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Obamacare’s replacement allows women to customize their care at lower costs

May 26, 2017 — Guest Column

DENVER — Women make the majority of decisions about care and insurance for our families, and we generally consume more healthcare than men.  As a result, women have a lot at stake when it comes to the laws that govern American health care and insurance.

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) made it illegal for insurers to charge women more than men, and it mandated that insurance plans cover women’s preventive care, including birth control, with no copay.

Therefore, some now suggest that repealing the Affordable Care Act would be a threat to women.  But the opposite is true: Repeal will allow women greater choice and lower costs when it comes to insurance plans, doctors and care.

This year my vacation will be time away from the insanity in Washington, DC.

May 26, 2017 — Guest Column

I’ve decided to allow myself a summer vacation. Haven’t had one since probably 8th grade, after that I had summer jobs.This year, it will be a little different, primarily because I am retired. This year my vacation will be time away from the insanity in Washington, DC.

As I see it, every media outlet reports the news as they prefer to see it, not as it is. They choose to avoid information that goes against their agenda. They over use “breaking news”, “bombshell”, “this just in”, “stunning revelation”, etc. to capture our attention for even the most mundane information.

International news, except as it pertains to our President, is pretty much nonexistent. Stories like the mess socialism has created in Venezuela are under reported. Except in rare cases, the activities of Bill or Hillary, George W. or Barack, are of little interest to me.

So, for the summer, I’ll check the weather, watch some Andy Griffith reruns, read a book, anything except fuel the media frenzy and my own anxiety.

Have you been wondering why there are so many leaks, supposedly, coming out of the White House?

May 26, 2017 — Guest Column

Have you been wondering why there are so many leaks, supposedly, coming out of the White House? Me too, it just didn’t make sense until I learned one important fact about many White House employees. In the past they were appointees and served at the will of the President. After the Nov. 2016 election but before the Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration, President Obama made many of those people civil servants. It is a much different process to fire a civil servant.

In my mind, that was done to continue the surveillance of Pres. Trump, to impede his agenda, and to create chaos. If those employees can’t be fired, send them to the back 40 to pick dandelions or to the basement to count the bricks. They may have to stay but they don’t have to be seen and heard or to see and hear.

Sneak attack in Montana (We got Suckered)

May 25, 2017 — Guest Column

The Democrats are so nervous about TRUMP, and losing political seats everywhere, they are hitting the “Panic Button”.  How utterly convenient that a foreign news reporter would ignite the wrath of a Republican candidate, the “Day Before the Election”.  How convenient a left wing heifer from FOX happened to be close enough, she could vividly describe what she wanted the viewers to see.  See ?  Where are the photos of the

“entire attack”?  Democrats are not brave, but they have back stabbing down to a fine science.  Like small dogs, they bark, bite the backs of your ankles and run like Hell.  How well orchestrated this little altercation was carried out, is amazing, even for Democrats.

I hope the voters of Montana are not fooled by the Press and the back biting Democrats.  Just imagine what they will do in the next election and in the midterm Congressional elections.  The Press is our biggest enemy, by the way they have chosen to “Manufacture News”. 

We have seen no EVIL as we will see Democratic evil, in less than two years.  The GOP better get their heads straight, clear and pull together.  The Republicans need to purge the back stabbers from the GOP, quickly.  I doubt we will ever know the complete, and true version of what happened.  We have Democratic News and we have Fake News, but then, I repeat myself.

Atrocities of North Korea Regime Underreported

May 25, 2017 — Guest Column

North Korea has spectacularly gained the attention of America, the West and indeed the entire world with their continued nuclear tests and reckless threats against America and other allies. The threat is certainly real and well reported but not so well reported is their deplorable human rights atrocities.

Matriculation

May 25, 2017 — Guest Column

The families and friends of the most recent graduates of Notre Dame were able to see what years of study and tens of thousands of dollars have produced. A numpty individual with bad manners, poor judgment and doomed to flipping forms and documents, a thoughtless buffoon with bottomless self esteem. What a return on investment! Many have the additional reward of being indebted to the government for decades.

The lessors, the burger flippers will likely move on to better and better employment, freedom and good judgment based on experience. Some debt but far less. And one other thing, happiness and optimism.

Who actually knows more?

Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free

May 22, 2017 — Guest Column

How odd: During the eight years of one of America’s shadiest presidencies, not one Obama administration official went to prison. Or was convicted of a crime. Or even indicted. Sure, Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held plenty of hearings. But while they called countless press conferences, not one Democrat ever was held accountable for the numerous crimes exposed by this and other Republican-controlled congressional panels.

Let’s stroll down memory lane and see how the Democrats acted when they investigated real or fabricated Republican scandals.

When the Watergate “Plumbers” (so called because their clandestine job was to plug news leaks) broke into the Democratic National Committee to snatch campaign documents and bug the party’s headquarters, hellfire erupted. There was no evidence that President Richard Milhous Nixon knew about the June 1972 break-in in advance nor did he authorize it. Regardless, he was forced to resign for covering up the crime, after he learned about it.

Tax money shouldn’t shore up blatantly biased TV and radio

May 22, 2017 — Guest Column

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A government $20 trillion in debt has just extended—not eliminated, as promised—funding for a public broadcaster that regularly infuriates and offends half the country.

The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 not only gave the Corporation for Public Broadcasting its regular $495 million sweetsop, Congress threw in another $50 million to upgrade its “interconnection system.”

Yet again, it was a two-year “advance appropriation” for the CPB—a special arrangement designed “to provide a firewall of independence” from the government accountability that usually goes hand- in-hand with government funding.

