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Committed To Southern Colorado Seniors For 39 Years And Counting


Beacon JULY 2021

Vol. 40:6

Established February 1982

"If You're 50 Or Over You Should Read It!" 474 Consecutive Months!

Safe Senior Exercise Options For Summer (NAPSI)—Sunshine and warm weather have many people thinking about new workout options. If you’re ready to kickstart your fitness routine—but want to do so safely—consider these three simple tips:

1. Check in with your gym about its COVID-safe offerings. Many Americans who have been avoiding public places this past year are now looking to expand their horizons, including going

back to a gym. Growing numbers of gyms now offer outdoor workout spaces that include many of the weight training and aerobics equipment choices you previously enjoyed indoors—treadmills, stair climbers, weight machines, free weights—and even outdoor classes. Outdoors or indoors, many gyms continue to maintain at least six feet between each workout station, require masks within the space, and provide free hand sanitizer, clean equipment assurances and other COVID-safe protocols. Give your gym a call or visit the location to find out what specific COVID-safe guidelines are in place there, so you can determine whether you’re ready to resume your gym routine. 2. Increase your outdoor exercise routine. After being cooped up for

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months, getting outside can work wonders for your physical health and emotional well-being. Take yourself to a park to explore a new walking or hiking path. There are several apps that can locate hiking trails near you. Challenge a friend to a regular game of tennis, pickleball or bocce ball. Or dust off your bicycles and enjoy the freedom of feeling the wind in your faces. Establishing a fun exercise routine with a friend can motivate you to keep it up and help lift your spirits. Older adults reported increased feelings of isolation last year. Exercising with a friend can help you shake off the loneliness blues. Being outdoors offers the added benefit of providing you with a dose of vitamin D. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and to enhance bone health and immune system function. Regularly spending time outdoors is the most natural way to get the recommended 10 to 30 minutes of sun exposure several times a week. Just don’t forget to put on sunscreen. 3. Augment your workout with home exercise classes. National guidelines recommend that you get at least 150 minutes per week of exercise. To make sure you’re

meeting that, augment your workout routine with home exercise classes that you can view on your laptop, phone or other devices. For best results, mix things up. Incorporate cardio exercise classes with strength training videos that use resistance bands or free weights. If you want to improve balance or flexibility, try a yoga or tai chi class. Popular options such as the Silver&Fit® Healthy Aging and Exercise program offer a wide range of free online classes specially designed for older adults. Classes premiere daily on Facebook Live from 8 AM to 4 PM Pacific time, 6 days a week. You can join the scheduled classes at https://www. to enjoy engaging live with other online viewers. Or you can view the replays on YouTube at a time that’s convenient to you. You’ll find them at: Now can be your time to get back into a fitness routine—or start a new one. Find workout options that you love and that motivate you to stick with them. Then make the most of the season. As always, before you start any new exercise routine, talk to your doctor to discuss your goals and what types of exercise might be safest for you.

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The “Medicare Tax” That Never Made It To The Medicare Trust Fund WASHINGTON, DC–A controversial “Medicare” tax on net investment income that was signed into law shortly after passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act is expected to once again come under debate according to The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). “During the battle over The Affordable Care Act, a new source of funding — a 3.8% Medicare Net Investment tax was enacted — presumably as means to strengthen Medicare funding,” says Mary Johnson, a Medicare policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League. “But the truth is those revenues, which the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates to be $27.5 billion for 2021, never actually made it into the Medicare Part A Trust Fund,” she says.” When Medicare solvency is under discussion, the focus is often placed on the Medicare Part A Trust Fund (hospital insurance), which is primarily financed by pay-

roll taxes. The last time Medicare Part A Trust Fund was forecast to become insolvent was in 2009. That year, the Medicare Trust Fund was forecast to become insolvent by 2017. In 2010, Congress enacted the Affordable Care Act which changed Medicare revenues in two ways. It added an additional payroll tax of 0.9% to the 1.45% of Medicare taxes paid by high earning individuals with wages over $200,000 ($250,00 if married). A second provision affecting individuals with this level of income, imposed a new 3.8% tax on a portion of net investment income. Estates and trusts can also be subject to this tax. While the additional payroll tax went directly to the Part A Trust Fund, the 3.8% “Medicare” net investment tax was never transferred to Part A. It wound up going straight into the U.S. General Fund where it could be appropriated for any government spending.

