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Queen for a day wins her Hysterectomy


Fri, Mar 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Have you seen the commercial for Colonoscopy Sweepstakes? Saturday Night Live would have been proud to have written that one but, alas, it was real. For those of you who wonder about the direction of health care, ponder no more. It is the purest of free market enterprise, bells, whistles and thrills galore. Warm up your Visa and your Mastercard, there are amazing surprises ahead! With a mammogram, a free set of Ginzu knifes; heart surgery, a toaster oven!

While politicians, business leaders and industry giants dither and wring their hands the market is fully functional. I read of a free clinic that held lotteries for a chance at free care. Get a lucky draw and that broken arm can be fixed. Second prize; gallbladder surgery. Don't we love free markets? Isn't that what we are about?

Come on people, let's make the most of this. How about Health Care Casinos- Three cherries and you might win a Cesarean Section. If you are a male or post menopausal woman you can sell that to the highest bidding pregnant woman for real cash and buy your cholesterol meds or anti depressants.

If your kids make it to adolescence with their tonsils intact, sell off your tonsillectomy chips to the neighbor next door with those drooling brats and save up for when your teen needs detox.

Of all the discussions by the folks in power about the horror of our current system, none speak of addressing the business model under which they all operate.

I like when we hear that we have a "Cadillac" system. It is appropriate. How many of us drive a Cadillac? And, do we wish to suggest that everyone is entitled to a Cadillac?

Has anyone suggested that we should all have a car? A Ford, a Chevy, a Toyota? No. But health care is distributed in the exact same means as cars, blouses, washers and dryers. Plenty to be had, varied quality and labels and all that they mean.

The weak spot in turning this system over to the deity of free markets is this, it's the bleakest of Darwinism to assume that the folks that can afford insurance or, imagine being rich enough to just pay the bills, are the only ones to survive the system.

Hurray for Medicare and Medicaid- they work to protect our elderly and the poorest among us. There is no interest among the Free Market elite to adopt those patterns. Never mind that those systems operate on pennies to dollars percentages of cost compared to those exalted free market "competitive" systems with the glos .....
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One moment, please... Homer Simpson moments

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



For those of you who didn't catch it in last Monday's Fillmore County Journal, to the lower left of my column is a reference point for which I feel an obligation to share with readers.

We made a mistake. We noted the author of the Jo ..... 
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Wind farms and wildlife

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
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The wind itself may be free, but harnessing it for electrical power involves the expenses of wind turbine production, purchase of options on land for the placement of turbines and provision of service roads and substations. Indirect expenses ..... 
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One moment, please... Multiplicity

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Recent Journal office conversations have inspired me to write a piece about the antics of the California octuplet lady, Nadya Suleman. Surely, you've heard about her and her 14 children. Who hasn't?

Can you imagine being the single mother of ..... 
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Hopeless problems, hopeful solutions

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Problems:

1.) Humanity finds itself embroiled in regional conflicts everywhere on earth. Resource wars are being conducted even as economies contract. We have no baseline information on which to act regarding planetary atmosphere and climate ..... 
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All it takes is a little effort

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Some things just get my blood boiling. I've witnessed people at highway Rest Areas dump garbage out their door onto the ground when there is a trash container steps away directly in front of their parked car. I have participated in "Adopt a Highway" ..... 
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Welcome to Fillmore County

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
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The Fillmore County Journal has new owners and as a recent transplant to this perfect corner of the earth I want to say, hello.

Jason, huh? You make me feel old right from the start. My son is Jason and I have a deep furrow between my eyebrow ..... 
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We're number 37

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The Obama era was supposed to begin by dealing with four issues Iraq and the Middle East and all its permutations, the economy and the recession, healthcare systems, and lastly, all other entitlements.

The economy has sucked all the air out o ..... 
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One moment, please...

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I keep hearing how the current state of affairs is being compared to crises of the past, which is understandable -- since economists often theorize that history repeats itself.

Most recently, I heard that our finanicial woes were comparable ..... 
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