SENIOR BEACON AUGUST 2020

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Drug manufacturers and some Members of Congress claim that allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices would limit funding for research and development. But a new survey by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) finds that only 3 percent of survey participants said they were concerned that drug makers would limit new drugs coming onto the market. “There are a few Members of Congress who cite this argument as their reason for opposing drug pricing legislation” says Mary Johnson, a Medicare and Social Security policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League. “But there is little sympathy for drug makers among the public,” Johnson says. “Lowering the cost of prescription drugs was a top election issue during the 2018 election cycle, and now voters of all political persuasions want this Congress to follow-through,” Johnson notes. Fifty-four percent of survey participants said they think that if Medicare would negotiate lower prices, more people could afford to fill their prescriptions, and drug companies would have the opportunity to make just as much or even more than under our current system. Another 43 percent think drug prices are too high, and that manufacturers could afford to reduce prices and still have plenty left over to fund research and development. According to research by Johnson, out – of – pocket spending on prescription drugs is one of the fastest growing costs that most people face in retirement — growing 252 percent since 2000. Spending on prescription drugs takes a significant portion of retired households’ budgets. The survey found that 51 percent of survey participants spent more than $600 in 2019 ($50 per month) on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs (not including premiums.) Out of that group, 16 percent spent at least $4,020 ($335 per month) in out-of-pocket costs. Last year, the Congressional

Budget Office (CBO) conducted an initial analysis of the effects of H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019, the prescription drug price bill passed by the House. The CBO estimated that 8 to 15 fewer new drugs would come to market based on a reduction in spending of $0.5 trillion to $1 trillion on prescription drugs over the next 10 years. On the other hand, Johnson points, “over the past 5 years, the FDA has approved on average about 44 new drugs per year and, in 2020, 24 new drugs have been approved through June 15, alone.” “Prescription drug manufacturers have gotten away with charging whatever they think they can get out of Medicare and other government payers for years. It’s time that we strengthen Part D to provide greater access to medications and to allow retirees and taxpayers to keep more of their income in the process,” Johnson says. To learn more, visit www.SeniorsLeague.org. ### With 1.2 million supporters, The Senior Citizens League is one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan seniors’ groups. Its mission is to promote and assist members and supporters, to educate and alert senior citizens about their rights and freedoms as U.S. Citizens, and to protect and defend the benefits senior citizens have earned and paid for. The Senior Citizens League is a proud affiliate of The Retired Enlisted Association. Visit www.SeniorsLeague.org for more information.

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JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE RACES

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE CAVE JAMES R. GRASSO Former Chief Cook & Bottle Washer

SINCE WE'VE ALWAYS been a monthly news-

paper we’ve been unable to print Breaking News for obvious reasons. Several years back we started a web page that included a Breaking News section but recently the Publisher has ramped up its function. Look for a “house ad” running monthly telling you about our Breaking News section of the website. With daily updates on Covid-19 among many other local topics you’ll be able to be up-to-date on many fronts. Just go to www.seniorbeacon.info and click on Breaking News and you’ll be all set. You can let us know what you think if you wish. Okay, so Colorado is second in the United States with total COVID 19 restrictions. Writing this on July 26, I’m aware that our governor Polis will be making an address to the public on Monday with further restrictions in an attempt to tamp down this pandemic in our state. Hopefully when September shows up restrictions will be eased. So prayers and looking out for yourselves and others should be the key to your success in this era. For over three years President Trump was pummeled by the media and democrats and the Far-Left (George Soros and the like) trying to get him impeached because of supposed ties with the Russians who somehow fixed his election. They had no proof of such claims at all and they knew it but went ahead and did it anyway.

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President Trump has left himself wide open for criticism because of his incessant “tweets” (gosh I hate that juvenile word) but he is who he is. When he was a boy he lived in the same area as my wife whose family home was not too far away. I think he even substituted as a paperboy in that same neighborhood before his family moved to a better home elsewhere in the area. Learning about life and work opportunities as he grew up he barely cared for politics. Throughout his life he never gave much credence to politicians. His ideas and attitudes weren’t parsed by political ambitions and he is being slammed for it because of same. Folks, the last thing we need is to keep voting for people who have been in politics all their lives and come election time having them tell us how terrible everything is and how they are going to fix things for the general public. How come nothing changes? The pandering continues. The lying continues, the fabrications continue and the same problems exist.The Left is playing a dangerous game. They own most of the media outlets and feeds that always shine the light on their belief systems. They continue to pound the United States for past foibles and most of them were commited by them. Mr. Trump seems to be the only person who will stand up to them and during this time of unrest he alone stands between us and the Left’s onslaught. The Left is waiting impatiently in the wings. They know they are a hair from reaching their goal of dominating our lives absolutely. From cradle to grave they want to “take care of us” as if we want their pablum shoved down our throats daily. But it is coming. Ladies and Gents, it won’t be long now when Texas will flip from red to blue and then the Left will control every phase of our lives with nothing to stop them. That leaves the United States ripe for a fall. BHO’s reign was a taste of what they want to do to our country. Everyone suffered in a malaise as he went bowing around the world and becoming a gazillionaire as the United States began teetering in the world view and here at home. Obama phones and Obama money were a clarion call. Being bullied by the world ruined the economy. Promises of a govern

