Way..... Out there !

Way..... Out there !
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Why is Reform Dragging? ...and a Reality Check

Considering how many problems there are with our slapdash health care system, you'd think meaningful reform would be a snap.... right? But it drags, and now the U.S. Congress is fleeing town for their well-earned (sic) summer vacation with the job barely begun.

A large part of the problem was outlined yesterday by Steven Pearlstein in his column in the Washington Post. And Steve Benen attempted an analysis in his column, Political Animal in The Washington Monthly today.

Finally, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has offered another post in her MythBusting series, explaining the truth behind the false allegations being spread by some opponents of health care reform.

It affects all of us, sooner or later. If you care at all, contact your elected reps in Congress (links in earlier post here).

John L.

UPDATE: More MythBusting, this time from the horse's mouth, the White House's new Reality Check website. -JL-

Thursday, August 6, 2009

There Goes the Neighborhood!

For years, the house at 2176 Hallmark has sat empty, lonely, hoping someone would come back to bring life to its empty rooms again. But alas! Decay set in; it developed a bumper crop of mold, especially after a water leak in the basement and damage to the back of the roof. And today, Thursday, August sixth, 2009, the old house met its fate.

By the time your intrepid editor reached the scene (about 3 p.m.), most of the house had been mashed and hauled away. But there was still the basement and the concrete slabs within.

Just a few sticks left... and they go directly into the rolloff/dumpster.

The contractor said the site will be leveled and smoothed over–just another empty lot when they are finished. The concrete pieces are to be recycled, as apparently will be aluminum parts. But most of the old, moldy house will just have to rest forever in the county landfill. Plans now are to rebuild on the site in a year or two.

Ave atque vale! Old House!

John L.

GONE! Indeed the contractors did right by the site, leveled and seeded. (13 August 2009)