Archive for June, 2012

Umm, really?

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

I was expecting a tax refund from Colorado, but it had kind of slipped my mind that I hadn’t received it yet. Friday, I got a letter from the Colorado Department of Revenue; they’d made a correction to my return.

I say “correction,” but that’s not what it was. For some reason, they seem to believe that I did not have any state taxes withheld from my salary last year, which, when penalties and interest are added in, turns my modest refund into almost $2000 they want from me.

All I can think is that they lost my W-2, because it said that I had taxes withheld. I’m hoping they’re not taking the position that my W-2 was erroneous. That would be pretty heinous.

It’s been a decade …

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

… since the Hayman fire. I remember the day the smoke reached Denver; I wrote about the fire on my old website, archived here and here.

Terry Barton, who started the fire, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but that sentence was overturned, and she was later sentenced to 15 years of probation. Insufficient, to my mind, for a fire that caused that much damage and several deaths.

Blogger Day of Silence

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Ace called for today to be a Day of Silence. Given my infrequent postings, I don’t know how anyone could tell whether or not I’m participating.

In any case, the purpose is to highlight the actions of Brett Kimberlin and his associates, and to call on Congress to take action to prevent the suppression of free speech intended by these actions.

Just to make it clear, I’m joining the effort.