SENIOR BEACON December 2022

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PUEBLO, CO – ElectriCritters, one of Pueblo’s favorite holiday traditions, is back to celebrate 30 years of bringing holiday joy to the region. Presented by Black Hills Energy, ElectriCritters is the largest holiday light show in Southern Colorado. Guests experience thousands of lights and over 150 imaginative designs as they walk through this animal-themed winter wonderland at the Pueblo Zoo. Visitors can warm up with cocoa and a cookie at our Candy Cane Cafe at its new location in the Islands of Life and enjoy a memorable experience with the whole family!

“It is incredible to think ElectriCritters has been an anticipated part of Pueblo lives for three decades,” says Executive Director, Abbie Krause. “I love to hear the stories about how grandparents gather the entire family for their annual holiday excursion. Some even measure their children’s growth with photos in favorite installments like the walkthrough whale. It’s an honor to be a cherished part of these lives while also raising crucial funds to get the zoo through the winter months.”

The Pueblo Zoo gift shop offers a wide variety of unique gifts for animal lovers and nature-defenders. Private groups can rent the outdoor, 30 Club Pavilion, a unique space to socialize and fill up on refreshments. Special events include an evening designed for guests with sensory sensitivities on December 14 and Santa Sundays, November 27, December 4, 11 and 18 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Tickets: Advance tickets are available at - pueblozoo.org/electricritters. Tickets may be purchased at the gate after 5:30pm on the same day of attendance. Non-Members: Adults $9/ Child $7; Members: Adult $7/ Child $5; Children under 3 years old are free. Adults are 18+.

Times: ElectriCritters runs 5:30pm – 8:30pm with last admission at

8pm.

Event Dates: Friday/Saturday/Sunday from November 25 to December 11 and daily from December 16 to 23 and 26-27. (closed Christmas eve and day)

Information at: PuebloZoo.org/electricritters

Proceeds support the care and feeding of Pueblo Zoo’s 400+ animals. It provides a wonderful, social diversion for visitors of all ages at the start of our beautiful, cold weather months.

Pueblo Zoo is grateful for the support

Area Agency on Aging is hiring! --pg18

of presenting and ambassador level sponsors Black Hills Energy, KKTV 11 News, Pueblo Electrics, Wagner Rents, GOAL High School, and Bridges Child Placement Agency.

The Pueblo Zoo is a not-for-profit organization and is an accredited member of the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) featuring more than 400 animals, 125 species, and beautiful grounds. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.

NEW START DATES FOR MEDICARE PART B COVERAGE COMING IN 2023

Changes are coming next year for when Medicare Part B coverage starts.

WHAT IS NOT CHANGING: If you are eligible at age 65, your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) will still:

* Begin three months before your 65th birthday.

* Include the month of your 65th birthday.

* End three months after your 65th birthday.

If you're automatically enrolled in Medicare Part B, or if you sign up during the first three months of your IEP, your coverage will start the month you’re first eligible. If your sign up the month that you turn 65, your coverage will start the first day of the following month. This won’t change with the new rule.

Starting January 1, 2023, Medicare Part B coverage starts the first day of the month after you sign up, if you sign up during the last three months of your IEP.

Before this change, if you signed up during the last three months of their IEP, your Medicare Part B coverage started two to three months after they enrolled.

If you don't sign up for Medicare Part B during their IEP, you have another chance every year during the General Enrollment Period (GEP). The GEP lasts from January 1 through March 31. Starting January 1, 2023, your coverage starts the first day of the month after you sign up.

Established February 1982 **DECEMBER 2022 EDITION** Vol. 41:11 491 Consecutive Months! Beacon ElectriCritters Celebrates 30 Years at the Pueblo Zoo! Senior Committed To Southern Colorado Seniors For 41 Years And Counting "If You're 50 Or Over You Should Read It!" PLEASE PASS THIS PAPER ALONG TO YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY STANDARD OIL CHANGE: just $77 CLIP FOR 15% OFF “Call me today and I’ll change your oil in a professional, clean, and safe manner, saving you a ton of hassle,” Call or Text: SENIOR DISCOUNT (719) 307-1822 says Emery Keller, ProLube owner and operator.

FINANCE

to answer questions like “What will the economy do? Where are corporate earnings going? Where are rates heading.”

OPPORTUNITIES IN FIXED RATES

hat headline is from the title of economist Ed Yardeni’s book. He’s a levelheaded observer and offers a lot of valuable and free info. His site is Yardeni.com, if you’re interested in corporate earnings, P/E levels, and other nerdy info. But what does “Fed-watching” do for you and me? It provides us opportunities and warnings.

Like a lot of times in investing, we’re actually trying to predict the future. It might just be 3 or 6 or 12 months, but still predicting and speculating. We’re trying

First off, “Fed” rates have actually been moving up. The Federal Reserve has raised the rate four times in a row by 0.75 percent each move, which is a rare series of events. Plus, the futures market (another place that tries to predict things) is saying we have about a 50/50 chance the Fed will raise rates again but by just 0.50 percent.

So savers are getting a new bonanza of high rates from CDs to Treasury bills and bonds, even corporate bonds. And a lot of times buying below the face value of the bonds—a bargain to boot!

Unfortunately, the housing market and related industries are suffering greatly. But a smart investor still needs to make smart moves during these times. So you may want to consider locking in some nice fixed rates while they’re around. I don’t think they’ll last for long. More about this below.

Some opportunities, purely as examples, are three-month Treasury bills (“T-bills”), paying

4.24% and six-months paying 4.54%. I discovered a one-year and one-week CD from JP Morgan Chase Bank, paying 4.9%(CD not available directly from JP Morgan and is sold on secondary market only). Also, there are “MYGAs” (multi-year guaranteed fixed annuities) paying as high as 5.6 percent.

Rising rates have also really clobbered long-term bond values. Typically rates rise and bond prices drop. These lower prices are the opportunity. And they also push up the yields for new investors. There’s a lot of cheaper pricing in tax-exempt municipals, high-yield corporates and most other long-term “fixed” investments.

WHAT ABOUT FUTURE FED MOVES?

The question to ask is how much can the Fed raise rates, trying to combat inflation? My prediction lies in basic math and, hopefully, common sense.

By some *very* rough calculations, I figure that for every one percent move up in rates we may pay an extra $300 billion interest on our national debt. So we’ve just increased rates by three points. So almost an extra trillion dollars in interest per year, roughly. This is political suicide…if maintained. That’s the basic math part.

Here’s the common sense: If you had a mortgage and you could set the rate would you put it high or low? Dumb question. We’d all set it very low for a very long time. Well, the government is in that exact position. They set the rate on their own debt. Why would they keep it high?! Only in times of duress, like high inflation, would they maintain high rates.

Here’s the prediction: Rates could come down to our “new normal” of almost nothing, sooner than later. We have over $30 trillion in national debt. In 2021 we paid $562 billion in interest, says TreasuryDirect. gov Now we’re going to pay an extra trillion. Per year! In interest. If I was in Vegas I would bet against that happening for long.

If our national debt was going down then it might be a different story

When was the last time government debt went down? Hilarious, right?

WHAT TO CONSIDER DOING

If any of these predictions come true you might consider

locking in fixed-rate investments for a decent amount of time. Maybe a year to several years. Or build a traditional bond ladder that invests short, then a bit longer, then a bit longer. That way you take advantage of any future rate increases while also locking in some longer rates.

Also, don’t forget those other bond categories that could be beaten-up and low-priced. And always have a truly diverse portfolio with *every* investment paying high yields. This high income helps you weather volatility, provides cash flow for opportunities, provides retirement income, and even helps your portfolio grow.

This article is for illustrative purposes only. Ron is not recommending any investment security for you but just trying to educate the community. INVESTMENTS CAN AND DO DROP IN VALUE; THEY HAVE NO BANK OR OTHER GUARANTEE. He is licensed and regulated by the great State of Colorado.

Ron Phillips is The Investment INCOME Advisor, a Pueblo, CO native, and an independent business owner. Order a free copy of his book Investing To Win by leaving a message at (719) 220-3005. Visit RetireIQ.com or email RonPhillipsAdvisor@gmail.com

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A Town with One Traffic Light

AN ICE STORM STOPPED MY TRAVEL THROUGH NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS AND GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH A STRANGER.

As my mother’s health began to decline, the number of driving trips from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Nacogdoches, Texas increased. At age 84 her enlarged heart capacity was at 15 percent. She lived alone in her apartment; it was becoming apparent other living arrangements needed to be made.

For one of my trips, I helped Mom reserve an apartment in the newly being-built first assisted living complex in Nacogdoches. And, we hired her accountant to also do bookkeeping for monthly bills, writing checks, etc. Through her personal network of friends, I found a caregiver, Gwen, to stay with Mom for three hours each weekday. On Fridays Gwen prepared all of Mom’s meals for the weekend. I communicated with the same network of friends and church members that Mom no longer was driving her car. It was a blessing when the friends helped with her transportation needs!

In returning home for the trip back to Colorado Springs, rain turned into ice and the road condi-

tions were treacherous as I neared Dallas. I stayed overnight in Wichita Falls and the next day faced worse icy conditions. Highway 287 was navigable in only the right lane and I saw many jack-knifed semi-trucks that had skidded off the road the night before. A truck in front of me was only traveling at 20 M.P.H. Suddenly, the truck spun out of control and off the road to my right!