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FINANCE

Gold Price Hits New High

Would Skookum Jim Be Happy? CNN, BLOOMBERG AND

many other outlets have reported that the gilded metal has reached a brand new high. Today it closed at $1,973.01 per ounce. That’s a long ways from the controlled levels of just over twenty dollars a century ago. It’s an even longer way from the $5,000 price-level predicted by this generation’s gold bugs. I throw that in there so we always keep our perspective. We just had a true gold bubble, notching twelve straight up years in a row (!) followed by three down years. This let the steam out of the bubRONALD S. PHILLIPS

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ble. For a while. Then we have a “flash bear market”, a global pandemic, social upheaval and what do people buy again? Yes, shiny metal. It makes sense. This doomsday asset does sparkle in bad times, especially recently. “YOU KNOW? IT’S NOT HALFBAD.” After doing even more gold research it looks like it has more merit than I originally gave it credit for. Notwithstanding the paltry 2.05% yearly return* over 228 years, it has had bright dedades. In the 2000s it averaged over fourteen percent a year. That was the bull and bubble we experienced. Remember the commercials and ads? Then we had the decades of the

◀ FROM CAVE, PAGE 2 ment that would take care of us on their terms but life was going to be easy for us all particularly the pandering politicians taking advantage of a populace that has become complacent. In my view, we as a nation, are in trouble. We are coming upon our 250th anniversary and history has warned us that this is about the time that great systems begin to unravel. The signs are there and real. When you can’t trust anything that anyone says, especially the media that is supposed to warn us of such things and supposed to be unbiased instead of an arm of the Left or Right it spells T-RO-U-B-L-E. Please remember what made America great. Our fierce independence is becoming our fierce dependence. It truly is a sad state of affairs. It feels like the world is worn out. Sorry for the rant of rants from this corner. I really have tried to stay out of the fray because I’m really trying to get my resume together for the impending meeting with my Lord. But after watching some 30 or so congressmen and women wearing a colored scarf honoring the African tribe who actually hunted down their brethren in Liberia and other places so they could sell them into slavery to be bought by plantation owners and the like, then kneeling for 8-9 minutes on a marble floor outside the capitol building to honor the life and death of George Floyd because that’s how long it took for him to succumb to the choking of his passageway, I just couldn’t stand the pandering and abuse they showed the very community they claim they were trying to help for the past 60 years while they’ve held the power. It was a disgusting display and it is amazing that very community gave them a pass. Please accept my apologies for this negative rant. I will do my very best to go back to the cave and speak of positive things that have nothing to do with politicians and concentrate on our final goal in this life. Turn to God my readers. Now is our time. Do it before it is too late. Godspeed to you and yours!

2010s with a barely-positive return each year of 0.1 percent. It’s a very fickle investment with high highs and low lows. Before these recent good years it had a patch of a couple of decades where it did nothing at all in price. If you were an investor you could have lost money during this because of transaction costs such as buying, storage or management of the asset. Gold began freely trading in 1971. So that seems to be a legitimate place to start a balanced analysis. That’s roughly forty-nine years. It starts at $44.60 and ends with today’s price. Now we’re getting somewhere! We get a much better average return of just over eight percent. Really, a solid return. You do have to take something out for transaction costs.

My verdict? This looks like a solid diversifier and a doomsday asset that can possibly appreciate during bad times and maybe hold it’s own during moderate times. If you have the patience it requires. BOTTOM LINE: This precious metal does not track inflation. At all. Call or email and I’ll send you my personal research on that matter. But it does track the expectation of inflation. It’s a popularity-measuring yard stick for inflation. And it can be very important at times. ANOTHER BOTTOM LINE: Gold could and has been a winning trade. It depends on the timeframe

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SRDA JULY 2020 CALENDAR Special information from Pueblo’s SRDA (Plus)

Recreation Department is currently CLOSED due to Covid - 19. All information provided depends on when SRDA reopens, which includes Matter of Balance. Also, all outside activity start up, like AARP -Taxes and Driver Safety classes will be determined by their national office.

