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Bad Decisions, Driving, Weather, Economy, Snow
by Ken Mahal, NSC President
Originally published on  February 11, 2010 - reprinted with permission


   Is there really a good reason to mess with our health care plans other than the fact a few million more will join us in the next two to five years? No question about it there is going to be a problem with the millions of so called baby boomers who will be joining us in the next few years and we need to do something to handle the increase in numbers coming on board. Maybe there should be a two step cost to take care of the baby boomers that are going to join us while leaving our program alone. We will be dying off in a few years so should not be that big of a problem. I donít see any reason to have to change our program but can see why there should be a change for the new ones joining us in the near future. Why canít we keep it simple and just make the changes for the baby-boomers? It seems that our programs should be left alone from what I have seen them do to us so far. As most of you know Agnes and I have been doing nothing but going to the doctors offices and I can tell you that by the sign of the huge number of people we see in the doctors offices there sure are a lot of ill people living in Las Vegas. This prescription drug business is enough to drive you up a tree just figuring out what plan to use each year and as most of you know the older we get the harder it is to be faced with change every year. I wonder if anyone in the business has ever thought about that fact that each year we are a year older and some of it gets harder each year for us to make the decisions needed each 365 days. Maybe the government should have some of older folks helping to keep it simple each year as in just leave it alone and all we do is put a check mark in the appropriate place.


   Down in Laughlin two women were killed a week ago and it had to be an older gentleman who was responsible for the accident. It seems all but impossible that anyone let alone an older person would drive into the front of the casino and even well into the casino injuring and killing people as well as smashing up a goodly number of slot machines on the way. Maybe he had a bad day or so gambling and came back to get even with them. It might be funny if it wasnít so serious with two ladies killed plus others getting injured. My only point in mentioning it is it will most likely be a good talking issue in the next session of the legislature when some one will began to talk about when older people should quit driving. Speaking of that issue, I have thought a lot about it given my age and the only one driving in our family which would be a pretty typical situation with most of us. I know how hard it is with only one able to drive in our family now and how that has made a great change in how we can get things done. I do think that as long as we are healthy there is no reason that we shouldnít be able to continue driving. We go to the optometrist every year which gives one good insight on how we are doing from the eyesight standpoint. I donít know of much else that one can do. The way some people drive I wonder if they have eyes and a mind to drive with. What do you think?


   Isnít it crazy how we went through most of 2009 with almost no rain at all and now since the first of the year we have had more rain than all of last year added together. At least the rain has been very gentle so that most of it can soak into the ground which should be helpful for our water table if anything is possible in this crazy weather. In fact I actually parked the car in the rain to let it get clean by nature.


   I know a lot of people have been unhappy with our governor but maybe we should give him a high five and ask him to continue his no new taxes mantra which has been very helpful to us so far. He has said he will veto any move to raise taxes and I support him in that effort and hope he can keep it up. If you remember the last time they had a session a couple sessions back they were able to raise taxes about a billion and I think that should last us for some time. I remember when in private practice we were faced with laying off several hundred people. I donít remember the last time that any government any place in Nevada has ever laid any employees off. Maybe that will have to be a serious consideration this year in order to make any sense out of our budgeting process in our state and local government offices. Maybe we could give them a choice of a wage cut or laying employees off if it comes to that in order to balance our budgets in 2010. It would be nice if it would not require any such thing but that seems to be out of the question. With all the work they go through at the state it would seem that they wouldnít be faced with budget shortages unless the legislatures do things to the budget that we donít get to hear about in the process.


   The snow will melt but what about our debt? In the last year we have gone into more debt in our country than one could ever feel possible to happen. You and I canít do anything about it and one wonders if our government can even do anything about it in our lifetime? How is it possible to go trillions of dollars into debt and ever think it possible to get out of debt again? Do you ever wonder if some day there would come a time that no one would want to be President given how we have done so much damage to our wonderful country? Think about it, why would someone want the mess we have made and expect to ever be able to straighten it out in eight short years? Your right there would always be someone who knows they have what it takes to straighten out the mess we are in. Maybe for we should have an age limit like fifty to be old enough to run for president. Thatís right we had an older man and most people think he left a mess also. Besides that the country has survived a couple of hundred years so it most likely will make it another hundred years if we just let nature take its course, so not to worry.