income tax should be “re-directed” to the Part A Trust fund rather than the federal government general revenue. “It’s about time,” states Johnson. At the time of passage DIGGING DEEPER: Who Pays the NIIT? of the The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates Affordable that the NIIT (net investment income tax) will Care Act, raise approximately $27.5 billion of tax revenue in this tax 2021. According to the most recent datafrom the Internal Revenue Service, the majority of the tax was widely is paid by higherincome households. This reflects referred the fact that the tax onlyapplies to those taxpayto as a ers with income (MAGI) above $200,000 if single or head of household and $250,000 if married “Medicare” filing jointly. tax in the media, by is made for the transfer of the tax tax and investment professionals, imposed by this provision from the and, many lawmakers sold it to General Fund of the United States the public that way. “Now those Treasury to any Trust Fund.” revenues are needed by the MediIn fact, unlike the additional Medicare tax on high earners, care Part A Hospital Insurance this 3.8% net investment tax was Trust Fund,” says Johnson. Part A not even a specific provision of is three years from insolvency and the Affordable Care Act. It was faces an estimated funding gap of a provision of a separate bill, the Health Care Education and more than $515 billion over the t’s time to dig out those cowboy Reconciliation Act of 2010 which next ten years. was passed about two days after boots, dust off that Stetson and join us TSCL advocates for legislation the Affordable Care Act. By setevery Tuesday at 1pm for line dancing. that makes affordability for Mediting up the revenues so that they This is in addition to our regular activities. care beneficiaries a priority. Mediwould flow to the General Fund, Congress by-passed earmarking care healthcare costs are the fastest Also, we are looking for anyone who might be interested those revenues for Medicare Part in teaching a weekly or monthly class or activity for our members growing cost that retired houseA or Part B Trust Fund. That here at the GAC. Please contact us at 719-275-5177 if you are interholds face, and beneficiaries often means when the funds are used ested. shoulder a heavy financial burden. for other government spending, We are still looking for volunteer drivers; all training provided, make the Medicare Trust Funds are “Cutting Medicare benefits, while your own hours. Contact us today! not earning any interest from the shifting more costs to beneficiar“Peace begins with a smile” –Mother Teresa federal government for the use of ies, would be the wrong way to those funds. Golden Age Center strengthen program financing” Now Medicare Part A is pro728 Main Street says Johnson. jected to again become insolvent, Canon City, CO 81212 perhaps by 2024. Policy experts are proposing that the revenues raised by the 3.8% net investment With 1.2 million supporters, The Senior Citizens League Happy July from the GAC! is one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan seniors groups. Its It’s time to dig out those cowboy boots, dust off that Stetson and join us every mission is to promote and assist Tuesday at 1pm for line dancing. This is in addition to our regular activities. members and supporters, to educate and alert senior citizens Also, we are looking for anyone who might be interested in teaching a weekly about their rights and freedoms or monthly class or activity for our members here at the GAC. Please contact us at 719-275-5177 if you are interested. as U.S. Citizens, and to protect We are still looking for volunteer drivers; all training provided, make your and defend the benefits senior own hours. Contact us today! citizens have earned and paid for. The Senior Citizens League is a proud affiliate of The Retired Enlisted Association. Visit for more information.



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Summer Concerts SALUTE TO SENIORS RETURNS at Pueblo Zoo

PUEBLO—The Pueblo Zoo has launched a new Summer Concert Series! Make sure to mark your calendar for the August installment featuring the country sounds of Triple Nickel!

The Summer Concert Series is a safe way to socialize at the Pueblo Zoo. Grab some friends, a chair or blanket and stake your claim on the lawn for live music from one of Pueblo’s favorite bands. Triple Nickel performs today's top 40 country covers, classic rock and "Americana-Country" originals. They have shared the stage with artists such as Emerson Drive, Brian White, Daryl Worley, John Michael Montgomery, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mark Chestnut, Colt Ford, Grainger Smith, Vanilla Ice, Pat Green, Brett Young, Josh Abbott Band and Midland. Tickets are available online at, and concert-goers can pre-order from a choice of sandwiches or salad when they buy tickets. The event also features a wine/beer cash bar, pop-up Zoo Gift Shop, an interactive Concert

Kid’s Zone, and a visit with some of the rarest animals on the planet. A percentage of every ticket will go to the Zoo’s conservation efforts and helping animals in the wild.

The concert is Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The band starts at 5:15 pm. Tickets are $15 for Non-Zoo Members, $10 for Zoo Members and $8 for kids aged 3 and up (under 2 years old are free). Tickets and information at

DENVER, CO. — The Salute to Seniors is coming to your living room again. The Salute to Seniors will be virtual on August 13 and 14, 2021 from 11 am to 1 pm. Learning from last year in which more than 80% of participants rated the educational programs as the most popular events, we are bringing you a panorama of educational programs, showcases, and entertainment. The ever-popular Active Minds, Denver, will compare the era of roads and bridges of the 1920s with the 2020s of broadband and internet. They will be joined on stage by Scott Denning, atmospheric science professor at Colorado State University, Fort Collins to discuss the “3 S’s of Climate Change”. Also performing on stage will be a narrated travel program on local, state, national and international destinations; diversity, inclusion, and health equity; and other current topics. The Forney Museum of Transportation will be returning with a showcase of some of their best 1920s cars and other modes of transportation. Jazz evolved in the 1920s with such

favorites as Louie Armstrong and Frank Sinatra. After Midnight Jazz Band will bring your favorite tunes to your living room so you can sing and dance with us in the comfort and safety of your living room. A Resource Fair and Expo will provide information and services from across Colorado to help you and your families find trustworthy, reliable solutions to your everyday needs. The Salute presents a fun, new virtual twist with dozens of sponsors offering resources, information, and tools for living healthy to help you live an independent life. One touch and you will be able to link to sponsors from and learn more about services. Sponsors will bring you short videos and offer free promotions. Request a personal consultation to learn more about the services. Admission is free. Register at or call 1-855-294-6911 or 1-855-880-4777 (Spanish) and we will register you. Don’t miss the fun!


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SRDA NOVEMBER 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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ighting tears, I struggled to swallow the lump in my throat, but

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American heroes toppled to the ground by spoiled brats determined to destroy history and the Republic. Those who have no clue what their right to say and do those things cost young patriots. Even worse are, senators, lawmakers and arrogant officials who smirk and chide while vowing to destroy every veteran’s rights and end their benefits, “I have an answer to the ‘soldier boy!’” One so called ‘elected?’ official snarled. “Get a job!” Evil oozes from smirking mouths. They will have their day in court. Will they still be smirking? In my journal notes this day at Omaha Beach, I wrote through tears, “Every Congressional member and Senator should be forced to walk this