Though the truck missed hitting my car, my nerves were shot with only 50 miles of driving. I decided to get off the highway at the next exit.

The exit was for Electra, Texas. I drove into the small town looking for a restaurant to eat breakfast and let my nerves settle. There was one restaurant and as I turned into their parking lot, my car slid into a parking place next to the building. After ordering a hearty meal and reading the local newspapers, I spoke with the waitress about her town. I said, “I may be here for two days or two hours. Since this is an unplanned visit, who is a minister in Electra that would know of things that need to be done?” The waitress immediately thought of one minister, and I asked her to call him. After explaining to the minister my idea

of impromptu serving, she passed the phone to me.

He and I did some small talk about how I arrived in Electra and then I asked, “Do you have anything that needs to be done?” He told me of the only nursing home in town and asked me to visit a lady resident there. The minister said, “The lady has lived here her whole life and few people visit her. Would you go by and talk to her?” I answered, “Yes.” His directions to the nursing home were to go one block from the restaurant to the only traffic light in town. From there, the nursing home was in the next block on the right. He gave me the lady’s name and we ended our conversation. I was pleased to have something to do, other than waiting around for the ice to melt off the roads.

It was easy finding the nursing home as the reverend’s directions were thorough and Electra’s population was about 2,500. I parked my car in front of the nursing home, a 1950s-built brick one-story building. Icicles were hanging off the roof eaves and the sky was overcast with the sun hidden behind gray clouds. Then, I walked in and found the front desk and asked to see the lady resident. The receptionist was

a bit surprised at who I wanted to visit, and I explained that I was sent by the local minister. Next, I was asked to go into the Community Room and a nurse would bring the lady to see me there.

When my unbeknownst hostess came into the Community Room, she sat down across from me at a large table. I introduced myself, told her why I was there and gave her the minister’s name.

Seeing some board games in the room, I asked if the game, Connect 4, was available. The nursing home did not have the game and I said for my next visit I’d bring the game as a gift to her. We talked for about an hour; my new friend had dementia or Alzheimer’s and had difficulty remembering who she was and why she was at the nursing home.

In an instant, I looked outside through the blinds of one of the windows in our meeting room.

The sun was shining and melting the icicles hanging off the roof! My first thought, “Maybe I can now drive home!?” After some niceties and goodbyes to her, I left the nursing home promising to return with the Connect 4 gift. As I passed the one traffic light, the street was

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Pesto Chicken Florentine Rice Brussels sprouts Pear & Milk

Chicken Cacciatore WW Pasta Green Beans Diced Pears & Milk

13 Beef Pot Pie w/ Butter & Milk Biscuit Lima Beans Apple & Milk

14 Chicken Chimichanga w/ Cheese Spanish Rice SW Black Beans V-8, Banana, & Milk

Beans Tropical Fruit & Milk

15 16 Baked Ham Sweet Potatoes Broccoli, Roll Cherry Pie, & Milk 19

20 Sloppy Joe Carrots Coleslaw Pineapple & Milk

21 Lemon Dill Salmon Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Apple & Milk

23 Christmas Eve (Observed) Holiday 27 Cod Tuscany Baby Bakers W/ Parm, Broccoli, Peaches High Fiber Cookie & Milk

29 Southwestern Chicken Spanish Rice Pinto Beans Orange Cheese stick & Milk Connections Cafe Menu Dec

30 substitutions may occur without notice. Clients are advised to keep a 3-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water in the event of inclement weather or other emergencies that may cause a temporary suspension of service.

28 Meatballs w/ Marinara WW Penne Broccoli, Banana& Milk

Page 4 - Senior Beacon - DECEMBER 2022 VISIT US ONLINE AT: SeniorBeacon.info Menu substitutions may occur without notice. Clients are advised to keep a 3-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water in the event ofinclement weather or other emergencies that may cause a temporary suspension of service. SILVER KEY SENIOR SERVICES | 719-884-2300 / www.SilverKey.org Why Not Give a Shout Out to SILVER KEY? Take a look at their website! And thank them for sponsoring these menus! STANDARD OIL CHANGE: just $77 CLIP FOR 15% OFF “Call me today and I’ll change your oil in a professional, clean, and safe manner, saving you a ton of hassle,” Call or Text: SENIOR DISCOUNT (719) 307-1822 says Emery Keller, ProLube owner and operator. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 1 Pork Pot Roast w/ Onion Celery Carrots Potato Medley Orange & Milk 2 Beef Tips Mash Potato Brussel Sprouts Apple & Milk 5 Crab Cakes Broccoli Cheddar Rice Green Bean Almandine Orange & Milk 6 Cheese Ravioli w/Marinara Peas & Carrots Banana Roll & Milk 7 Vege- Burger w/ Lettuce, Tomato & Onion Corn Coleslaw Banana & Milk 8 Meatloaf w/ Gravy
Potato Peas and Carrots WW Bread Orange & Milk 9 Chicken Fajita w/ Tortillas Spanish Rice SW Black
Mashed
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Chicken Stir Fry Brown Rice, Peas Asian Cabbage Slaw Orange & Milk

* Please call the day before or the morning of, before 9:00 A.M, to CANCEL your Meal

* IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Numbers in parentheses next to each meal item indicate the number of carbohydrates in grams for that item.

* YOU MUST BE HOME TO RECEIVE YOUR MEAL!!!

Consumers attending the congregate meal sites shall be advised and informed to keep a three-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water in case of inclement weather or other emergency that causes a temporary suspension of services. If feasible and determined by the Area Agency on Aging in their area plan, emergency meal packages may be provided.

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"In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. -Dalai Lama S R D A MEALS ON WHEELS MENU MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 1-Dec 2-Dec Meatloaf w/ Gravy (13) Fish w/Mango Basil Sauce (3) Mashed Winter Squash (25) Vegetable Couscous (17) Seasoned Spinach (5) Green Bean Almondine (7) Beef Barley Soup (12) Dinner Roll w/Marg (22) Ambrosia(18) Fruit Cup w/ Grapes (16) Milk (12) / Cracker (5) Milk (12) / Fig Bar (41) Calories: 820 Calories: 820 Carbs: 90g Carbs: 119g Fiber: 11g Fiber: 12g Protein: 47g Protein: 47g Fat: 35g Fat: 25g Sodium: 1010mg Sodium: 795mg 5-Dec 6-Dec 7-Dec 8-Dec 9-Dec Mesquite Roasted Turkey (1) Beef Chow Mein (29) Chicken a la Orange (17) Cheese Enchilada (33) Mostaccioli w/ Meatsauce (29) Browned Potatoes & Onions (25) Sweet & Sour Carrots (32) Herbed Rice (24) Hacienda Corn & Black Beans (23) Oven Roasted Vegetables (5) Candied Carrots & Parsnips (18) Oriental Green Beans (7) Roasted Brussel Sprouts (8) Ratatouille (7) Dinner Roll w/Margarine (22) Dinner Roll w/ Margarine (22) Vanilla Ice Cream (27) Dinner Roll w/Margarine (22) Pozole (10) Orange, Beet & Spinach Salad (9) Pumpkin Mousse (44) Honeydew (13) Hummingbird Cake (42) Sliced Apples (10) Diced peaches (14) Milk (12) Milk (12) Milk (12) / Vegetable Soup (12) Milk (12) Milk (12) Calories: 945 Calories: 830 Calories: 1005 Calories: 758 Calories: 620 Carbs: 122g Carbs: 112g Carbs: 137g Carbs: 95g Carbs: 72g Fiber: 10g Fiber: 11g Fiber: 10g Fiber: 14g Fiber: 10g Protein: 61g Protein: 37g Protein: 51g Protein: 40g Protein: 32g Fat: 30g Fat: 31g Fat: 35g Fat: 29g Fat: 28g Sodium: 1195mg Sodium: 1120mg Sodium: 990mg Sodium: 1200mg Sodium: 1165mg 12-Dec 13-Dec 14-Dec 15-Dec 16-Dec Sloppy Joe Sandwich (19) Roast Beef w/ Rosemary Au Jus (1) Fritatta (4) Cajun Pork Roast (1) Pueblo Green Chili (9) on Hamburger Bun (27) Blue Cheese Potatoes (27) Fall Harvest Couscous (25) Cheesy Grits (17) Scandinavian Mixed Vegs (11) German Potato Salad (17) Broccoli Florets (5) Garden Vegetable Soup (8) Green Bean Medley (9) Mexican Corn (19) Seasoned Spinach (4) Roasted Beets (11) Oatmeal Cookie (15) Pear Crisp (31) Waldorf Salad (16) Mandarin Oranges (25) Dinner Roll w/ Margarine (22) Apple Slices (22) Dinner Roll w/ Margarine (22) Tortilla (18) Milk (12) Mikl (12) / Fruit Parfait (14) Milk (12) / Crackers (5) Milk (12) / Fresh Banana ( Milk (12) / Yogurt w/ berries (14) Calories: 725 Calories: 905 Calories: 765 Calories: 1050 Calories: 740 Carbs: 97g Carbs: 92g Carbs: 92g Carbs: 121g Carbs: 105g Fiber: 11g Fiber: 13g Fiber: 11g Fiber: 12g Fiber: 10g Protein: 38g Protein: 43g Protein: 34g Protein: 44g Protein: 43g Fat: 25g Fat: 47g Fat: 33g Fat: 51g Fat: 25g Sodium: 1065mg Sodium: 1080mg Sodium: 815mg Sodium: 775mg Sodium: 615mg 19-Dec 20-Dec 21-Dec 22-Dec 23-Dec Beef Tips w/ Mushroom Gravy (12) Baked Ham w/Glaze (11) Chicken Alfredo w/pasta (31) Pueblo Beef Stew (17) BLT Sandwich Scalloped Potatoes (15) Roasted Red & Swt Potatoes (19) Roasted Broccoli (6) Cilantro Rice (18) on WW Bread (27) Lima Beans & Carrots (12) Green Beans Almondine (7) Garlic Bread (15) Calabacitas (6) Broccoli Salad (11) Dinner Roll w/Marg (22) Cranberry Pear Salad (31) Minestrone Soup (19) Cornbread (42) Fresh Banana (18) Tapioca Pudding (25) Side Salad w/Dressing (8) Fresh Grapes (18) Oranges w Whip Topping (18) Blueberry Yogurt (22) Milk (12) / Berries & Pineapple (10) Milk (12) / Dinner Roll w/Marg (22) Milk (12) Milk (12) Milk (12) Calories: 745 Calories: 730 Calories: 885 Calories: 905 Calories: 740 Carbs: 108g Carbs: 111g Carbs: 101g Carbs: 129g Carbs: 91g Fiber: 11g Fiber: 10g Fiber: 10g Fiber: 10g Fiber: 7g Protein: 44g Protein: 38g Protein: 51g Protein: 48g Protein: 30g Fat: 20g Fat: 22g Fat: 36g Fat: 29g Fat: 30g Sodium: 800mg Sodium: 1070mg Sodium: 830mg Sodium: 690mg Sodium: 1160mg 26-Dec 27-Dec 28-Dec 29-Dec 30-Dec Chicken Scallopini (5) Beef Pot Pie (23) Pecan Crusted Cod (21) Chili Con Carne (23) Rice Pilaf (17) Seasoned Spinach (5) Orzo (34) Spanish Rice (20) Italian Vegetable Toss (17) Corn O'Brien (12) Peas & Mushrooms (13) Seasoned Squash (4) Veg Florentine Soup (13) Pineapple Tid Bits (10) Dinner Roll w/ Margarine (22) Chilled Apricots (21) Apple Fruit Cup (12) Butterscotch Blondie (54) Chocolate Chip Cookie (16) Cornbread w/Margarine (42) Milk (12) / Crackers (5) Milk (12) Milk (12) / Cranberry Juice ( Milk (12) Calories: 735 Calories: 1025 Calories: 1055 Calories: 875 Carbs: 85g Carbs: 135g Carbs: 136g Carbs: 122g (frozen meal to be delivered 12/23) Fiber: 10g Fiber: 13g Fiber: 11g Fiber: 12g No Meal Service Protein: 37g Protein: 38g Protein: 54g Protein: 39g Today Fat: 30g Fat: 42g Fat: 39g Fat: 32g Sodium: 895mg Sodium: 815mg Sodium: 965mg Sodium: 1045mg IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Numbers in parentheses next to each meal item indicate the number of carbohydrates in grams for that item. 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‘LIGHT FOR THE JOURNEY’

