If you must lay off employees in 2009
Subject: If you must lay off employees in 2009
As a Business owner who employs 30 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that will be our next President, and that my Taxes and Fees will go up in a BIG way. To compensate for these increases, I figure that our customers will have to see an increase in my fees of about 8%. I will also have to lay off six of my employees. This really bothered me as I believe we are family here and didn’t know how to choose who will have to go.
So, this is what I did. I strolled thru the parking lot and found eight on my employees’ cars. I have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off.
I can’t think of more fair way to approach this problem. If you have a better idea, let me know. I am sending this letter to all business owners that I know.
In a recent review of the budget from Mayor Verners staff, we were told the city has invested 160 million plus in the Fannie and Freddie Companies.
We were told since Uncle Sam was baling Fannie and Freddie out we were ok. Basically the money the city invested in Fannie and Freddie was taxpayer money and since the taxpayer is baling Fannie and Freddie out we get to pay twice. Even though it was stated the city stopped buying Fannie and Freddie 3 years ago because it they not look good, but the city has started buying it again because the government is coming to the rescue. What?
The city makes some investment decisions that don’t work out; the taxpayers get to pay again. Isn’t our own city doing just what Fannie and Freddie and the others did to get us into this mess? Taking high-risk and relying on the taxpayer to bail them out when it takes a nosedive? It isn’t just in Washington folks it is right here in good ol Spokane.
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler
The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.
He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya. Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.
What he isn’t, not a genetic drop of, is ‘African-American’, the descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships. He hasn’t a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business infor centuries until the British ended it.
Let that sink in: Obama is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners. Thus he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.
It’s something Hillary doesn’t understand – how some complete neophyte came out of the blue and stole the Dem nomination from her. Obamamania is beyond politics and reason. It is a true religious cult, whose adherents reject Christianity yet still believe in, transferring it from the evil of being human to the evil of being white.
Thus Obama has become the white liberals’ Christ, offering absolution from the Sin of Being White. There is no reason or logic behind it, no faults or flaws of his can diminish it, no arguments Hillary could make of any kind can be effective against it. The absurdity of hypocrisy clothed in human flesh being their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to worship him:Credo quia absurdum, “I believe it because it is absurd”.
Thank heavens that the voting majority of Americans remain Christian and are in no desperate need of a phony savior.
His candidacy is ridiculous and should not be taken seriously by any thinking American.
Pass this on to every thinking American you know!
I got my first taste of city government tonight, and to tell the truth was disappointed. Tonight’s meeting was about the ombudsman issue in Spokane. The police guild after 18 months of deliberation has Ok’ed Spokane their right to have an ombudsman. So tonight was the open forum for questions by the public.
But there had been language changes to the document and the council had not seen them yet. So the city attorney had to go through each change describe it and then answer council questions. It was also stated that if the meeting went too long people that did not get to comment could do so next week.
Finally at 8:15 the first citizen got to ask a question it was stated that each person had 3 minutes to state there comment. At 8:45 they were still on the first persons comment because the council asked questions and the city attorney had to explain the ramifications on each item brought up.
Needless to say I went completely unprepared. I had no dinner because I would have never thought I would be there until 9pm and beyond.
I don’t quite understand why the council did not see the revised language on the document before the meeting. And I also do not understand why they did not have stenographer there writing down the citizen comment for review at a later date. Asking questions to the point of whittling down every point was needless, at this stage in the game. Since it appears the council still has not completely reviewed and understand what the guild has Ok’d. Don’t get me wrong I am for everyone getting to comment that is why I went there but I think it could have been organized a little better.
Now I know why government runs so slow, by 9:15 I had enough and left to go home to cold bologna sandwich. Never made my comment, Oh well……….
Boo-hoo-hoo, did you read the story about the cop who kicked a cuffed man in the face and got reported to his superiors by another officer? I guess it has broken the unwritten rule of no telling on others to the point where morale is falling at SPD.
I mean if the instructor of the tactical unit can’t kick a guy when he is down, who can and when and who is watching?
The police are threatening to de-police where as they just cover 911 calls and the rest of the time they can be found at dunkin donuts.
Boo-hoo-hoo one of their own finally gets some truth thrown on their uniform and they are ready to throw in the bag.
Come on stand up like men and women, the citizens have lost 13 lives, what is one career?
On March 4, Avista filed a request with the commission to increase rates by an average of 9.2 percent for electric customers and 3.3 percent for natural-gas customers. If the proposed rates are approved, a residential electric customer using 1000 kilowatt-hours a month could expect to pay an additional $6.53 for a total of $77.29. The average residential natural gas customer’s bill would increase by $2.84 a month, if using 70 therms, for a total monthly bill of $87.99.
Avista claims the rate increase is necessary to upgrade the company’s aging infrastructure, such as replacing transmission lines and substations. The utility also says additional money is needed to renew licenses for five dams on the Spokane River and to expand a Lewis County natural gas storage site. In addition, the company is proposing to increase funding for energy assistance programs.
The commission is the state agency in charge of regulating the private, investor-owned electric and natural-gas companies in Washington. It is the commission’s responsibility to ensure regulated companies provide safe and reliable service to customers at reasonable rates, while allowing them the opportunity to earn a fair profit.
New rates must be approved by the three-member commission. If approved, new rates would take effect in 2009.
The commission will host two public comment hearings for you to give your comments to the commissioners regarding Avista’s request. The first will be at noon in Pullman, and the second will be in Spokane on Sept 18 at 6pm at the Masonic Temple (1108 W Riverside) Blue room.
To testify at the hearings, please register your name on the sign-in sheet near the entrance of the meeting room. When the administrative law judge calls your name, you may proceed to the podium and give your comments to the commissioners. If someone before you has given comments similar to yours, you may state that you’re in agreement with the earlier speaker.