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beach, pass through the museum and listen to the stories of the men and women who gave their lives for their country. Perhaps their eyes would have a different view of freedom.” Walking on Omaha Beach is surreal. Especially after visiting the D-Day museum and listening to dozens of real stories of men who died for my freedom and yours. Grass grows in the deep bomb craters above the beach. Exploring a German bunker brought chills even though the day was warm. A replica of a paratrooper whose parachute was snagged by a church spire tells one of the strangest events of the war. During the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, the paratroopers were easy targets for the German soldiers because many buildings were on fire in the little French village of Sainte-Mère-Église. The parachute of John Steele caught the spire of the church and he hung for two hours pretending to be dead before he was taken prisoner by the Germans. He later escaped when American troops invaded the village killing and capturing Germans. A movie was made about this incident. Steele is portrayed by Red Buttons in the movie, The Longest Day. Recently this quote crossed my desk. “There are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen!” Do you feel we are in the weeks of decades happening? I am saddened that too many people are silent and cower to threats intended to “herd” a populace into submission through fear. Threats that take away liberties and freedoms our military men and women fought and died for. America was founded on Christian principles. We can’t remain silent. Patriots are coming out of the woodwork, standing strong amid perilous days. Multitudes of people are beginning to wake up. Pray it isn’t too late. Be a patriot or watch your country fall. Be a warrior for truth or be run over by a socialist agenda that is raging at our door. Most of all, PRAY. Pray for truth to be revealed. Pray for righteousness to prevail. Pray for justice in this country and around the world. Pray for the rescue of children who are being trafficked and brutalized for demonic purposes by evil people at every level who will soon be exposed. Justice WILL come. Our God is a just God. Halloween is over! Take off your mask and take your stand. Celebrate freedom and liberty. Celebrate this amazing country. Brave young patriots gave their lives for your freedoms. What is it costing you? What are you willing to give for your freedom? I will close with this quote from Mark Twain. “In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” LFTJ© 2021 Jan McLaughlin. Jan can be contacted at 719-649-2937 or by e-mail


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Pueblo Takes on the Fight Against Substance Misuse and Stigma PUEBLO –A traveling exhibit, “Your Words Have Power”, educates and empowers the community to help fight substance misuse and stigma for those seeking treatment. The exhibit showcases 15 Pueblo County residents who have experienced and/or seen the impacts of substance misuse and stigma. A soft opening will be held at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment Monday, June 28, 2021, the exhibit is scheduled for travel to multiple locations in Pueblo through August. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, stigma related to substance misuse is shown to hinder those experiencing substance misuse to seek

treatment and help. Public stigma is often driven by stereotypes about people with substance use disorders, such as perceived moral failings or being perceived as dangerous that can cause negative attitudes toward people with substance use disorders. Stigma is one of the most commonly reported reasons for not participating in substance use treatment according to one nationally representative study. “There are words I’ve learned not to use – not to call myself and not to call other people alcoholics or addicts,” said Jean Howard, storyteller for the exhibit. Howard explained, “I realized that my words and other people’s words can cause


quarters in my car console to fill meters, I also gave quarters to others I saw fumbling for change to fill their meters. And like Uncle Marion, I acted anonymously and inserted quarters into others’ meters. In reading Psalms 25, I believe following a good guide like God is the best way to practice heart.

unintentional harm to someone and stigmatize them – and not ever realize it.” The Your Words Have Power exhibit will be at the following locations:

El Pueblo Museum 301 N. Union Avenue July 17, 2021, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Storytellers will be present Rawlings Library 100 Abriendo Avenue

Month of August during hours of operation. Storytellers will be present Friendly Harbor 2713 N. Grand Avenue August 21, 2021, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Storytellers will be present For more information about the exhibit and future locations, visit

Practicing Heart

The City of Colorado Springs has a parking enterprise in the downtown area. Collecting parking meter money and charging initial $20 ticket fines, I believed the parking meters hindered businesses in deterring their customers from frequenting them more often. For a quarter, in most areas the downtown, a meter only bought 10 minutes of time. But all the meters accepted credit cards. With the money collected the corner streetscapes were constructed within a limited downtown area. In speaking to a construction supervisor, I learned one streetscape cost $157,000! When one of my uncles passed away, I attended his funeral service in Beaumont, Texas. At Uncle Marion’s service, one of my cousins, Mary, spoke from the podium about her father. Mary told about being with Marion for a trip to his downtown law office. She said he parked the car on the street and inserted some change in the parking meter. As they walked toward his office, Marion took his change and began filling other parking meters. He told her of his disdain for parking meters and filling anonymous meters saved others from getting parking tickets. Though I disagreed with the Colorado Springs’ parking system, there was little I could do to alter it. With my dislike for meters and to positively change the outcome of feeding meters I followed Uncle Marion’s example. Besides carrying a roll of

Questions to Ponder? 1. What guides are in your life? Do you have mentors, friends and colleagues who you meet with on a regular basis? Do you learn their knowledge and ask them to walk with you through difficulties and other applications? 2. What are the attributes of being a good follower? Look at verses 9, 12 and 15 of Psalms 25. 3. What are things can you do to serve anonymously like my Uncle Marion did? Practicing Heart 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. His book Where are the Instructions? is available now and another book Who Do You Trust? will be coming out in 2021. If you are interested in giving the author feedback or have a publisher lead for his next book, contact him at CharlesCastle07@ or

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A TikTok user in New Jersey shared the unsettling scene that unfolded on June 10 as she pulled up carpet in her new home, the New York Post reported. "Ashley" showed followers the floorboards underneath the carpet, which appeared to show a bloodstained imprint of a human being and a chalk outline of a body, along with a 2018 date and a case number. "I wasn't bothered knowing someone died in my new house," Ashley said. Responding to comments on her video, Ashley tested the bloodstain by spraying hydrogen peroxide on it, which caused bubbling -- a sure sign that the substance was blood, some said. Still, Ashley isn't fazed: It "seems chill here. It's all good."