led.

After introducing himself, Russ said, “We live on a ranch southeast of Pueblo. I picked up a Senior Beacon to build a fire. . .” I interrupted.

“So, you’re the reason the papers have been disappearing.” We both laughed.

books, Light For The Journey and Rescuing Treasures of Darkness

WISE MEN ARE STILL SEEKING JESUS

The phone rang and I checked the caller ID.

Usually I let unfamiliar calls go to voicemail. However, probably because I wasn’t fully awake, I answered, “Hello." A male voice questioned, “Is this Jan?”

“It depends on who is calling.” (My standard answer to that question from strange callers.) He chuck-

“Before I put it in the fire, your article caught my eye and I read it. It was really good. I liked the Scriptures, especially the last one from Revelation where you mention Maranatha.” He quoted the verse from Revelation, ‘He who testifies to these things says,’ Yes, I am coming soon.’ Do you realize how close we are to that happening?”

“Yes, I certainly do. The Lord’s return is closer every day. We are living in the days the Old Testament prophets foretold of and longed for. The world around us gets darker and more wicked by the day.”

We had an amazing discussion about our fallen world and how we look forward to Christ’s return. He said, “Some people ask how I can be so happy in these times, and I just say this is the most exciting time to be alive. It’s so good to find others who are on the same page. I cut out your article to put with my Bible and Scripture reading.”

Before we ended our discussion, my new friend ordered both my

I looked over the first December article I wrote for the Beacon in 2002. Titled “Wise Men Still Seek Him, the same is true today. Russ is one of the wise men, still seeking after Jesus, longing for His return, as I do every day.

Prayer For Prisoners International is in the heart of our busiest busy season, getting Christmas cards and greetings to prisoners across the country. Responses will soon be flooding the mailbox from prisoners wanting to thank the volunteers for caring.

Incoming mail is all read and brings amazing encounters with “wise men” (and women) who truly seek to find or follow the King of Kings. In myriads of ways, they pour out their hearts through prayer. Their words express brokenness, regret, repentance, and thankfulness for finally reaching the end of a life of rebellion and crime. They express joy in knowing the Savior and the wonderful things He is doing in their lives. They are thankful the Lord loves them so much He put up that “brick wall of love” to bring them to their senses.

You will find that “brick wall of love” (as I call it) in Eph. 3:18. His love is so wide, long, deep and high you can’t get around it, over it or under it. Often His love is a brick wall that stops you short and He says, “STOP! You cannot continue on this path. I love you too much to let you.”

And He uses whatever it takes; a financial crisis, death of a loved one, serious illness or a prison sentence. His love is so great, He will use any means to get our attention and stop our crazy spiral into the miry pit of no return and eternity in hell. “Wise men” and “wise women” who understand and turn to Him have

new hope, new life and new reason for being. Wise men and women continue to seek the Savior through prayer, worship and Bible study.

I am not so naive to believe they are all sincere. Some prayer requests and letters are not from “wise men” but “wise guys” who are just sorry they got caught and not truly repentant or willing to change. The phony ones are easy to discern from those who sincerely desire a new life. But whether or not I see it, the Father does. He knows our hearts and continues to strive for our change, to love and to pour out His kindness. What an amazing Lord.

My prayer for you this wonderful holy season is that you, too, are wise, seeking the Lord with all your heart and looking daily for His soon return. No matter how dark the world gets around us, remember, Jesus told us it would be this way. He also reminded us to occupy until He comes. And keep looking up! His return is imminent. It could be today.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph 3:16-19 NIV).

May God bless your Christmas with Joy and Peace and fill you with hope for the coming New Year

© 2022 Jan McLaughlin. Jan can be contacted at (719) 649-2937 or (719) 275-6971 And by e-mail at JansMail@Reagan.com. Also visit PrayerForPrisoners.org

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ACPC versus Dr. Carhart Clinic

How long have you been in business? In this business? In other businesses?

I’m [Tamra Axwothy] in my 9th year as Director/ CEO at A Caring Pregnancy Center. I’ve been prolife for 25 years. I’ve been part of the opposition to Dr. Carhart opening a post-viable abortion clinic in Pueblo since we discovered it on Sept. 15th.

What did you do before this business?

I worked in Higher Ed for 10 years and was in the hospitality industry (restaurants) all my working life before that with a short time in the Army out of High School.

Why do you support this cause?

I’m in the pregnancy center field to protect women and families in Pueblo by sharing truth, options, hope, and practical help. I’m in it to correct an injustice. I’m part of the fight against this clinic for the same reasons.

How did you get started in this cause?

I became prolife because I see myself in a lot of the clients we serve and feel like I have had to live through a lot of similar struggles they have as the mother of a child who died due to birth defects, a survivor of multiple sexual assaults, poverty, broken home, abuse, etc. I’ve faced the same issues people like to use as an excuse for and justification for abortion.

After watching the Silent Scream documentary, I knew I had to be more than just “pro-life”. I had to fight for those women, their children, and their families. I started advocating for pregnant and parenting women on campus at CSU-Pueblo and chartered the first Students for Life of America charter there.

Can you describe your clientele?

Our clients at ACPC are any who choose to come to use for help. The largest demographic we serve though are 19-24 year old, single, Hispanic, low income, women.

Why do your customers select you instead of others?

I believe our clients choose us because we offer practical resources, education, and material support to them at no cost in addition to our medical services which are provided by licensed medical staff and overseen by 2 physicians. They see us as trust worthy and non-judgmental.

Where do you see your cause in the next year?

I would like to see Dr. Carhart’s doors to his abortion clinic as permanently closed in Pueblo. I’d like to see this fight against late term abortion in our community as a distant memory after we’ve succeeded in thwarting his plan to prey on the women in our region.

I would like to see ACPC poised to stand in for those women from other states as they feel the need to leave their own states for care.

Whom do you seek advice from for your business?

