Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FIGHTING VIOLENCE WITH THOUGHTFUL ACTION

I am deeply saddened not only by what happened in Charlottesville over the weekend, but the response of some on social media condemning anyone who does not feel and respond with the same level of anger and hatred they do.

While I can appreciate passion about a cause, is it really beneficial to condemn anger, hatred and violence with anger, hatred, name-calling and libel? 

I much more appreciate thoughtful analysis and peaceful but prepared action, as described in these articles:

--Clergy who stared down white supremacists...

--A personal point of view from a clergyman who was there:

--An article form Allen West about not "cherry-picking" which groups to condemn for violence

A TEACHER CHANGING LIVES

Though published in January 2014, I just read this article about an amazing teacher who quietly discovers which students in her class need some TLC and extra guidance. Then delivers it. I'm awed and humbled.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR HEALTH CARE

I received an email from Senator Jeff Merkley regarding health care today about moving our health care system forward. This was triggered by #45's threats not to pay federal insurance subsidies to insurance companies. 

I'm not a fan of health insurance companies and see not paying them subsidies as a great opportunity. 

I sent this message to Sen. Merkley: 
Excellent opportunity that health insurance companies are pulling out of the health care system. They are an outrageously expensive middle man that drives up the cost of health care. Since they are pulling out, that means dollars that would otherwise go to them can go directly to medical providers. And what great leverage to lower the cost of medical care. I went to a chiropractor who offered a nice discount if patients did NOT use insurance companies. Why not pursue these kinds of cuts with hospitals, doctors and other health care professionals? After that piece is in place, then the health care system can look at further cost reductions by looking at alternative treatments and motivating people to make healthier lifestyle choices. Great opportunity here! 

Friday, August 11, 2017