The latest trend in plastic surgery in China, according to Gulf Today, is the pointy ear. The modified ears resemble those of animated characters or fairy tale creatures, and they give the face "a slender shape," the site reported on June 17. Doctors first insert cartilage or an implant in the back of the ear, then fill it in with hyaluronic acid. Plastic surgery clinics in China are experiencing such great demand that patients

have to get on waiting lists.

Fine Points of the Law

In December 2016, Cletus Snay hit a patch of black ice while driving in Bellevue, Ohio, and slammed into Matthew Burr's mailbox. Doesn't seem all that dramatic, but postal service guidelines specify that mailbox poles be able to break away, which Burr's clearly did not do. Burr had installed an 8-inch metal pole, buried 3 feet in the ground and fortified with rocks and dry cement poured on top, News5Cleveland reported. This immoveable fixture caused Snay's truck to roll and left him a quadriplegic. Attorney Kathleen St. John argued on June 16 to the Ohio Supreme Court that a property owner "is not justified in inflicting, without warning, bodily harm upon the person of a trespasser," but Burr's attorney, Doug Leak, calls the USPS recommendations "just guidelines" and said Burr was justified in reinforcing his mailbox after years of accidents and vandalism. The court is expected to rule soon.


Julia Yonkowski of Largo, Florida, only needed a $20 bill when

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she visited the ATM at Chase Bank on June 19, but she decided to check her balance while she was there. What she saw on the paper slip surprised her: a balance of $995,985,856. "I was horrified," she told WFLA-TV. "I know most people would think they won the lottery, but I was horrified." She's tried several times to contact Chase, but she can't get through to anyone. "I get tied up with their automated system and I can't get a person," she said. "I don't know what to think."

Crime Report

As 34-year-old Paul Kiyan let himself into the home of Mat and Monica Sabz in Bel Air, California, on June 20, Monica watched on Ring video and alerted her husband, who was at home. Kiyan was naked, KTLA-TV reported, and as he wandered around the house, he helped himself to a shower and a pair of shorts. When Mat Sabz confronted him, Kiyan said the house was his. While he was there, Kiyan killed the couple's two pet birds with his hands; police arrested him on several felony charges.

Unclear on the Concept

Richard Turpin apparently just needed to borrow a truck, but he ended up with charges filed against him in Bratenhal, Ohio, on June 18. WJW-TV reported that a mail carrier parked his USPS van at the end of a driveway and walked up to the house to deliver the mail, giving Turpin a chance to jump in and take off. A witness saw the theft and called police, who caught up with Turpin a few miles away. When

they asked him why he took the truck, he cryptically answered: "A U-Haul." The police officer responded, "I don't think that's a U-Haul" -- but surprise! Inside, they found a big-screen TV that hadn't been in the truck earlier, according to the mailman. And no mail was missing. The mail carrier admitted he'd left the keys in the ignition.

What's in a Name?

The Smoking Gun reported that on June 18, a woman in St. Petersburg, Florida, was arrested after allegedly drunkenly slamming her car into a tree, a Taco Bell sign and the store's water meter, and then leaving the scene. The appropriately named Kanisha Booze, 34, is an employee at the Taco Bell. Police said Booze had "bloodshot, watery eyes, a dazed and blank expression on her face and an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath."


The Wellington Correctional Center in New South Wales, Australia, is being evacuated so that crews can clear the prison of dead and decaying mice and repair chewed electrical wiring, the Associated Press reported. Australia has been overrun with mice for months, which scientists say happens when rain follows several years of drought. Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin explained that "the mice have got into wall cavities, into roof spaces. They're dead, but then they start


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SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL obviously decaying and then the next problem is mites."

Yeah, Science!

In a study published June 10 in the journal Green Chemistry, scientists at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland announced a breakthrough. They had genetically engineered bacteria to convert terephthalic acid -- a compound left over when plastic-eating bugs (discovered in Japan in 2016) do their thing -- to vanillin, the primary component of extracted vanilla beans that produces the taste and smell of vanilla. Global demand for the chemical is far outpacing the world's supply of natural vanilla beans. "Using microbes to turn waste plastics ... into an important commodity is a beautiful demonstration of green chemistry," said

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THE JOHN LEWIS ACT IS THE DEMS’ PATH TO PERMANENT POWER Today, Democrats are using these new “voting rights” bills to ensure that 110% of black people vote.

THE OFFICIAL position of Fox News is that the Democrats’ John Lewis vote-stealing bill is “narrower” than the Democrats’ “For the People” vote-stealing bill. (This will be an exhibit in my museum titled, “Stupid People Can Never Help Your Cause.”) Yes, it’s “narrower” in the sense of being 1 MILLION times worse. The John Lewis bill will do everything the “For the People” bill does — and so much more! They just don’t tell us what, exact-

ly. The language of the bill is full of anodyne, uplifting language about equal voting participation — but the details will be turned over to left-wing zealots at the Department of Justice, suddenly empowered to enforce voting rules so insane that no elected official would dare vote for them. Inasmuch as nearly every congressional Democrat is fine with the provisions in the “For the People” bill — which are ludicrous — imagine how much worse the “You Can’t Blame Me” bill is. It will be faceless bureaucrats at the Department of Justice who give meaning to the happy words in the John Lewis bill. Federal government employees — i.e., the people actually making the rules — cannot be voted out of office. (Or fired — this is government work.) Indeed, these are people who could never be elected to any office on account of their repellent political views and, often, repellent physical appearance. This is how Democrats impose fascistic rules on the citizenry without ever having to cast a dangerous vote: They write laws with vague statements of high principle, then dump the actual rule-making onto a government agency, where refugees from the ACLU issue edicts outlawing private property,

