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July 31, 2011

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ENTITLEMENT CHANGES ARE COMING SOME MAY NOT GET SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS Older Americans and baby boomers do not intend to ruin America, but that is about to happen if we do not change the retirement system. On average, the federal government supports each American 65 and over by about $26,000  a year (about $14,000 through […]

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July 23, 2011

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JOB CALLS FOR COMPROMISE To members of the United States Congress, but particularly the tea partiers: it matters not if the economic woes were caused by past Congresses, Barack Obama, George W. Bush or  even Bill Clinton. What matters is that people work together to prevent catastrophe. Many tea partiers insist that we have only […]

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July 17, 2011

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TROUBLING MESSAGE, GOOD POLITICS U.S. REPRESENTATIVES SEND MIXED MESSAGE Washington continues to play chicken for political and ideological reasons, and our government is on a head-on crash path. For example, the house has passed a 1.9 trillion budget for 2012, and only five Republicans voted against this budget proposal which will go too the Senate […]

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July 12, 2011

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“SMALL TOWN ON PRAIRIE” In a book about small town life in the 40s and 50s, I tell the story of events in Garden City, Mo., as seen through the eyes of a boy growing up in that community. The 80-story accounts are written with a moral thread which joins each of us, and we […]

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July 10, 2011

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HEALTH CARE REFORM A NATIONAL PRIORITY For 30 million Americans going without health insurance at the risk of illness and even early death, a recent federal appellate court’s decision was another milestone toward ensuring that their health needs are better met. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, ruled that a […]

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July 3, 2011

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ON SOCIAL SECURITY; DEBT CEILING AND SPENDING CUTS SEPARATE ISSUES If the social Security trust fund is in trouble, we’re all done for as a nation. And, some Congressmen are flirting with bringing down our bond rating by saying they will not raise the debt ceiling. To fail to increase the debt ceiling will drop […]