It was a hard choice but there was no way I was going to stay up for the Cub game last night. We had family in town and had a great dinner over at my brother’s house before we turned in around 8.
My Aunt Joan, Uncle Tim and My Aunt Kay are all in town on their Great Midwest Tour of the Grand Niece and Nephew. They live out on the left coast and so they don’t often get to see Elliot and Henry and the other grand-nieces and nephews my cousins have. It was a good chance for all of us to get together again.
Elliot came up to me when I walked in, “Uca Pat go play golf”(he’s got a plastic set of clubs already)…this kid and I are going to get along!
After some golf …we wore him out running back and forth watering the rocks in the backyard(???). Not sure what that was all about. It kept him entertained for the afternoon, and he went to sleep pretty quickly. I guess that hasn’t been the case for the past couple of weeks.
The out of town contingent is planning a visit to the station for the Noon news today and dinner out tonight.
To the news:
I really don’t like burnt food…so I’m glad I don’t live south of 35/80 this morning around 86th street. A semi full of frozen pizzas caught fire and burned for about an hour and a half this morning. The fire was supposed to be out of the way by five thirty. Instead it was still in the way at 8 this morning. We tried to warn people just to stay away.
Iowa Troops in Iraq
Not the kind of news families want to hear
Soldiers from the 833rd Engineering Battalion of the Iowa National Guard just received word that they will be in Iraq for 6 months longer than they thought. They left in June and were told they would be gone for a year. This is the group’s second tour of duty. They were in Iraq back in 2004 and 2005.
On a personal note, I just learned late this morning that my brother-in-law is part of that group staying longer. I talked to my sister and she said she hadn’t even heard the news yet because she hasn’t talked to her husband in a few days. It was a shock to her and I felt bad that I had to be the bearer of bad news. I think these tours of duty are hard for the soldiers and equally challenging on the families left behind.
Brooke and I were talking about this this morning. Just a couple of thoughts…The President is being painted as the guy taking away kids’ insurance. While the veto would certainly cut off a lot of the people in the program…the statement isn’t quite right.
As I understand it, The Presidential veto expanding the federal funding called S-Chip does put the future of a state insurance program for kids up in the air. The thing that I think gets lost here is that the insurance Iowa kids are getting comes from a STATE program called Hawk-I. The federal government provides funds to supplement the program but this is not a core function of the federal government. If the people of Iowa think it’s a priority to provide health insurance for kids who’s families can’t afford it…shouldn’t we be the ones to fund it. As this bill stands, it would be a multi-billion dollar expansion of a program that has the people of Alabama and Alaska (just as an example) paying for health insurance for kids in Iowa.
A lot of people are asking…why can we fund a war and not this program? That would seem to be a fair point and who among us wouldn’t choose to see kids getting the health care they need over funding the war?
In part it’s because raising and maintaining an Army IS a national responsibility enumerated in the Constitution. It’s a Federal function. Providing health insurance isn’t. If you think it should be, that’s a different topic…
And while we talking about this, I’m not sure if people are aware that this would expand the list of people eligible for free health insurance to those making three times the poverty level. I know that’s not a lot of money when you’re talking about trying to raise two or three kids…I’m sure it’s a struggle, but the woman we interviewed said she’s worried her husband will make TOO MUCH MONEY so they won’t be able to get the free health care.
This sounds a lot like the situation we got into with welfare more than a decade ago. There was no incentive to get off the government subsidy! Couldn’t there be a graduated benefit for people who can’t fully afford insurance? It seems to me that would be a way for people to make more and provide for themselves.
I’m sure none of these people WANTS to use the Hawk-I program…they feel they have to.
You can agree or disagree as always. I am happy to hear your opinion.
Don’t panic yet Cub fans. We only scored one run last night. That’s not going to win you a lot of games in the playoffs. I emailed back and forth with a woman who’s going to Saturday’s game in Chicago with her boyfriend. She’s agreed to send us a few pics for Monday morning. Hopefully the Cubs can wrap up the series by then or at least still be alive.
We have a guest blogger!
Jeriann wanted to respond to some of the comments made here and some that you all were nice enough to email her.
Lately, I’ve been asked how I feel about the blog comments… today I decided to respond.
I’m well aware we live in a big world where there are people who like you and some who don’t. That’s what makes life interesting.
I appreciate all the people who take the time to write kind words as well as the mean ones on the blog. This form of communicating allows people to be overly honest. I think this is a good thing. I think we need more of that in today’s society. By you all sharing your views I get a chance to hear what people are really thinking. We all need to improve in someway. I’m lucky to hear straight from you what you like and what you don’t.
I don’t appreciate when people make stuff up and spread rumors. That’s not cool.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughtful and helpful messages.
Enjoy the warm weather,
I couldn’t agree more..especially the part about making stuff up. It has a tendency to become fact for some reason. If you’re going to ask about personal stuff…please be sure you’re right about your comments.
And on a personal note, Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife! Sally and I have know each other most of our lives (20 years) and I’m sure mine is a lot better for having her in it. She’s a gift to me every day…so we’ve cooked up some great birthday gifts for her. We’re also going out with the family for dinner tonight. Nice to have a lot of people to celebrate with…
Have a good one!