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ObamaCare, analysts, health care, and Brad and Angela

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Americans aren’t ready to read, or believe, stories about the accomplishments of ObamaCare. We aren’t ready to think anything positive about health insurance. We become especially cranky when forced to read stories about whether Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are really divorced.

No one hates reading about health insurance more than those who have health insurance but have to wait months to see a doctor or travel hundreds of miles to find a proper hospital. Continue reading

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Remembering and honoring Rosemary Pierron

Rosemary Pierron

Rosemary Pierron

Rosemary Wolff Pierron of Olathe died July 18th, 2015 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 89. She passed peacefully, surrounded by family at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, preceded by a rosary, 5:30 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church.  There will be a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 16000 W 143rd St., Olathe. Rosemary will be interred at Resurrection Cemetery, 8321 Quivira Road, Lenexa, Kan, next to her beloved husband, Dr. G. Joseph Pierron.

Born Nov. 10, 1925, in Everest, Kan., Rosemary entered Highland Community College at the age of 16. She subsequently attended the University of Kansas where she met pre-medical student Joe Pierron. She claims the two often would sneak off together to wander through the underground steam tunnels on the KU Lawrence campus. As money was scarce, for entertainment they would sit on the benches outside the student hospital to watch the clouds change shapes. Continue reading

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News media starting to watch its language

when reporting about mental illness

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

The Associated Press Stylebook — the bible for news media accuracy and terminology — has just released its 2015 updates. The changes include the journalism profession’s first serious attempts to write clearly and accurate about mental health issues in general and suicide in specific.

So far, the mental health community seems most encouraged by the Associated Press’s new guidelines regarding stories about suicide.  The 2015 guidelines provide much-needed expansion of the AP’s 2013 guidelines, which included the first-ever attempts to recommend wording and terminology standards about mental health issues.

The Associated Press guidelines are just that — guidelines. Recommendations. Part dictionary and part encyclopedia. None of it has the force of law or even the leverage of shame. Individual media outlets and web-based publications remain free to set their own conventions for stories about mental illness and suicide.

The new 2015 AP Stylebook updates regarding suicide state: Continue reading

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Tips on salvaging 2015

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

A new year is upon us but this is no time for fatuous wishes about peace on Earth and goodwill to others. It’s time to tabulate the lessons of the past year, file them in triplicate, and try to forget the whole thing. Unless we want to consider citizenship in Norway or something.

There’s still time to salvage 2015, however. It will require bold, swift action and a deep national resolve to reduce our intake of Diet Dr Pepper. A few other suggestions come to mind: Continue reading

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O, come, all ye faithful. Bring your bar codes

And for god’s sake, don’t eat the myrrh

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

And it came to pass in those days that there was issued across the land a multitide of decrees about the right to privacy, though none understood or believed it.

Joseph went up from http://www.Galilee.com unto the city of http//www.David. He went with Mary, his espoused wife, who was with child.

So it was that while they journeyed henceforth to the place that they were supposed to journey to, they had trouble buying groceries. The PriceBarnWigglyChopperHouse store asked for their bar-coded I.D. card. Mary and Joseph had none, though they had shopped there many times before. Continue reading

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Today’s DIY tip:

The easy way to clean windows and eliminate mosquitoes

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

There is no good time of the year to clean the windows in your house. But there are ways to make the job easier or avoid it altogether.

Never clean windows during autumn. Clean windows will offer a sparkling view of your lawn, which is covered with leaves. You hate raking leaves more than you hate cleaning windows.

If you must clean windows I recommend the dead of winter. Swaddled in parka, boots and snow gloves you announce loudly that you are heading outside to clean the windows. Your family will smile warmly, the way people smile at somebody who’s having a nervous breakdown. Five minutes later you come back inside and announce that it’s too damn cold to clean windows. You may now spend the rest of the winter watching football. Continue reading

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Divided We Stand: In Praise of Dissent

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

One syndicated columnist wrote the other day that President Obama has “divided the country along fault lines of fear, intolerance, ignorance and religious rule.” There now is a desperate need, she added, “for unity, for finding the common ground, coming together … healing.”

Yuck. Enough already. All this talk of restoration and reunion is giving dissent a bad name.

Forget our differences? I say let’s celebrate them. Continue reading

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