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Vol. 39:9

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Fear Itself

SPANISH FLU The Spanish flu started in February 1918 and finished in April of 1920, officially. It infected around


Population 168,424 Deaths Survival Rate













M = millions B = billions Notes: Most data is for September 28th or October 1st, 2020, dependening on the source Survival Rate calculation: deaths divided by population, converted to percentage, then subtracted from 100 Sources: Population: U.S. Census, Wikipedia; COVID-19: Pueblo County Health Department press release, El Paso County Health Dept.,, Wikipedia

500 million people and killed from 17-50 million people and possibly reaching as many as 100 million deaths (1). The higher estimates are from studies as recently as 2005,

which could be believed as more accurate, assisted by improved methods of research. The Spanish flu, also called Brazilian flu, German flu, and the Bolshevik disease (1) created it’s own horrendous affects, ending in death, rather than exacerbating existing conditions and hastening death from those underlying conditions.

TRANSMISSION The 1910s and 1920s were vastly different than today, of course. The first trans-Atlantic flight was only in 1919. This was right in the middle of the Spanish flu pandemic. It carried no commercial passengers. There were perhaps a few dozen or few hundred people to ever fly commercially on a plane at this time. People stayed very close to home. We had virtually no commercial air traffic. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a government entity, we flew a total of 1,570,234,021 global passenger-miles in 2019. Do you think any of those were from and to China or the U.S.? Would passengers have been transmitting COVID-19? Is it possible to completely avoid a previously unknown virus without trying? The automobile was starting to grow in 1920. The Department of


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THIS CHILLING pandemic can be a benefit. We’re in a highly mobile, globalized world. There will be a time when we have a significant viral threat and our current preparations will serve us well. It’s nice to see hand sanitizers around every corner, plexiglass when people are coughing, gloves and cleanliness in restaurants as a rule and not as an exception. This looks like the start of a new industry. What it is not is a highly deadly pandemic. Even one death is tragic and too much but it must be put into perspective with neutral facts.


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I'VE HEARD THE expression "Come to Jesus

achieved in world history! This is not even counting the constant drumbeat of pandering by those on the Left to groups they already have in their pockets. Space doesn't give me enough room to add to this list but I think you all get the picture. A very nice lady contacted me in early September. She was very concerned that the folks in nursing homes and such will not be able to vote because it's like they are in prison (no one, including family members can even visit them in many of them) and wanted my readers to know about their plight and make sure our politicians do something about it. I'm not very hopeful about them doing anything but one can always wish. Our meeting with the Almighty can come at any time. You all know that but it would probably be a good idea if you are reading this to have a "Come to Jesus Moment." and soon. We all (Baby Boomers and late Greatest Gens), really need to get square with our Maker. Catholics need to come back to their churches and faith. In fact, everyone should be praying for their own good and the good of their fellow man/woman. When Jesus walked the earth His message was simple: Love the Father with all your heart (giving Him thanks for the gifts He has given you) AND "Love thy neighbor as thyself." He said do that and you will be forgiven your transgressions and live in Paradise with Him when it's time. So, in our times at this moment, turn to God and live the new covenant from Jesus. Nothing is easier or harder depending on your viewpoint! We live in unusual times ladies and gents. We all seem to be looking for the answers to life. It's easy. Turn to God. Godspeed to you and yours.

Moment" many times throughout my life. I've never really understood it because I was born a Catholic and went to Catholic school from 4th grade until graduation from 12th grade. I say I never really understood it because it was and still is hard to fathom that anyone would need to wait until that moment came. This year, 2020, many people have had their "Moment" including many Christians who are looking heavenward because of all that is happening and has happened this year. Besides everything pandemic (been hard on "The Greatest Generation" folk who mostly stay in the house all day for months), we have riots every other day in many large cities across the nation fomented unwittingly by many professional athletes and of course the media types who get their kicks with chaos and scaring their viewers everyday all day (something they may regret someday). We have had weird stretches of weather (how'd you like that wintry weather in early September?) and so many forest fires lit by wayward human beings that think if enough chaos continues they can topple the "greatest political experiment" ever

