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(Daily Mail)   Unlike most lottery winners, couple who won $136.5 million watch their money go straight down the toilet   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-03-08 02:10:56 PM  
It's not a drop in the bucket if the town never had it to begin with.
 
2013-03-08 02:22:15 PM  

WTFDYW: It's not a drop in the bucket if the town never had it to begin with.


In the context of having a story written about you being some sort of altruistic hero it is.  50k would maybe cover their house possibly 2  if the sewer mains are already there.

I can guarantee there are people in the same community who give in the actual full percentage points of their own earned money to the community.
 
2013-03-08 02:23:00 PM  
Let's put this in perspective of "real" dollars we all understand....

You're a homeless pan-handler and ask me for a donation.

I have $1000 cash in my wallet, I reach in my pocket and give you $0.37
Sure, I could have just walked on by, but gee, how GREAT I am for helping you out...

/perspective
 
2013-03-08 03:11:57 PM  

kiwimoogle84: Profedius: kiwimoogle84: Profedius: Not to bring down the greatness of their deed, but each household wishing to connect to the system will have to pay between 5,000 to 10,000 to be hooked into the main line and 50,000 is hardly a drop in the overall cost of the construction project. There is also the matter of the people will have to start paying a sewage fee once the system is in place where a septic tank doesn't cost anything. The fire station will be added to the property taxes of the residents once it is completed. The ball park was a good thing though, but will likely raise the value of the homes in the area therefore increasing their property taxes.

Typical libtards not thinking things all the way through and acting as if they are doing a good thing then wondering why everything went to shiet.

Well, to play devil's advocate, if it raises the value of all the homes, then it will help all the homeowners who may be upside down in the mortgage, and/or who are looking to sell. Besides, it might lower plumbing bills with a new system. Just providing a different point of view- not that yours is wrong, dear.

Being that it is a small town of 500 it is not very likely that people were hit very hard by the housing bust in that area since the value of their homes likely didn't get inflated very much. I can't be sure about the water bills since it would depend on if the sewage will be handled by the same company handling the water. The plant will add jobs though and that is a good thing. It doesn't sound as through the fire station will since it just sounds as they are moving and not creating an extra station. Long term Job creating is the best way to help people so investing in companies around the area is better than building parks or helping to provide services that will end up costing people to take advantage of.

I still have a lot of respect for these people though because their hearts are in the right place and they are not just blowing the money on useless item ...




I like your ideas. You could invest part of the money and use the capital gains to fund your clinic, because you would need a small staff to run it and money to pay the utilities as well as the property taxes for the building. You might be able to get around a lot of the taxes because it would be a non-profit business if you could find a church who would sign off as the owners of the building, but let you run it independently of them then you could free yourself from the property taxes and I think utility taxes. My work would be in power generation, but I could really help people with trauma and sexual abuse issues, but not drug addiction since I don't have much experience there or understanding.
 
2013-03-08 05:57:57 PM  

Rufus Lee King: Approves:

[www.hollywoodmemorabilia.com image 500x403]


I am so jealous right now.

/fond memories of watching The Honeymooners as a kid
//and Three Stooges with my grandfather
///where'd all this dust come from?
 
2013-03-08 08:12:17 PM  
I guess I'm torn here, yeah the gesture is nice but it's like saying:
I support the community, I buy girl scout cookies.
It just seems ineffectual and insincere compared to what could be done, and comes across as a grandstand rather than true charity.
 
2013-03-08 09:06:09 PM  

madgonad: xtalman: TheDumbBlonde: cman: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]

A southerner who adopted a minority? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?

Missouri isn't the South.

Maybe not geographically but in other ways it is very southern.

You have no idea what you are talking about.

First, people in Missouri don't have an accent... at all. I have done a lot of long-term business travel and after a couple weeks I develop the local accent. When I come back to Missouri my wife laughs at how I started talking.

Second,  Missouri is a purple state. St Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia are quite liberal. The rural areas and some suburbs are conservative. The last two major elections had us retaining a Democratic senator and two rounds of a Democratic governor, but Obama had no chance in either based upon his skin color. So we have racist attitudes, but just barely. Nothing like the South.

Third, that whole hospitality thing that the South has going on, yeah, we don't have that.

Fourth, we have winter.

My point is that Missouri, despite some issues, doesn't even come close to the South. We are our own brand of weird.


True, most places have there own brand of weird but I grew up in the north and MO is more southern then northern.  I lived in Grandview, MO for a few years so I do know the weird.  Of course I live in OK which is more southern still and much more crazy then MO.  Of course we can both laugh at KS. :)
 
2013-03-08 10:28:12 PM  
That's awesome. I would make a sizable (and anonymous) donation to the Wilton, California fire station as well as U.C. Davis Medical Center on every anniversary of the day they saved mr. teeny's life.
 
