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  1. And don't get me wrong - I don't want them to breach the dam. I only mentioned it to illustrate a point. I'm happy to pay $2-3 to use their launch or to use it as a portage, but (for those of you that don't know) they have a brand new 12' locked gate that bars access after hours. This situation makes it nearly impossible to float from PP bridge to the 160 bridge without significant struggle and risk. I think the new policy is that only Dawt customers can use the access, although they may have an agreement with other liveries. We would have been completely stuck had we not recovered one of their canoes from a drunk abandonment. I wasn't aware of the low water bridge between Twin Bridges and Hammond. Never thought the McKee to be much of an obstacle because it doesn't present itself as one 95% of the time, but I do understand your point.
  2. We were caught off guard on a recent float to find that the owner (perhaps new?) of Dawt Mill had erected a large gate and would restrict private take-outs on their property. Now, I don't have a problem with a landowner doing what they want with their land. In this instance Dawt Mill has limited access while maintaining a navigational hazard (the dam). It seems to me that if they want to restrict access to their property they should provide a safe portage opportunity around the dam or breach a section of the dam. What's from stoping me from building a dam on Bryant Creek and charging all floaters/boaters a toll? Is this not essentially what they've done? Looking forward up your thoughts.
  3. Back of coves, 2-6 feet deep, purple swimming minnow. Only fished the last two hours of daylight but caught more than a dozen crappie and several small bass.
  4. Seems like since that big flood in 2011 the lower part of the river is really silted. I barely saw any fish in there the last time I floated it and the fishing was terrible. May a few floods within the bans will help. There's been quite a bit of gravel and sand mining downstream from Warren over the last few years and I have a feeling the big flood may have washed a lot of that in.
  5. Feel free to keep all the Kentucky bass you catch.
  6. Sorry, it crested on the 21 and was out the 22nd. Thanks!
  7. Hello. Looks like the Creek created at 18' on 3/22, but I think the satellite was down for a day. Does anyone know if the water got higher than the 18' crest? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  8. The tighter the lips the better the bite.
  9. I think it depends on the flow volume being released from the dam. The greater the volume the greater the velocity.
  10. Hey, Al, which potion(s) of that trophy smallmouth area to you think are the most productive?
  11. I don't see what the difference is between his message of sustainability and what has been predicted in books like "The Population Bomb" for 40+ years – which couldn't have been more wrong. Whether you agree or not, please realize that he's suggesting a veritable monopolization of industry by major companies and, essentially, a one-world government. Large companies will help to create regulation on production of products. This leads to increased cost for production, which large companies can more easily distribute among their large consumer base. Of course, that won't be enough. We'll need a single government to regulate who gets resources and who doesn't. Forget the idea that the US consumes more than other countries because the US produces more than other countries. Forget that those other countries benefit from this production – often times at no cost to themselves. The moral of his story is that if we all sat around and ate ants with sticks 12 hours a day than the earth could support 3X the current population – YAY! No, my friends, the answer is to promote freedom of thought and industry. Promote research in nuclear fusion and, as Stephen Hawking suggests, migration to and population of other planets. That is the only way we will survive as a species.
  12. It won't have to be made up by people in lower income brackets if we reduce spending. We can raise taxes 10%, decrease federal revenue, and drive more investment overseas if you really want to. However, without reductions and restrictions on spending we'll find ourselves back in the same place in a few years.
  13. Infrastructure and delivery are something else entirely. It literally takes more than a gallon of gasoline to make a gallon of ethanol. Yes, there are promising technologies out there but these still have to be developed.
  14. The Fair Tax wouldn't be applied to items such as food and water (i.e., the necessities of life). It would only be on things like cars, electronics, etc. I would recommend reviewing this book: http://www.amazon.com/Fair-Tax-Book-Saying-Goodbye/dp/0060875496
  15. Actually, mean income is around $43K (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm). Furthermore, we have public school teachers who are making more than $100K once all the benefits are added in, so I don't think that number is absurd. You're probably right on the Jesus quote. However, I imagine that he didn't follow that up with "and so you should take 50% of everyone's paycheck who earn more than a certain amount under penalty of imprisonment". People in this country with small and large incomes alike give more to charity than any other country in the world. Charitable donations should be voluntary, and I think Jesus would agree. With all due respect, if a self-made individual is an elitist myth than who do you owe for the success of your business? Doesn't your logic suggest that your success is based on someone in government is helping you win these contracts? By your own admission hard work, intelligence and drive aren't enough. If taxes are the least of your worries are you sure you're paying your fair share?
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