Obamacare promotes Obama's priorities
It’s interesting how much more we are finding out about all the hidden provisions in the Universal Health Care law (aka Obamacare). Just this week, several governors have discovered the provision that, unless we fall into line with the federally sponsored insurance exchange program, will mean U.S. citizens can be denied health care while non-citizens will receive benefits.
Then, while insurance providers are required to cover any and all existing conditions under a single plan, smokers (the target of numerous government campaigns) are required to pay a lot more for insurance for their pre-existing condition.
Obamacare is turning out to be an omnibus bill to promote a number of presidential and government priorities, from immigration reform to anti-smoking campaigns. I just wonder how long it will be before gun owners will be required to pay a surcharge because they are a cost driver for health care.
Coats for Kids was outstanding success
The 2012 Coats for Kids Children’s Winter Coat collection program was an outstanding success. A total of 3,107 coats were distributed prior to the December school holiday break. Thanks to wonderful donors we were able to deliver all the increased number of coats requested.
Our sincere thanks go to 21 Alive for their outstanding media support of this Fort Wayne holiday season tradition; to our great partners, Kroger and Scott’s Food Stores, Oasis Radio, and Peerless Cleaners; Wells Fargo Foundation for a major donation that allowed us to purchase 200 coats; Fort Wayne Fire Department, Station No. 9 and firefighter Doug Call, who collected over 500 wonderful coats and delivered coats to local schools; residents of Shepherds House for donations of new coats; to teachers and case managers who took the time to “place an order” for the number of coats and sizes that were needed; to Early Childhood Alliance, CANI, Vincent Villages and SCAN case managers who placed orders for hundreds of coats for their clients; to the Komets and Mad Ants, who collected coats at their home games and offered incentives to their fans who donated; Best Winter Hats for donation of 200 new hats; Oakwood Elementary School for collecting hats and gloves; to our knitters who produced hundreds of sets of knitted goods that went with a majority of the coats; to the RSVP volunteer team who sorted vast mountains of coats, matched mittens, scarves and hats, and filled the orders for each group; and to every person who took the time to donate coats.
Please remember this great Fort Wayne tradition again next year.
Jean Joley, executive director, Volunteer Center @ RSVP
No smoking? Right
I see we have a law that says we can’t smoke in bars. The city doesn’t have anything to do with these bars, but we have police officers who smoke in city-owned cars. If I can’t smoke in a bar why can they smoke in city cars? I know they have laws and we have laws. I don’t think so.
Mr. Doctor in City Council, you made the law. Let’s do something, and Mr. York, you do something.
I had to go to the Allen County Jail. I go in there, a person right by the door is smoking. I look up, it is a worker that checks you in.
I said, “You can’t smoke here.” He said, “Shut up, I can do what I want.”
If you look at the ground you see a lot of butts there. I called the county jail, and they said don’t worry about it. I called the sheriff, and they said, who cares? Now I see the law is only for everyone but the county workers. I don’t think so.
If I can’t smoke there, they can’t. Let’s do something about this law that is being broken.
Coffee shop missed
In late November, the Georgetown Square Espresso Gallery closed. Initially, they had a sign saying that they were closed for remodeling. The sign was taken down and no reason was posted on the store window. I knew it was closed for good when I saw “Shop at Georgetown” banners, which are put in the windows of empty stores throughout the shopping center.
I hope Georgetown Square will get a new coffee shop, be it Starbucks or something else. I miss having a coffee shop in Georgetown.