Biography

RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lincoln owns five golf courses -- why?

Unaddressed in this story that the city of Lincoln subsidized no fewer than five public golf courses to the tune of $800,000 in the last ten years and $600,000 just last year is the question: why is the city operating public golf courses, at a loss, when there are numerous private golf courses in Lincoln. We are heavily supporting the recreational pursuits of a minority of Lincolnites, and, let's face it, these are not the homeless or otherwise needy. The average golfer plays 21 rounds a year. 121,000 rounds were played on city courses. Therefore, we can estimate the subsidy amounted to the total golfing of 6000 Lincoln residents, or about 2% of the city's residents. Furthermore; there are the hidden subsidies; if the courses were sold, the new owners would pay all sorts of taxes on the land and on whatever use they made of it.

It is astonishing how much unalloyed socialism there is in Nebraska. This is just one flagrant example.

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