2013-03-08 10:35:19 PM  

mccallcl: Lsherm: If the town is really less than 500 people, a sewer system might not be necessary.

I'm pretty sure the local people would be the best judge of that, and they're all for it, so it probably is necessary.

Their reasons vary: protecting the groundwater, regaining usable space on their property, not wanting (or feeling qualified to) to run their own sewage treatment plant at home, etc. Maybe they just want to feel like a fancied-up high-falootin' part of contemporary human civilization!


Please.  A properly set up septic system isn't any better or worse than a sewer system.  You only need a sewer if you don't have enough land to process the sewage.  Configured properly, liquid runs off the top of a septic tank into a drain field and the solid sludge is broken down by bacteria over time.  Even small municipal sewer systems are essentially just a centralized septic tank.
 
2013-03-09 11:58:51 AM  

Profedius: kiwimoogle84: Profedius: kiwimoogle84: Profedius: Not to bring down the greatness of their deed, but each household wishing to connect to the system will have to pay between 5,000 to 10,000 to be hooked into the main line and 50,000 is hardly a drop in the overall cost of the construction project. There is also the matter of the people will have to start paying a sewage fee once the system is in place where a septic tank doesn't cost anything. The fire station will be added to the property taxes of the residents once it is completed. The ball park was a good thing though, but will likely raise the value of the homes in the area therefore increasing their property taxes.

Typical libtards not thinking things all the way through and acting as if they are doing a good thing then wondering why everything went to shiet.

Well, to play devil's advocate, if it raises the value of all the homes, then it will help all the homeowners who may be upside down in the mortgage, and/or who are looking to sell. Besides, it might lower plumbing bills with a new system. Just providing a different point of view- not that yours is wrong, dear.

Being that it is a small town of 500 it is not very likely that people were hit very hard by the housing bust in that area since the value of their homes likely didn't get inflated very much. I can't be sure about the water bills since it would depend on if the sewage will be handled by the same company handling the water. The plant will add jobs though and that is a good thing. It doesn't sound as through the fire station will since it just sounds as they are moving and not creating an extra station. Long term Job creating is the best way to help people so investing in companies around the area is better than building parks or helping to provide services that will end up costing people to take advantage of.

I still have a lot of respect for these people though because their hearts are in the right place and they are not just blowing the money on useless item ...

I like your ideas. You could invest part of the money and use the capital gains to fund your clinic, because you would need a small staff to run it and money to pay the utilities as well as the property taxes for the building. You might be able to get around a lot of the taxes because it would be a non-profit business if you could find a church who would sign off as the owners of the building, but let you run it independently of them then you could free yourself from the property taxes and I think utility taxes. My work would be in power generation, but I could really help people with trauma and sexual abuse issues, but not drug addiction since I don't have much experience there or understanding.


I don't have a ton of experience in sexual abuse or drug problems, but I DO know what it's like to have emotional crises and have no clue where to start. And to have to stop therapy because them $20 copays add up.

I used to watch a lot of Intervention. A lot of these people WANT help, they just don't know where to go to get it. And often it's a fear of being judged that stops them from seeking help and admitting the problem is as bad as it is.

I figure offering things like medical detoxes and counseling through the whole ordeal would really be incentive for some to break the cycle.

But of course I'd go home on the weekends to my castle on the beach with a giant gaming theater and garage full of sports cars and jeeps. So, I'm not that selfless :)
 
2013-03-09 01:58:45 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: srschatzer: Let's put this in perspective of "real" dollars we all understand....

You're a homeless pan-handler and ask me for a donation.

I have $1000 cash in my wallet, I reach in my pocket and give you $0.37
Sure, I could have just walked on by, but gee, how GREAT I am for helping you out...

/perspective

I am just hoping that this is not their only contribution for actual needed help. Though if this one contribution to their town is their only "good act" with those funds, meaning they only did it so the new millionaires wouldn't have to fiddle with their septic tank anymore, then fark em'.


It's more than they had to do and my guess is also a lot more than many people would do in the same circumstance.
 
2013-03-11 03:51:19 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: I don't know, $136,000,000 win and they're only using $50,000 of that to improve their town. I always tell myself if I somehow win the lottery with several million dollars (meaning money I don't need to live on for the rest of my life), then I would be using that money to create a business or businesses that will create jobs to bring people back to work. I just hope some out of work businessman doesn't mind doing accounting (or other job) for a Goth clothing store! ;-) (would never happen in real life, but I can always dream)


And a fine dream it is. I wish you luck!
 
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