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That is Good News!

The County Commission will not renew the Semmes Branch Library lease as is? That is Good News! Notice the Commissioner’s words: “as-is.”

They are doing the right thing. The CVS lease option should not be picked up “as-is.”

The lease option raises the price to around 130% of what it should be, according to real estate experts we have consulted. It must be rejected before negotiations can begin on a new and better lease.

Another Semmes Political Puzzle

Another Semmes Political Puzzle

The City Of Semmes seems to have considerably more than its fair share of political puzzles to solve. Case in point is the surprise request by Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson asking Mayor David Baker of Semmes to rescue her, since she indicated she could not provide support for the Semmes Library. The word obtained by Talk Of Semmes from informed sources is that Semmes City Hall went into intense behind-the-scenes efforts to obtain expert counsel about the library situation. With that information in hand, and upon legal advice, Mayor Baker addressed the Mobile County Commissioners with a written communication. Mayor Baker’s reply is published below in its entirety – please read the response for yourself and see if you agree that the mayor has made an attempt to explain to Commissioner Hudson where the responsibility for survival of the library lies.

Our Complacency Is Killing Us

Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2016 Estimated to be Highest in Nine Years; Sharpest Two-Year Climb in 53 Years
National Safety Council offers insight into what drivers are doing and calls for immediate implementation of proven, life-saving measures

ITASCA, Ill., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary 2016 data from the National Safety Councilestimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That marks a 6 percent increase over 2015, and a 14 percent increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964 – 53 years. The preliminary estimate means 2016 may have been the deadliest year on the nation’s roads since 2007. An estimated 4.6 million additional roadway users were seriously injuredi in 2016, and estimated cost to society was $432 billion.

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Sons Of Liberty and The Boston Tea Party

Sons Of Liberty and The Boston Tea Party

On December 16, 1773 Samuel Adams organized about 60 members of the Sons of Liberty, his underground resistance group to converge on Boston Harbor disguised as Mohawk Indians and board three British ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor. The group’s “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Tea Act, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. Three ships, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver, were boarded by the Sons Of Liberty and the Massachusetts colonists dumped 342 containers of tea into the harbor.  

Bikers Against Bullies

The Status Quo Has To Go

Yesterday evening I received a text message with several photos attached. The photos, according to the sender, are those of another child beat up at Semmes Middle School – not bullied… beat up. I have yet to confirm the origin of the photos and have not yet talked with the parents so the photos will not be published until permission is given. I can say that this child will be black and blue this morning.