due process, free speech and honest elections. Recall: — It wasn’t elected members of Congress who ordered a nice Idaho couple to halt work on their home because it was allegedly on a protected wetland (in the middle of a subdivision with many other homes). That was environmentalist wackos at the EPA. — It wasn’t elected members of Congress who required universities to deny basic due process rights to students accused of rape. That was feminist loons at the Department of Education. — It wasn’t elected members of Congress who directed Obama’s IRS to target groups with “tea party” or “patriots” in their names. That was liberal ideologue Lois Lerner and other civil service functionaries. The lunatics at these agencies look like Reason Personified compared to the DOJ’s voting rights attorneys. In 2013, author Charlotte Allen described one fair-minded DOJ staffer, whose job it was to rewrite state voting laws: “On the morning of January 21, [2013] just before President Obama’s second inauguration, Rep. Paul Ryan … was roundly booed by the gathered crowd as he left the Capitol to attend the ceremonies …. Within minutes Daniel J. Freeman, a young career trial lawyer with the Voting Section of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division … took credit in a Facebook post for instigating the anti-Ryan derision.” Paul Ryan? Pencil-necked, open borders, Never-Trump Paul Ryan? That’s the guy who got Freeman so riled up? The obnoxious Freeman is no longer a young career trial lawyer at the DOJ. Now he’s a senior career trial lawyer at the DOJ. Among the innovations dreamed up by fanatics like Freeman, Arizona was informed it could not ask for identification from people delivering more than 10 early ballots. Nothing fishy about that! Arizona’s voting laws were subject to federal oversight because of its well-known history as a slave state and avid practitioner of Jim Crow. (I may have to check my notes on that.) Actually, Arizona was bossed around by liberal activists at the DOJ for 40 years because back in 1972, it didn’t have bilingual ballots. Those weren’t instituted until 1974. They may as well have donned white hoods and burned crosses! Oddly, Mississippi’s election laws were also subject to approval by the DOJ — despite the fact that

blacks already voted at far higher rates than whites in that state. By contrast, Massachusetts did not require oversight of its voting laws, although in that fancy liberal state, black people voted at far lower rates than whites. It’s almost as if only red states have their voting laws nitpicked by left-wing lawyers in Washington. I wonder if that would help Democrats win presidential elections? Ironically, meaning totally predictably, the original 1965 Voting Rights Act was necessary because Democrats were trying to prevent black people from voting. Today, Democrats are using these new “voting rights” bills to ensure that 110% of black people vote, even if they are convicted felons, don’t live in the state, didn’t actually fill out a ballot or are dead. It wasn’t until 2013 that the Supreme Court mercifully overturned key portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. (Citing the overwhelming Senate vote for the wonderfully named Voting Rights Act, Justice Antonin Scalia remarked at oral argument: “This is not the kind of a question you can leave to Congress.”) While it’s great that ideologues like Dan Freeman had their wings clipped by the Court, the previous 40 years of their harassment tells you what they want to do. The John Lewis voting rights bill will put them back in the saddle! States will be ordered to keep dead voters on the rolls, give violent felons the right to vote and jettison any voter I.D. requirements. (Interestingly, even after all the media demagoguery, black people still overwhelmingly support voter I.D. laws.) There’s no disincentive to government lawyers pursuing frivolous cases to the end of the Earth. Even if they eventually lose, they don’t have to worry about court costs or legal fees. They don’t pay ‘em. You do. The “For the People” voting rights bill is the floor of what these petty bureaucrats will require. Those are the bare-minimum “voting rights” that will be imposed on the states by the DOJ. That’s the level of absurdity Democrats are willing to vote for in plain sight. What great ideas does Dan Freeman have that even Democrats couldn’t endorse on the record? What is the voting “rights” equivalent of the EPA’s relentless persecution of homeowners, the Duke lacrosse case or the IRS’s abuse of power? Because that’s what the John Lewis voting rights bill will deliver. COPYRIGHT 2021 ANN COULTER


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As Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism Leon Downey puts it, “Our top-notch variety of attractions and close proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park has endeared Pigeon Forge to multiple generations of families. We take great pride in the 60 years of cherished memories made in our city and look forward to many more.”

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Cataract Surgery Saves An Avid Bowler’s Vision In Record Time NAPSI—If you ever

The day after surgery, Genida was able to read the whole way through the chart, top to bottom. “Dr. Wilson asked me, ‘Are you sure you couldn’t see before?!’ and I said, ‘Yes, I’m positive!’ It was amazing.”

have trouble seeing your way clear to getting your eyes checked, here’s a case to consider: Genida White could tell her vision was gradually getting worse, but she rationalized away the need to see an ophthalmologist—a medical doctor who specializes in eyecare. She could still do all the things she enjoyed, such as bowling every Monday. But mostly, she was nervous to hear what the doctor would say about her eyes. Her daughter provided the encouragement she needed, telling her about a radio advertisement she heard about free eye exams with EyeCare America. No more excuses; it was time for an appointment. While, unfortunately, Genida did receive the diagnosis she feared—she would need surgery to remove cataracts in both eyes—the results were brilliant. The improvement in her vision was swift and dramatic. “I’d never had eye surgery before,” Genida said. “Before I knew it, it was over.” Cataract Facts

Proof of her quick recovery was evident at the bowling alley, where Genida didn’t miss one Monday on the lanes. Is Eyecare America Right For You?

