April 11, 2012 - I hate getting sick and staying out. Blach! But it happens to the best of us. So, here is something from the hallowed halls of Don'tRushMeDom. Hope to see you next week.
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I save up reader e-mail and once in a while let you, the reader, write my column for me. No better time than now. First up is Clarkston-area thinker/ranter, Dave Cleveland.
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Taxes are the American Way
A car company can move its factories to Mexico and claim it's a free market.
A toy company can out source to a Chinese subcontractor and claim it's a free market.
A shoe company can produce its shoes in Southeast Asia and claim it's a free market.
A major bank can incorporate in Bermuda to avoid taxes & claim it's a free market.
We can buy HP Printers made in Mexico.
We can buy shirts made in Bangladesh.
We can purchase almost anything we want from 20 different countries, but heaven help the senior citizen who:
A. Dares to buy their prescription drugs from a Canadian pharmacy. That's called un-American!
(Think the pharmaceutical companies don't have a powerful lobby? )
And B. Complains about having to pay income tax on their Social Security benefits, which has been true since 1995.
The original FICA law promised that would never happen. Our seniors lose as much as 40 percent of their benefits because our government decided in 1995 (tie breaking vote in the Senate made by Al Gore by the way) they would tax Social Security benefit checks as income; a benefit, by the way, that has already been paid for with their (and our) tax dollars (FICA withholding tax and Payroll tax for employers). What a country!
Only in America do we come up with the concept of taxing an already existing tax on the one group of people in our country who can least afford to have that done to them (the retired senior citizen).
Maybe these are issues that should come up in the next election instead of the other pie in the sky promises that are usually made.
Regards, Dave Cleveland
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At times, I have heard folks discuss how they want to die. Most folks chuckle and throw out, "Peacefully in my sleep." Some simply say, "Quickly and painlessly." I have heard, "In battle." I even heard, "By drowning in a vat of beer." I have never heard of death by hamster.
Personally, I don't like thinking, let alone talking, about death. It is not in my scope of interpersonal communication topics. I mean, I feel bad when folks die. I feel sad when someone I know, and love, dies. I feel pained when I learn of people being killed in a disaster or in war.
I just don't think or dwell on it. There is too much to think about when it comes to life and the land of the living. There's a wife to love. Kids to raise, bills to pay, home repairs to be made . . . you get the picture.
Well, dangblabit! Death never was a part of my thinking until this darned story. Here's more from the Globe article:
"The only other known incident of LCMV-infected organs causing a death occurred in Wisconsin in 2003.
"Humans become infected with the virus when they come in contact with rodent urine, feces or saliva. In healthy people, LCMV usually only causes flu-like symptoms.
"But organ recipients get drugs that suppress their immune system to help prevent organ rejection. The downside, officials said, is that they are more vulnerable to infectious disease. Officials would not identify the donor or victims, citing privacy laws."
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