The kindness of strangers
A great big "thank you" for the kind gentleman in the large white SUV in front of me at the Babcock Street Dunkin Donuts in Palm Bay at 5:20 a.m., Sunday November 21 who paid for my order.
How did he know my mother had surgery and had just gotten back from rehab? It has been a tough 3 weeks for both of us and we are both glad she is safe and sound at home now.
I am a firm believer in and try to “Practice random acts of kindness” and this “angel” reaffirms the belief of the goodness that all of us have inside of us.
Remembering a kind carrier
I write with deep respect and thanks to the dear, elderly frail gentleman who, every week, got out of his truck and placed my paper on the table by my condo door.
A very pleasant and professional young man delivered paper today, apparently giving the same service. I asked and was told my weekly hero had passed away. RIP! Thank you, Hometown News, for employing such a special person who showed pride and responsibility for his job with you.
I will miss him.
In response to Social Security
This is in response to the reader who ranted that “there has never been, nor will there ever be, a social security trust fund”.
A simple internet search will inform one that Social Security payroll taxes are collected by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and are formally entrusted to the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund which are administered by the United States Social Security Administration. They collect payroll taxes and use the money collected to pay Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance benefits using the trust funds. As of 2021, the Trust Fund contained (or alternatively, was owed) $2.908 trillion.
The ranter is further misinformed in that the program was initially established in 1935 when there were no Communists in the United States Congress (and only 40,000 in the entire United States) so it’s absurd for the ranter to give them credit for passing Social Security legislature.
RE: A House Divided
Florida has never had a state tax and it won't unless the residents vote yes, which they probably never will. This is a ballot issue. W
e have enough people and large companies one of which is right here in Brevard at Kennedy Space Center so we do not need a state tax. If you do not think these companies pay taxes that we in turn get grants from , think again.
Also, we are blessed with one of the lowest property taxes in the USA and other perks we would not have in another state.
I think we should say God Bless Florida and it's representatives and not complain. I just wish we had a mountain range here.
Social Security's purpose
To the reader who previously submitted his/her belief that Social Security is a Socialist program.
1935 Social Security Tax was intended as a retirement program (per Social Security Administration). According to them, The Supreme Court ruled as well as the 1960s Congress raiding the SS Fund, the funds became a general purpose fund. Congress, today, owes Social Security 2.9 million dollars!
So your response to a, "House Divided" is inaccurate.
"Poor leadership in Florida" response
In response to "poor leadership in Florida" First off, I would like to say I'm sorry for the loss of your father, but don't blame the Governor.
You are long on accusations but very short on facts. No government or politician can stop a virus, just like no government or politician can stop climate change. Anyone who thinks they can is a fool.
It is the government's job to protect our rights and I applaud Gov. DeSantis for the job he's done. No amount of lockdowns or mask or vaccine mandates will prevent a virus.
All one has to do is look at what has been happening in Australia to see that. Government imposed and military enforced lockdowns, and near universal vaccinatiing has not stopped the caseload from increasing. Stop getting any information from the alphabet TV networks, as they cannot be trusted.
What's the advantage to Advantage plans?
Enough is enough! There are Medicare Advantage plan ads on TV almost constantly – and open enrollment goes through January 7. Plus, I get at least 1 or 2 pieces of printed junk mail every day.
I am about ready to pull my hair out. (Plus I probably have carpal tunnel from hitting the “Mute” button all the time or changing the channels) The math major in me is thinking, wait a minute – this doesn’t add up.
Medicare Advantage plans are provided by private insurance companies and they each want you to get their plan. So they’re spending money on tons of air time (not to mention all the production costs); there are paid celebrity endorsements; there are promises of cash back (the Part B or “outpatient” part that normally comes out of Social Security); then there are the extras like debit cards, and dental, vision and/or hearing aid coverage. There are also the newspaper ads and inserts, all the mailings and the half an hour infomercials.
Insurance companies are not not-for-profit companies. They even have a reputation for restricting their payouts to keep their profits up. So how are these Advantage plans an “advantage” to the consumer?
But wait, there’s more – you can change your Advantage plan January 1 to March 31 – so they’ll be back.
Paper supply shortage?
Here's an interesting thought! Costco, and several other large stores are limiting the amount of paper products you can purchase again.
This is interesting to me and I thought why are we limited on our paper use and yet congress has enough paper to print over a thousand copies of a 2,163 page bill [which is over 2.16 million pages], and enough paper to keep printing currency on an unlimited basis.
So where is this paper shortage and why does it not effect congress's use of paper? Guess we civilians better start looking for the corn cobs again!
The problem with anonymous ranters
Maybe Hometown News should think about attaching the names of the people ranting and raving.
I’m sure most of them wouldn’t submit such ignorant comments if you required their names. Just saying!
Response to vaccination proof
First, I would like to congratulate you on your successful Rants and Raves section of the Hometown News regarding "vaccination proof" equating keeping people safe from a deadly disease with stopping people from exercising their constitutional right to vote.
Do people realize voter fraud, the pretext used to impose restrictive anti voter rules, has never been a big problem in this nation the way election fraud has? All 61 judges Trump petitioned to decide the election agreed, all agreed voter fraud was not the problem, an attempted coup is. Do people not realize what the Jim Crow era did to cancel democracy for millions of citizens in this nation? How dare anybody deny these historical facts.
The problem keeping voters disenfranchised in this country are Gerrymandering and systemic burdens historically placed on voters based on their race. Documented American history doesn't lie.