A cataract is when your eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. People with cataracts describe it as looking through a foggy window; vision is blurred and colors are dulled. About half of all Americans over age 75 have cataracts. As you age, you’re increasingly likely to develop cataracts. Fortunately, cataracts are treatable. An ophthalmologist surgically removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial one. Cataract surgery is the most effective and most common procedure performed in all of medicine with some 3 million Americans choosing to have cataract surgery each

year. Thankful For Sight-Saving Surgery Within two weeks of calling EyeCare America, Genida had cataract surgery in both eyes—just in time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. She was amazed at how simple it was to set up the initial eye exam with EyeCare America and at how quickly her vision was restored. “Reading the eye chart was so bad at first,” recalls Genida. She could just barely read the last two lines of the eye chart during her initial eye exam with her ophthalmologist, Douglas Wilson, M.D.

If the cost of an eye exam is a concern, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America program may be able to help. This national public service program provides eyecare through thousands of volunteer ophthalmologists for eligible seniors, 65 and older, and those at increased risk for eye disease, mostly at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. Learn More To see if you or someone you care for qualify, visit eyecare-america or follow @AcademyEyeSmart


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hope Amy Adams wins an Oscar® soon. She’s already been nominated six times for her versatile acting talent in “ Junebug,” “Big Eyes,” “The Master,” “American Hustle,” “Vice,” and “ The Fighter.” In my opinion, she should have won a golden statuette for her fearless performance in “ Hillbilly Elegy” during 2020. Perhaps her role in THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW will hit the jackpot this year. It’s another difficult turn as a troubled woman who seeks solace in drugs and alcohol. Adams plays Anna Fox, a child psychologist suffering from

agoraphobia. Anna fears going outside her house and even keeps the lighting at a minimum, which sometimes makes it hard for us to see what’s happening in her spooky abode. Her psychiatrist (Tracy Letts) visits Anna at home and sometimes has a conversation with her on the phone. The other person she talks with is her tenant (Wyatt Russell), who lives in her basement and does some handyman work around the house. Anna also befriends a teenage boy (Fred Hechinger) from a new family in the neighborhood. Everything gets worse for Anna when this family moves close to her. A full-fledged mystery develops regarding whether or not a murder was committed by Alistair Russell (Gary Oldman),

But that helps her with this hard part.

the teenager’s father. Anna claims to have witnessed this crime, but Detective Little (Brian Tyree Henry) finds it hard to believe someone with mental problems like hers. Plus, the woman she thought was killed is very much alive.

She nails the role -- and that’s pure art. This dark movie is tough to see. It’s filled with grief and misery.

Agoraphobic stays inside. It seems to her the place to hide She mixes meds and booze each day to make her troubles go away.

But Amy Adams draws us in. And murder takes a twisty spin.

What does she do most of the time? Watching neighbors might be her crime. She sees abuse. What can she do? She gets involved and risks ensue.

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In Many States, Minors May Consent To Receive Covid-19 Shot Without Parent’s Knowledge

A District Administration survey conducted just before the FDA’s authorization for 12-15-year-olds to receive the COVID-19 shot found that only 3 in 10 parents said they would vaccinate their children right away, with most instead wanting to wait and see, or saying they would not get their child vaccinated at all or would do so only if required for school. However, with the authorization of Pfizer’s shot for 12-15-year-olds, a group that totals almost 17 million, minors can consent to receive the COVID-19 shot even without the parent’s knowledge in many states. The age at which a minor can consent to receive the experimental biological agent in Alabama is age 14; in San Francisco, 12; Philadelphia, 12; North Carolina, 11; South Carolina, 16. America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) Legal Director Ali Schultz explained: “They can all consent, minors can consent, on their own, even if they live with their mom and dad who are married, they live with their parents, no issues, the child literally can consent at school to receive the vaccine, without the parents even knowing.” She continued: “We’ve had so many people reach out, and they were just heartbroken, they cannot believe that their child was able to get this without them even knowing, because as parents they were personally against the vaccine, and no-one even ran it by them. “And what’s even scarier: It’s up to the health care provider, in a multitude of states; Iowa, Idaho, Washington, Arkansas; so if a ‘health care provider’ deems that it is appropriate for a minor to get the vaccine, then they can do so without parental consent.” According to District Administration, although most states still require parental consent, “the landscape may be shifting slightly as more jurisdictions seek to encourage vaccination of young people.” Their specific findings are as follows: Most states (41) require parental consent for vaccination of minors below the age of 18, although one of these states (NE) requires consent below age 19. There are some exceptions to these requirements: * Many allow for certain minors,

such as those who are emancipated, homeless or living apart from their parent or guardian, or married, to self-consent. * Cities in two states (San Francisco in CA and Philadelphia in PA), have moved to allow minors, ages 12 and older, to self-consent for COVID-19 vaccination. * In one state (AZ), if a parent refuses to consent for COVID-19 vaccination, but if a child or a doctor requests it, a court order can be obtained to allow for vaccination. In 5 states, a minor’s ability to self-consent is based on a specific age as follows: * Two states where a minor must be at least 16 (RI and SC) * One state where a minor must be at least 15 (OR) * One state where a minor must be at least 14 (AL) * One state where a minor must be at least 11 (DC; in DC, each healthcare provider may institute additional requirements which could include requiring a parent or guardian to be present). The remaining 5 states apply the “mature minor doctrine”, meaning that there is no specific age cutoff but providers have discretion to decide if a minor possesses the maturity to consent for themselves (AR, ID, NC, TN, WA). This means that parental consent has already been required for 16-17 year-olds in most states (41) since the initial authorization of the Pfizer vaccine on December 11, 2020. Two additional states require consent for some subset of 12-15 year-olds, bringing the count to 43 states where most minors in this age group would need parental consent. Once the next group of children is eligible for vaccination, those below age 12, this number will grow to 45. National Vaccine Information Center‘s Barbara Loe Fisher commented on the “shifting landscape”: “This past year, we have seen many lawmakers in the U.S. and other countries vote to eliminate or severely restrict civil liberties in the name of the public health. One of the most outrageous legislative actions violating parental and human rights took place in Washington, D.C. in November 2020 when City Council officials gave doctors the power to vaccinate children as young as 11 years old and hide