We work with a number of agencies in town to provide the best options and help for our clients. We also partner with sister centers to address needs for those clients who come from farther out. We partner with community leaders and

national organizations to ensure we are meeting all the industry standards and have the best outcomes for our clients.

The same is true with the opposition to Dr. Carhart’s clinic. We’ve found allies with a number of Colorado organizations and local leaders as well.

How has technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted how you conduct business?

Aside from the website (SavePueblosFuture.com) technology hasn’t really played into the opposition. We’re hopeful that having such a site will help engage a wider audience as this really is a national issue, not just a Pueblo one.

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Archaeologists in Turkey believe they have found the tomb of the real St. Nicholas, People reported on Oct. 19. The grave was discovered beneath the floor of a 7th- or 8th-century church in the country's Antalya province. St. Nicholas of Myra, the inspiration for our modern-day Santa Claus, allegedly served as bishop there. Scientists say the site will be protected and prepared for display.

It's a Mystery

On a sheep farm in the Inner Mongolia region of China, a strange phenomenon has been caught on surveillance video, Oddity Central reported. Starting on Nov. 4 and lasting more than two weeks, dozens of sheep were seen walking clockwise in a large circle. Other animals could be seen staring at the circle from outside it, or standing motionless in the middle of it. Only sheep from one pen (out of 34) were acting strangely, according to Ms. Miao, the owner. Some viewers of the video theorized that the sheep are suffering from listeriosis, or "circles dis-

ease," but that condition usually causes a rapid death.

Fish Story

Bluewater Lakes in Champagne, France, is the home of the Carrot, a hybrid leather carp and koi fish that was released into the fishing lake 20 years ago and has been eluding fishers ever since, the Daily Mail reported. That is, until Nov. 3, when Andy Hackett, from Worcestershire, England, landed the 67-pound beauty. Hackett spent about 25 minutes hauling in the Carrot. "I always knew the Carrot was in there but never thought I would catch it," Hackett said. He released the famous fish back into the lake and celebrated with a cup of tea.

The Rules

In Tennessee, it is legal to collect roadkill for consumption, WJHLTV reported on Nov. 20. In fact, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency encourages people to take home animals found on the road, with some strict rules in place. For example, deer and turkey must be reported to TWRA or local police

within 48 hours of collection. But "bears, on the other hand, require that a TWRA agent come out and issue you a receipt for a black bear," said spokesperson Matthew Cameron. That's because the bear population is monitored, and the TWRA takes a tooth from the animal for the purpose of dating it. In addition, tracking bear kills helps the agency prevent the sale of bear parts on the black market. "It's highly illegal to sell any kind of bear parts in the state of Tennessee," Cameron said, "but it does happen." Small animals such as rabbits, raccoons, squirrels and skunks can be collected without notifying anyone.

Wiener War

A turf war of sorts broke out late on Nov. 19 in downtown San Diego, CBS8-TV reported: Interloper hot dog vendors from Los Angeles had set up outside Petco Park stadium, where Duke Dumont was playing, and the San Diego vendors weren't having it. A brawl involving 10 to 15 people ensued, with one 35-year-old man being stabbed in the back during the fray. Police arrested Yoni Yates, 21, in the assault, which resulted in non-life-threatening injuries. No buns were injured in the incident.

Stowaway

TSA agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport saved the day on Nov. 16 when they spotted an unusual item in a passenger's

checked baggage: a live cat. NBC2 News reported that the feline could be seen in an X-ray of the bag and was rescued before the suitcase went into the cargo hold. "The cat did not belong to the individual with the suitcase," TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said. "It belonged to someone else in the household."

The Demands of the Job

In Paris, a court has ruled in favor of "Mr. T," a former employee of Cubik Partners who was fired in 2015 for being "insufficient professionally" because he wouldn't take part in "team-building" activities, i.e., going to the pub after work hours and on weekends. In his suit, Mr. T said the company encouraged a culture "involving promiscuity, bullying and incitement to various excesses." The Court of Cessation declared that Mr. T "could not be blamed for his lack of integration in the fun environment," The U.S. Sun reported. Cubik was forced to pay him about $3,100 in compensation.

Extreme Measures

Jermaine Bell, 38, spent more than three years in jail fighting charges against him for an armed robbery in 2018, Local10-TV reported. When he heard the guilty verdict in a Miami-Dade County, Florida, courtroom on Nov. 21, Bell guzzled a cup of bleach, becoming so sick that he had to be removed from the courtroom on a

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stretcher. He survived the self-imposed attack, but officials are unclear where he obtained the bleach. Rev. Jerome Starling, a distant cousin of Bell's, saw him "drinking something that's not right, and that his attorneys are letting him drink it, the corrections are letting him drink it. And all of a sudden, I see him collapse. And I'm like, 'What just happened?'" Starling recounted. Bell's family members are pursuing the matter.

Oops

Japanese food shops rely on remarkably realistic plastic samples to showcase their offerings, but one Osaka shop mistakenly sold five plastic pastries to customers on Oct. 22, Gulf News reported. At Andrew's Egg Tart, a worker immediately noticed the mistake, and the plastic treats were exchanged

for the real thing. From now on, the shop will use stickers to distinguish real egg tarts from their doppelgangers.

Likely Story

Police in Mathura, India, reported to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act court that more than 500kg of marijuana, confiscated and stored in two police stations, had been "eaten" by rats, Gulf News reported. Officers told the judge that mice and rats, although small, do not fear police. A district judge ordered police to eradicate the "mice menace" and provide proof that the critters actually consumed the weed by Nov. 26.

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30 years, one homeowner who's looking to sell is trying to sweeten the offer. The owner of 22 Dungloe Avenue in Flat Bush is offering a free Tesla with the purchase of their $1.8 million home, Sky News reported. The new owner will be asked to choose the color of the electric car, which will be ordered new and delivered to the home from the manufacturer. And with six parking spots, they can park it sideways if they want.

Family Values

On Oct. 26, 12-year-old Ayden was picked up unexpectedly by his dad from a birthday party in Los Angeles and was told they were going to a park. Instead, KABC-TV reported, the man started driving to Las Vegas, and Ayden became concerned because he believed his dad was driving drunk.

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crimination against the nation’s most despised racial group, whites. Recently, the Supreme Court heard cases challenging legal race discrimination in a pair of lawsuits brought against Harvard and the University of North Carolina for their “affirmative action” policies.

important legal implications. To be sure, with their high SAT scores and low crime rates, Asians are “white adjacent” and therefore also kinda hated. But at least they’re not white.

Thus, the attorney challenging Harvard’s race discrimination couldn’t say enough good things about “diversity”!

ship oath to hate white people? I hereby declare that I renounce all allegiance to any foreign state, and that I will defend the United States of America against all enemies, ESPECIALLY WHITE MEN — THEY’RE THE WORST!

A NEW DAWN: THE END OF LEGAL DISCRIMATION?

FOR THE PAST 1/2 CENTURY, IT’S WHITES WHO’VE BEEN BRINGING LAWSUIT AFTER LAWSUIT FOR BEING REJECTED.

For more than 50 years, our country has been engaged in systemic dis-

Despite the oft-repeated claim that affirmative action “hurts black people the most,” for the past half-century, it’s whites who’ve been bringing lawsuit after lawsuit for being rejected — solely because of their race — from universities (not to mention jobs, promotions, government contracts, scholarships, executive suites, homecoming queens, etc.).

In response, the Supreme Court announced this fundamental principal of constitutional law: Could you guys try hiding what you’re doing a little better? That’s why the current cases have the legal world abuzz. Could this finally be the end of rank prejudice masquerading as virtue? This time, you see, the plaintiffs are Asian.

The switch from white to Asian has

The petitioners, you see, have another, better plan that will admit a boatload of Asians while preserving “diversity’s” life-giving force. Indeed, the lawyer boasted that the Asians’ plan would also “lower the number of white students on campus.”

This wasn’t a passing aside. Oh no, it was the heart and soul of his argument. E.g.:

— “[Under our plan] the number of white students would decrease. The number of Asian students would increase. The number of Hispanic students would increase. I think you’d see lots of benefits in that.”

— “Asians should be getting into Harvard more than whites.”

— “[California has eliminated racial preferences, and] whites are the third most represented group on campus.”

See? Everybody’s a winner!

Oh yeah, except whites. Seriously — what on Earth? Even our putative allies, Asians, want to sidle up to their enemies by joining the anti-white zeitgeist? Is it now part of the citizen-

Sorry, Asians, but you’re a little late to the game. Universities have been explicitly discriminating against whites since at least 1970. Only recently have there been enough Asians living in the U.S. to merit their own special race hatred.

As we know from the Bakke case, the Medical School of the University of California at Davis began discriminating against white Americans in 1970 and admitting less qualified “minorities,” specifically “Blacks,” “Chicanos,” “American Indians” — and “Asians.” (There was also a separate track for “disadvantaged” white applicants, but no one was ever admitted under it.)

Below are Allan Bakke’s scores compared to average scores of minority admittees that same year:

Science GPA 3.44 2.62 Overall GPA 3.46 2.88 MCAT Verbal: 96 46 MCAT Quantitative: 94 24 MCAT Science: 97 35

Terrific scores, right? But Bakke was white, so he got a big, fat “F” on the most important test. He was rejected.

