One of the key ingredients in a democracy is the right to freely speak our minds to those who represent us. In fact, it is one of the few effective tools we have left to combat government corruption and demand accountability. But now, even that right is being chipped away by statutes and court rulings which weaken our ability to speak freely.
The new health reform law is expected to create 32 million more insured Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The federal government plans to expand Medicaid to low-income adults and subsidize purchases on the health-insurance exchanges when it requires most Americans to carry insurance in 2014.
March is Red Cross Month in recognition of the work done by the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the globe – and of how we depend on public support to help people in need.
Here’s the good news. The economic pie is growing again. Growth in the 4th quarter last year hit 3 percent on an annualized rate. That’s respectable – although still way too slow to get us back on track given how far we plunged.
Back in 1984, Wendy’s made a commercial depicting how a competitor’s hamburger buns were getting bigger while the actual hamburger inside was shrinking. A feisty old lady looked straight into the camera and with a confrontational tone, bellowed, “Where’s the beef?”
I know that there are times when I repeat incidences and personal observations. I will always comment and keep track of possible reports in regards to cell phone ignorance when driving. Hopefully I will never be a victim by one of these.
The familiar opening lyrics to Woody Guthrie’s 1945 folk classic, “This Land Is Your Land,” should be taken literally when talking about our public lands. This land IS your land – and my land, too. We hold it in public trust for future generations. Unfortunately, in these tough economic times, the desire to divert open space to other uses is becoming all too common.
During the month of March, Women’s History Month, we take time to remember and reflect on the accomplishments of great women who paved the way and changed the world for generations that followed.
There are lyrics from one of my favorite old Beatles’ song that many baby boomers – those like me who after many years of gainful employment lost their jobs – can relate to. It’s something like this:
Last week Rick Santorum called the President “a snob” for wanting everyone to get a college education (in fact, Obama never actually called for universal college education but only for a year or more of training after high school).