This week we put our paper out the old fashioned way ... without the Internet. Like many people in Havana, we didn’t have Internet services all day Monday because a fiber optic cable west of Havana had been cut.
Monday, mind you, is our busiest day when folks are trying to email articles and ads to meet our 5:00 p.m. deadline. Fortunately we had enough news already submitted — or either generated by our own staff – to fill our pages. We try to stay ahead of the game just in case incidences such as this happen.
But, to make matters worse, on Tuesday morning after Internet service had been repaired, ours still didn’t work. An AT&T customer service person said we had no signal coming into our building and would need a technician to fix it. The technician would arrive between noon and 4:00 p.m., we were told, to get us back on line. (Actually, we didn’t get back on line until Wednesday!)
I know there’s no one really to blame for our predicament. The fiber optic cable was cut inadvertently and was not the fault of AT&T. However, AT&T and their locator were at fault for not properly marking their line. As far as our Tuesday morning dilemma, I’m not sure if it was a delayed result of the severed fiber optic line or just plain coincidence. In any case, the loss of the Internet is drastically affecting our business, both productively and monetarily.
Not too long ago, months actually, Havana had a technician that was stationed here. Although it was still difficult to get immediate attention, “our tech” usually showed up within a reasonable time and took care of the problem. Not anymore. And do we get any kind of credit for our problems? It’s not even worth the effort.
Speaking of effort ....
I received an email early Monday morning (before the fiber optic line was cut) declaring April 22 Taxpayer Independence Day. It said Florida taxpayers had a reason to celebrate because the date marked the first day in the calendar year that Florida taxpayers, on average, would begin earning income that did not go toward federal, state and local taxes.
A quote form Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, said this shows how much presence government, at different levels, has in our lives.
According to the email, this year’s Taxpayer Independence Day is three days later than in 2013, and marks the third consecutive year it has moved later in the year, which was attributed mostly to higher federal taxes.
Breaking it down by the hour, and average income, each Floridian will work two hours and 26 minutes per day to pay all of their owned taxes, meaning workers don’t begin earning wages for other expenses until 11:26 a.m., the email explained, which is five minutes longer than 2013.
It keeps getting harder and harder to make a living these days, especially when our government, and the Internet are costing us money!