Twice, in fact. He took his case to the Supreme Court, and the justices ordered U-Cal Davis to admit him, while admonishing universities to stop being so obvious about their anti-white racial animus.

To this day, whites are discriminated against in college admissions more than Asians are.

This was demonstrated in 2019 study that you may not have heard about, inasmuch as it was placed in a lead casket, wrapped in chains and dropped to the bottom of the ocean. Paid for with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — presumably hoping to unearth some heretofore unheralded example of racism — Georgetown University researchers examined the races and SAT/ACT scores of students at the nation’s 200 most selective colleges.

Study conclusion: If students were admitted solely on the basis of their test scores, the white student population would soar from 197,000 to 225,000. Every other ethnic group’s numbers would fall. Asians would decline from 56,000 to 32,000; Hispanics from 32,000 to 29,000; and blacks from 16,000 to 14,000.

According to the august rulings of the nation’s highest court, race discrimination is permissible when used as a remedy for specific instances of past discrimination. Taking that as our guidepost, it’s whites — particularly white, heterosexual, Christian men — who should be sitting back, raking in the acceptances and promotions for at least the next several generations.

Adhere to precedent, Supreme Court! COPYRIGHT 2022 ANN

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This coming holiday season, we will have fresh cut Christmas Trees in our Garden Barn. Be sure to stop in and see our Christmas Trees and other decorative items to make your home festive for the holidays.

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not slick anymore and I hastened onto Highway 287. For the next 100 miles, the left lane was unnavigable. So, I drove only in the right lane with its dug-out tracks in the ice and each mile got easier going northwest. I stayed overnight in Amarillo and arrived home the next day.

Two weeks later, I made another trip to Nacogdoches to see my mother. For the drive down, I stopped in Electra to visit my new friend. I gave her the Connect 4 game and we talked a bit. She didn’t remember me or anything about our first visit, so I repeated some of the same conversation as before. And, we played a few games of the Connect 4, too.

In reading Matthew 25:35-40 and Luke 6:38, I believe my visits to Electra, Texas helped me as well as serving the people I met there.

Questions to Ponder?

1. When you have delays, distractions and roadblocks to your agenda do you look at them as opportunities to do something meaningful?

2. Ever heard of the phrase, “When there’s a delay, it’s an opportunity to pray”?

3. Can you find Electra, Texas on the map or Google it? When you drive through or visit small towns, do you see anything different in them from your experiences in bustling large cities? Ever been to a “one-traffic-light” town?

4. Do you recognize signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s diseases in people you know and strangers? When your parents’, family members’ or friends’ physical or mental health begins to decline how do you broach the subject and/or step in to help?

A Town with One Traffic Light is written by Charles H. Castle. The purpose of this non-fiction short story is to encourage, build, inspire, entertain and give opportunities to laugh, smile and questions to ponder. Who’s in Charge Here? and Where are the Instructions? are his books that are available on Amazon. If you’re interested in giving the author feedback, contact him at CharlesCastle07@ gmail.com or CharlesCastle.com

The Gift

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable Gift (Jesus),”

2 Corinthians 9:15

Does it bring joy to you when you receive a gift? It certainly does to me. I‘m very blessed to have been given many gifts in my lifetime; the gifts of a husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends. As I look back over the years and remember the special gifts that were given to me, I think of one of those gifts that remains vivid in my memory.

I was pregnant with my first child and was experiencing a very difficult pregnancy. In my seventh month it became clear that I was losing my first born. The doctors, family and friends began to prepare me for the loss of my child, however, my trust and hope was not dependent on the doctors alone, but on the One who loved me and my child the most. The technology 64 years ago was not what it is today, and I was told

there was no hope for my baby. Moreover, I was told that to continue the pregnancy would put my life in jeopardy as well.

But my faith did not waver. As my little three-pound baby boy was taken from my womb by c-section, I thought about another young woman who gave birth to her firstborn son. That Son was to become the greatest Gift of all. That little baby, born in a manger, grew up to be the Savior that lived and died for the sins of the world. Such an awesome gift makes not only Christmas a very special day, but every other day as well. Have you received the gift that He offers? Have you received His gift of salvation? If not, this is the perfect time to do so. The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

My first-born is now

married, the father of two, and continues to be a special gift in my life.

Have a blessed Christmas, enjoy your family and friends, and remember the Greatest Gift of all is Jesus!

Kay Owen-Larson is the co-founder and President of Crossroads Ministries and the founder of the Crossroads School of Chaplaincy. This year marks her 59th year in ministry.

An author, speaker, teacher and pastor, she has a heart for the elderly and would like to see many of them come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in their last days.

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FOR A HEALTHIER YOU

Research Suggests An Eye-Heart Connection

(NAPSI)—If you are like the majority of Americans, heart disease and eye disease run in your family. So you should know that a growing body of research suggests that eye and heart health are related. The latest study suggests that people with a specific form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are at significant risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.

ABOUT AMD

AMD is the leading cause of visual impairment and blindness in people over 65 years old. There are two types of AMD. The type called dry AMD happens when the central area of the retina called the macula becomes damaged from the formation of small yellow cholesterol deposits under the retina. These deposits deprive the retina of blood and oxygen, leading to vision loss. The type of deposits the researchers believe are linked to heart disease are called subretinal drusenoid deposits.

The new study adds to the list of several health conditions an eye exam may help detect.

THE EYE AS A WINDOW INTO HEART HEALTH

Blood vessels and nerves in the eyes are reflective of the rest of the body. That’s why medical conditions such as stroke, heart disease, some cancers, and diabetes are sometimes first diagnosed by an ophthalmologist during a routine eye exam.

Here’s what ophthalmologists want you to know about protecting both your eye and heart health:

1. Eat well. A heart-healthy diet full of leafy greens and colorful fruits is also good for the eyes. Studies show foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids can lower risk of certain eye diseases, including macular degeneration, cataracts, and dry eye.

2. Exercise. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of exercise a day. For eye health, the science shows regular exercise can protect your vision and, if you already have an eye disease, it can help you manage it better.

3. Know your family history. Early detection is key. Many leading causes of blindness run in the family, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Know your family history and share it with your ophthalmologist at your next eye exam.

4. Get routine eye exams. Seeing an ophthalmologist could do more than save your eyesight, it can also save your life. When David Hibler, Sr. went to get his eyes checked, his ophthalmologist detected signs of a blood clot. Thanks to a thorough eye exam, Hibler got treated and avoided a potential stroke. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends all adults receive a comprehensive eye exam by age 40, and every year or two after age 65.

EYE EXAMS CAN SAVE LIVES.

There could be good news for individuals age 65 or older who are concerned about their risk of eye disease and/or the cost of an eye exam: You may be eligible for a medical eye exam, often at no out-of-pocket cost, through the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America®

program. This public service program matches volunteer ophthalmologists with eligible patients in need of eye care across the United States. To see if you or a loved one qualifies, visit EyeCare America. EyeCare America is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Inc., with additional support provided by Alcon and Regeneron.

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SENIOR SAFETY

Prevent Holiday Fires

(NAPSI)—Statistics show that the incidence of home fires and electrical accidents typically increases during the winter holiday season. To combat

• Keep all decorations three feet away from heat sources.

• Carefully inspect decorations before use. Cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a shock or start a fire.

• Use only electrical decorations and lights that have been approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

• Avoid plugging too many decorations into a single outlet. Overloaded outlets can overheat and cause fires.

• Never cook while tired, drinking alcohol, or taking medication that makes you drowsy.

• Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking.

• Children should be closely supervised and kept at least three feet away from all cooking appliances.

• Keep anything that can catch fire

away from your stove top.

this, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is launching its annual holiday safety campaign by providing tips to help consumers prevent household fires and accidents caused by improper cooking, heating, and holiday decorating practices.

“According to the National Fire Protection Association, 860 home fires are caused by holiday decorations, while an additional 210 home fires are caused by Christmas trees per year,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “Taking preventative measures when cooking, heating, and decorating can help prevent fires while you enjoy this festive time of year.”

The organization’s website, HolidaySafety.org, offers a variety of free-to-share resources that can be shared with your family, your workplace, and throughout your community. Follow these steps to help ensure your safety during the winter holidays:

Decorating Safety

• Twenty-five percent of holiday fires are caused by electrical decorations. Never leave these on while sleeping or away from home.

• When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness and be sure to water your tree daily until it’s properly disposed of.

• Never leave an open flame, including the fireplace or candles, unattended.

• Keep young children and pets away from holiday lights, electrical decorations, and extension cords to prevent injuries.

• Use electrical decorations and lights only for their labeled purpose, indoor or outdoor. Don’t use indoor decorations outside, as water and electricity should never mix.

• Ensure cords are not pinched in doors, windows, under heavy furniture, or rugs that could damage the cord and cause a fire.

• Always unplug decorations using the gripping area. Pulling on the cord could damage the wire and present a shock or fire hazard.

Heating Safety

• Replace worn or old heating pads and electric blankets. Look for dark, charred, or frayed spots or cracked or frayed electric cords.

• Do not allow anything on top of a heating pad or electric blanket when it is in use. It may cause the device to overheat.

• Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from heat sources.

• Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn off when leaving a room or sleeping.

• Never plug a space heater into an extension cord or power strip, as this could cause the cords to overheat and cause a fire.

