June 1, 1986
Standing in a line holding hands with millions across America was a thrill. There are even deeper joys if we continue the spirit through the years by giving some time to one of the many private organizations that are helping the poor and homeless and by lowering our life styles so that we can give more money as well. After all, except for accident of birth, we may have been one of them. The Bible urges us to give 10% or more of our total incomes for the less fortunate. Americans give only an average of 2% to 3% now. Imagine how good you would feel inside to know that you have helped to save lives simply by buying fewer and less fancy cars, clothes, appliances, etc. and donating the savings to church and synagogue outreach efforts or to one of the many worthy poverty crises center.
March 13, 2006
Although the article "And Now, Four-Star Hospitals" [March 13] provides a balanced view of specialty hospitals' benefits, the concerns regarding alleged harm from specialty hospitals are not well-founded. There is no evidence of any general hospital closing because of competition from a specialty hospital. A Medicare Payment Advisory Commission study found any financial harm suffered by general hospitals from specialty hospitals was temporary, and that specialty hospitals' competition actually forced general hospitals to do a better job. A Health and Human Services study found quality was consistently high at specialty hospitals, and that mortality rates were lower than at general hospitals.
October 1, 2013 |
As pre-enrollment begins for Obamacare, Albert is exploring his options. He wants to know more about health savings accounts. Good idea. Health savings accounts, or HSAs, can be a good fit for some, but not for all. Basically, a health savings account is like an IRA for healthcare. Money you put into it isn't subject to federal taxes. It can also roll over from one year to the next if unspent. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions If you withdraw money from an HSA for non-medical purposes, there are penalties.
March 19, 2013 |
Hiking, camping, hunting and fishing, among other outdoor activities, help generate $85.4 billion in annual spending in California, more than any other state in the country, according to a new study. Spending on outdoor recreation in the state also helps support 732,000 jobs and generates $6.7 billion in state and local taxes, according to the study by the Outdoor Industry Assn., the trade group for outdoor retailers, manufacturers and others. The report represents the first time that the organization has broken out the spending by individual state.
April 26, 1989 |
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) knows that statistics are strange and changeable things. When he was writing a law several years ago to provide an insurance fund for workers' pensions, government experts told him that an annual premium of 50 cents per worker would be enough. Let's double it to be sure, Bentsen said, and the premium was set at $1 a year. Today, the pension insurance system costs $16 a year for each worker, Bentsen said the other day, laughing at the memory of how wrong the actuaries can be. But now this same Lloyd Bentsen is making a big political bet that the experts have guessed right in figuring the cost of Medicare's catastrophic-illness program, which offers beneficiaries unlimited days of hospital care and coverage of prescription drugs.
May 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- One week after proposing a law that would punish Americans who avoid paying large tax bills by renouncing their citizenship, Sen. Charles E. Schumer scolded anti-tax activist Grover Norquist for comparing the legislation to efforts taken in Germany in the 1930s . Schumer, a New York Democrat, took to the Senate floor Thursday with a fiery speech to defend legislation he had introduced with Sen. Robert Casey (D-Penn.),...
December 21, 2012 |
The richest Americans might find lumps of coal in their stockings on Christmas morning and, if not that, then they can definitely anticipate big hangovers on New Year's Day. The metaphorical coal lumps and hangovers will be thanks to President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner, who are either going to strike a deal in the next few days to allow taxes to go up for the wealthy or let it happen automatically when the George W. Bush-era tax...
January 18, 2012
King's real message Re "Obamas mark King's birthday by doing something for others," Jan. 17 To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of service shows that we've forgotten King's true legacy. King was an activist, not a direct service volunteer. Activism and service are both good ways to help somebody else, but they're not interchangeable. In service, we deal with the results of the system: When our neighbors are hungry, we feed them. In activism, we aim to change the system itself: When our neighbors are hungry, we demand a fairer economic structure.
April 13, 2012 |
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney asked for an extension Friday to file his 2011 tax return. The former Massachusetts governor and his wife Ann expect not to owe any further taxes, having estimated $3.2 million in liability and made $3.4 million in payments, according the documents filed. Romney will file his return prior to the November election, according to a spokeswoman. Romney's taxes have been a continual cause of controversy in the 2012 presidential campaign because of his reluctance to release details.
January 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's limousine will display the District of Columbia license plate reading "Taxation without Representation" during inauguration activities and through the remainder of his term to call attention to the district's lack of voting power in Congress. The decision, announced by a White House aide, comes in response to a resolution unanimously passed by the D.C. Council calling on Obama to display the slogan during the inaugural ride down Pennsylvania Avenue to highlight what the resolution calls the "fundamentally unfair and undemocratic condition of district residents.