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Getting Cold Calls

March 05, 2014 - I'm sure you get cold calls, as I do, between 10:30 a.m. and noon. These calls come too often from electric companies, gas, phone and other monopolies.

Their research teams have rightly found that we seniors are available during those couple hours. "Could I speak to the person who handles this account?"

The following thoughts come to mind as soon as I hang up.

1. This is the time I start getting my food ready for noon, etc.

2. I'm trying to get around my kitchen on one leg (hip surgery) and these monopolies are trying to get even more money from me.

3. These monopolies have the world by the ass on a down hill drag and they're disturbing me with what I expect is begging for money, personal information or some other way to reduce my life-style that is currently kept somewhat alive with my weekly visit to 24th Street Tavern.

If their research teams had done just a little more checking they could have saved their monopoly employer's money while perhaps shedding a more favorable light on this consumer.


Nolan Finley's columns in The Detroit Free Press often hit on subjects I agree with completely. This one touched on Kathleen Sibelius, Obama's pick for Health and Human Services director.

Recently she wrote, "There is absolutely no evidence, and every economist will tell you this, that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act."

"Every economist."

While you're thinking about Sibelius' remark, try to remember a time when every economist, politician, or every anybody agreed totally on any subject.

"Every economist."

It's just another stupid, totally unbelievable statement issued by another unthinking, egocentric. And Obama picked her and backs her to the fullest.

Back to Nolan Finley for a second. He wrote: "The Health and Human Services secretary absolutely knew that what she was saying was a flat-out lie."


• If you want to be a super hero you can start by taking a flying leap.

• Clearly your mouth was intended for a much larger person.

• This one is for your spring-time weather thinking: What's happening when you hear "woof ... splat ... meow ... splat? It's raining cats and dogs.

• Obama's approval ratings are now so low, the Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the United States.


I've too soon reached the age when I can't function without my glasses -- especially if it's empty.

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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