In case you were wondering where @PastorTonySpell stood on his pretrial release order

Social media does make the world much smaller. We were out yesterday morning highlighting some topical news and punditry. By yesterday evening twitter sent the notification. I personally haven’t really chimed in on this particular local news story besides highlighting the news coverage but I’ll admit to a certain amount of reticence as locking up Ministers of the Gospel carries profound constitutional implications, especially when some home cooking is involved. In any event, what I think is Pastor Spell’s Twitter account in his own words:

Attention Small Business Owners Including Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors

Folks these are challenging times. I’ve only used the Slabbed twitter account one time in aid of my day job and that was yesterday when I goosed Hancock Bank after I got a bad report back from a client who submitted a Paycheck Protection Program Loan application at one of the branches. I am pleased to report that Hancock is now up and operational with these new loans with priority given to their existing deposit account holders which is very reasonable.

What I am not going to do is dispense financial advice here but I will give everyone a tip. The PPP program ends on June 30, 2020 so if your business has been adversely impacted by the pandemic start here and then make an appointment with your local banker. If you don’t believe in banking or you cheat on your taxes, with this program you’ll have also cheated yourself.

The demand surge for professional services is reminiscent of the days after Hurricane Katrina for us and I hear that the banks are being swamped. As always patience is the key as we muddle through this. Given that landscape I am astounded that any CPA firm would lay people off but such has happened. They must have been grossly overstaffed, either that or the firm is being run by morons.

Stay safe everyone.

For those of you that haven’t figured this out……

Here in Mississippi each community is pretty much on its own:

Reeves chooses ‘economics over public health’ in COVID-19 crisis, former MEMA head says ~ Anita Lee

Elections have consequences. So do years of budget cuts. Last week’s talk of MDH taking the offense against COVID-19 was hot air as the agency is a shell of what it once was. That is the bad news.

Worse is the uneven local response to the pandemic. Here in Wiggins the City closed its open air parks to prevent people from congregating yet allows business to remain open where the customers congregate inside to make their purchases. For the record we walk by Blaylock Park every morning and my anecdotal observation is few people ever used the walking track there before COVID-19 while the Pavilion by the bathrooms was always popular and it remains so as a large group of younger folks was congregated there last Friday morning. We’re lucky to not have a reported case of COVID-19 in Stone County but there are clinics doing testing. I imagine it is a matter of time before we score the first unlucky winner.

Last Thursday I was down in Bay St Louis on business.  Continue reading “For those of you that haven’t figured this out……”