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Wednesday, July 08, 2015
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 11:05 PM

    One of the things my fellow Rotarians remember about me is that I used to ride a motor scooter to the meetings and all over town and much of the county, in fact.

    "Still have your scooter?" is a question I am asked from time to time. I can never tell if it's asked out of curiosity, derision or envy.

    Yes, I still have it but when I started working out of the county several years ago, it stayed in the garage. Occasionally, like twice in the past eight years, I would start it up and go for a spin down our county road.

    I remember the last time I spoke with Jim Dressler, a retired newspaper editor who was so good to me.

    "You had a lot of fun on that scooter, didn't you?" he asked.

    I did. 

     
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 11:04 PM

    At the end of its 2014-15 term the Supreme Court decided that the key component of the Affordable Care Act – the tax subsidies available to help people buy health insurance – would continue in all states. Justices addressed a challenge that the subsidies were legal only in the 17 states that ran their own shopping exchanges and not in the rest that chose to use the marketplaces operated by the federal government.

    That’s good news for the more than six million Americans whose subsidies were in doubt. The government’s own statistics make clear that most of these people would not be able to buy coverage without the extra help.

     
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 11:01 PM

    Recently, I turned over a new leaf. Once you turn a leaf over, it is sometimes hard to keep it from flipping back. But this one has stayed on the flipside for over ten days, so I’m feeling optimistic.

    I had been listening to friends discuss the dilemma of the toothpaste tube.

    “Are you an end squeezer or a middle squeezer?” they asked.

    I had never given the issue much thought. I don’t remember it being discussed while I was growing up, and I have never taught my children that one method is superior to another. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I have never really had time to pause and carefully roll the tube, so I have always been a grab and squeeze kind of girl. 

     
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:58 PM

    Several people have asked me lately, “Scotty, what’s the deal with articles saying The Paper wrote them?” I figured I would take this opportunity to clear up the meaning behind The Paper having its own byline.

    If you see The Paper at the top of a story, that means a few things. First and foremost, it means that the article is a press release or something that was provided to us. Yes, I go through and edit those for spelling or grammar errors (hence the fancy title!), but it’s not something that any one writer on our staff wrote.

     
  • Behind the Lens -- Youth camps around the county
    Monday, July 06, 2015 10:50 PM

    Ah, it’s good to see that the high school athletic teams are back working hard and getting ready for the upcoming school year.

    We are just 45 days away from the first high school football games for the fall season. I’m sure coaches have the count-down to how many more hours of practice they have until the first game and are in panic as they think about all they have to do to have their teams ready for the season.

    There are still many opportunities left for youth players to improve as well.

     
  • Monday, July 06, 2015 6:39 PM

    A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a heart condition. My heart and specifically the place where it connects to a valve was bigger than it should be. Or maybe the valve was too little. I’m kind of fuzzy on the details. One doc said something about cracking open my chest and fixing it.

    So I did what I’ve always done in my life when I got bad news. I went and asked someone else.

    The second opinion was much more to my liking. I’m pleased to report that I take a few pills now and the aforementioned chest is still intact.

    So, you would think that was a great wake-up call. After all, I’ve been a guy whose weight was hovering around three bills. Drank too much. Ate all the wrong things. A no-brainer, right?

    You would think.

    That’s the point, I didn’t think.

     
  • Wilson’s Words – Southmont vs North Montgomery
    Sunday, July 05, 2015 10:29 PM

    When I think of sports in Montgomery County, memories of rivalries, championships and comradery absolutely come to mind.

    However, a thought at the forefront of every Montgomery County resident is definitely the heated rivalry between the Southmont Mounties and the North Montgomery Chargers.

     
  • Sunday, July 05, 2015 9:11 PM

    Diabetes was first described in Egypt about 3,500 years ago. The name diabetes means “to pass through,” referring to the frequent urination that occurs in diabetics. The urine also contains glucose, a sugar, hence the name mellitus from the Latin mel which translates to honey. In fact, many physicians in years past diagnosed the disease by watching the attraction of insects, particularly ants, to a patient’s urine. Some bold physicians even went so far as to do a little taste test (thank goodness for the development of the urine dipstick)!

     
  • Sunday, July 05, 2015 9:09 PM

    Time magazine named it the greatest comedy sketch of the 20th century. At the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, a continuous loop runs to the delight of fans. In 2005, the line "Who's on First?" was included on the American Film Institute's list of 100 greatest movie quotes of all time.

    When I was about eight years old, I first heard it performed on the Abbott and Costello TV show and I remember thinking, Wow, baseball AND funny. What could be better than that?

    The origins of this timeless piece of comedy are a bit sketchy, but even Abbott and Costello conceded that the premise of confusing names with other parts of speech had a long history in Vaudeville. 

     
  • Sunday, July 05, 2015 9:07 PM

    The front page of the June 26 Journal & Courier heralded, “Affordable Care Act Subsidies Upheld. Supreme Court vote preserves tax credits for more than 180K in Indiana.” The photo showed two young adults celebrating outside of the Supreme Court, holding “Still Covered” rally signs, happy as can be that the government is going to help them pay their healthcare insurance premiums. The caption noted that of the 180,000 Hoosiers who used Healthcare.gov to buy insurance this year about 9 of 10 received a tax credit, which lowered the average insurance premium by $320 a month.

     

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