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Transportation had 8.1 million cars registered in that year. The BTS says we had 273 million highway vehicles in 2018. This is thirty times more vehicles travelling further and more often than in the past. There are more of us are moving more often and at a much faster rate than a century ago. This would naturally mean we could transmit viruses faster. Population density is important in transmitting many communicable diseases. The U.S. in 1920 had a population of 117 million people and 3.7 million square miles of land and territory (2). This equals a little over thirty people per square mile. Today we have almost tripled that density. More people, in contact faster and packed in tighter, leads one to believe that the coronavirus should be much more severe. UNHEALTHY The Pueblo County Coroner, Brian Cotter, made a brave pronouncement in the Pueblo Chieftain. When asked about COVID and death he replied: “I have had that question a million times. How many people have died of COVID? And my short answer for that is, none,” Cotter said (3). Mr. Cotter clarified the risk by saying: “People with serious underlying conditions are very susceptible to COVID and will react adversely to it, definitely.” What is then killing people if not coronavirus? The answer is comorbidities. Having underlying health problems that combine with this

virus to bring about death. There is a lot written about this and it is worth looking into further to avoid danger. We reached out to both Anthony Mestas, writer for the Pueblo Chieftain, and the Pueblo County Coroner for elaboration and received no response back from either. Are they in hot water? Do they not want to delve deeper into this political hot potato? ANTIBODY TESTING David Goodman and Michael Rothfeld, writing in the New York Times, say one in five New Yorkers may have already had the virus, based on antibody testing (4). This is in the so-called ground zero for the pandemic. The article was published on April 23, 2020. Now it is almost six months later. Undoubtedly, the infection rate should be much higher currently. Also, keep in mind the fact that modern people should be spreading this virus at a very rapid rate with increased density and travel.

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Based on those antibody statistics the survival rate is very similar to those that accompany this article in the chart.

be just as mysterious and unproven to work? There is no long term, reliable data on the problem; how can the proposed solutions be so absolute and accepted? COVID-19, NOVEL CORONOVIThe title of this article is based RUS, CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC on President Franklin Roosevelt’s It goes by many names. It instills famous quote from his first Inaugufear. There is a lot of misinformaral Address, “So, first of all, let me tion and anxiety surrounding it. Some believe it has even been poassert my firm belief that the only liticized and is a new Machiavellian thing we have to fear is fear itself— weapon. nameless, unreasoning, unjustified What name it does not go by, terror which paralyzes needed efapparently, is critical thinking. Why forts to convert retreat into advance is there not widespread publicity (5).” Thank you Mr. Roosevelt for of antibody results or widespread those insightful words. antibody testing? Why is there not widespread exposure of the high Written by the Senior Beacon Advisurvival rate of COVID-19? Why have there been no high-profile sory Board investigations into the countless allegations of false-positives on COVID tests? Why does any outlet SOURCES: not mention the danger of carbon (1) monoxide, caused by mask wear(2) 1920 Census ing? Why is there blind allegiance (3) Pueblo Chieftain newspaper to safeguards for a supposedly (4) New York Times newspaper mysterious disease? Shouldn’t the (5) proposed solutions and remedies


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

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Everybody has a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in Pueblo Sam’s Club Thursdays, 7 – 9 AM Save-A-Lot Every day, 7 – 8 AM Target Every day, 8 – 9 AM Walmart; South, North, Pueblo West, Neighborhood Market Every day 6 -7 AM All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at Pueblo’s Joint Information Center. Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is answering questions 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday, 719-583-4444.   Everybody has a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in Pueblo by: ■ Minimize social activities and

