Is profit a bad word? It seems to be if you're listening to Sen. Bernie Sanders and too many others of the progressive persuasion; they contend businesses steal from exploited workers to boost profits, thereby increasing business owners' wealth. Let's stop and examine further some pertinent considerations surrounding profit.
What would it take to craft a bipartisan health care plan, health care Americans could embrace and actually feel good about? The Democrats in 2009 drew up Obamacare, egregiously mislabeled the Affordable Care Act, with all 60 Democrats voting in favor and with zero Republican support. In 2017, the Republicans are mirror-imaging that same strategy, worrying now that if more than two senators defect their plan could perish.
How meaningful was it to grow up in Duluth? How might I have turned out differently had I been in a different city? Better? Worse? Unchanged? A cold snap last winter combined with some health issues found me exercise-deprived; walking was prescribed, but nothing strenuous such as stretching or lifting. Reading, podcasts, and Netflix temporarily filled the workout void. It was during this interlude that the above questions arose.
What's not to like about Canada? I have visited there many times to fish, hunt, watch hockey, and go sightseeing (often alone, less often with family and friends). Recently, I traveled to Canada to attend a relative's funeral. Each time there I have been reminded of a simpler, lower-paced lifestyle — the way the U.S. used to be. Canadians are friendly, courteous, and seemingly less complicated in their pursuits. Life seems less hectic and more serene in their country. There appears to be more civility and less divisiveness.
With Obamacare fraught with problems, and with Republicans unable to responsibly respond with something better, we hear increasing calls for single-payer health care, stating it is not unlike Medicare. After working with health insurance over 40 years in business, now retired, I have some pro and con observations. For starters, there is no perfect health care system.
I have no problem with protests or protesters; such actions are inherent American rights via freedom of speech.
The brain is a muscle. With age, muscles atrophy. The ridges and grooves that comprise my brain are unraveling, showing their age. I can literally feel this process, and it is “unnerving” (pun intended). There is no direct pain or stiffness as is also apparent in other muscles, but it hurts nevertheless — mostly my ego.
Disgusting. A race to the bottom. None of the above. These are samples of the epithets that preceded our presidential election. Before rendering comments regarding the outcome, I am disclosing...
What might we learn from the 2016 presidential campaign? Two candidates emerged, both with the highest negative ratings of all time. One, unfortunately, will become our next president. The process...
“Eliminate poverty through public policy.” That was the topic of University of Wisconsin-Superior Professor Emeritus Bernie Hughes’ Local View column on Sept. 22. I seem to recall President Lyndon Johnson...