Viewpoints

Know The Differences Between Medicare and Medicaid

Question: I get Medicare and Medicaid confused. What is the difference? Answer: Original Medicare is a Health Insurance provided by the Federal Government under the direction of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Original Medicare is Part A-Hospitalization and Part B-Medical ...

Does Your Family Know When To Call 911?

CALL 911! Sounds simple, right? But what is really an emergency? And what should you expect when you call 9-1-1? Do your children or grandchildren know how to call, in case something happened to you? When you are teaching kids about calling 9-1-1, make sure they understand what an ...

Warning: How The VA ‘Red-Flags’ Patriots

Gun-grabbing crisis vultures just can’t let the latest mass shootings go to waste. “Red flag” laws are now all the rage in the Beltway as the magic pill to prevent homicidal maniacs from wreaking havoc on the nation. Even President Donald Trump has endorsed the idea of preemptively ...

Trump Mouths Platitudes Against White Supremacy While Trafficking In It

WASHINGTON — President Trump has outdone even himself in his hypocritical denunciation of racism, bigotry and white supremacy. For years leading up to the murderous shootings in El Paso and Dayton last weekend, he has trafficked in racist stereotypes, codewords and dog whistles. But ...

Here’s To Those Who Figured It Out

Parenting and Education allowed me to have a very good life, not necessarily in terms of money (though Education did allow me to make a good, not rich, but good, living), but in terms of being able to work with kids, some who were children in my house, students in my classroom, some who were ...

What Hangs Over?

“Heavy, heavy, what hangs over? Fine or super fine?” It was a common game at birthday parties when I was growing up. The presenter or hostess would hold a gift over the head of the recipient and chant the question. I think we were always expected to say “super fine.” It was a gift, ...

Little Huts In The Field

Today as I rode through the country, I saw some of those little huts in the field. I remember building some of those huts although I was never allowed to put on the top layer. The huts I refer to are really oats that have been cut and are drying. I remember riding the binder when they were ...

Leaving Behind The Childhood Garden, Moving On To The Harsher World

The house we grow up in is a special place, one full of memory. It becomes our house of self, one we dream of later in life when things are rocky, when we are sick or sad, as if to walk within its walls again would bring relief. Our friends from the neighborhood never leave us somehow; ...

Climbing Her Second Mountain

I wish I could bottle Colleen Anderson’s spirit and enthusiasm. She has that brand of sunshine that spills over like a sunny day and I bet we could both get rich if we could capture it in a mason jar and put a price tag on it. But then, she’s always been this way. I know that because ...

Mass Murders Are A Symptom

Politicians and pundits are promoting familiar explanations, excuses and demands following the tragic mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. From more gun laws, to blaming President Trump, conservative talk radio and Fox News, we’ve heard it all before. A manifesto thought to be ...

More Scare Mongering From U.N.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced another special report, entitled “Climate Change and Land,” that discusses global warming, desertification, extreme weather, and other such issues that they say threatens the ability of human populations to ...

Train Tricks That Build On A Dog’s Natural Ability

In my last column, I talked about Tegan earning his AKC (American Kennel Club) novice trick dog title. I said it was thanks to the instructor, string cheese, and patience. I should add that I also used a clicker and a target stick. That was it. I never had a collar or leash on Tegan for ...

And Again, And Still

And again. And still. Nine people shot dead in Dayton, 13 hours after 22 shot dead in El Paso, six days after three shot dead in Gilroy. And tears and disbelief and funeral preparations, candlelight vigils and a search for meaning, and talking heads on cable news and T-shirts and hashtags ...

FBI Crushed The Klan And Should Target Violent White Supremacists Today

At some point in the late 1960s, you could be forgiven for thinking that the FBI was in charge of the KKK. It infiltrated, manipulated and ran the group into the ground. The name of the operation: COINTELPRO-White Hate. With violent white hate again on the rise, we should take some ...

The Good Life: It Only Took 5 Years To Admit Mistake

“Well, why did you buy it in the first place?” The question came from my brother-in-law. It concerned a gnarly, growly gasoline-powered pressure washer — or one that would have been gnarly and growly had it not sat, partially assembled, in my garage for five long years. Not only did I ...

There Is No Getting Used To This

About an hour into Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, Yamiche Alcindor, who covers the White House for “PBS Newshour,” tweeted this: “I’ve been on the road for most of the last week. And it’s so important to highlight just how much people feel the president’s attacks put them ...

Was Trump Right About Baltimore?

Here’s what President Donald Trump tweeted about Baltimore’s congressman and his city: “Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is far ...

What Presidential Debates Teach Us

Listening to debates among presidential primary candidates invariably reminds me of the 1974 Democratic primary for New York governor. To set the scene: In November of 1973, Republican Nelson Rockefeller, four times elected chief executive of the Empire State who would later be chosen by ...

The True Dope On Clothes Pollution

Do you worry that the clothes you buy pose an environmental hazard? The idea never crossed my mind until serious news sources started talking about it. The central claim was that the fashion industry is the world’s second biggest source of pollution, the first being oil. The story ...

Focus On The Family: Don’t Look Down On Those Who Fill Supporting Roles

Q: I feel overlooked and unappreciated in my job. I’m surrounded by people with more talent, skill and/or education who get all the attention. It gets pretty discouraging. How can I keep my attitude up? Jim: I’d say don’t look down on yourself; your role may be more important than you ...