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‘LIGHT FOR THE JOURNEY’ JAN MCLAUGHLIN

and discouragement. So many voices. Different opinions. Talking heads spew threats that taunt and paralyze. “What if ’s” assault my mind and cloud my thoughts. I am under attack. My country is under attack. The world is under attack. What or who is behind this sweeping evil and forcing undue mandates and restrictions? How long will this last? Will evil forces succeed? Fear blankets my heart and mind. A word from a devotional brought stillness, peace, encouragement. “Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.” The cloud lifts. My heart surges. I will see it! How had my focus one off course? So off the Lord? His small voice whispers, “Open your Bible to Psalm 37.” “Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.” I pictured the shriveled cilantro and basil I occasionally toss from my refrigerator. Garbage. “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” The Lord’s words soothe my distraught spirit and restore my peace. Evil faces from the internet brush across my mind. Anger flares and invades my peace. “Rest in the Lord

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and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” The wicked will be cut off and, if I wait on the Lord, I will inherit the land. What an amazing promise. Is “land” in this verse symbolic of “peace in my heart?” I believe so. “The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.” We will see this every day on the news, on the internet. Pillaging, burning, cursing, beating policemen and innocent bystanders, even elderly citizens merely trying to cross a street. Wait! Can you hear it? Soon there will be an end to this chaos. “The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct. Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.” No matter how wicked and depressing things appear, Christian, rejoice in this craziness because the One who created the universe and set every star in place holds you in the palm of His hand. He is never changing. He is still in control. Concerned about lack of food? Take heart! “The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.” Do you need guidance? Find it in Psalm 37. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” Psalm 37 is a breath of fresh air in a chaotic and dark world. We must be light to those caught up in the evil, deceptive plan to destroy us and our country. More importantly, we must be people of prayer. I hear an urgent call from Christians around the world to fast and pray for our families, our communities, our leaders and our world. God promises to heal our land

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ANCIENT FAERIE LORE: FAERIE HERBS AND POTIONS

GLEN VOLLMECKE Author: "Intermission a Place in Time."

In Europe Scandinavian countries hold more appreciation and understanding of these Changling folklores and stories, than most lands. We begin in wonderment with another narrative in this series of events from Sweden. Grandmothers‌ the matriarchs of countless families idolized their grandchildren. As her young grand babies slept peacefully, the hearth kept an uninterrupted log fire burning, especially if the child was yet to be christened. Water from bathing a newborn was never discarded. Any violation or neglect from these beliefs would incur the wrath of the trolls, and the intended victim would be stealthily kidnapped then exchanged during the midnight hours. Hence the word 'Changling.' Another association regarding the faerie realm is the 'Tooth Faerie.' We all recall coins left under our pillows from this trustworthy entity. Although unlike images of Santa, as children we never saw nor connected 'her' with a feasible being. Only visions of a beautifully fragile female creature, not unlike a dragon fly in her splendor would be associated with the tooth faerie. In reality, a caring female, she

ostensibly, even to this day, collects baby 'milk' teeth to thwart their use in magic. The children can anticipate visits during the ages of five to nine years, or even earlier. Once able to independently attend school without the supervision of parents, the faerie remains to protect him/her during the transition. Although adults follow these customs, few realize the essential procedures to which they must observe. While retrieving the milk teeth under a child's pillow, she expects the coins to be silver, the metal governed by the moon. Legend tells of teeth having a powerful identity that survive death, decay and burial. Maligned spirits were thought to be empowered by the DNA within, which allowed control over the individuals, especially children who are charged with such life forces and energy that spirits coveted their chromosomes.

Austria's tradition is to design a piece of jewelry from the first tooth as a means of protection. As teeth are formed within the womb, they're considered a significance of life before birth, and powerfully recognized by the spirit and faerie world. Of course with reasons of their own, the Japanese would hurl the 'top tooth' to the heavens, or it would be tossed over the roof of their home. 'Probably another shielding gesture for the family within. However the bottom tooth was buried, or concealed beneath the floor. This practice seemingly was to inspire the powers that be to initiate continual favorable growth throughout their home. Conceivably these practices are significant even today. We are all children albeit in diverse stages of life, and no doubt 'never considered the source of the familiar tooth faerie stories. Now you know‌