what they did from parents. The D.C. Mayor refused to veto the bill and, in January 2021, the U.S. Congress sat on its hands and gave tacit approval to enactment of the most dangerous child vaccination law in America.” She continued: “In a breathtaking violation of medical ethics and several federal laws, the new vaccine concealment law in Washington, DC allows doctors to extract “informed consent” from young children too immature to know what informed consent means or what a vaccine reaction looks and feels like. The D.C. City Council majority, with only three members dissenting, cruelly disempowered parents by voting to make it illegal for a doctor, insurance company or school administrator to divulge a child’s vaccination history in records that can be seen by the child’s mother or father. “An 11-year old child does not know or understand his or her personal health history but most parent do. If a child has experienced previous vaccine reactions, has severe allergies or other health conditions that could increase vaccine risks, parents kept in the dark will not have a way to protect their child from further harm.

“Parents who don’t know which vaccines their children have been given will not be able to monitor them for signs of a potentially life-threatening vaccine reaction that requires immediate medical treatment. If the child is injured or dies after vaccination, parents will not know they must apply to the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) before the filing deadline expires. “Parents will not know their insurance company has been billed for vaccines. Parents will not know that a school the child attends is in possession of their child’s secret vaccination records even when there is a vaccine exemption for religious belief reasons on file with the school. “This blatant violation of a parent’s moral right and legal responsibility to make medical risk decisions on behalf of a minor child was endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics22 and pushed through by the DC City Council, while the Mayor and the US Congress looked the other way.”


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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU Question: What are some of the documents Social Security will accept as proof of identity for a child? Answer: While you can use a birth certificate to prove age or citizenship, you cannot use it as proof of identity. Social Security needs evidence of the child’s existence after birth. An acceptable document must show your child’s name, identifying information, and, preferably, a recent photograph. Your child must be present unless the picture ID also shows your child’s biographical information (i.e., age, date of birth, and parents’ names). We generally can accept a non-photo identity document if it has enough information to identify the child (such as the child’s name and age, date of birth, and parents’ names). We prefer to see the child’s U.S. passport. If that document is not available, we may accept the child’s: • Adoption decree; • Doctor, clinic, or hospital record; • Religious record (e.g., baptismal record); • Daycare center or school record; or • School identification card. All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. To find out more, visit

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Happy Birthday America

“If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

than to serve God’s people. God was able to use them mightily to show the way of building this nation to be “A city set on a hill.” Did God have a plan for America? When our Founding Fathers founded America, they felt their belief in God would guide their decisions for all generations of Americans. These just men believed their new nation would be the greatest nation in the world. They knew it would not be easy to defend the rights guaranteed in our Constitution, but they believed that all Americans would have equal rights and freedoms. We call this the “American Dream” and this is God’s plan for America. How many of the incredible blessings that have been poured out on this nation – how much of the grace which continues to cover this country – are a direct result of the obedience and willingness of our forefathers to die to self and to live for others. Only God knows. Happy 4th of July!!!!

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Even today regardless of hygiene worries, lack of water and electricity, these wanderers/nomads from Romania, set up their multi colored wagons on farmers' fields without permission. Despite the characteristic hospitality of their hosts, a repulsive trashy mess is left behind.

Goblins, Faeries, Pixies and Gnomes, all are residing entities in the mystical underworld. These little people bizarrely contribute to our opinions, and imaginations accepted by us since birth. No nation on earth has escaped consequences by disregarding ancient origins, literally written in stone. Be it the gypsy door to door saleswoman, or a perilous saunter under the ladder, and don't forget the toss of salt over the left shoulder! Without knowledge of these intuitive statistics, we'd surely be expecting the bad omens certain to occur. As a six year old child I watched this peasant gypsy enter our street. With almost arrogant confidence and absolutely assured of a quick sale, she cradled her Scottish white heather in the straw basket. Without hesitation she rapped loudly on our front door. My mother's face was a study of apprehensive dread. Although a strong woman, but probably afraid of bad news relating to my dying father, without caution she asked 'how much?' 'Five pence' was the reply.

Fewer words meant so much. The only narrative missing was 'or else.' The deal was done. The customary good luck' was yelled by the drifter, (free of charge.) The tiny bouquet of heather lay in my mothers' palm. Her lips moved slightly, probably a silent prayer, barely observed by anyone except myself. Sadly it didn't work, my dad died several weeks later, but at least she'd known there wasn't culpability for not flinging the vagrant into the road. Another example of the mind's infinite discomfort and refusal to 'push our luck' relating to ancient customs and folklores. Even today regardless of hygiene worries, lack of water and electricity, these wanderers/nomads from Romania, set up their multi colored wagons on farmers' fields without permission. Despite the characteristic hospitality of their hosts, a repulsive trashy mess is left behind. The goblin, is another oddity worth mentioning in this series of stories. Wretchedly, faeries, trolls and goblins are defined by their ugliness. At risk of being dramatic, I'd say they're repulsive. But the physically twisted hobgoblin is wholly benevolent toward mankind. Gentle and hospitable these shy creatures are masked by their ostensible hideousness. Therefore it's wise never to 'judge a book by its cover. Legends from the quaint seaside village of Cornwall England (my own grandfather's birth place) speak of stunning faeries surviving without cares from workaday conditions, or trauma usually experienced by the human population. Yet peculiari-

ties occur often. These creatures have evolved in bizarre ways. For instance the fabled Scottish Peg Leg Jack, the Fachan has only one of each organ. For instance, one arm, one leg, and only one ear, all arranged on a pole type body. Some faeries are half fish, half goat, or half bird. The mer people are human from the waist up, and below 'have fins, and scales, tails like the fish. Able to exist in salt or fresh water and land, they are a composite of human and fish, so they're especially enthralling to mortal males. We all learned as children of fables and stories linked to the 'other' world, but this series offer validation that you never thought imaginable. Stay with these stories, and keep an open mind. Eventually you will find the child within.