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Reverse Mortgage Pros & Cons LIKE EVERY FORM of home This particular type of home financing is only available to financing, there are pros and cons senior homeowners and the program has been recently to each. For many, a reverse mortgage is a huge lifeline and well reformed to be more fair and favorable towards seniors. A resuited to their particular situation. For those homeowners, the pros of verse mortgage, for many, is a solution that changes their life. a reverse mortgage outweigh the cons. Here are some reverse mortgage or Medicare benefits the home. pros for your consideration. • proceeds can be used for any Here are some reverse mortgage • the proceeds are not taxable purpose, other than purchasing an cons for your consideration. • remain in your home as long as annuity • must have enough equity to you meet the loan terms* • the term of the loan goes to age qualify • retain ownership and on the • vacation homes and investment title as long as you comply with the 150 of the youngest borrower* • must meet with an independent properties are not eligible loan terms* 3rd party counselor for a 1-hour • a reverse mortgage has strict • the borrower is not responsible appointment regulations by the Federal Governfor the repayment of the loan • the loan can be fixed or adjustment • backed by the Federal Housing able-rate • closing costs are higher than on Administration • can purchase a home with a a traditional mortgage • no mandatory, monthly mortreverse mortgage, • there is a lien placed on the gage payment • OR can access your equity home • can pay off any time, no • OR can eliminate your monthly • there will be less equity for the pre-payment penalty mortgage payment heirs 3 ways to access your equity: *Must pay the property taxes, • loan balance can grow over time lump sum, monthly installments, homeowners insurance, other • not all properties qualify for a or line of credit housing fees such as HOA dues or reverse mortgage line of credit earns compound Flood insurance, live in the home • must be 62 years or greater to interest and is guaranteed 6 months or more a year as your qualify equity doesn’t count as income and shouldn’t affect Social Security primary residence, and maintain This particular type of home

financing is only available to senior homeowners and the program has been recently reformed to be more fair and favorable towards seniors. A reverse mortgage, for many, is a solution that changes their life. One couple we recently helped wanted to downsize to a house that had main floor living and no yard maintenance. They had enough equity in their home to qualify for the HECM For Purchase (H4P). They were able to purchase a home with main floor living in the neighborhood close to their grandkids and have NO monthly mortgage payment. For them, the cons of a reverse mortgage were outweighed by the benefits! If you want to know if a reverse mortgage is right for your situation, you can get a free confidential analysis. We’ll ask a few questions and can easily determine if your property qualifies for a reverse mortgage.


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SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL Questionable Judgement ■ Ukraine International Airlines has banned a traveler from all future flights with the carrier after the unidentified woman opened an emergency door on a Boeing 737 and went for a walk on the wing as it was waiting at a gate at Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv. CNN reported the passenger had traveled from Antalya, Turkey, with her husband and children in the Aug. 31 incident, when other passengers heard her say she was "too hot" before she popped open the emergency exit and went outside. The airline criticized her for setting an inadequate "parental example" and threatened she may face "an exceptionally high financial penalty."

Airport security and doctors on the scene determined she was "not under the influence of alcohol and/ or drugs." [CNN, 9/4/2020] ■ A 51-year-old man from St. Cloud, Minnesota, was released from the Sherburne County Jail in Elk River on Sept. 12, but as he left the facility, he decided to take with him a DoorDash delivery that had been intended for a correctional officer working there. The Star News reported the officer contacted the former inmate by phone to inquire after his $29.13 order, and the man said he thought his family had sent it to him. He was cited for theft. [Star News, 9/17/2020] Oops!

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SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL Herald & Review, and the leftover has been in a glass jar in Jenne's freezer ever since. In 1988, word of the sandwich earned Jenne a spot on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" and led his acquiring half-eaten items from Carson and fellow guest Steve Martin, as well as Tiny Tim and Henny Youngman. [Herald & Review, 9/23/2020] Smooth Reaction A 78-year-old Spanaway, Washington, woman was alerted by her barking dog on Sept. 20, and opened her door to find "a man," she told KIRO, standing in front of her. As "he turned and started to leave," the woman, identified as Sandy, said, "Oh, no, you don't," and picked up her shotgun and cocked it. The alleged intruder

plopped down on her porch steps and the two waited for police to arrive. "You know, I've got grandchildren your age!" Sandy told him. Pierce County Sheriff 's deputies took the man into custody, but Sandy didn't press charges. [KIRO, 9/22/2020] Government in Action The Opa-Locka (Florida) City Commission voted 4-1 on Sept. 9 to repeal a 13-year-old ordinance that made wearing saggy pants a crime, the Miami Herald reported. Around town, visitors can see signs reading, "No ifs, ands or butts ... It's the city law!" and showing two young men with low-riding waistbands, but Vice Mayor Chris Davis explained: "I felt it disproportionately affected a certain segment of our population, which is

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young African American men." The ACLU of Florida agreed. [Miami Herald, 9/13/2020] Frontiers of Farming Cockroach farms are not new in China, where the bugs have long been used in Chinese medicine, but a new facility near the eastern city of Jinan is gaining attention as a way to deal with food waste while producing organic protein supplements for animal feeds. In four industrial-sized hangars, Australia's ABC News reported, rows of shelves are filled with food waste collected from restaurants through an elaborate system of pipes. A moat filled with roach-eating fish surrounds each building to keep the roaches from escaping. "In total there are 1 billion cock-