College Education: It seems I’ve been operating under a cloud of misinformation for quite some time

May 21, 2017 — Guest Column

It seems I’ve been operating under a cloud of misinformation for quite some time. I thought that one of the benefits of a college degree was the exposure of young people to new ideas, new cultures, new people. I thought college would teach them some independence, open their minds and maybe even give them a marketable skill.

Yet, in what seems to be a growing trend on college campuses, there are segregated dorms, safe zones, and “no whites allowed” places. I ask, what is the lesson in that? We are not teaching tolerance and understanding. We are not teaching how to learn to get along. As a side note, on the SAT application, whites and middle eastern are one category (which is another subject for another day). So, are people of middle eastern decent prohibited wherever whites are banned?

I find it shameful, after all the heartache we suffered in the 60s over segregation, that we are now falling backward. I question the legality of taxpayer funded institutions using dollars to promote segregation, and it is interesting that students find this acceptable.

For decades raw lumber has gone to Asian countries to be returned as floor boards and cupboards

May 19, 2017 — Guest Column

You could NOT write a better letter than the one written by M. L. Clark of Camrose.

For decades raw lumber has gone to Asian countries to be returned as floor boards and cupboards etc. Because we lack ‘refining’ ability of crude oil, it is shipped out as ‘cheap’ (along with technology jobs).

Repeatedly politicians report how rich we are in raw resources while resulting is dependencies on the getting the raw unprocessed products out just to add to their government coffers. YET the imports manufactured overseas with our raw material, where both human and worker rights and poor quality control have been allowed into our country with NO impunity – except to us as high tech jobs are NOT developed.

The ‘brains’ of our elected officials to understand this is while has been absent, (as so well put by M. L. Clark), and our ability to keep trained and brilliant minds in our country has been abysmal.

It is time to start to turn this country around fast and invest in ‘getting it done’ at home.

Rising tide of anger, violence in our country, an increase in rude behaviour, shorter fuses

May 19, 2017 — Guest Column

It feels to me like there is a rising tide of anger and violence in our country, an increase in rude behaviour, and shorter fuses everywhere, especially in young people. I suppose some of this can be attributed to their age. They are idealistic and don’t possess the wisdom of a life lived in the real world. But, that has always been the case so what is new? A disconnect from the greater community, fractured families, violent video games that depersonalize such actions, total frustration, or a combination of all these and others?

When I talk to them on issues they repeat the babble fed to them by the media and circulated on the internet. They are so brainwashed that all the rich are bad, that corporations are the devil, that the earth will perish without climate initiatives, that free healthcare in an inalienable right, that socialism is the only correct path and that conservatives are ignorant fools.

Trust me, they believe these things with all their hearts. So, no wonder they are angry.

It isn’t their anger that bothers me, it is how it manifests itself. Have we created a generation without the tools to handle conflict except by violent actions?

Our military deserves our support, financially and morally

May 18, 2017 — Guest Column

I have heard of people who are upset with our country spending money on our military.  So that got me wondering, how do you think we could prevent us from being occupied by an enemy.  And I also wonder, of the countries who could invade our country, which would be preferable to you? Do you wish that Putin was your leader, or Xi Jinping, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, or any other person on the world stage?

Try to imagine the outcome if we had not stepped in during WWII? Would that carnage have been acceptable?  There is a difference between protecting our country, helping our allies, and standing on our principles vs. being the policemen of the world.  A well protected home with a security system, locks, homeowners insurance, maybe cameras is less likely to be robbed than the one with the door ajar, lights out and no cars in the yard.  A cop on the beat will do a better job if he has proper equipment, is well trained, has strong support from his or her chief and from the neighborhood he or she is charged with protecting.

Our military deserves our support, financially and morally. And our future depends on our military.

John Guandolo Discusses The Muslim Brotherhood’s Network in America, Attacks the Media

May 17, 2017 — Guest Column

The Muslim Brotherhood operates a nationwide network of Islamic organizations actively working to subvert America and establish an Islamic State governed by Sharia law, former FBI agent John Guandolo explained during an interview on “The Alex Nitzberg Show.” Guandolo, the founder of UnderstandingtheThreat.com, said:

“There are thousands of organizations whose stated objective, if they’re Muslim Brotherhood, is to wage civilization jihad in order to impose Islamic State here.”

He says that he conservatively estimates that “well over seventy percent” of the “over 3000 mosques, Islamic centers in the United States right now,” belong to “the Muslim Brotherhood’s network.” During the interview, Guandolo explained:

Get a grip people. We survived 8 years of Obama who was far less qualified and far more intent on ha

May 17, 2017 — Guest Column

It seems that every effort is being made to discredit our President. Let me ask, what will that accomplish?Well, it will advance the agenda of the far left. It will weaken our standing in the world even further. It will put our country in the cross hairs of ISIS. It will leave us open to raiding of our businesses, real estate and intellectual properties. It will cause a stock market crash. It will send our healthcare system over the edge without the benefit of an alternate. It will cause Trump supporters to rise up even more. The intended and unintended consequences would be catastrophic. Get a grip people. We survived 8 years of Obama who was far less qualified and far more intent on harming our country.

Ransomware Proves need for international ‘Cyber Police Force’

May 15, 2017 — Guest Column

If you are looking for expert comment on the global ransomware cyber-attack Mark Skilton, of Warwick Business School, researches cyber security and is author of Building Digital Ecosystems with a new book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, soon to be published. He is a Professor of Practice in the Information Systems & Management group.

Mark Skilton said: “This attack has shown there needs to be a ‘cyber police force’ at a global level to help manage these escalating threats with the right level of specialist skills, and not just vendors sorting it out for themselves.

“With Microsoft, as well as many other vendors and cyber response agencies, citing a 75% increase in user expectation to be cyber-attacked in the next 12 months, this attack has just gone to the ‘next level’.