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Insightful observations from 1955 PDF Print
Saturday, June 07, 2014 8:00 PM

If you’re at least 60 years-old, you need to share the following with your kids and grandkids. These are comments made by folks in the mid-1950s and are in stark contrast with how we live today.

Sure, times have changed. Young folks today can’t imagine how their grandparents and great-grandparents, recovering from WWII and the Korean War, could possibly live and support a family while earning less than $100 a week.

There is a movement today about raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, or as high as $15 per hour. Well, back in 1955, the federal minimum wage was raised from 75 cents per hour to $1 per hour on August 12.

I’ve heard people say they think they had more discretionary money and buying power 40 years ago than they have today. They made much less per week but they could buy the things they needed and still have money left over. Not the case today.

What happened? Everything has been supersized. We had limited options back then and we were more able to get along with smaller expectations.

In the 1950s, if you were fortunate to have a television, you probably got three channels, and they were free. No one dreamed that one day we’d pay for programming. If you had a telephone, it was on a party line. Probably cost less than $3 per month. Needy families only had toilet paper on Fridays!

Okay, here’s a list of comments made in 1955, just 59 years ago. After you’ve read them, make a list of things true today that might seem just as outrageous just 20 years from now.

- I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20.

- Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $2,000 will only buy a used one.

- If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to be forced to quit smoking. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.

- Did you hear, the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter!

- If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

- When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.

- Those duck tail hair cuts are horrible. Next thing you know boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.

 
Eating Michelle’s lunch PDF Print
Saturday, June 07, 2014 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON — To hear tell, the mean ol’ GOP is waging war on Michelle Obama and, brace yourself, America’s children.

Got it?

The newest war on women/children relates to the first lady’s well-intentioned but disastrous school nutrition program, otherwise known as the Dumpster Derby.

First to good intentions:

Kudos to Obama for recognizing and trying to address childhood obesity. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until these little human pillows reach adulthood and then, assuming their hearts hold out, advanced age. Assuming, too, that our bottom-line bureaucrats haven’t begun recycling high-maintenance humans by then. Might want to keep an eye on the Soylent Green market.

No, I’m not suggesting death panels. I’m employing hyperbole in the service of a point, the necessary clarification of which highlights our mind-numbing politics and our nation’s diminishing sentience.

The first lady’s “Let’s Move!” program and her focus on whole foods (as opposed to fast) and water instead of sodas have been welcome developments. Who better to bring needed attention to such issues? Obama is merely expanding her maternal focus to include all those public school kids whose mothers apparently have forgotten how to make a sandwich. Or whose fathers have forgotten to say, “Get those plugs out of your ears and make friends with the lawn mower” — or whatever its urban comparable.

Last Updated on Sunday, June 08, 2014 7:08 PM
 
Strive to make a difference PDF Print
Saturday, May 31, 2014 8:00 PM

Another school year is drawing to a close. In the next few weeks there will be words of wisdom offered to this year’s graduates.

Parents, teachers and representatives from all walks of life will provide encouragement as these young men and women take their place in the world.

At a few universities, graduating seniors used social media to protest against a few proposed commencement speakers that ardent activists didn’t want at their respective schools for political reasons. Several speakers decided not to appear where they were not welcome.

Getting the hook were such noteworthy graduation-day speakers as former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Christine Lagarde of France, the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund.

Seems strange that students who treasure free speech and robust debate would use their new-found social media powers to disrupt a rite of spring.

Here are some words of wisdom handed down through the ages that are good for people of all ages:

- Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older he will remain upon it. The wise man is glad to be instructed. Making poor excuses makes us weak; making tough decisions makes us strong. We usually make a mistake when we make an excuse.

- Cheerfulness is the Golden Rule in action; kindness is the essence of love in action. A cheerful heart is good medicine; a broken spirit causes one to be ill.

- Losers look for excuses; winners search for answers. And, diligent study and intelligent work contain the maps to discovery, the charts to achievement and the blueprints for success.

- The loser misses opportunities by whining, pining, declining and reclining. The winner makes opportunities by going, sowing, growing and knowing.

- The only thing heavier than carrying a chip on our shoulder is carrying a grudge in our heart. And, enthusiasm and confidence fuel the fires of achievement.

- The highway to happiness is helpfulness; the pathway to peace is prayer; and the gateway to gladness is generosity. And, we create our tomorrows hour by hour; we mold our futures moment by moment, day by day.

Last Updated on Friday, May 30, 2014 8:50 PM
 
Seniors beware: Proposed Medicare changes can limit access to life-saving health care PDF Print
Friday, May 30, 2014 8:00 PM

BY DR. TERRY O’TOOLE

Chair, Insurance Subcommittee

Ohio Gastroenterology Society

Gastroenterologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the digestive system. We treat patients with life-threatening illnesses, including colorectal cancer, which is the third leading cause of cancer and cancer related deaths in the United States.

The risk of developing colorectal cancer significantly increases in patients 50 years and older. This means that Medicare eligible patients are much more susceptible to this cancer. Early detection through colonoscopy screening is an effective tool in decreasing the death rates from colorectal cancer. If colorectal cancer is detected, curative surgical resection can improve survival rates. More advanced colorectal cancers will require the use of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

Even though early detection and better treatments have reduced the death rates from colorectal cancer, this progress is in jeopardy because federal lawmakers have plans to cut Medicare reimbursement rates for a wide range of therapies, including cancer treatments. If enacted, these cuts could leave thousands of Ohio patients without sufficient access to the life-saving treatments they need. Cuts already in place have meant that many community cancer clinics are not recouping their costs to purchase and administer chemotherapy drugs. Additional cuts will only make the situation worse.

Since 2003, doctors who administer these sophisticated treatments purchased the medications and were reimbursed according to the average sale price (ASP) of each drug plus another six percent. Because these medications are difficult to ship, store and require office staff to administer, the six percent add-on was intended to cover those costs. Generally, it did – but just barely.

Last Updated on Friday, May 30, 2014 8:48 PM
 
The DATA Act: A win for the American People PDF Print
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00 PM

BY U.S. SENATOR ROB PORTMAN

 

Over the last couple of weeks, something remarkable happened in Washington. Congress passed a bill, and the President signed it. That we were able to see the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) break through partisan gridlock and become law speaks to what this legislation can accomplish for the American people.

The DATA Act was the result of a bipartisan, bicameral effort to significantly upgrade the fiscal transparency provided by USASpending.gov. Even in today’s information age, finding out how the government spends our taxpayer dollars is not as easy as it should be. The DATA Act will shine a light on our government’s finances and will help us to weed out wasteful and abusive spending, a necessity at a time of record debts and deficits.

The DATA Act builds on what we have learned since Congress passed the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act in 2006, a piece of legislation I was tasked with implementing as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The DATA Act makes it easier to compare federal spending across federal agencies by requiring the establishment of government-wide financial data standards. It also strengthens transparency by requiring agencies to supply monthly updates to USASpending.gov and increases the quality of that data by adhering to uniform standards that promote consistency and reliability. Critically, the DATA Act empowers agency Inspectors General and the Government Accountability Office to hold agencies accountable for the completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of the data they submit to USASpending.gov.

Of course, now that we have passed the DATA Act, we must remain vigilant in ensuring that it is fully implemented. The DATA Act gives the Treasury Department and OMB 12 months to craft new data standards that are uniform, flexible, and adaptable – the necessary inputs to allow the system to function. I am sure there will be setbacks. But that is why we have to start thinking about these issues now. If we fail at this first step, a great many of the DATA Act’s potential benefits will be delayed or perhaps lost all together.

 
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