Columns/Opinions

Thu
21
Nov

Unsung Heroes

By DAVID DELUCA

The Thanksgiving season has arrived and, to be perfectly honest, I was going to write something sort of snide about
how I am thankful for all of these politicians who are suddenly concerned about people losing their health insurance. They never seemed to care before, so I am thankful that they have taken notice, I guess. However, I talked myself out of it. (Ha! Now you have something else to be thankful for!) Instead, I want to share with you a group of people about whom I believe our whole community should give thanks. 
 
Thu
21
Nov

Thanksgiving and Thankfulness

By REGINA KEILERS

Sometimes we take things for granted. Things in our everyday lives that get on our nerves or are just a real pain, and we  forget how much we would miss those things if they were gone. It’s the time of year when many people are thinking about what they have to be thankful for, and I guess I’m no different, so here goes. I’m thankful that I don’t have to wonder where my next meal is coming from – I know there are many out there who do. I’m thankful that I have more than a few pounds to lose – that means I have always had plenty. 
 
Thu
14
Nov

Helicopters: An Aviation Marvel

The cat ran to hide, the dog’s ears perked up, the windows rattled and the walls vibrated. The sound was loud, disturbing and a little scary too. The four helicopters that flew over our house definitely interrupted our quiet morning. I can’t imagine living with that sound day after day but the people during the Vietnam War did. In the television news reports of the war, helicopters became the symbol of US combat forces in Vietnam. 
 
Thu
14
Nov

The Government and My Health

The government is always so concerned with my well being. In my lifetime I have seen multiple government regulations  oncerning my overall health. When I was a young child, the government decided that smoking was bad for your health, so many establishments created smoking and nonsmoking sections to accommodate the health concern. (I always found it odd that we had to walk through the smoking section to get to either the non-smoking section or the restroom.) Oh, and my favorite was being seated at a table in the non-smoking section right next to a table in the smoking section. Then, when I was a teenager, the legal age for drinking alcohol was changed – not once but twice. It was eighteen for many years, then it was nineteen for a few, and then became twenty-one where it has stayed
 
Thu
07
Nov

Voting Is Much More Than a Right

By REGINA KEILERS.
Thu
07
Nov

Dispelling the Myths

By DAVID DELUCA.
Well, the much misunderstood and always controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has passed another hurdle. It’s been about five weeks since the state exchanges opened for business and the Republic is still standing. Given the hyperbole that has been flying in all directions this week, it’s a wonder any of us survived. With this in mind, I would like to dispel some of the more pernicious myths regarding this important legislation.
• Obamacare is a “government takeover” of healthcare. Well, no, it isn’t. In fact, it is the exact opposite. The insurance sold through the state exchanges comes from private companies. The government is arranging the meeting, but it is the private individual and the private insurance provider that conduct the transaction. With the exceptions of Medicare and Medicaid, the Federal government is not the insurance provider.
Thu
31
Oct

Fifty is Just Another Number

Age is just a number, or so the saying goes. Obviously that was written or said by someone who is older, not younger. But  truthfully, it’s how I have always felt. Yes, by now everyone in central Texas knows that I celebrated my fiftieth birthday this  week, and if you missed it, well now you know. 
 
Thu
31
Oct

Service and Compromise

Compromise just isn’t practiced in our government as it should be. The government shut down is a prime example. Our leaders could not agree on what is best for the people of this great nation.
 
Thu
31
Oct

It’s a Matter of Trust

When I was growing up, I  remember my dad saying “The voters in west Texas were so enamored with Lyndon Johnson that they kept on voting for him years after they died.” I wasn’t sure what it meant at the time, but I came to find out that  yndon Johnson got into office here in Texas and later in Washington using votes from people who had passed away but  ere never removed from the voter registration rolls. In fact the presidential election of 1960, when Johnson was a vice  residential candidate with John Kennedy, was probably decided by those very same “dead” voters in west Texas. 
 
Thu
24
Oct

Who’s Paying for This?

Well, here it is. One week later and my friends who are trying to log on to the healthcare.gov website have still been  nsuccessful. If I didn’t know any better, I would be wondering what they were doing wrong. After all, it was supposed to be  o simple. Turn your computer on, go to the site, answer the questions and BINGO, here are the insurance options for you. 
 

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