• Never use a cooking stove to heat your home or dry clothes.

• Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces on the ground.

• Have a qualified service professional inspect your heating system annually.

• Install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

• Never use a space heater or appliance with a damaged cord.

Cooking Safety

• Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove top.

• Always unplug countertop appliances when not in use.

• Double-check that everything is off when you finish cooking.

• Prevent fires by keeping your oven and stove top clean of grease and dust.

• Never leave the kitchen while cooking.

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“Taking preventative measures when cooking, heating, and decorating can help prevent fires while you enjoy this festive time of year,” said Electrical Safety Foundation International President Brett Brenner."

ONE OF 2022’S BEST FILMS

ONE OF BETTY JO'S TOP FIVE, BOTH CHARMING AND STREAMING ON AMAZON

REELING

Amazon Prime and is now available on DVD. The information below explains why I think this entertaining motion picture deserves viewing.

Filmcritics spend a lot of time in December putting together Top Ten Movies of the Year lists. Although my list isn’t complete yet, I guarantee MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS will be in the top five. Fortunately, this charming movie can be streamed on

If you enjoy Mary Poppins and Cinderella stories, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris could be your cup of tea. Ada Harris, played by Lesley Manville, doesn’t fly magically through the sky or take care of children, but as a London cleaning lady in the 1950s, she helps a number of women who take advantage of her loyalty and hard work. Once upon a time, she sees a beautiful Dior gown while cleaning one of their closets. This puts her into a kind of trance, and she decides she must have a Dior creation of her own. Like in Cinderella, a gorgeous dress becomes an important part of the story.

Manville, a previous Oscar® nominee for Phantom Thread, is practically perfect in the role of a lonely woman who works diligently and longs for her soldier husband who was declared missing in action. When Vi (Ellen Thomas), her happy-tolucky friend, hears about her plans to go to Paris for a Dior dress, she is surprised but supportive. And so is Archie (Jason

Isaacs), another friend, who has a secret crush on her.

How Mrs. Harris manages to put together enough money for this trip to Paris would entail too many spoilers, so I’ll just get right to my poem.

Cleaning lady wants dress by Dior.

If she gets that, will she want more? Travel to Paris costs a lot.

So she must save more than she thought.

What a delightful picture show!

You’ll be entranced before you know.

Mrs. Harris wins hearts and minds in this film like old-fashioned kinds

Stylish fashion pleases the eyes.

Colorful gowns are the surprise.

And Lesley Manville owns the screen

as the best cleaner ever seen.

Finding a trustworthy auto mechanic is not always easy. Several that I thought were trustworthy proved to be more on the shady side. Recently, I took an RV to have new brake pads installed. The job went well, and the price was reasonable. A couple weeks later, I took the same RV back to have an oil change and a tune-up. When I picked the vehicle up and found the only charge was for the oil change, I asked why they hadn’t done the tune-up I had requested. The answer was that it didn’t need a tune-up. I was stunned and delighted at the owner’s honesty.

On another occasion, my husband took his Legend to the same shop. The car was struggling and occasionally sputtering and hard to start. Because of the car’s age, he was certain the repairs would be terribly expensive. When he went back to pick it up, he was told to put an additive in the gas and to use a mid-grade gasoline instead of regular. There was no charge.

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When these things happen, you can be assured the mechanic is trustworthy and I am grateful the Lord sent me to Canon Tire to get my RV fixed. I had tried other places, but many shops don’t have a rack to lift an RV. I mentioned that to Matthew Tatum, the Canon City Tire and Service owner, he said, “We don’t have a lift either!” But they got the job done.

Thanks again to all the folks at Canon City Tire and Service. You do a great job and I love your courteous staff.

After Mrs. Harris arrives in Paris, she finds obstacles in the way of her goal. For example, it’s not easy getting into the House of Dior to let them know she wants one of their dresses. The snobbish Madame Colbert (Isabelle Huppert) doesn’t like the idea of doing business with someone like Mrs. Harris. And the cost for a Dior dress may be too much for a cleaning lady. Fortunately, one of the models (Alba Baptista) helps her and so does a French marquee (Lambert Wilson) plus one of Dior’s young accountants (Lucas Bravo). Believe it or not, Mrs. Harris gets to see a glamorous fashion show at the House of Dior -- and watch where she’s sitting!

But will she take home a glorious Dior dress? And will she live happily ever after?

There are plenty surprises toward the end of Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. However, I don’t want to spoil things for you. Have a great time watching this one, folks!

With Dior Haute Couture, the dream is already there. --- Patrick Demerchelier

One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art. --- Oscar Wilde

(Released by Focus Features and rated “PG” by MPAA.)

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Kaiser Permanente to Build Brand-New Medical Offices in Pueblo's Northside

PARKER MEDICAL OFFICES

(DENVER) — For more than 50 years, Kaiser Permanente — the state’s largest nonprofit health plan — has provided Coloradans with high-quality health care and coverage. To enhance service for current members and to prepare for future growth, the organization is investing $100 million to build new and upgraded state-of-the-art medical facilities in multiple communities across the Front Range.

Not only is it a timely injection of capital for brick-and-mortar, the investment also will go toward upgrades to improve virtual offerings in telehealth. Kaiser Permanente has long been a leader in telehealth, well before the start of the pandemic. Improving upon the provider-patient experience for both in-person and virtual visits will put Kaiser Permanente in a favorable position as health care continues to evolve.

This initial investment, along with more plans that soon will be shared, will impact eight Kaiser Permanente medical offices, from Boulder and Lafayette to Pueblo. This major, multi-year capital project will ensure current and future Kaiser Permanente patients and families continue to have access to the most convenient, affordable, innovative, and integrated approaches to care.

For today’s announcement, Kaiser Permanente is excited to share construction plans for two brand-new medical office buildings that will replace existing medical offices in leased spaces in Parker and Pueblo. The new medical offices will support Next Gen technology and be designed and built to achieve LEED certification. Both new facilities will help increase access and offer convenient health care services for members, who will be able to see their doctor, fill a prescription, and get blood work or an X-ray, all under one roof. Construction for both the Parker and Pueblo facilities is estimated to begin in early 2024 with a targeted opening in Summer 2025.

“We’re proud to serve and invest in Colorado and build for the future,” said Regional President Mike Ramseier, Kaiser Permanente. “We’ve been laser-focused on providing the best health care, access, and affordability, and it’s paying off. Our membership is growing, along with our commitment to the Colorado communities we serve.”

The largest project includes building a brand-new one-story 22,500-square-foot primary care medical office building on 6.5 acres of land that Kaiser Permanente purchased in 2006 at the northeast intersection of Parker Road and Hess Road in Parker. The new build in the booming South Parker community will replace Kaiser Permanente’s existing Parker Medical Offices at 10168 Parkglenn Way, which is in a leased space that has become too small. That’s why now is the right time for Kaiser Permanente to transition to a 30% bigger, newly designed facility on owned land that will offer better functionality and increase the number of exam rooms from 12 to 20. The new Parker Medical Offices will include primary care clinics with integrated behavioral health services, a nurses’ clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, and imaging. On the exterior, members and staff will have access to outdoor seating areas, walking trails, and ample parking.

PUEBLO NORTH MEDICAL OFFICES

Kaiser Permanente is working toward a land purchase before the end of the year in Pueblo’s north side to build a one-story 15,000-square-foot primary care medical office from the ground up to replace the current leased space at 3670 Parker Blvd. This will put the proposed facility where the most population growth is occurring and offer a different access point from the Kaiser Permanente Acero Medical Offices in Pueblo’s south side. In addition to the primary care clinics, the new Pueblo North Medical Offices proposes to offer rotating specialty care, along with the laboratory, pharmacy, and imaging services that Kaiser Permanente members have come to love and expect.

In addition to these full facility rebuilds, Kaiser Permanente is planning extensive renovations of some of its largest medical offices in 2023. This includes new medical equipment, IT cabling for the latest technology, furniture, paint, and flooring. Patients and families will notice significant upgrades to several of their regional medical offices, including Baseline in Boulder, Rock Creek in Lafayette, and Lone Tree, as well as continued upgrades to Franklin in downtown Denver.

While detailed planning is still underway, additional medical offices are in the planning stages

for either rebuild or significant renovation in the Denver metro area, including Lakewood and Westminster. Kaiser Permanente expects the infusion of capital to support these major construction projects also will bring an economic boost to these communities. More project details will be announced soon!

This large-scale investment furthers Kaiser Permanente’s mission of providing high-quality, affordable health care and improving the health of its members and the communities it serves. Investing in infrastructure and growth helps Kaiser Permanente bring a fresh

foot forward and be better positioned to serve these growing communities well into the future.

“This major investment in our medical offices and delivery of care is an investment in our future,” said Jeff Krawcek, MD, executive medical director, Kaiser Permanente. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring Kaiser Permanente care to more Coloradans.”

