'Twas the night before Fiscal Cliff, and throughout the land,
Democrats, Republicans were taking a stand.
Their positions unwavering, intractably firm,
With donkey-like stubbornness or entrenched pachyderm.
But the public were hopeful all snug in their beds,
With visions of compromise alive in their heads.
"Come on!" said the people in frustrated dismay.
"Abandon this meaningless partisan fray."
When Obama and Boehner finally met,
Their first thoughts were not of a country in debt.
"...The vast majority of Democrats on Capitol Hill would prefer not to have to do anything on entitlements, would prefer, frankly, not to have to do anything on some of these debt and deficit problems. … And what I've tried to explain to them is, number one, if you look at the numbers, then Medicare, in particular, will run out of money, and we will not be able to sustain that program, no matter how much taxes go up. I mean, it's not an option for us to just sit by and do nothing." President Barack Obama, July 11, 2011.
If the Mayan calendar's end-of-the-world "prediction," doesn't kill us on Dec. 21, surely the fall off the so-called "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year will.
If our elected officials, who spend more time on television explaining why they can't agree on a savings and spending plan, rather than actually doing something about it, fail to avert the tax hikes coming Jan. 1, 2013, we all will be dangling from the edge as our 401k plans dwindle and our grocery bills double.
Today I passed a manger scene
So filled with cares, tired and green.
With envy for what others had,
Envious, surly and quite sad.
When manger's light did me beckon,
And asked me to but pause, and reckon,
"What wondrous presence filled that place?"
Which had been meant for beastly face.
And thus transformed, and now was there
For love's rebirth in time and sphere,
That I, stricken, repent and turn
And beg God's light within me burn.
To know that trough, in darkness rude,
Has now received celestial food,
With nearly 90 percent of motorists 65 and older suffering from health issues that affect driving safety, finding a car that not only adapts to conditions, such as lack of flexibility or muscle strength, while maintaining safety and comfort can be difficult.
Data from a new AAA survey also reveals only one in 10 senior drivers with aging health issues are driving a vehicle with features such as keyless entry and larger dashboard controls that can assist with such conditions.
The holidays are a wonderful time for family festivities, but too many celebrations are interrupted each year due to unsafe use of toys, which can lead to serious eye injuries in children.
The good news is the vast majority of these injuries can be prevented. During Safe Toys and Celebrations Month in December, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology reminds parents to keep their children's eyes safe from toys.Children receive all types of potentially unsafe presents during the holidays, including BB guns, airsoft guns, pellet guns and darts.
·Artsquest Venter, Bethlehem, needs volunteers for Christkindlmarkt to take tickets, assist vendors, do crafts with children and help out in the retail areas. Volunteers are required to do three shifts.
Contact Hillary Harper at 610-332-1370 or email@example.com.
·Cancer Support Community, Bethlehem, needs help to get donation cans into stores, businesses and coffee shops throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Contact Becky Morgan at 610-861-7555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2011-12 legislative session wrapped up in November, and before we begin the new session Jan. 1, 2013, I think it is wise to take a look back and see what we have accomplished.
Of course, some years are more productive than others but, this past year, we have been able to make significant progress on several fronts that will help improve the business climate in Pennsylvania, increase safety and protection, and honor our military men and women.
En Daaler geschder diene,
Verschpend der Daaler heit,
Yuscht bissel Wexel zaehle,
Bemacht die aarmie Leit.
En Daaler geschder gschteckelt,
En gscheider Mann dutt's weck.
No wann mir in die Not kummt,
Hoscht me huff hand wie Dreck.
Saving up a Dollar
A dollar earned yesterday
Spend that dollar today
Very little change leftover to count
Makes for poor people
A dollar from yesterday hidden away
A wise man puts it away
Then when you are in need
You'll have something on hand, besides dirt.
Hanukkah and Christmas are times of the year when family and friends come together to share memories, laugh, sing, decorate and exchange presents.
For people living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the holidays can be a difficult and stressful time.
I have found with my mother, who was diagnosed several years ago with dementia, this is the time of year when she becomes more depressed.