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Re: “Have You Seen Kobe?

It is against the law to leave a dog alone in a car in any season at any time of day. Apparently the police neither informed Ms. Schwartz of the law nor ticketed her. It is possible that someone who knew the law, saw the dog alone and decided to rescue Kobe.

Posted by cantadora on 05/01/2010 at 6:16 PM

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Re Currents, page 11, Jesse Kelly's plan to unseat Gabrielle Giffords

Privatize Social Security?! Phase out Medicare, "thus getting off the public dole." Excuse me?! Ain't no entitlement. Ain't no dole. Puleaze!

Social Security and Medicare are only entitlements, if one can say that car and home insurance, and savings and investments are entitlements. True, we are entitled to receive a payout for a car accident or house fire based on policy and premiums. We are entitled to get the savings back that we have deposited. However, we do not refer to car and home owner insurance or savings deposits as entitlements. We should not use those words or "dole" when referring to Social Security and Medicare either.

We pay. Employers and workers pay every payday toward Social Security and Medicare. When we receive Medicare, we keep paying. When employed, I paid $46 a month for insurance coverage that included vision and dental. On Medicare, I not only pay more than $300 monthly for total insurance, I also have trouble finding Tucson doctors who accept Medicare as insurance.

Medicare currently costs recipients $96 a month (about to go up). Part D (drugs) is roughly another $30 (going up). Then there is Medigap -- add another $187 (and that's about to go up, too). More than $300 a month without dental or vision coverage. That's no dole unless one is saying the recipient is continuing to dole out money to get entitlements.

But it is not surprising that Mr. Kelly might think Medicare is not important. As a vet, he is on the dole with the VA. Should he get elected, we taxpayers will be purchasing him a wonderful lifetime health insurance policy.

Before Social Security, our elders were poor. Even with Medicare one can become bankrupted by health care costs Medicare and Medigap do not cover.

I continue to dole to pay for benefits received. I am not on the dole -- and should Mr. Kelly become a candidate, he will not be getting my vote.

Posted by cantadora on 12/04/2009 at 3:27 PM

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