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NEWS OF THE WEIRD

SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL Bright Ideas -- Commuters in Berlin, Germany, are required to wear masks on public transportation, and are subject to fines if they don't. Despite that, reports Deutsche Welle, so many people wear their masks incorrectly (covering the mouth but not the nose) that Berlin's transport company, BVG, is now suggesting that riders skip deodorant when they're getting ready for the day, in hopes that the body odor on crowded trains will keep those masks in place. "Given that so many people think they can wear their masks under their noses, we're getting tough," read a bright yellow posting from July 1 on Twitter. "The BVG is calling for a general deodorant waiver. So now do you still want to have your nose out?" [DW, 7/3/2020] -- Farm families in Botswana

living beside the Chobe River have long battled herds of elephants that often pass through their fields at night, trampling crops as they move toward the river. Barking dogs and fences have failed to stop the elephants, the BBC reported on July 7, but farmers are having remarkable success with a new weapon: disco lights. Scientists from Elephants Without Borders placed solar-powered strobe lights that flash color patterns along the sides of fields elephants are known to walk through, frightening the elephants away. One farmer reported that before he had lights, "I had more elephants raid ... but in these two seasons with lights I have harvested successfully." [BBC, 7/7/2020] News That Sounds Like a Joke A man attempting to elude police

in a stolen Toyota Land Cruiser on July 5 in Newberg, Oregon, crashed into a woman driving a Buick Regal that had been reported stolen three weeks before, giving police a two-fer. Newberg-Dundee police said they arrested the driver of the Toyota, Randy Lee Cooper, 27, and then found the driver of the Buick, Kristin Nicole Begue, 25, to be under the influence of intoxicants and arrested her, too, KOIN reported. Neither driver was injured [KOIN, 7/6/2020] Suspicious Liberty County (Georgia) sheriff's officers who found a body lying next to a railroad track in Allenhurst on July 14 followed protocol by covering the body with a sheet and waiting for the coroner. When the coroner arrived, detectives looked for injuries and quickly discovered the body was

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THANK YOU, WILL FERRELL, FOR MAKING US ALL LAUGH 'EUROVISION SONG CONTEST' IS ENTERTAINMENT COMEDY AT ITS VERY BEST BETTY JO TUCKER Pueblo award winning film critic

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THE WELL-DRESSED GARDEN

Details Make a Difference A fancy garden gate, which borrows architectural details from the home, marks an entrance but also keeps deer out of the vegetable beds on the other side. In another garden, Rowland used an unexpected combination of boulders, pea gravel and field stones in her design of the hardscape, but limited the color palette to warm brown tones. Even though the materials are texturally very different from one another, the color choice "marries it all together, so it makes sense," she says. Details strongly reinforce design decisions, Rowland says, describing the great care an installation crew took to place clipped boxwood globes around a client's perfectly symmetrical rose garden. "The pathways had to line up just so, and the boxwoods all needed

to be the same distance from the edging," she says. "You may not notice consciously when the smaller details have been paid attention to, but there's a sense of extra pleasure in seeing a project like that." In small projects, details are particularly important, says Ryan Prange, a landscape architect and the founder of Falling Waters Landscape in Encinitas, in Southern California, where small lots are typical. They have their own challenges, Prange says. In tiny spaces, design elements frequently have to do double duty, solving problems (and hiding them) while giving clients beautiful spaces for the outdoor lifestyle they're dreaming of. On a tiny lot just north of Encinitas, Prange met with a client who needed a solution to peri-

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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU

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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU Question: Is it true that if you have low income you can get help paying your Medicare premiums? Answer: Yes. If your income and resources are limited, your state may be able to help with your Medicare Part B premium, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts. State rules vary on the income and resources that apply. Contact your state or local medical assistance, social services, or welfare office, or call the Medicare hotline, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), and ask about the Medicare Savings Programs. If you have limited income and resources, you also may be able to get help paying for prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778) or visit any Social Security office. Also, see our publication, Medicare (Publication 10043), at www. socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10043.html. For even more information, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov. Question: How do I get a copy of the form, Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs? Answer: If you wish to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs, we recommend you use our online application at www.socialsecurity.gov/i1020/. You can find instruction sheets in 15 different languages to help you understand the English application at www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp. If you prefer not to fill out this application on the Internet, you can call our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, to ask for a paper application. Also, you can make an appointment at your local Social Security office to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call our toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU your living arrangements, and changes in your earned and unearned income. To learn more about SSI, visit our website at www. socialsecurity.gov/ssi. Question: How can I become a representative payee? Answer: If you know someone who receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and who needs assistance managing their payments, contact your local Social Security office about becoming their representative payee. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/ payee for more information. Question: I am getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Can I get other kinds of help? Answer: You may be able to get other assistance. For example, in most states, SSI recipients also get Medicaid. You should contact your medical assistance office. Also, SSI recipients are sometimes eligible for social services provided by the state, city, or county where they live. These may include arrangements for meals or transportation. SSI recipients also may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, or “food stamps,” in many states. More information is available at your

