Up on HOAs
Homeowners associations have been the focus of a number of recent articles in The Kansas City Star. One example was about the Avignon Villa Homes Community Association. (Sept. 4, 1A, “HOA, church deacon’s family stuck in dispute over extra car”)
From 2007 until 2017, my wife and I lived in Avignon. It is best described as an old-fashioned neighborhood, where neighbor cares about neighbor and people look out for one another. People celebrate life together in social gatherings known as “Villaritas,” where all are welcome.
When an ambulance arrives in the middle of the night, people are calling to say, “Can I help? What can I do?”
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Residents recognize there is strength in working together for the common good.
The community is led by three elected officers. Each of these people is a person of faith whose words and actions are driven by a sense of fairness, kindness and compassion.
There is a cost to live in such a community, and it is very simple: Follow the rules — rules that each resident receives and signs for when they purchase a home.
Today, there is an authority crisis. Some are not willing to give a little in order to gain a lot.
University of Missouri head football coach Barry Odom has fired his defensive coordinator less than a year after assuming control of the defense in midseason. As a Mizzou fan, I support those moves, but the ice is getting thin for Odom.
In the Southeastern Conference, you better be a great recruiter and developer of talent inside and outside Missouri. Alumni have very little patience with losers and the status quo.
I’m one who loves the move to the SEC from the Big 12, but being close to the bottom of the barrel in any conference leaves a bad taste in alumni’s palates. Get your act together, coach Odom, or you can join your ex-defensive coordinator.
Keep them home
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens earlier this year signed budget cuts that will take resources from the elderly and disabled. As a registered nurse, I am bound to helping others and causing no harm. My goal is to help patients maintain independence and stay at home as long as they can.
My mother is on disability and has home health care. This is paramount because individuals who are assisted to stay at home are not placed in nursing homes.
According to the Medicare website, home health care is less expensive than nursing homes but just as effective for some people as care from a facility.
We should not be taking resources from those who need it most. Our vulnerable and impoverished should be assisted. Hopefully, Greitens will make the difficult decision to help those in need in our communities.
It is my opinion that the three Equifax executives who sold their stock before the public was notified of the security breach may be guilty of insider trading. (Sept. 8, KansasCity.com, “The Latest: Equifax: Stock-selling execs unaware of breach”)
Insider trading is defined as the illegal practice of trading on the stock exchange to one’s own advantage through having access to confidential information. All three have claimed that their sale of stock had nothing to do with the upcoming announcement of the breach.
One executive selling his stock I may be gullible enough to believe, but three? I don’t think so.
A fine solution
Two years ago, my identity was stolen and a fraudulent tax return was filed seeking my IRS refund. While the financial impact was minimal, the self-education, police reporting and enrollment in credit monitoring consumed more than 12 hours of my time.
Now I learn that my information has been stolen again because of a breach at Equifax — the very company where I signed up for credit monitoring.
Breaches like these will continue until we enact consumer-protection legislation that penalizes companies that store our personal information in a way accessible to hackers.
I propose companies pay $100 to each person whose information is stolen from the company database. Such a penalty would incentivize companies to tighten cybersecurity and would make me feel slightly better about having lost 12 hours of my life to filling out forms and about contstantly watching for credit taken out in my name.
Consider the source
The Star’s recent guest commentary, “Beware unintended consequences of minimum wage hike,” (Sept. 11, 7A) was from a nonprofit “that studies employment growth.”
That nonprofit, thee Employment Policies Institute, is the creation of a Washington lobbying firm Berman & Co., which represents restaurant and hotel chains. These restaurant and hotel chains are led by executives who often make more than a million dollars a year, yet their plea is, “Please, don’t make us pay our employees a living wage.”
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