Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
Fall and taxes
With the arrival of fall, recent history suggests there are always at least three certainties that accompany this time of year: shorter days, cooler temperatures and Little Rock City Hall digging for dollars. While I can fully appreciate the painful process the city manager and City Board are now going through in an attempt to cut expenses and shift funds, in my view the simple truth is that our city is going to have to face reality and address revenue alternatives if it wants to provide on a sustained basis all of the basic municipal services most citizens have come to expect, not to mention extraordinary services that distinguish great cities. As was emphasized during our 2003 infrastructure tax initiative, Little Rock is still at the bottom of the heap when it comes to city sales tax rates which other communities around the state still seek, most notably the city of Benton right now. Furthermore, I am sure there exist other potential sources of revenue which have never been tapped and, absent any meaningful exploration of those sources, I fear we will replay this same act in this continuing saga for years to come.
(Lichty is a former member of the Little Rock Board of Directors.)
DOGging Michael Moore
Recently, the editorialist at the DOG (I guess we know who), tried to attack Michael Moore. After lumping him in with Ann Coulter (a low blow, that), he sputtered on to his dull point: Moore's movies make money. Is Moore untruthful? Inaccurate? Unfair? Immoral? Fat? OK, we'll let that one go.
No, his crime is that his pictures sell tickets. Maybe that delegitimizes Moore in the eyes of those who don't like him in the first place, but those without ideological axes to grind might just conclude that a lot of people want to hear what he has to say.
Insurance companies and greed
Why do we need insurance companies?
Insurance companies are in the business to make money, not to help people who need affordable health care. We do need doctors, drugs and hospitals. Insurance companies just get in between us and the care we need. Let's move them out of the equation.
Insurance companies make money insuring us for health care, supposedly. But what do they do with the money they get from us? They pay wages to the un-medical people who look for ways to not give you the coverage you think you are paying for. These un-medical people tell you if you qualify for a certain procedure which was ordered by a doctor. If these un-medicals say no, you don't get it. Or, if you do, you pay for it. They can even drop your insurance after years for a pre-existing condition, such as acn!!! Give me a break.
What do they do with this money? They pay wages to un-medical people you must deal with if you are having a medical crisis. Also, insurance companies pay big bucks to their officers. Insurance companies pay big, big bucks to lobbyists to work against you and for the insurance companies. Lobby money ends up in the hands of elected officials who go to Washington and vote against what's best for the citizens. After insurance companies divvy up money to all these different places, then they use what's left over for medical claims for policy holders. If there is anything left over after all of this, they invest that in the market, so they can make even more bucks.
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