The Public Counsel Section of the Washington Attorney General’s Office (Public Counsel) will participate in this case on behalf of Avista customers. All comments, written and in-person, will be submitted into the formal record by Public Counsel before the commission makes its final decision.
Since I know a lot of pople that use weed, pain killers, and alcohol I found this article interesting.
By JoNel Aleccia
More procedures are now performed on an outpatient basis and busy doctors are apt to prescribe more drugs with fewer follow-ups, the researchers theorized. During the study period, the number of per capita prescriptions issued jumped by nearly 74 percent, researchers noted.
“In an effort to save money, more and more of the burden of quality control has been placed on the shoulders of the patient,” he said.
Increasingly, that burden has become fatal, according to the study by Phillips and his colleagues published in the latest issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
In 1983, only 92 people died at home from the combination of medications, street drugs and/or alcohol. By 2004, that number had grown to 3,792, an increase of nearly 3,200 percent.
“The medications we have now are more hazardous,” said Anne Burns, vice president for professional affairs for the American Pharmacists Association. “It has been a serious concern for us for some time.”
More drugs that once required prescriptions are now issued over the counter, and greater numbers of medications such as painkillers and antidepressants are available on the street. That increases the opportunity for mistakes — and misuse, said Phillips.
“We don’t know how much of it is the result of carelessness and how much is the result of abuse,” he said.
The study was the first large-scale effort to quantify medication error deaths that occur at home, where professional oversight is least likely, Phillips noted. It was also an effort to understand the impact of combining prescription medications with other intoxicants.
Deaths rise in unsupervised settings
Researchers divided the medication deaths into four categories: Those that occurred at home and involved street drugs and/or alcohol; those that occurred at home and involved only medications; those that occurred away from home and involved prescription drugs, street drugs and alcohol; and those that occurred away from home and involved only medications.
They were shocked to discover a more than fivefold increase in deaths that occurred in situations least likely to be supervised. They logged a 564 percent spike in deaths from prescription drugs alone at home, and a 555 percent rise in deaths away from home from the combination of prescription medications, street drugs and/or alcohol.
The smallest jump, only about 5 percent, was in medication errors that occurred away from home and did not involve street drugs or alcohol.
Overall, the number of fatal medication errors rose by 360 percent, from 3,954 in 1983 to 22,770 in 2004, the study said. All told, more than 200,000 people died from accidental medication mistakes during that time.
“The increase is very, very steep compared with almost any other cause of death,” said Phillips.
Only motor vehicle crashes continue to outpace medication errors as the nation’s leading cause of accidental death.
Increases in deaths from medication mistakes occurred among all races and ages of people except children younger than 10, but middle-aged white men were most likely to succumb, Phillips said. He theorized that they might be more likely to take risks with prescription drugs and other substances.
The study was not designed to identify which medications were responsible for the deaths, nor which street drugs might be most common. Phillips said he expected future research to show that drugs such as marijuana and, perhaps, methamphetamine were often used with prescription medications.
From previous research, however, Phillips said it’s likely that the spike is due to an alarming increase in the use of prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin.
“There is a serious question as to how much of this is being driven by opiates,” he said.
Danger is you’ll stop breathing
those highly addictive drugs have been a growing worry for years. One reason they’re so dangerous is that the drugs slow down respiration, sometimes substantially. When a person takes too many drugs, or combines them with other depressants such as alcohol, breathing may stop entirely.
Like other powerful medications, the painkillers keep people out of the hospital, but they also present a greater possibility of misuse by patients, said Burns, of the American Pharmacists Association.
“There seems to be a mindset that medications are treated like other consumer goods,” she said. “It’s not like buying a loaf of bread.”
Phillips’ study calls for better screening of patients for possible drug and alcohol use; extra precautions when prescribing medications that have known interactions with street drugs and alcohol; and better advice for patients about the potential dangers of mixing medications and other substances.
“Patients have to realize how much more careful they have to be and how much more educated they have to be,” he said.
“It’s an epidemic, “People need to know.”
When President Eisenhower was pres in the early 50 s, he created a wildlife preserve area in the north east section of Alaska. They called it ANWR . Alaska National Wildlife Preserve. In that, drilling was allowed in a small section at any later date. The total of the ANWR is from about Moses Lake to the Idaho border and from Canada to Oregon, so that gives you an idea of the size of ANWR. In that section, 2,000 acres approx was alocated a long time ago for drilling. Its along the coast of the Artic Sea, and makes for ez shipping out of the northern sea. Supposedly, there is enough oil underneath that section, that could support at least the west coast in oil for 30 years or so. I want to see it drilled in, but a national interest should be proclaimed, whereby, no part could be shipped overseas for a trade item. Our use only. I guess there is a lot of natural gas up there as well. The Caribou herds park under the pipelines right now from Prudoe Bay to Valdez a long way away. The Porkupine herd gets away from Mosquitoes by standing in the shade of the pipeline. Mosquitoes dont like the cold shade. So many mosquitoes on the tundra that they actually have been known to kill caribou themselves in swarms. Tundra ids perma frost and gets soggy in the summer, but never melts in past the frozen ground beneath it. It gets 50-60 BELOW in the winter. BRRR
No talk of the police is allowed on the SR blogs. Apparently the SR blogs administrators are in bed with the Spokane Police Department, most likely to stay on their good side. Spokane police recently showed how much power they really have in Spokane, by holding up the hiring of a independent ombudsman for 18 months. They finally voted OK for the ombudsman but he will not be independent instead his crib will be in the Mayors office in case his diapers need changing.