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BRINGING THE PENTAGON PAPERS TO THE PUBLIC This is It occurred 50 years ago this month, a story known primarily by people now dead but one that is vital for our times, and for all time. It is a tale about the Pentagon Papers, the Unitarian Universalist Church, a teeny publishing house, a radical historian, a renegade Pentagon employee, a couple of suitcases spilling over with secret documents, a meeting on Boston Common, a few FBI agents, and -- here is the poetry and poignance of it all -- a tourist walk called the Freedom Trail. And at the center of it all is an enigmatic senator who died at age 91 last weekend. The senator was Mike Gravel, a two-term Democrat from Alaska and two-time presidential candidate, an idiosyncratic politician who both alienated liberals (for his support for the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline) and delighted them (for reading the Pentagon Papers aloud on the Senate floor), and a central figure in one of the most important political, judicial and press episodes in American history. It was Gravel who assured that the Pentagon Papers got a thorough airing, arriving one July 1971 day at the Boston offices of the Unitarian Universalist church-affiliated Beacon Press "determined," as onetime assistant to a Beacon editor Deborah Johansen Harris (who was there when the senator arrived) said in a phone conversation the other day, "to have the entire Pentagon Papers published." And it was Gravel who met with Beacon editor-in-chief Arnold Tovell and radical historian Howard Zinn on Boston Common to plan their publishing strategy. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and 14

other newspapers had published excerpts from the papers, but no major publishing house dared take on the entire project. Soon thereafter, the FBI arrived at the Beacon offices as well; Burnell O'Brien, the secretary to Press director Gobin Stair, bought time by gamely suggesting that the G-men take a stroll on the Freedom Trail, Boston's walking tour of Revolution-era landmarks, for a half-hour. The documents in Gravel's suitcases were a horrific mess, "an endless pile of notes," according to a Beacon account. They were the raw materials of history, and of a landmark lawsuit, documents like the Oct. 14, 1966, draft memorandum by Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara to President Lyndon B. Johnson that said -- in contravention to what the Johnson administration was telling Congress and the public -- of the war in Vietnam, "The prognosis is bad that the war can be brought to a satisfactory conclusion within the next two years. The large-unit operations probably will not do it; negotiations probably will not do it." Bombshells like that were in the documents that onetime Pentagon employee Daniel Ellsberg copied and was peddling around Washington, hoping that they would see the light of day so that Americans would see the futility of the war. Neil Sheehan of The New York Times showed interest in the papers -- he and Ellsberg were engaged in a dance of the documents that both found frustrating -- but Ellsberg's preference was for them to become public off of Capitol Hill. "Neil did not want the Times to be scooped by Congress," Ellsberg said in an interview. "He didn't want Congress to share the glory. He never really understood my motives, to have Congress look into (sitting President Richard) Nixon's policies, which by the way they never did. Now I realize it was because the hearings would be about the Democrats: how much the Democrats, going back to (Harry) Truman, had lied, especially LBJ. It would have been a political bloodbath for the Democrats, blamed for getting us in the war and then pulling the rug out

of the war effort. I thought Nixon would blame Vietnam on the Democrats and then get out. That didn't happen." The war over the papers -- resolved by a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the newspapers and asserting a strong presumption against government-directed "prior restraint" -- has become part of heroic American folklore, sealed by the 2017 Steven Spielberg film "The Post." "I was drawn to doing a character study of the moral fiber of (Post publisher) Katharine Graham in her most difficult decision, putting herself in jeopardy and her paper at risk," Spielberg told me. "Exposing the papers to the Times and then to the Post did not stop the United States from any of its military objectives and didn't put any soldiers at risk. It was a flashback report, and I always remember the idea that the Founding Fathers gave the free press the powers it must have to do its work and to serve the governed and not the governors." But the forgotten strength of character displayed by the Beacon Press never has been celebrated properly. "I will cooperate with you in your efforts to publish because there is an urgent need for Americans to understand our past errors so that we may exercise informed judgment to end the war in Indochina," Gravel wrote to Stair, "and because we must begin the process of restoring the people's faith in their leaders." For his part, Stair, who was subpoenaed to appear at Ellsberg's trial, regarded the publication of the Pentagon Papers as "a test of our purpose." He said he published the papers out of concern "at how rapidly the American press lost interest in the Pentagon study once the Supreme Court confirmed the public's right to this information." Aside to journalism students: I learned some weeks ago about Gravel's valises full of documents and his efforts to get the Pentagon Papers published, and vowed to write about it in this 50th anniversary year. But one thing led to another, and one column topic popped up after another, and it wasn't until

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last week that I finally was going to get around to calling Gravel, whose telephone number I had acquired in anticipation of working on this very column. Then -- truly as I was playing around in my mind the angle I would take -- I learned that he had died. This column is less rich because of my delay. There is a lesson in here for me in the last years of my career and for you in the first years of yours: Never put off making that phone call.

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