We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
From the suburbs article:
"A second conclusion is that many of the current political structures and leaders are either unable or unwilling to deal with these new realities. "
That's just a nice way of saying that the boomers are done competing and are now just holding on 'til retirement.
I didn't see much about Urban Renewal, as in the kind where you fix up all the broke down historical houses and the previous occupants all have to move to the burbs where plentiful cheap apartments abound. "Gentrification" it's called by some.
Around here the inner city is where the go-getters are. In today's busy rush people are opting for short commutes, culture, history, public services, etc. right outside their front door. Suburbs offer none of that, besides maybe cops nearby. I think this has an awful lot to do with declining suburbs, there aint no "there" there. So there.
"And yet the county, strapped for cash, was threatening to cut convalescent services, veteransí services, housing assistance, breast cancer screening, and many other essential public functions"
Since when did all these things become "essential" , I think therein lays the problem.
I also agree with Phil above about wanting something "there" especially as I think about my suburb, Brandon outside Tampa in florida. Florida doesn't have much history, Brandon doesn't either and the little there is finds itself plowed under.
Ok, so this is not your typical pub chat, but then again that would depend on the age of the clientele.
Would someone please explain to me how BLue Cross and Blue Shield are different than other health insurance policies. I notice that in some states they have two other insurance companies--but they also have Blue Cross, or Blue Shield. Any insights?