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  1. There was a story on the news last week that Philly just passed a law that requires all businesses to accept cash. They said being 100% cashless hurts low income individuals.
  2. rpbobcat

    Business Privilege Taxes?

    Mruphy's proposal for N.J. would be a logistical/technical nightmare. Its obvious that the people who put this together never bothered to talk to any engineers. First off,the tax would be based on runoff, not impervious/pervious surfaces. Why does that matter ? In N.J., large (over 1 acre) projects must reduce the volume of existing runoff by up to 50%. They would be producing less runoff.Therefore,they would have to get a tax credit. The tax would be municipal. If a municipality wanted to implement it,they would have to create a Storm Water Commission . That commission would then have to determine how the tax was administered and the amounts.That would mean calculating how much runoff every property in a town generates. It would be just like real estate taxes. The tax would have to proportional to how much runoff any property generates. You couldn't restrict it commercial properties. If a property owner does any work that either increases or decreases runoff,their tax would have to be adjusted. As they say,the devil is in the details.
  3. I didn't march either. After reading some of the posts,I was curious about the survey,so I "fudged" answers so I could go through it. I just never submitted it. From reading the instructions,unless you do submit the completed survey,the results aren't recorded.
  4. I know in my business ,I am not required to retain any document,including emails for more then x years. We keep them for our own protection. If YEA regularly purged emails,I don't know that they'd have an exposure. Obviously,once the you know what hit the fan,they'd have to retain everything. Last year I took a cyber security class for my business. The instructor wanted to demonstrate how hard it is to delete anything in a digital world. He asked for someone's email address. Within a few minutes he had pulled up 5 years worth of deleted emails. So I would think if someone wanted/needed to see deleted YEA emails,it could be done.
  5. I would also have thought that any contract would have had language voiding any severance if he was fired "with cause",including a criminal conviction. The fact that YEA settled,before the resolution of the criminal charges against GH ,leads me to believe that they didn't have any such protections. I would also think that the settlement will be "sealed" so it may be hard to find out exactly what both sides agreed to.
  6. I haven't seen much,except corps like the Cadets saying they are still looking for quality musicians. Are you saying corps are if fact having more problems filling slots,then in past seasons ?
  7. I'm basing it on fact that,in the past,when corps have issues filling spots,they usually put out something on line,soliciting members. Haven't sen anything yet.
  8. I would think the majority of MM and their families don't have any idea of the DCI "mess". I have several friends who work with corps. None of them follow drum corps on line. They didn't hear anything about DCI's issues until I emailed them the "Failure to Protect" article. Again,being a cynic,I think that,by now,if the issues with DCI are raised by MM or their families,the corps have developed a uniform response to deflect the severity of the problems.
  9. To me,one of the most telling signs that fan outrage isn't resonating with MM or their families is that,despite everything that has come out, corps membership doesn't seem to have taken a hit. Also helps,that tickets for a lot of DCi events were sold before the ______ hit the fan,and are non-refundable. So if you're like me,and already purchased your tickets,you're stuck.
  10. To me,"positive change" in Drum Corps has to start at the top,with DCI and the individual corps that make up the organization. As far as I know,corps aren't having anything other then normal issues filling slots. DCI doesn't seem to be having any problems selling tickets to shows. From what's been posted by DCI,despite the "Failure To Protect" article,and numerous posts on DCP and Reddit, nothing of substance, on matters like Acheson,were addressed during DCI's Winter meeting. This just emphasizes what I've said it before.Until it hits their bottom line DCI will just try to weather the storm. Unfortunately, I don't think that 1000 or so signatures on a petition,that has no "standing" ,will phase them.
  11. Pa.'s statute of limitations was one of things I was wondering about when I made my initial post. I don't know if any of GH's alleged actions could be considered to have taken place "across state lines" . If they were,I would think that could open up other legal issues.
  12. Does anyone here know if,under Pa law, GH could still be sued by his alleged victims in Civil Court ? I know the "burden of proof" standard in Civil Court is much lower then a criminal case .
  13. I agree with your take that,by and large, a boycott is "mostly smoke with little fire". I also agree several of your ideas for the upcoming season. A couple of my thoughts: 1.If you wear a T-shirt that "bashes" DCI,without using offensive language,I don't know what justification could be used to kick you out of show. 2.Corps would need to put out specific information as to how they are dealing with the issue of protecting kids,before I would be comfortable spending money on them. 3.100 % agree that pressure should be put on their sponsors. 4.As far as attending events,just get people yelling "Dan Must Go" or "DCI Must Change". Simple,effective,especially if it come across on the shows' broadcasts. I'm sure a lot of people don't know what's been going on. At the very least,it could start a conversation.
  14. So,going back to my original post,are these DCI's only sources of income ? Do member corps pay an annual fee or are there other sources ?
  15. I keep reading about people willing to continue to support corps.,MM ,etc.,but not DCI. Does anyone here know how exactly DCI is funded. I presume they get a big chunk of the money from the ticket sales at their shows. But that,and "Friends of DCI" membership wouldn't seem to be enough to support the organization. I was wondering if corps pay an annual "fee" to be a member or if they get money from other sources.