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Let them eat cake


Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In the late 50's when I went on leave from an active duty post in Virginia I brought home a young man who had never been more than about 50 miles inside tidewater on the east coast He was born, I think, in Massachusetts and grew up in New York State. He was a well spoken intelligent fellow. We had some vocal and energetic arguments about various subjects over a chess board. In any case I thought of him as well read and sophisticated.

I was taken aback when, somewhere between West Virginia and Indiana, he asked me if we still had Indian uprisings back in Iowa. Thinking this was going to be the lead up to some droll joke of his, I replied something to the effect, it had been a few years but the uprising lasted just a couple days and nobody was scalped. His acceptance was such that I saw the question was posed seriously. I apologized, told him the truth, and reassured him we had indoor plumbing as well.

Those of us who have always lived in the flyover states, even if we have visited New York, Boston, Washington DC and the megalopolis corridor, have little understanding of the nitty gritty of their life style. Thus, I came to understand my friend's Hollywood view of life on the prairies. It's still doubtful a huge percentage of those living their life in eastern tidewater could accurately describe the difference between Iowa and Ohio, and you could possibly throw in Idaho as well.

That shouldn't be the case with Presidents, Presidential candidates, and ex-Senators acting as Presidential advisors. These people are supposed to be our surrogates and convince us they know our problems and can solve them if it involves the government.

Mr. Bush famously claimed in a press conference in response to a question about the uninsured and access to health care, "All Americans can get health care. All they need to do is go to the Emergency Room".

Emergency rooms are pretty much confined to metropolitan areas, leaving most rural areas and their residents at a terrible disadvantage and the ER is the most expensive way to treat chronic and non-acute problems. If you lived across the street from an emergency room and took your child in for routine immunizations, well-baby checks to assure he/she is developing normally, or even for a follow-up for an acute infection you would never be logged into the system. Adults needing dosage changes and follow-up for diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and a slew of other ailments need a regul .....
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Strawberry Fields Forever

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The classes of 1968 will be meeting for 40 year reunions this summer. It would be a good time to be a caterer or a DJ with a great collection of classic rock, because there were a lot of us and we still eat and dance. We may well be seeing football ..... 
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Blame is not the solution to the oil problem

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is human nature to assign blame when confronted with painful realities. That is the case with four dollar per gallon gasoline. President Bush blamed environmentalists and, of course, the Democrats. In a transparent pander to the oil companies he ..... 
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Gifts that really give

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Look around your house. Is yours, like mine, full of things you really don't need, or never use? How many of these things were gifts - gifts of love, perhaps - but things you could get rid of and not miss? It is high time that I weeded out. How abou ..... 
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Americans want things to be different

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The Presidential contest has begun. Not that there are "official" candidates, but we all know who they will be. Yet undecided of course, are both the Democratic and Republican nominees for Vice-President. Even though Election Day is months away, I s ..... 
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Shop 'til it feels better

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Archeologists and anthropologists have unearthed ancient civilizations and been able to determine the core values of their cultures from the stones and rubble left behind.  The Egyptians built pyramids and monuments to bury their kings and prin ..... 
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What do they really mean?

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Several days ago I had a conversation with a friend and professional colleague. We've known each other about 5 years and have enjoyed many interesting exchanges. Our topics this day ranged a bit and finally settled on the economy, specifically, the ..... 
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Our Energy, Our Future

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It seems like every time America discovers it has a crisis on its hands, our government wakes up and proposes a crash program to fix it. Henry Ford was one of the first to observe it and even coined a name for it: "the crisis-crash syndrome."

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Baloney! It's not your fault

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Last week a politician in a radio interview said unless Americans change their ways the cost of health care would soon consume 20% of the GDP. The inference was our unhealthy life style is responsible for the rise in costs.

He was the secon ..... 
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