I have cancer. I take oral chemotherapy.
It has been more than three years, and I’m still fighting. And this is not the sad news.
Some months ago, I was prescribed a different chemo drug. I had a reaction to the drug and couldn’t use it.
I still have almost three months’ worth left in blister packs. This drug costs more than $8,000 a month, which seems to me to be beyond many people’s means without insurance.
Now the sad news: I’ve been told I can’t donate or give away my chemo drug because of safety reasons. The people who need this drug and can’t afford it aren’t interested in the possible safety issues.
Because of my experience, I have a hard time just having it destroyed.
Guns, political fire
Our president, Congress and guns have a couple things in common concerning the Second Amendment.
The action of a shooting gun is initiated by the brain, and thus a sequence of events rapidly unfolds. The muzzle end of the gun sends the exiting bullet toward its intended target.
As to dealing with the Second Amendment, the president and Congress should make certain that their brains are engaged before putting their mouths into gear. Neither words nor bullets can be shoved back into their respective orifices once let out.
Add tornado shelters
Why aren’t all schools, apartment complexes, patio home subdivisions, trailer parks, campgrounds and sports complexes required to include or add storm shelters on the premises? I’ll tell you why. It costs money to save lives.
I have a friend with a young son. They live in Kansas in an apartment complex. She has called everywhere trying to find somewhere safe to go in the event of a tornado warning. Even the fire department could offer no assistance.
At the very least, emergency preparedness services should organize churches and businesses to open their basements to the public during tornado warnings. Signs could be displayed designating the availability of the shelters.
My neighborhood, Ruskin Heights, was damaged by a tornado in the 1950s. Some homeowners added basements or storm shelters. Most did not. A few years ago a neighborhood organization wrote letters to churches asking whether they’d be willing to unite to plan to offer safe haven to the neighborhood in the event of a tornado warning. There was little response or interest.
Living in Tornado Alley should not be a death sentence. Warnings are useless if there is no shelter.
Everyone seems to agree that we should have term limits for our senators and representatives, but nothing seems to change. The First Amendment to our Constitution gives us the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, what are we waiting for?
To get the ball rolling, an initiative referendum should be circulated in the newspaper and taken by volunteers in every neighborhood in the Kansas City area to get signatures for term limits to our Congress. It would be very helpful if someone with popularity and clout within our community stepped forward to take the lead.
This could be the beginning of a nationwide petition and a return of our government to the people.
Let’s grant gun supporters their contention that violent video games and violent movies inspire murderous rampages. The fact, however, remains: Guns (more often than not) are the instruments of death. Neither video games nor movies have killed anyone.
In 2012, guns killed about 30,000.
Helpful Postal Service
Postal Service retail associates are trained to assist customers with their mail and packages, including how to properly pack and protect items being shipped (5-20, Letters). In addition, packaging tips are among the most frequently visited links on usps.com.
Despite a still-sluggish U.S. economy and a significant decline in total mail volume, U.S. Postal Service package services, including our popular Priority Mail Flat Rate products, have increased by more than 200 million packages in the past four years.
Postal Service employees will continue to work to earn the trust that millions of customers place in us.
U.S. Postal Service
It’s interesting to watch our congressmen huffing and puffing, calling for hearings demanding that Internal Revenue Service officials be fired for targeting nonprofits, particularly conservative ones.
That is pretty reprehensible, if indeed it did happen in the manner some allege. What irritates me are the statements by some congressmen that the integrity of the IRS has been irreparably harmed.
This is from the folks who have written thousands of pages of confusing tax code, which includes special-interest carve-outs and exceptions for favored lobbies and contributors.
Congress has done more to erode the integrity of the IRS than a few staffers in Ohio or even former President Richard Nixon.
Middle class burden
President Barack Obama continues his fear-laden campaign promoting more federal revenues, including through tax increases and loophole elimination, of course only on the wealthy and corporations. The wealthy will simply adjust their assets and investments to mostly offset any increase.
Corporations will pass along the increase through price increases, cost reductions such as layoffs and product quality reductions. The bottom line is the middle class will bear the burden of these increases as it always has.
Lee Judge cartoons
Political cartoons used to be clever, sometimes even funny, but today many of them, especially from the pen of extreme lefty Lee Judge, are brutally cruel and frequently deliberately misleading.
I think Mr. Judge’s artistic capabilities exceed his ability to translate political events into humor. His creative process seems to center around a monotonous bag of grudges and hatefulness he feels for anything that doesn’t line up with his extreme liberal ideas.
I know his work appeals to a large number of like thinkers, but I believe it’s over the top. He reminds me of a child who is unable to respond intelligently and therefore comes up with something hateful.
Truly talented editorial cartoonists turn current events into thought-provoking words and art that deliver their message, however political in nature, without anger and hurt. I think good ones make you chuckle whether you agree with them or not.
I suppose I should cut him some slack given the difficulty of his task. When it comes to finding good material to work into his cute little illustrations, I would suggest that Lee Judge is frequently caught between Barack and a hard place.
Fish fry flub
Several years ago, we had out-of-town guests. It was a Friday evening, and we wanted to treat them to a fun Kansas City meal.
We had read an article in The Star about all the area Friday night Lent fish fries and decided to try the one at St. Ann’s Church in Sugar Creek. Plans were made for everybody to meet there for dinner after work, school and shopping.
I arrived there first. It was a great celebration.
While I was waiting in the serving line, I got out my cellphone to call the others with directions on how to get there (none of us was familiar with Sugar Creek). I told them where to go, how far to drive and where to turn.
I finished by saying, with a laugh, “and then just look for a big parking lot full for happy Irish people.”
A few people standing near me turned and glared. Finally, one gentleman smiled benevolently, patted me on the shoulder, chuckled and said, “Excuse me, sir. No, no, no. We are Polish.”
John R.W. Taylor, M.D.