Monday, October 12, 2009


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?


Doug said...

Now, they'll probably want to take away our hokey-pokey.

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TLP said...

I didn't mind not hearing/seeing any news for two days.

The health-care issue for those employees really bothers me a lot.

As for Hain, well, live by the sword, die by the sword.

Jocelyn said...

Holy heavens, but you've just made me glad I don't read the newspaper. How AWFUL.

Thanks for counteracting with the cat!

Nessa said...

Man some of the stupid shit that happens.

sauerkraut said...

The guy who first stirred Hain's pot is running for Lebanon County judge... how strange this state is.