- Reflections on Freedom
- Long live Barnabas Collins
- The big game ... and patterns
With the reduction of our armed forces, many citizens will be returning to civilian life as veterans. Service in the military can be a stressful experience; an experience most will agree they would do all over again, but must be accompanied by a goodly amount of physical and psychological defense mechanisms; one of which is humor, and no one or anything is immune or off limits, including fellow comrades-in-arms.
Valentine’s Day is something that you have to just sort of ... survive.
For single people, that’s particularly true. Speaking as perhaps Somerset’s most eligible bachelor — if I were to get any more eligible, I could probably finagle my own reality show on ABC — I can tell you just about every paragraph in the “Valentine’s Day Survival Guide” handbook.
Denial? Check. Decry the holiday as a crass invention of the greeting card/floral/chocolate corporate machine? Check. Stay indoors? Check. Board up the windows and barricade the doors, a la “Night of the Living Dead”? Check and check.
A House in disarray
During the 2010 elections there was something going on that many people have not paid attention to but that is all about to end. There is a constitutional requirement that a census be conducted every ten years for purposes of defining proper representation in our government. While all the talking heads and media outlets focused on the statewide and national elections there were thousands of local elections being held that would determine control of the various state houses. It is those state houses and, specifically, the party in power that determines where the boundary lines are to be drawn to ensure that each person has a more or less equally powerful vote. Simple isn't it. Well, not so much.
Recreation needs drugs?
One of the favorite politically correct phrases of today is “recreational drugs.” That really gets my dandruff up even through the Brylcreem.
An article I read in the newspaper stated that the Kentucky Supreme Court had reached a verdict in a split decision that would make applicants for Black Lung benefits have to meet the same criteria for benefits for similar lung diseases from a different causative agent. Pneumoconiosis is the disease and it can be caused by inhaling dust from any source so the qualifications for benefits for this disease should be the same across the board and not be different just because sufferers of Black Lung get it from coal dust. However, written standards have made qualification for benefits for Pneumoconiosis resulting from coal dust more difficult. This is unfair and discriminatory and it seems the court reached an equitable decision that will result in many more miners being eligible for taxpayer funded benefits.
- Smoking ban is a good idea
We’re all pill-poppers & junk food junkies
Anyone who grew up in the Eubank area in the 50’s and 60’s probably remembers our local general practice physician Dr. Williams; a wonderful man. I only remember one occasion when my parents took me to see him. I was delirious with a temperature of 103 and Dr. Williams gave me a shot of penicillin. I may have been delirious but I remember that needle; it must have been three inches long and the size of a pencil lead.
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