Don’t judge a book by its cover
All my life I have been taught that you should not judge a book by its cover. Why doesn’t that go for the disabled?
All my life people have told me what I couldn’t do: I couldn’t finish school, live on my own or make something of my life. I have proved them wrong!
I graduated from high school, I am living on my own and I am currently one semester shy of getting my certificate in early childhood education.
I thought as I grew older people wouldn’t judge me so much but as I grew older people still judge me.
Just because I am different on the outside doesn’t mean I do not want to be treated like everyone else.
Beware of scams
Within the last month, I have received bills for products and services I did not request. The first was a billing for $59.95 for National Geographic Magazine. The return address was not National Geographic and the normal annual renewal is $39.95 or less. I contacted the magazine and was told the billing I received was not from National Geo. and I would be a victim of mail fraud if I paid it.
I sent the billing to our Weatherford postmaster with an explanation of what happened. That letter was returned to me unopened. I hand carried the unopened letter to the Weatherford Post Office, which offered no reason it had been returned to me.
Once before, years ago, I sent our postmaster an example of attempted mail fraud and it also was returned to me unopened. Again I hand carried it to the post office and was told I should mail it to some postal department dealing in mail fraud, but they could not produce the actual address for that department.
The second false billing was from AT&T, which listed $37.49 for “NFL Sunday Ticket 2013” as a portion of my DirecTV billing. I called DirecTV, spent 32 minutes on hold or transferring and on a conversation to get an explanation. The NFL department explained, when I exchanged a receiver last year, I was given NFL Sunday programming free for one year. I had never asked for any such free programming and was not even aware it had been added. But what was really outrageous, they said since I had received the NFL programming free last year, they could automatically add the programming to my bill starting in July 2013 at the normal rate.
In my opinion, AT&T and DirecTV have devised a system to force additional programming on customers without getting a request or an approval of additional charges.
I can only hope our state and federal legislative representatives will initial an investigation of those practices by AT&T and DirecTV. They should also ask why letters to postmasters are returned to the sender.
In the meantime, I hope other people will be aware of these scams, which are probably being attempted on a massive scale by these companies.
I can’t speak for everybody but I happen to be an old white codger who gets a Social Security check. I also happen to be one of those uneducated souls that was self employed most of my working life and worked from daylight until dark. I paid the full amount of the Social Security tax.
The thing that chaps me is that if I was on the Galveston retirement plan I would be getting almost a third more money, and if I died before the funds were used up, my family would receive the balance.
What happened to Detroit? They had unions and government up to their ears. A little government, and a little union, is probably necessary but the problem is neither one has enough sense to know when to quit robbing the peasants. Government and unions are birds of a feather. They want to tell every one how to run their business, but can’t run a lemonade stand without a bailout.
Mr. Tilley says we want to deny our children and grandchildren the same retirement benefits. The way I see it is we want to make sure that our future generations aren’t faced with the same fate that others have faced, such as those in Argentina, Cuba, North Korea, China, Russia and the list goes on and on. The liberal mindset is tax the producers to subsidize the non-producers. The problem with that is, the day will come when the producer will realize that he is working for the benefit of someone else and decides to just quit. Liberals think that people are the servants of government, conservatives believe that government is the servant of the people.
President Obama made a snide remark about the XL pipeline from Canada. He said that it would only provide 50 permanent jobs. Well, that is 50 more than Solyndra. The poor boy is not understanding how capitalism works. Those 50 jobs will most likely be good-paying jobs. The workers will have money to spend on a new car, maybe buy a house, go out to eat or take a vacation. It works like a perpetual motion machine. If they buy a car, the car salesman and the dealer makes money. Now they have money to spend. If they buy a house, look at all the people that benefit.
I think most people get the picture, but too many think that those 50 workers are going home and burying their money, and the only kind of job that makes a difference is a government job. A government job takes money out of the treasury and increases the debt. Only a private sector job will replenish the treasury.
If unaffordable health care is the greatest thing since sliced bread, tell me why unions and federal workers are wanting an exemption? If we have global warming, why did the Arctic have more days below freezing? Ordinarily there are 90 days above freezing, less than half that number this year?