Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rants & Raves

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rants & Raves

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RAVES FOR RESTAURANTS HONORING VETERANS

A big thank-you to all of the restaurants that offered a free meal to veterans on their day. Some people may say corporations only look at the bottom line, but they do have a heart.

RAVES TO AMBASSADORS FOR HELPING DOWNTOWN

While attending the ArtWalk as an author for Chamblin bookstore, I was pleasantly surprised at the service the Ambassadors in the city provide for us citizens. I didn't realize the "no parking" signs all over the downtown area didn't pertain to vendors and participants so I happened to park about two blocks away from the event. I realized how dark it would be when I left around 9 p.m. When I asked a police officer about how I could get an escort, he said, "ask an Ambassador" and went on his way. I saw a gentleman with the sign Ambassador walking through the crowd and asked him if he would be able to help me out at the end of the day. He gave me a phone number to call and asked me about the time I would be ready to leave the area. He said he would let the supervisor know about my request for an escort. About 7 p.m. he returned with a female escort who happened to be a supervisor. She reassured me she would return around 8:30 p.m. and she did. To thank her for her service I gave her one of my children's books, a birthday theme for one of her many grandchildren. It happened that the grandchild was having a birthday that day. What a coincidence or as I call it, a "God wink." Thank you, Ambassadors, for your service to the public.

OBAMACARE AND MEDICARE

Many commentators, reporters, even some of our congressmen/senators in Washington are trying to compare Obamacare (ACA) with Medicare Part D (the Medicare prescription plan). Actually, their comparison is misleading and incorrect.

(1) Medicare Part D is not MANDATORY. I, as a senior on Medicare, have the option as to whether or not I want to buy a plan. …

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