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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

by Ken Mahal, NSC President
Originally published on  December 14, 2006 - reprinted with permission

HERE IS WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
   Can you believe it; another year is about to roll the calendar over to 2007. My wife keeps telling me to forget it when I invariably say “Can you believe it, it’s Thursday again”. Meaning the week is almost over again. Haven’t you noticed how we pay more attention to time than when we were busy working. Most of us at NSC have survived 2006, so pretty soon I guess you could call us a bunch of “tough ole birds”. And pretty nice ones also. Of interest, we are 3 members more than we were in 2000. With our nice Mr. Ed Moreira back again, after his recent marriage, we look forward to increasing our 2007 membership considerably providing you hang with us. Speaking of Christmas and presents, one of my very nice high-school aged grandsons wants to buy his Grandma a present for Christmas providing of course that I can give him a few ideas on what she might like. Presents, thankfully for us, have gone by the wayside. Now if I can give him some ideas to get me off the hook. We look forward to seeing our family from Germany for Christmas so that will be great. We now have two grandsons in college, one to be an architect and the other is looking forward to landscape architect and architect with a third our granddaughter looking to continue in the art field which is just great considering how talented she is. Our high-school (one more year) grandson is now thinking he wants to be a journalist in world affairs. He will be good at whatever he settles for. In fact the first time I saw him was for Christmas in Grand Cayman 17 years ago when he was only 3 months old. I saw him lying on a blanket in the middle of the living room and I said to anyone who would listen that “here is the Chairman of The Board. He just had a presence about him that was different for such a little tike. He and his family, my oldest son have been in Germany about ten years representing his corporation in thirty countries in Europe so our youngest grandson has a good feeling for the European continent given the amount of traveling the younger ones have done over there.

GOLD IN 2005 AT $500 AND NOW AT $630 AN OUNCE GOING HIGHER.
   If you recall I last December I said when inflation hits gold goes up. Do we have inflation? Yes we do. If you have followed the business section the dollar is down and going further down but not to worry if you spend your money in dollars in the USA. We older folks have been through this before, we just don’t want too much of it. If you buy gold know that you can sell it or what good is it? You can always leave it to the grand-children or just not buy it.

THE POLICE CAN DESTROY NEIGHBORHOODS BY IGNORING THEM.
   We live under the protection of Metro. My point of the above is that if you call Metro for help in your neighborhood because of cars, trucks, trailers, boats and what not parked in the street and Junkers on the lots or in the streets you might as well save your breath because they tell you they wont get out in less than three weeks.

   Folks they in some cases never seem to get out and so what happens? Well as more and more of such unsightliness goes on in a neighborhood it begins to deteriorate just from appearance alone. That starts the movement of people moving out into gated communities and the next person that buys the house is getting a distressed price and the people moving in can be less caring so it goes on and on until you have successfully turned a once nice neighborhood into a don’t care neighborhood which can also be the starting bed for crime. We see that problem of neglect and we hope that the new Sheriff will see it and do something about it.

THE TAX MAN ARRIVETH WITH NOT SO GOOD NEWS.  
   You will have your real-estate valuation card by now and if is like mine who knows how much it went up. Ours is up 19%. You can say well but we have a 3% cap. Yes we do but who is to say what they will do at the legislature in the dark of night an hour before they adjourn the 2007 session. I would guess it won’t happen this time but given the slow down in the housing market gave us the session in 2009 that could be the day of reckoning when they can pull the cap and our taxes could go up to a 100% depending on who is in control of the legislature.

MEDICARE
   Medicare is being means tested with couples filing gross income of $160,000 and up will be where the hit takes place. Again this is why the NSC was formed in the first place in 1995 for the same reason. I don’t know if people have the ambition, strength or the carrying to fight to repeal this onerous tax on part “B” of Medicare. You can say well this doesn’t affect me. Be careful because the number of $160,000 per couple is the gross income which can add up for some people. What my fear is that once the federal government starts with a number who is to say that they won’t lower the $160,000 combined to say $100,000. All I know is you can not predict what the Congress will do.

You might remember that Social Security was non taxable and in recent years it has had a tax hit put on it two different times so think about it. We need the help to get our www.seniorsamerica.com under way so we can communicate with the regional offices of the Senators and Congresspersons.

MOVIES NOT WORTH SEEING OR BUYING THE DVD
   Because of the ink on Mel Gibson in past months I thought I ought to see Apocalypto. Folks it isn’t worth the price even the senior price. This thing smells to high heaven. It has no plot, it is all blood and guts, and I don’t have the space to tell how bad it is. And the DVD “Pirates of the Caribbean — Dead Man’s Chest” is not worth the price except it put me to sleep so if you think $19.00 to put you to sleep is worth it, not me, I’ll take a shot of schnapps. Johnny Depp was worth seeing in the first one but no more for me.

   HERE IS WISHING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY BLESSED NEW YEAR FROM YOUR NEVADA SENIORS COALITION:
PRESIDENT KEN MAHAL, VICE PRESIDENT VERN PERRY, AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
FLORENCE PETRIS, BELLE CHOHANIN, RICHARD THOMAS, KNIGHT ALLEN AND ED MOREIRA.

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