MEMORIAL DAY IS A TIME REFLECT The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves is an ancient one. Reports and discussions describing the history of Memorial day in the United States suggests it evolved during and after the Civil War. The practice of devoting a day for decorating soldiers’ graves appears to have begun in the South; and was later copied in the North. On May 5, 1868 General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide. “Memorial Day” was first used as a synonym for “Decoration Day” in 1882. But “Decoration Day” was not officially changed to “Memorial Day” until 1967. That was the year I graduated from high school. In 1967 the United States was in the midst the Vietnam War, which lasted for us Americans from 1965 until 1973. Of course, this was only one of the many wars the United States had fought since 1776. Did you know our country has been at war for over 93% of its existence?   Do you consider it odd (or deplorable) that the United States has never gone a decade without war? Do you consider it odd that the only time the United States has gone five years without war (1935-40) was during the Great Depression? If you doubt the United States’ warring nature, you can check out the statistics by clicking here and here. How many of these wars do you believe were fought to protect or help us, the people, as opposed to growing lining the pockets of the military, industrial complex and the … Continue Reading

Washington Land Owners Should Use the Torrens Act to Protect their Real Property

Washington Land Owners Should Use the Torrens Act to Protect their Real Property If you own a home in Washington State, and you want to protect your investment, then you need to take action.  NOW, before the Washington State Association of County Auditors (WSACA) gets its wish, and they are successful in getting the legislature to repeal  RCW 65.12 Registration of Land Titles, or more commonly known as the Torrens Act.  There were 2 bills proposed this past year, HB 2204 and HB 2315, and you can be sure that it will be revived again this next year, as it is identified as one of WSACA’s legislative priorities. First a little history.  The Torrens system was designed and put into first use in 1858 in South Australia.  Generally its inception has been attributed to Sir Robert Torrens who developed this systems to enhance certainty of title to land and to simplify dealings involving land.  The system has been adopted by many countries and is still in use today. The Torrens system works on three principles: Mirror principle – the register reflects (mirrors) accurately and completely the current facts about title to each registered lot. This means that each dealing affecting a lot (such as a transfer of title, a mortgage or discharge of same, a lease, an easement or a covenant) must be entered on the register and so be viewable by cheap online search. Curtain principle – one does not need to go behind the Certificate of Title as … Continue Reading