Last year, after the holidays, I signed up for Obamacare. It wasn't easy, but nothing a quick phone call couldn't clear up. My insurance company sent me a notice to schedule a "preventative appointment." During that appointment, my doctor found a lump in my breast. After that I had a mammogram, ultrasound and a biopsy. It was cancer. Then a CT scan, oncologist, surgeon appointments, eight sessions of chemo, two surgeries, 16 double radiation treatments and I will see my oncologist for five years.
Concerning the court ruling on the reservation for the Cowlitz Tribe, the Department of the Interior's decision can be ruled as "reasonable" because all parties turned a blind eye to the criminal acts of the United States and the Cowlitz surrounding the 152-acre parcel. The unlawful taking of these Chinook lands by means of phony presidential patents and the Cowlitz's presentation of a handful of fraudulent deeds promulgated directly from these unlawful patents to be placed into trust for their reservation and casino is blatant land fraud.
Why is life a question? Why is the answer never discovered? So many look upon the rich and famous as symbols of success but they still carry the question like a lead vest. Their fortunes bring them sorrow, their fame only a consuming flame. We here in the bottom echelon are struggling with the question from a different angle. We are looking up as it is pushing us down deeper into bottom of the barrel. Those in the status of middle class are getting less every year as more and more is taken away from them and their ranks are falling like lemmings leaping over a cliff.
It strikes me as strange that there is no place today in a country that was developed by mountain men, fur trappers, and pioneers for a homeless person to throw up a tent or a lean-to to get out of the rain, cold, and snow. The homeless today may be the same people who, in the past, opened up this country for the rest of us. Veterans who bivouacked in foreign lands fighting in our wars may not be able to bivouac in their own land. Where today can a family living in a car find a place to park their "wagon" for a night?
Retired or planning on retiring? Best get ready to forget one more element of the so-called American dream. The recent Continuing Resolution omnibus bill signed into law by Congress and our chief executive has amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to allow trustees of multi-employer pensions to drastically cut benefit amounts to both current and future retires. That's right, if the funded percentage (which appears on your plan's annual funding notice) falls below a certain number, you may lose as much as 50 to 70 percent of your annual benefit amount. The law leaves the door open for similar cuts to single employer pensions as well.
Three police officers shot. So, where's the outrage, the demonstrations concerning the loss of life for two officers in New York and a third in Florida? The tragedy doesn't even make the front page. These three officers were murdered, taking away a loved family member. No, violent actions are not warranted nor justified, as they never are, but still the community as a whole seems to accept this event.
On the wall behind the altar of the church I grew up in, emblazoned in gold were these words, "Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind," and, "Love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments dependeth the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37." I took those words to heart, reading them every week. I heard many sermons there where I was told to love my brothers, to offer kindness to the less fortunate, to turn the other cheek when I was wronged because every time I showed love to another, I was showing my love to God.
The Columbian's Nov. 27 online story "Inslee promotes electric cars to tackle pollution" reported that "Gov. Jay Inslee wants to extend a sales tax break for electric vehicles and explore giving them access to car pool lanes."
There is an ancient saying, "He who points the finger out, misses the mark." I say this applies to our pointing the finger (out) at the M&M boys and their stupid stuff. It is "we the people" who did stupid stuff by voting them in (not me personally, of course).
While the Dec. 22 editorial cartoon of Sony kowtowing to North Korea is cute, it is misplaced. I too, upon first hearing of the Sony "cave," considered Sony a feckless wonder. But then I read more about Sony's position.
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