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Papers…from the pile…. part 1

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Here they finally are……responses from readers…. are to continue….posting the papers…

Sun…going back through missed days…go  by title online for full texts…

Sunday…..

1.  Microsoft and Yahoo…no prom date…after all…….

2. Yawns save the earth one person at a time….

A new breed of GenXers…Young and Wealthy but normal….Yawns

You may have read about them…they “tread” lightly on the earth…frugal…living on little…going the opposite route of us Baby Boomers…

A movement worth emulating for those 20-early 40 somethings….case in point…

BCbythesea and hubby ate at Smokey Bones…the servers….no high school…20 somethings… aging Boomers supplementing ..non- retirement… due to living large?….

An aside…just as when a talk show does a show on eating disorders….only to break for a commercial on Jenny Craig…followed by Slim Fast….

Sentinel has full page ad that follows…….gifts for Mother’s Day…. Tiffany diamonds…. Oops…

3. 2008 Legislative score  card…

what passed…

has been covered in previous posts…full text online…

more interesting what failed…. highlighting a few….

Business…

no statewide standards for construction cranes…see how they fell… in the past year…

required toilet paper …an ample supply in each stall….if women were a majority…this would have passed in a flash….

Government…

made it harder for citizens to change Fl. constitution by reducing the time petition signatures are valid…Whew!

Required local governments to set aside time for public comment at their meetings….and you thought LBTS’ previous commission were the only ones…thwarting public comments?…. now if we could only reinstate being trusted to address the dais by their names….

Allowed Floridians unaffiliated witha political party to vote in presidential primaries…as they should…as they do in other states…too bad…

Health…

prohibit Americans who get medical degrees in Cuba from practicing in Fl….seems for political reasons only…these doctors still have to pass the boards…so why deny them?….

Taxes…

Given taxpayers a better chance of winning appeals of property tax assessments by no longer presuming assessments are correct…. and this failed …why?….

Transportation….

Allowed police to give drivers a $60 ticket for having a replica of bull testicles hanging from their vehicles….why even entertain the idea of interfering with letting drivers display their bad taste?….

4. On the clock…

U.S. medicine in the middle of a cultural revolution…with not putting their careers as the main reason for living…making their life/ family their first priority…and taking career path that affords such a structure…

Nothing new really…a few years back there were “revolts” of the intern hours…from the old way of stringing the interns out til they dropped…

now not only do you have the priority change…you have the income change…

Case in point..a dentist can make more in 4 days with longer hours…than a full week…figuring the added days…would only go to taxes… and insurance…

5. Smart electric grid could help us save…….

amber dot will give the heads up on conserving energy and money…a plus for those unaware of ways to keep the control or non- control over their bills…

a look at what will be the norm…. worth a read….

6. Tallahassee tally: Tax commission falls short…Michael Mayo…

Mayo is on the heels of the almighty Florida Taxation  and Budget Reform Commission…faithful BCbythesea readers know…these are the muckety mucks… appointed  elites…who can bypass the legislators simply by a vote of 17 out of the 25 well- heeled members….

Mayo is not mustering up much appreciation for this crew….

7. Corps plans for lower lake level….

Lake Okeechobee…lower lake level….like a flashback to a horror film…what brought us to this ongoing mess of water shortages…no doubt…now it cites the safety of the dam…for keeping it a foot shorter than normal…oh my!….

8. Opinion…

Meet the Editorial Board…

worth a look into the backgrounds of those who run the show….

special interest in Earl Maucker…a Bob Norman nemesis …a perpetual target…..

Antonio Fins…who BCbythesea has knowledge of having some “off the wall” commentary in a debate of sorts with a reporter over the last election…his responsibility or lack of for what the paper prints…

previous days….

9. candidates qualifying ends…

Sad to say no one stepped up to the plate to oppose State Atty. Mike Satz…look for the www.Jaablog.com...to keep us informed of his questionable calls…. and his future…will it be unscathed?….

others to watch… Congressman Ron Klein..with 3 challengers… 2 Dems/ 1 Repub.

Robert Wexler…who is challenged by 2…including LBTS’ own pharmacist Dr. G’s…. father Ben Graber…running as an Independent…..

Public ..pony-tailed Defender and channel 7 …Help me Howard…Howard Finkelstein….who has 2…vying to cut down load to one job…on TV….

10. McTyre Park will reopen thanks to donations…

the park was closed…money woes…an angel stepped forth…said it was for the kids…his son included…preferred to remain anonymous…no such luck…the proud and philanthropic papa..owns an adult club…HMMM…. an odd sense of remorse to those that are at the same time thankful?…

So far the promised checks from papa and others that stepped up to the plate…they’re in the mail….

11. Economic growth plan taps state pension fund….

Unanimously voted on Fri…the Senate passed and sent a bill to the Governor to tap into the Fl. pension fund and invest it into private high- growth industries…such as aerospace…renewable energy and life sciences…. will allow state to invest $2 billion a year or 1.5% of the nest asset value of the fund….similar to what is done in other states…

will also set up a $40 million prize…$20 mil from state/ $20 mil fro private for reusable space vehicle to replace the retiring space shuttle….

12. Linens ‘n things goes bankrupt…

stores closing…right on the heels of Home Depot downsizing…a trend that continues…

BCbythesea…upside…the sighting at the corner of Federal and Commercial…sign being held…grand re-opening of Comp USA…which demise was reported some months back….

13. House OKs bill outlawwin genetic discrimination….

DNA results can’t be used against you…Pres. Bush is expected to sign the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act…KUDOS…to all…preventative action should be applauded not discounted for fear of medical insurance retribution…

BC opinion…now if insurance companies could distinguish preventative meds and behaviors..ie…exercise…. normal weight….when deciding medical premiums…right now…taking Lipitor…and who 50 and above does not?…is a negative to your status!…

14. U.S. suffers 70 cases of measles so far this year, worst since 2001…

children not vaccinated…are the reason…fear of vacinations…due to the rise in Autism…fears…

extrapolate out the questionable  additives in vaccines that are feared…from those that need to given…can it not be separated as in the past?…

also…the term Autism has “branched” out to include many other maladies that were never under this  heading before…and some think this is the real reason for such a climb in the ever increasing numbers…

15. Clergy- led prayer back at Deerfield meetings…

The people did not like the change to a “do it yourself” non- denominational convocation at the commission meetings… and they were heard….

readers of this site….take the time to say a special thanks to our new Town Chaplain…Rev. George Hunsaker who is working hard to bring in many faiths to join him at our monthly meetings…

16. Alligator dies after eating toy turtle…

new type of pest control?…but does it work on iguanas….the  alarming …out of control…abundance of them that still unfortunately…inhabit the town?… especially in the north…

17. House votes to alter state song lyrics…

after all that…the songwriter of the much ballyhooed winning song replacement… must feel like the jilted bride- to- be of the Bachelor reality show…when in record time …after the big finale…reports to the media…the engagement is off!

Glad to keep the original…but timing is everything….

Miami Herald…is part 2….

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