title, four words
Line 5: Refers to the title, one word



by Jack R. Jones, 25 August 2000
Henry George's Alpha and Omega

Henry
young lad
boarding sailing ship
adventure bound, unknown renown
Oceans

Oceans
earth's canals
winds carried round
ships, crews, commerce, lad
California

California
Francisco's mother
lively employment's cradle
wealth's, ability's, great meeting
Progress

Progress
justice's wealth
opportunity seeking all
raising even the lowly
Poverty

Poverty
injustice's fruit
privilege serving few
must strive to abolish
George






by Jack R. Jones, 25 August 2000
Henry George on Criteria of Taxation

Taxes
community nourishment
production lightly touched
collection's ease, corruption's bane
revenue

Income
burdened work
labor's life bled
to its escape, contrary
loss

Sales
burdened produce
less, costs more
poor stricken, rich undaunted
regress

Property
burdened capital
lower quality caused
fleeing center, margin bound
abandonment

Land
location's value
land's highest best
true purpose, peoples bounty
useful






by Jack R. Jones, 25 August 2000
Henry George on Factors of Production

Nature
bounteous gift
expression of potential
we tenants, God's stewards
Time

Labor
prime mover
with nature's bounty
capital produced, advantage conveyed
Wage

Land
fountain source
raw becoming improved
labor fed, capital made
Rent

Capital
wealth gained
matter, labor informed
some sustains, other gains
Interest

Time
nature's friend
labor's watchful guide
gift given and taken
Nature






by Jack R. Jones, 25 August 2000
Henry George on the Progress of Economies

Wilderness
civilization's cradle
nature's stew beginning
hunting, gathering, brought together
Community

Community
limitedly close
together we strive
starving shortage, useless bounty
Market

Market
useless bounties
together, value created
one's shortage, bounty erased
Capital

Capital
shortage erased
yet bounty still
in global circles search
Economy

Economy
ecology's janus
nature's three, chained
one built upon another
Ecology






by Jack R. Jones, 25 August 2000
Henry George on Liberty

Land
all source
labor's necessary place
gained to make sustenance
Life

Life
striven focus
centered, moving outward
wither worst, thither best
Liberty

Liberty
action's edge
moving in quest
living for chosen state
Pursuit

Pursuit
motion's sight
bound to choice
life in chosen state
Happiness

Happiness
joyful arrival
journey's quest done
once done, done again
Nature



by Jack R. Jones, 25 August 2000