I did do one railroad activity over the summer. UP4014 came through town and I went to see it. Very cool to be so close to it. Kind of got the juices flowing again.
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Louis- my wife works @ Walmart & has been there over 11 years. Many people whine about the self-checkouts, but in her store, they added more SCO’s because they can’t get people to apply/stay as cashiers. Many of the part timers are such because they are students, retirees or parents of school age children & only want to work during school hours.Willie, that is good to hear about Walmart workers and I can concur about some people don't want full time work. My Wife's company has a policy that only managers are full time. She has offered promotions to a few that have turned it down because it would complicate. reduce or even eliminate some or all of their government benefits (in this case, hand outs in my mind).
My wife has to fill out government forms for them to receive benefits. The government does not ask if the employee has turned down additional hours or anything like that, why?! I don't know, makes no sense to me!
Not to mention my wife can't ask food stamp users for ID, in any case. Some come in with several food stamp cards and a list of pin numbers. My wife can't even ask for ID after several repeated attempts to match the cards with the pin numbers! Credit card companies want her to ask for ID to prevent fraud, but not the government!
I'm all in favor of helping those who are trying to help themselves, but "milking" the system is just plain wrong! Id give every fraudulent claimant free health care, housing and meals, in jail!
These are just a few of the things we need to address to cut fraud/waste. It's a perfect example of what I mean when I say the solutions are complex.
I would hope it would be a federal law. I remember a story several years ago on 60 minutes about a woman with no healthcare coverage dying outside of a California hospital after being refused treatment due to an inability to pay. Maybe that story insipred a change in federal law, I would hope so.
For the record, I am a Walmart shopper. Both in store and online. I like the many low prices. I like the convince of buying a variety of things in one store. I love their cooked ham lunch meat and their prices for many frozen foods and many other reasons to shop there. I only go to Walmart early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
For further reference, EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment And Labor Act) was enacted by Congress in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 (42 U.S.C. §1395dd). It is actually an expansion of a previous law, The Hospital Survey and Construction Act of 1946 (commonly called the Hill-Burton Act). The original law from 1946 did not have financial penalties.Here in the state of Maryland we have free healthcare for low income people. The state pickups the tab for those who can't pay in emergency rooms and the hospital
Garry, "great athlete", perfect description for Billy Williams, he was a great all-around player. I wish I could have seen him play more often. The occasional Saturday afternoon game of the week was not enough.Louis ....... I recall Billy Williams from back in the days when I followed the Cubs more closely. Great athlete! ..... I hope you enjoy the Lionel Christmas boxcar. ....... We don't need national health care. It would be a huge mistake . So what if our health care costs more than other countries? At least, ours actually cures diseases and saves lives. Also, other items such as fuel are less costly in the USA than in other countries. ... ObamaCare had too many failures. Leave our health care alone.
Mike, I love Walmart's self check outs! I go early in the morning and I never have to wait. I don't know who programed the self-checkouts for Walmart, but they work nearly flawlessly for me. Other stores the self-checkouts can be a pain, "please wait for assistance" why, who is coming, when? grrrr. Not Walmart and in the rare occurrence I do need help at Walmart, (usually my own fault) help is right there.Louis- my wife works @ Walmart & has been there over 11 years. Many people whine about the self-checkouts, but in her store, they added more SCO’s because they can’t get people to apply/stay as cashiers. Many of the part timers are such because they are students, retirees or parents of school age children & only want to work during school hours.
Thank you Willie, I was not aware of that law or of the expansion of the law. It's good to know, at least all Americans can get minimal assistance in emergency situations. That 60 minutes story I referred to must have been about one of the few private hospitals that don't participate. That's why I prefer to read, I can miss things when listening.For further reference, EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment And Labor Act) was enacted by Congress in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 (42 U.S.C. §1395dd). It is actually an expansion of a previous law, The Hospital Survey and Construction Act of 1946 (commonly called the Hill-Burton Act). The original law from 1946 did not have financial penalties.
Maryland isn't doing anything more than all the other states. Note that the law only applies to hospitals receiving Medicare funds which is over 98% of hospitals in America.
A little wage story and government: Out here we are charged a 5 cent (tax?) on each drink can/water bottles which go into a "special fund". RePlanet provides redemption centers where you can recycle and pays you a slightly reduced price - when weighed 3.5-4 cents each - for your wares; there are 4-5 of these places throughout the city. RePlanet is paid from the "special fund", so now RePlanet has shut down because they cannot pay their workers the higher State-imposed wages.It's like the minimum wage, Federal law is $7.25 per hour and 21 states are still at $7.25 per hour. Maryland is $10.10 per hour and still going up incrementally. Some states are $12 per hour. Some US cities even higher at $15 per hour.
Willie - That is really good news!Wife is making tremendous progress with her rehab, While she is still using the cane a bit, she is doing more unassisted walking. The post-op swelling has been greatly reduced, we're now down to maybe 6 pounds of ice a day (initially 20/day). We're two weeks and four days after surgery.
Johnny - I second that! Really neat, pretty scene.Johnny ....... That is a great lake scene !
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