It's a strange, strange world

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By John Pawlak

It’s been quite a week. The United States Senate’s vote on gun reform, the Boston marathon bombing and the intense manhunt that followed, continued deterioration of negotiations with North Korea, increasing violence in Russia’s North Caucasus region, the Syrian civil war, protests in Bahrain and riots in Venezuela following Maduro’s election victory over Henrique Capriles.
Sometimes, you just want to turn off the television and listen to some nice relaxing music. You know, like Green Day or The Ramones?
It does get exhausting to keep up with the insanity. What ever happened to the simple life? And so I found myself perusing more peripheral news stories, looking for something that would give me some hope for this world.
I’m not sure I found any, but I’ll give it a shot. Let’s start with the weather.
The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain. But in Maryland, it’s taxpayers who are getting soaked.
The governor of Maryland has levied a “storm management fee” on land owners to help offset the $14.8 billion cost of reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Chesapeake Bay due to storm-water runoff from impervious surfaces (roofs, driveways, sidewalks, etc.). Yeah, a rain tax. So much for not fooling with Mother Nature, eh?