Health care costs keep many from dreams
Health care in America has historically been one of the most complex political topics. Differing ideas on how health care should work have led to interesting and enjoyable debates for television, but the promises made have consistently not been carried out. These debates and interviews may be enjoyable for the consumer, but the lack of actual policy being made has been anything but enjoyable for the general public.
Too many citizens in the United States either are underinsured or do not have health insurance. One of the main reasons for not having adequate health insurance is cost. A privatized, competitive health insurance market has led to Americans paying too much for health insurance and has contributed to Americans having the highest gross domestic product per capita spending on health care of all civilized nations.
I feel it is time to stop allowing health companies and CEOs to make millions upon millions of dollars off the percentage of Americans who can actually afford health insurance. The Affordable Care Act was a step in the right direction, but it has not had the best follow-through. By passing “Medicare for All,” the government would enshrine health care as a right to its citizens and establish a universal health care system in the greatest country in the world. Health care needs to be figured out to allow citizens the ability to prosper rather than barely get by.
Internships can ease student debt crisis
A lot of communities are struggling with the issue of student loan debt. The total student debt in America is $1.5 trillion. That is an absurd amount of money to get a general education. The tuition for college is only going up.
A way for this community to help is for more businesses to be open to student paid internships. Student paid internships help students pay for college and get experience in the workforce. If students get experience in the workforce, it will help them get jobs once they have graduated college and started their life. Internships offer great opportunities for students and for employers to see what someone is like.
Student loan debt has more than one solution. Obviously, all the debt is not going to disappear from one idea in one city, but everything helps. Let this community help as much as possible for the students who are engulfed in debt.
'Nutcracker' tradition is in full swing
The presentation of the Fort Wayne Ballet's “The Nutcracker” is a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season.
With each rehearsal leading up to opening night on Dec. 6, the excitement of this year's performances grew since casting back in September.
Karen Gibbons Brown, artistic director, and her talented staff direct and encourage a cast of 200 to share this wonderful Christmas tradition with the community. The cast comprises young aspiring dancers, the professional and performing companies, 80 children and a group of adults who generously give of their time to perform in the opening act of the ballet. Working with the cast to produce this beautiful show are the costumer, a large group of parents and volunteers who all work together to present this outstanding ballet year after year to begin the Christmas season.
For the past 11 years, as a part of the cast and also an octogenarian, the joy, encouragement, talent, dedication and respect for one another one experiences from being a part of the production is beyond words. I am so honored and thankful to be able to part of this presentation.
Each year, there are some costume and choreography changes. However, the traditional music of Tchaikovsky and the beautiful story of the Nutcracker ballet remain the same.
Through Dec. 15, the ballet will perform on the stage of Arts United for a total of 14 performances, including four daytime school performances.
Nutcracker 2019 will be an experience to remember forever. Reserve your tickets at fortwayneballet.org or tickets.artstix.org or at (260) 422-4226. All of the shows sell out quickly, so do not miss the opportunity to see this spectacular production of the famous ballet.
Cast member grandma
'Anointed One' claims are no more than that
Rick Perry's recent claim that President Donald Trump (and President Barack Obama, as well) is the Anointed One needs to be both defended and criticized.
The defense is easy. He has a right to believe that his claim is true. It is true that he believes his claim. I have no quarrel with his right to believe what he chooses.
The criticism is quite simple as well. His believing it does not make it true.
If someone claims Trump is the Antichrist (and we will include Obama as well), that is fine with me. I just do not believe the claim is true. Perhaps we could peel back the orange hair to see whether 666 is on Trump's scalp. I am not suggesting anyone do that. But claims are not self-verifying. They are not true just because someone happens to believe they are true. Claims need to be argued for and against. If one claims his religion says the claim is true, I have no quarrel with that. But no one is required to accept that religion. Perry is not infallible.
Lest any reader misunderstand my point, I am not making a red state or a blue state, or even a deep state, claim. My claim has nothing to do with anyone's political affiliation. I do not care what side of the aisle you choose to sit on. You can wear a MAGA hat or not wear a MAGA hat. I wear a hat that is green – part of my Irish heritage, I guess. You do not have to wear a hat at all. But you cannot toss out claims and expect people to accept them just because you said them.
Perhaps Adolf Hitler was the Anointed One as well. If you believe he was, then as Desi Arnaz said long ago, “You got some 'splainin' to do.”
Many helped assure holiday meal's success
The St. Mary's Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving dinner was again a stunning success
More than 1,400 pounds of turkey were prepared along with dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, and cranberries. The desserts were all donated by the Fort Wayne community.
We served about 850 meals in the dining room, and 865 carryout meals. More than 200 volunteers assisted in the setup, serving and cleanup.
As chairman of this event, I would like thank the Fort Wayne community, Pepsi Co., Kelly Box Company, the schools, the many individuals who made donations and all the volunteers who helped make this dinner possible.
Thank you, thank you, Fort Wayne!