The taxi medallion system has to be one of the greatest scams ever devised.
Under the system employed in cities big and small across the US, operating a taxi legally is only possible through the purchase of a medallion – often at a high price – ostensibly to guarantee the quality of service.
However, this arrangement serves to effectively reduce competition rather than ensure quality.
A. Barton Hinkle of the Richmond Times-Dispatch explains:
Hot, dry weather is delaying cotton planting in much of the Southeast, according to agriculture experts.
Nearing mid-May, University of Georgia Extension Cotton Specialist Guy Collins said growers in the Peach State were about 20 percent planted, compared to a five-year average of 25 percent, according to Southeast Farm Press.
“We’re in a holding pattern for planting cotton now, especially our dryland producers. I don’t think we can say yet that this crop is late, but we can’t afford another two weeks of hot, dry conditions,” Collins said. “We’re just a little bit behind right now, and we’re certainly not in a panic situation.”
While some see June 1 as the latest a grower can plant cotton and expect good results, Collins said that with some of the earlier varieties, it’s possible to plant as late as June 15.