Kaiser Permanente offers unique care delivery and coverage that was developed with consumer lifestyles

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR Pueblo Storyteller enthusiasts at the Pueblo Welcome Center. Volunteer for 2-40 hours per week... your choice. Have fun, while telling visitors about Pueblo! Contact: LChapman@pueblochamber.net #1222

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NOW HIRING Assistant Site Coordinator/ Assistant Cook. The Area Agency on Aging is seeking a new team member for our senior lunch / Meals on Wheels program in Florence. Job responsibilities will include assisting Site Coordinator / Head Cook with the preparation of meals according to an approved menu. Assuming responsibility in the absence of the Site Coordinator / Head Cook. Reports and Data collection as directed by the Site Coordinator / Head Cook. Maintain the facility in accordance with local and state health codes and regulations. Must successfully pass C.B.I. background check and complete Sery / Safe Certification within six months of employment. 24 hours per week. $12.50-$13.50 / hourly, DOE. Holiday pay and PTO. Applications may be picked up at, and completed applications returned to: UAACOG 3224-A Independence Road in Canon, or online at: UAACOG.com. 719539-3341 The Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments / Area Agency on Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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PERSONAL ASSISTANT I can provide & help with Rides and Running Errands, Yard/House Work; home-made meals delivered. Dog Walking/Sitting. Kind, trustworthy, dependable. References provided. Call Joel (719) 351-2365. #1222

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ASSISTANT SITE COORDINATOR/ ASSISTANT COOK The Area Agency on Aging is seeking a new team member for our Canon City congregate meals at Golden Age Center. Job responsibilities will include assisting Site Coordinator / Head Cook with the preparation of meals according to an approved menu. Assuming responsibility in the absence of the Site Coordinator / Head Cook. Reports and Data collection as directed by the Site Coordinator / Head Cook. Maintain the facility in accordance with local and state health codes and regulations. Must successfully pass C.B.I. background check and complete Sery / Safe Certification within six months of employment. 18 hours a week with the flexibility of covering for staff members at Canon and GAC. $12.50-$13.50 / hourly, DOE. Holiday pay and PTO. Applications may be picked up at, and completed applications returned to: UAACOG 3224-A Independence Road in Canon, or online at: UAACOG.com. 719539-3341 The Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments / Area Agency on Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU

Social Security and Veterans: Here For You

VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY MEMBERS: SOCIAL SECURITY IS HERE FOR YOU!

Social Security provides resources and benefits that support veterans and active military members. Our Wounded Warriors webpage at www.ssa.gov/ woundedwarriors answers many commonly asked questions about Social Security and disability benefits.

You can learn how Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are different from Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, which require a separate application. This information is available at www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN64-125.pdf. We also explain how we expedite the processing of SSDI claims for people who developed a disability while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001. We quickly process these claims regardless of where the disability occurs.

Active-duty military service members may continue to receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave. They should consider applying for SSDI

benefits if they’re unable to work due to a disabling condition. Active-duty status and receipt of military pay don’t necessarily prevent payment of SSDI.

We honor veterans and active-duty military members every day by giving them the respect they deserve. Please let our heroes know they can count on Social Security when they need us most. They’ve earned these benefits! Our webpages are easy to share on social media and by email. We encourage you to check out our updated Information for Military and Veterans page at www.ssa.gov/people/ veterans/index.html

Please pass this information along to someone who may need it.

SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS ARE SAFER AT HOME

Scams to steal your personal information are at an all-time high. The need to safeguard important personal documents such as your Social Security card continues to be very impor-

ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS

Many citizens of the City of Pueblo believe that leaving a city manager form of government and electing a mayor was a big mistake...

* The City Charter states that City Government is nonpartisan.

* The City Manager Office to the Mayor’s office has tripled in cost to over $1.5M.

* The mayor hired a Chief of Staff aka City Manager.

* The mayor controls the agenda.

* The mayor has veto power.

* The mayor has 100% control.

Absolute Power Corrupts.....Absolutely!

This Group is submitting a petition to return to a City Manager form of government.

The City Manager is hired by City Council, works for the 7 members of City Council, and is accountable for actions.

This Citizen’s Group is petitioning for a Charter Amendment with a vote of the people May 2, 2023.

We will need approximately 4,000 signatures and begin circulating for signatures in January.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers.

Please email BackToCityManager@gmail.com and we will reach out to you with more details.

Please email BackToCityManager@gmail.com

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A Social Security card is not an identification document. In many situations, you only need to know your Social Security number (SSN). Please be advised that your physical card is not necessary for most business needs.

Do you need evidence for work? There are several documents you can use instead of your card. Other acceptable evidence includes the following:

Birth Certificate.

Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt.

Employment Authorization Document.

Form I-94 or Form I-94A.

You do not need to show your physical card to apply for certain benefits. You can simply provide your SSN for benefits like:

Housing. Health insurance. Food assistance.

You should also know that your physical card is not required as evidence for the Department of Motor Vehicles or Driver License (REAL ID). The only state that requires a physical card is Pennsylvania. For all other states, other acceptable evidence includes:

W-2 forms.

Form SSA-1099. Non-SSA-1099 forms. Pay stubs.

Keeping your card at home reduces the risk of loss or theft – and helps you keep your information safe.

ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS

Many citizens of the City of Pueblo believe that leaving a city manager form of government and electing a mayor was a big mistake.

The City Charter states that City Government is nonpartisan. The City Manager Office to the Mayor's office has tripled in cost to over $1.5M. The mayor hired a Chief of Staff aka City Manager. The mayor controls the agenda. The mayor has veto power. The mayor has 100% control.

a petition to return to a City Manager form of government.

The City Manager is hired by City Council, works for the 7 members of City Council, and is accountable for actions.

This citizen's group is petitioning for a Charter Amendment with a vote of the people May 2, 2023.

We will need approximately 4,000 signatures and begin circulating for signatures in January.

We are looking for dedicated volunteer.

Please email Backtocitymanager@gmail.com and we will reach out to you with more details.

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in mind. All of Kaiser Permanente's 1,100+ top-notch doctors are conveniently located in its 30 medical offices along Colorado’s Front Range. The nearly 520,000 members can choose to see a Kaiser Permanente doctor or pick one from a network of more than 12,300 affiliated providers. Kaiser Permanente’s nationally recognized health care delivery model helps keep people healthy by tying provider compensation to real health outcomes — such as helping patients with high blood pressure reach their goals and reducing hospital readmissions — and not for generating the highest possible volume of services.

LEADING THE PACK IN HEALTH CARE AND COVERAGE

Kaiser Permanente has been a national leader for decades in providing high-quality, affordable care and is consistently recognized as one of the top-rated health plans in Colorado and the U.S. Recently, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado Medicare health plan received 5-star ratings — the highest possible — for 2022 from both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s annual report or NCQA ratings. Only six plans in the country received the highest possible rating from NCQA, with four of the six being Kaiser Permanente plans.

Open enrollment began on November 1 on Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange. Kaiser Permanente is pleased to offer a wide variety of coverage and plans at all different levels throughout its service area.

Each Kaiser Permanente plan offers a comprehensive suite of benefits within an integrated model that connects doctors, hospitals, and health plans. This results in integrated care that focuses on preventive care, superior health outcomes, and seamless collaboration among care providers for faster diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Anyone looking for an individual or small business plan can visit Connect for Heath Colorado to see various coverage offerings on the exchange, talk with a broker, or call Kaiser Permanente directly at 1-866331-2091 or visit www.kp.org/co

About Kaiser Permanente: Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans.

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia.

Annual Christmas Price Index Foreshadows Higher Costs This Season

(StatePoint) “True Loves” will spend more this holiday season if they buy all of the gifts from the classic carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

PNC’s 39th annual Christmas Price Index, a light-hearted take on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, measures the average change in prices consumers should expect to pay for the gifts outlined in the well-known holiday song. This year, the price of those gifts is up 10.5%, the third highest year-overyear increase in the index’s history.

“True Loves will need to come up with a record $45,523.27 to buy those 12 perfect gifts this year,” said Amanda Agati, chief investment officer for PNC Asset Management Group. “This is a disquieting development for many, as pandemic-related supply chain disruptions and elevated energy and commodity prices continue to impact the cost of goods and services. Despite generous intentions, the gifts that make up the Christmas Price Index are not well-insulated from what’s being experienced across the broader economy.”

The cost of all 12 individual gifts is reported on PNC’s interactive website, PNC-

basket of goods and services are truly unique, American consumers might consider asking their True Love for a different kind of gift this year instead,” Agati suggested.

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LIGHT FOR THE JOURNEY

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You will laugh and cry as you walk with Jan through memories that point to an incredible God who orders our steps and uses even the worst situations to His glory and our good. An easy read which also makes a delightful devotional.

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Reviews: A Delightful and Inspirational Read

Reviews: "A Delightful and Inspirational Read"

"The reader will find author Jan McLaughlin’s book an inspirational and thoroughly delightful reading experience. Her wit and love of life permeates the entire 400plus pages. Reading will not be tedious in the least. I think what I most enjoyed was the author’s ability to take ordinary, and sometimes harrowing, experiences and draw a spiritual lesson that the reader can apply in his or her own life.

You will laugh and cry as you walk with Jan through memories that point to an incredible God who orders steps and uses even the worst situations to His glory good. An easy read which also makes a delightful devotional.

Reviews: A Delightful and Inspirational Read

The reader will find author Jan McLaughlin’s inspirational and thoroughly delightful reading experience. Her wit and love of life permeates the entire 400pages. Reading will not be tedious in the least. I think I most enjoyed was the author’s ability to take ordinary, sometimes harrowing, experiences and draw a spiritual lesson that the reader can apply in his or her own

The chapters are short and keep the reader’s interest. The author is humble and not adverse to admitting her own foibles. As a result, this reviewer can relate as one less-than-perfect reader to a less-than-perfect author.

