Where Are We And Where Are We Going?

At the ripe old age of 76 soon to be 77,I feel like given all the events of recent days, I have been here before. The down economy, people out of work, riots in the streets, concern over race relations and a general feeling that things are about as bad is it can get. If you are old enough to remember, even a part of the great depression, the riots of the 60s and race relations going from bad to worse to better to worse again, you know what I am talking about.

Our Days Now, With Hope For The Future.

As retirees, I’m pretty sure my wife and I are better off then most during this pandemic. We did not lose our jobs, are not home with crying children who desperately want to do something other then hang around the house while school is closed, and at this stage in life with all our parents deceased, are not worried about their declining health care in a nursing home with the virus concerning residents and staff alike. We are truly blessed.

My only real concern is how my disabled former Marine brother is doing in his Ankeny nursing home, which for now seems ok except for the issue everyone is facing, that being boredom.

  •      10 reasons to Support a Candidate for President

    • The candidate must be impeccably honest and truthful.
    • The candidate must treat all individuals with, respect, regardless of race, sexual orientation or nationality.
    • The candidate needs to understand that if elected, they will be representing all Americans regardless of party affiliation.
    • If elected, the person needs to focus on the poorest and least fortunate of our citizens and work to provide them with opportunities to succeed.
    • On the issue of immigration, the candidate needs to understand the problem starts not at our boarder, but begins internally in our South American neighbors. Creating programs that work to reduce poverty and gang violence within El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras is critical for our immigration policies to succeed.

                             Ten Reasons to support a Specific Canidate For President

 

  • The candidate must be impeccably honest and truthful.
  • The candidate must treat all individuals with, respect, regardless of race, sexual orientation or nationality.
  • The candidate needs to understand that if elected, they will be representing all Americans regardless of party affiliation.
  • If elected, the person needs to focus on the poorest and least fortunate of our citizens and work to provide them with opportunities to succeed.

                                                     On certain issues the press needs to do a better job

                                                      Such as on Abortion & Impeachment

Usually the press gets the issues it deals with fairly correctly but every now and then, they miss the most important part of an issue. Here in my opinion are two major issues where the press has missed covering the most salient points. That’s important because these issues are in the press almost daily.

My first example is the issue of abortion. Many important points are raised except one, which is rarely talked about and that is, no matter what antiabortion laws are passed either by states or god forbid the reversal of Row V Wade at the Federal level, abortions will not stop. They will just go underground performed by, in a few cases physicians, who are willing to take great risk, and in some states that means prison time up to 99 years. Those however, will be just a few, with a majority performed by nonmedical personnel in what was referred to prior to January 22,1973 as “back alley abortions”. It has been reported that between one million and two million abortions were performed each year prior to Row V Wade.

Currently it seems the number one issue being debated among Democrat candidates for the Presidency is the issue of Medicare For All. That said, what seems to be left out of the equation is that the current Medicare program for people over 65 (including me), does not pay all the medical bills, but usually takes care of about 80% of health care expenses. The other 20% can be taken care of by a Medicare supplement purchased from a private company.

In my case the combined public and private programs pay for all my bills and at the age of almost 76,there is a bunch of bills.

I first met Joe Biden when he ran for President in the mid 80s.I was very impressed then and still am. Joe didn’t attract me because I’m a guy with a few college degrees.No, he attracts me because for my first 12 years in the job market I was an apprentice and then juryman butcher. By the time I left the trade (which got me through college plus the GI bill) I could cut up a four quarter or hind quarter of beef three different ways. I think about all the guys and a few women I worked with over the years and in my view Joe is THEIR candidate. He is down to earth, he talks their language and Trump is afraid he can pull his base away from him and I am certain he can. He has been through hard times (loss of first wife and two children. He is grounded, honest and a great caring person as well as having a vision for the working class, which is currently being left behind.

One thing that is not talked about very much, but tends to be a problem for many couples, when one has the disease and the other takes on the roll of caregiver, is the stress that new relationship can create between the parties.

Almost with all married couples a division of responsibilities exists. In todays world there seems to be no set program of responsibilities, but even so each party does take on different duties. When one of the parties acquires dementia it is quickly apparent that dementia does not stay in one place but moves around and eventually decline becomes evident. This decline has the propensity to disrupt each party’s responsibilities and that in turn can create tension.

On Friday March 15 the New York Times ran an article by Pam Belluck that really caught my attention. It was titled “Could Lights and Sounds Help People with Alzheimer’s? They Worked in Mice”. As one with the disease, any article that posits a possible cure is certainly worth reading. A quote from the article is as follows “A new study led by an M.I.T neuroscientist (Li-Huei Tsai) offers tantalizing promise.

Currently under consideration by the Iowa Republican controlled legislature in this winter of 2019 is the reinstatement of the death penalty. The General Assembly abolished the death penalty in 1965 under the leadership of Governor Harold Hughes. Across the nation there are currently 30 states, which still allow for it and 20 who do not.

In my view there are many reasons to not reinstate it, but one of the most compelling reasons is statistics put out by the Death Penalty Information Center. Due to the increasing use of DNA, since 1992 more then 20 death row inmates have been exonerated and released who could have been killed. The problem is that DNA is many times not available; leaving one to wonder how many people various state governments needlessly have put to death. The Center has also published a list of 10 individuals who were executed, but possibly innocent. In addition another 39 were executed in the face of evidence of innocence or serious doubt about the guilt of the person.