This is Columbus Day, isn't it? I reckon most of us are still headed for work today, though. That's okay, the day doesn't mean much to me, and since I totally wasted two perfectly good days doing nothing, I wouldn't deserve another day off, anyway.
Mostly, I was lazily picking over the local news. There were lots of different stories about the sorry state of our state legislature, and more commentary on Meleanie Hain. Is she a national story? Hain, mother of three young children, first made the news when she appeared at children's soccer game with a pistol strapped around her waist, in plain sight. Lots of her Lebanon neighbors couldn't abide this, and complained, and the whole story became a debate over a person's right to bear arms. It is sadly ironic that she's made the news again, this time because her husband shot and killed her, then killed himself. Their three children were at home when it happened. Meleanie Hain was actually speaking to a friend at the time, via webcam, and it was this friend who first dialed 911. (Meleanie Hain story, Pennlive)
And then there's the story of the laid off employees of Turbine Airfoil Designs in Harrisburg. The company ran into trouble keeping up its payments for the company's health insurance plan, but the employees were told not to worry, it would all be taken care of, eventually. It wasn't. These employees thought they had coverage, their cards were accepted, but they were not being covered. Since their health plan no longer exists, they can't even take advantage of COBRA, even if they could afford to pay $1,000 per month. Some of these people have five months of medical bills they did not expect to have, and some of them will die because they cannot afford to take care of themselves. These workers are mostly older people who'd been with the company for a considerable amount of time.
Geez, how that for a bright start to the week, huh? Okay, okay, I'll lighten this up a bit, maybe I just need to dance
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Wouldn't it be lovely if we really could solve everything with positive thinking and dance?