A 4-word recommendation: It’s a happy read!" Dr. Raymond White, Pueblo, CO

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The reader will find author Jan McLaughlin’s book inspirational and thoroughly delightful reading experience. Her wit and love of life permeates the entire 400-plus pages. Reading will not be tedious in the least. I think I most enjoyed was the author’s ability to take ordinary, sometimes harrowing, experiences and draw a spiritual lesson that the reader can apply in his or her own The chapters are short and keep the reader’s interest The author is humble and not adverse to admitting foibles. As a result, this reviewer can relate as one than-perfect reader to a less- than-perfect author. A 4- word recommendation: It’s a happy Dr. Raymond White, Pueblo, CO $10.00 Plus shipping. 719-275-6971 or Jan@prayerforprisoners.org

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cFinally, we celebrate this magical time of year, mainly due to benevolent faeries distributing joy and toys to disadvantaged (and wealthy children.) I refer to European ethnicities upheld for hundreds of years. All traditions permeate our present-day societies in different parts of the world. Naturally this new country America developed its own philosophies and yet uncannily mirrored those overseas. Even our Halloween impressions of bleakly black clad airborne wart ridden witches, and saintly bizarre activities started in European countries. Not to forget the overweight Santa dressed in red accompanied by erstwhile little green elves ready to slog away morning till night. All seems to blend into one. Being born in rainy, depressingly drab post war England just several years after the battles, as a child, I often wondered (considering his girth) how he managed that squeeze/fall into the drawing room, without unsightly soot and

Even our Halloween impressions of bleakly black clad airborne wart ridden witches, and saintly bizarre activities started in European countries.

Not to forget the overweight Santa dressed in red accompanied by erstwhile little green elves ready to slog away morning till night.

ash covering his fiery red suit? Yet mental pictures remain of his tiny helpers enjoying bowls of porridge, (ugh) and carrots. One hoped the latter was for reindeer patiently waiting on the rooftop. Glasses of milk and cookies were our donation for his midnight snack. (Early morning showed empty plates, a carpet of crumbs, but no questions asked.) Skeptical as we were as kids, no one dared to query the origination, or the impossibilities of Santa’s neat appearance. Although admittedly, I stayed awake knowing just after midnight he’d leave (hopefully) a large white sack, filled with goodies and gifts. Under the sheets, head partially covered from view and with eyes like proverbial saucers I’d secretly witness his appearance, heaving the bulky bag (pillowcase) over his shoulder. Maybe he liked little girls. Oh crap! What if he REALLY liked little girls. Who would they believe? A generous, kind, large as life icon or a seven-year-old child? Quietly whispering into my pillow, I waited… ‘Go away fat man, and leave the white sack behind.’ Luckily, he followed tradition, not an interpretation of the bizarre imagination of a small child. Gently he’d position the bag near my feet, and clumsily maneuver from the room. Traditionally a stiff drink or two were in order, as adults waited for the anticipated magic to commence. So, like our European cousins, on December 24th., be relaxed and prepared to welcome ancestors and spirits on Christmas eve…unlock doors and windows, and enthusiastically wait in anticipation for the action to begin. Although due to Christmas we’re reversing away from our usual subject “faeries,” but we still have time to speak of another holiday aptly named Bonfire Night in England which is (November 5th.) 0ur history is magnificent. Many centuries ago, our houses of Parliament in London were in dire danger of being blown to oblivion. Guy Fawkes and his comrades were caught red handed in

the dungeons, shortly to anticipate disembowelment and subsequent hanging. He and his cohorts are remembered during our annual flaming festivities. Our ages ranged from four to seven, myself, cousin and nieces dragged the little wagon through wet and icy cold streets at dusk. By then we readied for the inevitable trek with an effigy of Guy strapped into a dilapidated cart complete with old clothes and mask. The rusty tin can was for the odd pennies tossed our way. (Few and far between.) Infrequently, we’d have money for fireworks. However, dragging the unstable little wagon to one of the many bonfires in our village was bitter sweet. Explosives and blazes occupied each avenue, as kids reveled in their night of frivolity. A muddy vacant lot allowed uninhibited construction of the biggest bonfire we’d ever seen. Suddenly and without hesitation or approval, two roughly clad, dirty teenage boys unceremoniously tossed our little man (whom we’d become quite fond of) onto the fifteen-foot bonfire. Horrifyingly we watched Guy slowly melt, dissolving into a gooey molten liquid. With tiny unsteady hands, our teninch twigs hovered shakily over the redhot flames, each designed to char/cook a small piece of potato which we crunched while fantasizing writing our memoirs! Quietly a gentle rain began, smudging our sooty gloomy faces. As gruesome as this sounds, without money and only customs to rely upon, we made unbelievable memories. And gratefully I did eventually write a book!!! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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OPINION-EDITORIAL

Republican presidential candidates, maybe more, who smell blood in Republican waters is a strong sign that Trump can’t be nominated.

New wisdom (you’re reading it here): The way to assure that Trump wins the GOP presidential nomination is for all of them to try to weaken him in the Iowa caucuses and here in the New Hampshire primary.

LARGE REPUBLICAN FIELD IS KEY TO TRUMP'S SUCCESS

The New Hampshire primary is at least 14 months away, but already the shape of the contest is becoming as clear as the view of the early snowcap on Mount Washington from the scenic vista along Route 16. Though wounded in last month’s midterm congressional elections, though blamed by party leaders for the failure of the Republican red wave to sweep away scores of Democratic lawmakers, though spurned by GOP donors who believe he is yesterday’s cat food, though degraded as a force by the mainstream media, Donald Trump possesses great assets in his drive to win a second term: Ron DeSantis. Nikki Haley. Mike Pompeo. Mike Pence. Tim Scott. Rick Scott. Glenn Youngkin. Chris Christie. Kristi Noem. Chris Sununu. Conventional wisdom (you have read it everywhere): The 10 potential

The dramatic change in Trump’s fortunes came as a late autumn surprise, like the snowfall that left the hills around here garlanded in white, the fields shrouded in an icy crust, the sidewalks covered with a crumbly brittle. In an instant, the landscape changed.

That transformation in the physical landscape has been accompanied by a dramatic transformation in the political landscape. Accustomed to being on the offensive, Trump suddenly is on the defensive. Nearly three-fifths of Americans wish he wouldn’t run, according to the Quinnipiac Poll.

Trump’s campaign announcement was designed to freeze the field.

But what he truly needs is to seem so weak that all 10 of them, and with any luck several more, enter the field. Hello, Ted Cruz, whose father Trump once accused of assisting in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Hello, Marco Rubio, who Trump once disparaged as “Little Marco.” Hello, Larry Hogan, a relentless critic of Trump, firing missiles from Annapolis, where he is completing two terms as Maryland’s governor.

Come on in, Trump should be saying, the water’s warm.

The water actually should be seen as a cold shower. If all or even a couple of them join the campaign, the rest of the field will split the vote, Trump will summon his base — about a third of the GOP vote here — and he’ll be as golden as the gold-plated glass in Trump International Hotel Las Vegas.

Trump’s base here is unusually strong, even in the wake of his dinner with an antisemite and a white supremacist. In a multi-candidate race, a small share of the vote could sway the primary.

“Trump’s people here are motivated,” said state Rep. Al Baldasaro, a Trump campaign official who was at Mar-a-Lago for the former president’s campaign announcement. “The silent majority is alive and well.”

The testimony of Billy Cuccio underlined the point.

Cuccio’s view in 2015: “He’s a businessman, not a lifelong politician ... Everyone else is worried about how [their stand] comes out. He doesn’t care.”

Cuccio’s view in 2022: “A lot of Republicans are wishy-washy. They roll over. Trump fights.”

Fight he does, and once again he has a real fight on his hands.

Republicans in Iowa, which holds the first caucus of the 2024 campaign, have made a “come-one come-all” call to even the merest possible challenger; Iowans love a political event as much as the Granite Staters do; the more the merrier.

Here in New Hampshire, the state Republican committee is all in for Trump — but this is a state where the surface sometimes masks the truth beneath.

Truth beneath the political surface: The real power center isn’t party officers but Gov. Sununu, an ardent Trump critic reelected to his fourth term by more than 15 points. He is weighing a presidential campaign himself.

The question on politicos’ minds here: Would a Sununu challenge be an irresistible lure for Trump into the fray here? Or would he argue a Sununu campaign would signal — here is a favorite Trump riposte — that the fix was in?

As late autumn inches toward early

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winter, the prospect that a multicandidate field would work to Trump’s advantage is taking hold.

“In 2016, Trump was aided by a very divided Republican field, which allowed him to win a lot of early primaries with far less than a majority of the vote,” said William Mayer, the Northeastern University political scientist who is co-editor of “The Elephant in the Room: Donald Trump and the Future of the Republican Party,” published in early September.

“He won New Hampshire in 2016 with a mere 35% of the vote. If in 2024 the GOP field will be a lot smaller, that will allow those who dislike Trump — and there are many such people — to concentrate their votes around one or two alternatives.”

That may be the key to politics in 2024.

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