Being 63 YO, I've worked directly with many and interacted in other workplaces.
In professional environments, correct usage and expression lends confidence in the ability of a business to perform.
I've interacted with automobile mechanics over the years. So long as they could communicate what was needed for the service and how much it was going to cost, it didn't matter to me whether their grammar was correct. Not intended to single out mechanics, their vocation came to mind.
It may be a good choice as mechanics often interact directly with people of all education levels...View Thread
Will probably be amazing to see that others look older
while I look exactly the same .................... LOL
Except for gaining about 75 pounds
But, I was a slim 6' 0" guy at 160 pounds during graduation.
I neither bullied nor was bullied.
These days violence is out of place. Starting anything physical carries the chance of legally having your assets reduced ... significantly.
Movies and games that glorify fighting are an unfortunate stimulus for people (mostly younger guys) to act out in real life.
That said, if I had a young son I would encourage him to take a martial arts course (judo, karate, etc). One that stresses defense, discipline and not starting fights but being prepared to end them, if required.
Also, many schools are cutting back on sports and physical education. I think that is a mistake. I've observed that boys who've participated are more outgoing and better team players. Those ARE useful skills in life.View Thread
I can't find the quote, but I did read the esteemed Thomas Sowell said, to the effect:
I cannot understand how people who believe the cost of hospitals, doctors and medications are too expensive now
while believing the cost of hospitals, doctors, medications plus a huge government bureaucracy will be less ...
Until people change from "what's in it for me" to "what's good for everyone AND the country"
we will continue to slide gently into socialism
INSURANCE IS the villain, not the savior! They take Thirty percent off the top to collect premiums, aggravate participants (patients and doctors) endlessly and then pay a few claims ... contributing NOTHING material to societyView Thread
The ONLY good intrusive federal bill I can remember (I'm 63 YO) is when automobile exhaust systems were mandated to last a number of years. (When did you last have to have one replaced?)
When medical insurance is discussed, terminology/phrasing by some conveys the idea that medical insurance is a product to be purchased - if you qualify. Once purchased, it is just another monthly bill to be paid. When treatment is needed, there is often a co-payment.
And relief because the exorbitant amount is mostly "covered".
"Covered" by insurance...
If you asked all of your neighbors to help you with a bill, you'd know who to thank.
When participants of your health plan have THEIR premiums used to "cover" YOUR bill, you don't know them. And you are not inclined to thank anyone anyway because, after all, you paid your premium and co-payment.
Insurance means anonymity of those contributing.
BUT, THIRTY PERCENT of those premiums purchase NO TREATMENT or MEDICATION.
THIRTY PERCENT was used to run the insurance company, lobby Congress for mandated participation, pay huge executive salaries, develop convoluted exceptions regarding coverage, etc.
And what about doctors?
When was the last time you saw a doctor without at least two or three "assistants" having little or no medical training?
They are required to handle the complex insurance documentation.
Adding to the doctor's cost of doing business.
And, regardless of the economy, insurance executives and medical practitioners receive pay increases EVERY YEAR.
Because they are insulated from the principal of Supply and Demand!
Two better solutions:
1. SCRAP all medical insurance and require the withholding of Ten percent of workers' salaries to be deposited in the bank of their choice. Withdrawals ONLY allowed for medically-related payments. Upon passing, wills dictate what becomes of remaining balances. Shopping for one's own health care restores Supply / Demand market structure. And, not having insurance means there would be Greatly reduced insurance fraud.
O.K., insurance is so powerful that will never happen.
After all, Personal Responsibility would negate the slide into Socialism.
2. Expand Medicare to cover the majority of people. Medicare has no profit motive and about THREE percent overhead versus private insurance's THIRTY percent.
Consider that Hilary Clinton wanted health care reform and the insurance industry was firmly against it - so it went nowhere.
Obama wanted health care reform and the insurance industry was in favor - and it passed - by an "overwhelming" vote of 219 - 212.
Please remember that vote. And, when you wake up to the fact that only insurance companies are benefiting, cast future election votes appropriately. We have no other tool for righting this wrong as the Supreme Court has ruled.
Do you think private insurance backed it for "the good of the people"?
Or did they back it because they can't wait to reap even more profit resulting from the mandate to buy or "be taxed"?
This Supreme Court decision will HAUNT us.
If you are young, there are only two viable long term vocations:
You just have to ignore documents from our Founding Fathers.
While I agree with you, those are two pieces of advice ...
My one piece of advice: Keep activity (not Activia) in your life.
I was an office worker for many years and obtained exercise primarily on the weekends. Due to good genes, I was good for fifty years. Now I'm overweight and dealing with arthritis. Was it avoidable? Don't know. But am confident it wouldn't be as severe had I been more active.View Thread
Health Insurance is Forced Charitywithout being tax deductible.
The healthy chip in to help pay the bills of the unhealthy.
The unhealthy accept the payments of the healthy without any obligation to give thanks. And the majority don't, probably because they still had to make premium payments and, of course, their co-payments.
Meanwhile, Providers hire clerical staff to interpret the rules and provide as much care as insurance plans allow.
And insurance employees receive pay increases every year regardless of the state of the economy or the financial status of their customers. If enrollment falls, just raise premiums.
The current system is good for health insurance companies ............ ONLY
Any modification, including the Affordable Care Act, that does not apply a lid on profit will NOT help.View Thread