local public assistance office. Question: My grandmother receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. She may have to enter a nursing home to get the long-term care she needs. How does this affect her SSI benefits? Answer: Moving to a nursing home could affect your grandmother’s SSI benefits, depending on the type of facility. In many cases, we have to reduce or stop SSI payments to nursing home residents, including when Medicaid covers the cost of the nursing home care. When your grandmother enters or leaves a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, skilled nursing facility, or any other kind of institution, you must notify Social Security right away. Learn more about SSI reporting responsibilities at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi. You can call Social Security’s toll-free number, 1-800772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to report a change.

the federal payment. If you live in your own place and pay your own food and shelter costs, regardless of whether you own or rent, you may get up to the maximum SSI amount payable in your state. You also can get up to the maximum if you live in someone else's household, as long as you pay your food and shelter costs. If you live in someone else's household and don't pay your food and shelter costs or pay only part of them, your SSI benefit may be reduced by up to one-third of the SSI federal benefit rate. To learn more, read Supplemental Security Income (SSI) available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

Question: What is the definition of disability for children filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children under the SSI program. A child who is under age 18 is considered disabled if he or she: ● Has a physical or mental condition (or a combination of conditions) resulting in “marked and severe functional limitations.” “Marked and severe functional limitations” means that the condition very seriously limits the child’s activities; and

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THIRTY YEARS OF ACCESS FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES

SOME 83 YEARS ago, a group of disgruntled Americans organized a sit-in at a broom shop here. There were 107 of them, and their spokesman said, “We are only asking for our legal rights." Their sit-in was in the tradition begun by the radical International Workers of the World, and their action was the physical expression of what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would say the day before he was killed: that by sitting in, protesters were standing up. Those long-ago demonstrators were not professional activists. They were blind workers, and their act constituted one of the first sit-ins for the rights of the disabled. They were joined by Rep. Matthew A. Dunn of Pittsburgh, blind since he was 20, and their protest helped us see the future. Their sit-in led directly to a landmark event whose 30th anniversary we mark Sunday, the

implementation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down,� President George H.W. Bush said when he signed the law in 1990. It was the disabled version of the Book of Exodus sentiment -- Let my people go! -- that Harriet Tubman used as a code for enslaved people escaping to the North and that Al Jolson and Paul Robeson made famous. That phrase is enshrined in the American Songbook, in the hearts of the marginalized and the striving, in the soaring words of a patrician president who claimed the ADA was the achievement of which he was most proud, in the American spirit and, 30 years ago, in the American legal code. “President Bush truly was passionate about disability rights and felt the ADA was the greatest civil rights act in the country after the civil rights movement of the 1960s," Andrew H. Card, deputy White House chief of staff at the time and interim chair of

the George and Barbara Bush Foundation, said in an interview. “He used to say that disability knew no barrier between ethnic groups and religious affiliation. People with disabilities were pushed aside, and he was proud to make them part of the fabric of America.� Bush had a helping hand from political figures of both parties. Two were important Republicans: Sen. Robert J. Dole of Kansas, injured in combat on an Italian hillside in the last days of World War II, and Sen. Lowell Weicker of Connecticut, whose son was born with Down syndrome. There were two Democrats: Rep. Tony Coelho of California, who suffered from epilepsy after a head injury at age 16, and Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, whose brother became deaf at age 5 because of spinal meningitis and was sent to the Iowa Institute for the Deaf and Dumb. They were not alone. One of the unsung heroes was Ginny Thornburgh, wife of former attorney

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general and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh. When she married Thornburgh -- after his first wife, also named Ginny, was killed in a 1960 automobile accident and their son Peter was left disabled -- the new Mrs. Thornburgh took up the cause. “I came to understand the rights and opportunities that had been denied to the disabled,� she told me, “and I felt strongly especially that people had a right to be welcomed in their house of God, whatever that house was." It was Mrs. Thornburgh who pushed to have the Rev. Harold Wilke -- born without arms -- deliver a blessing striking the let-my-peoplego theme after taking Bush’s signing pen in his toes.

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