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This writer is eighty years old and has spent a half century working with handicapped and deprived people and advocating on their behalf while caring for her own workung-class family. She spends her "Sunset Years" in writing and struggling with The System.

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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 30, 2014
VA Problems Far From New I am neither shocked nor surprised that the present breaches in the VA system have occured. There is no basis for blaming Obama, or Shinseki, or any other individual who tries to step into the breach to "straighten things out" unless it involves delving into the total operations of the entire system regarding not ony an admissions rate but thoroughness and efficiency.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A Bloodless War... A poem that sadly describes the response of the majority of the American people to the senseless slaughter over the past 12 years.
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(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 20, 2013
The John McCain Fan Club We raise our voices in opposition to John McCain's attempts to steer our beleaguered nation once more into a needless and unwinnable war. We have one last request for our aged and belligerent hero: Please, John, retire. Take your liberal pension. Go home, sit on the veranda of one of your multi-million dollar mansions, and SHUT THE HELL UP!
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(77 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Sex-Ed For Graybeards As we watch the all-male commentary on television news that comes to us from the campaign trail, from Congressional hearings on sexual violence, or Sunday sermons from the fundamentalist preachers, almost any woman is moved to ask -- "Whaaaat?"
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 31, 2013
In The Days Before...Part 4 Back then, the school systems were set up according to "townships." The State was divided by counties which were, in turn, divided into townships and each township maintained a school. These were simple one-room buildings containing desks, a wood-fired heating stove, and either a bell tower or a little hand bell, according to what the district could afford.
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(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 21, 2013
In The Days Before...Part 3 Today's people may read of the circumstances of "The Days Before," but they cannot be expected to truly understand them. It is possible to survive without welfare, Social Security, and Medicaid, but to those forced to live without them, there is a whole lot of miserable existence which only the heroic among us can survive.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 3, 2013
In The Days Before...Part 2 This is the life that those who complain so loudly about "wasteful government spending" would impose on yet another generation of American citizens so that they can play the part of the fat man and make sure that nobody who suffers misfortune ever gets quite what they need.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 24, 2013
In The Days Before... I have reached that stage in life where I am ready and willing to accept the title of "Old Crone" and to try to educate our people of "the days before." In this case specifically, of the days before many of the political and social programs which affect our lives today.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Is Anybody Really Surprised? Congress is aghast that our national deficit is so large! Their response has been a long, loud scream of "Stop spending!" Of course, that was after the banks had been bailed out, the stock market made well, and a couple of increases in their own paychecks. Their answer to the problem is to throw thousands of poor and elderly on the funeral pyre so the rich can keep their little hands warm.
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(57 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Naked Truth About Rape Our modern right-wing politicians rave about establishing "real freedom" for themselves and "smaller government" by "getting the government out of their pockets" while simultaneously trying to destroy the freedom of the female half of the population. No woman should vote for any of them or for those who support them. This is more important than politics.
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 13, 2012
Falling Through the Cracks Is it the prevailing theory of the Republicans that this is the way our America should be run? Should we give tax breaks to the filthy rich and let the poor just die because they are not able to do sufficient work to maintain life?
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Triple-D Sisterhood Never mind that most working women are working to support their families due to a disabled, unemployed, or absent husband. If only they could be forced to do what they are supposed to do, the menfolk could straighten things out and solve all the problems. Thus, not only abortion but all forms of birth control must be made unattainable to them.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Republicans and the Caterpillar Problem When asked about the problem of women leaving the Republican Party in large numbers, Reinse Priebus, the executive director of the party, said that, given enough press, the Democrats could accuse them of having a "caterpillar problem," thus minimizing the idea that they even have a problem.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 20, 2012
No Going Back... Can one even imagine the disaster, not only to Kansas and Nebraska but to the world as a whole, should this precious water deposit become fouled by a massive leak of crude oil into its midst? There is nobody who can guarantee that such a leak would never happen and there is not enough money in the world to compensate humanity for its loss.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 20, 2011
Newt?? You've Gotta Be Kidding Newt Gingrich is the same man who suggested that the answer to the problems with finding welfare would be to put all the children into orphanages. "Those who cannot afford to support their children shouldn't be allowed to have them." Shocking and abhorrent? Stay tuned!
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 15, 2011
HOW MANY POOR PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW? We live in a settled land where everything belongs to somebody else; there is no virgin land here for the taking. There are no more frontiers to settle and there is no choice but for those of us to learn to live with one another. We are all in the same boat. The problem is that too many want to stand in the bow and captain the journey while those who man the oars are taken for granted.
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 29, 2011
The Great American Guilt Trip It is simply unconscionable to force us to continue to live in suffering and debilitation while refusing us the pittances that allow us to keep body and soul together so that the wealthy can "maintain their lifestyle."
(51 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 15, 2011
Revolt of the Grannies! The President tells us that we may not get our Social Security checks if Congress doesn't act. Obviously, he wasn't nurtured by the grannies who will revolt if they find that they must live on the streets and eat from other people's garbage cans because a flock of grown men haven't learned to act like adults.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 28, 2011
AN INVITATION There is a real life on the other side of the boundary between the haves and the have-nots. The truly privileged may be forgiven for their ignorance but not one who presumes to speak for all the people. Your ignorance is willful and a symbol of your uncaring. It's easy to forget your history when breathing the heady air from the Potomac, but there is a real world out here. And that real world is your responsibility.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This Ain't Ike's Grand Old Party Eisenhower realized that a prosperous America depended on a happy and healthy populace who would be ready and able to mobilize in support of whatever national emergency should arise. Today's Republicans operate on the Golden Rule: He who has the gold -- rules.

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