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roaches," farm manager Yin Diansong said. "Every day they can eat 50 tonnes of kitchen waste." Said project director Li Yanrong, "If we can farm cockroaches on a large scale, we can provide protein that benefits the entire ecological cycle." [ABC News, 9/19/2020] Armed and Clumsy A Pineville (Louisiana) police officer who reported he'd been "ambushed" on Sept. 20 has been accused of shooting himself instead, according to authorities. The Pineville Police Department said John Goulart Jr. originally claimed that he'd been shot once in the leg, and that a second shot had hit the rear door of his police car while he was at a shopping center.

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DURING A BLM “peaceful protest” in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 30 (over George Floyd’s dying of a heart attack while in police custody in Minneapolis), James Scurlock was peacefully protesting by breaking into an architecture firm — hoisting an office chair and hurling it into two computer monitors, then ripping a phone from a desk and throwing it against the wall, as his friend shattered another monitor — all of which was captured on video. Nearby, Jake Gardner, an Iraq War veteran and Trump supporter, was keeping watch over the two bars

he owned, The Hive and The Gatsby, aided by his 68-year-old father and a security guard. The peaceful protesters soon made their way to Jake’s bar, where they hurled a street sign through The Hive’s plate-glass window. He and his father rushed outside to prevent the peaceful protesters from storming his bar. Scurlock’s friend, catching his wind after smashing computer monitors, knocked Gardner’s father to the ground. (It’s on tape.) Or as CNN’s Madeline Holcombe put it: “An unidentified man can be seen pushing Gardner’s father.”Gardner rushed to help his father, then backed away toward the bar, lifting his shirt to show the protesters he was armed, and telling them to move along. Again, it’s all on tape. Murmurings can be heard from the crowd: “That (expletive) got a gun” and “It’s not worth it (expletive) you stu–,” At that point, peaceful protester Alayna Melendez leapt on Gardner from behind (not subscribers to the Marquess of Queensberry rules, these peaceful protesters), knocking him down and into the street, whereupon yet another peaceful protester jumped on top of Gardner, who fired two warning shots in the air, scattering his first two assailants. Again: all on tape. Three seconds later, as Gardner was trying to get up, Scurlock

jumped on him from behind and put him in a chokehold — which I believe is considered definitive proof of intentional murder when performed by a police officer. In videos, Gardner can be heard yelling, “Get off me! Get off me!” With his right arm pinned, and Scurlock choking him, Gardner moved the gun to his left hand and shot over his shoulder, hitting Scurlock in the collarbone, killing him. Or as The New York Times’ Azi Paybarah explained it: “Mr. Gardner got into a fight with one man, James Scurlock, 22. The two scuffled before Mr. Gardner fired a shot that killed him.” They “scuffled.” It brings to mind the Times headline from Nov. 23, 1963: “President Kennedy Dies in Dallas After Scuffle — Albeit at Great Distance — With Lee Harvey Oswald.” Let’s be fair, though. Maybe Scurlock jumped Gardner, or maybe Gardner jumped Scurlock. Who knows? It’s not like there are 4 million videos of the incident. Gardner was immediately taken into police custody for questioning and held until 11 p.m. the next night. The Democratic district attorney, Don Kleine, his chief deputy Brenda Beadle, and all the homicide detectives spent 12 hours that weekend reconstructing the incident with multiple videos. Their unanimous conclusion? That Gardner shot Scurlock in self-defense. Despite the delusional claims posted on “social media” that Gardner used the N-word — which, as we all know, is grounds for summary execution by any black person — none of the videos substantiate that. To the contrary, Scurlock’s own friend denied that Gardner said anything racial at all. (Apparently, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.) At 22, Scurlock already had a rap sheet a mile long, including home invasion, assault and battery, domestic violence — and, of course, he was in the middle of a crime spree that very night. Methamphetamine and cocaine were found in his urine. But “the community” erupted like COVID in April. Nebraska state Sen. Megan Hunt (bisexual, graduate of a now-defunct college) repeatedly called Gardner a “white supremacist.” Another Nebraska state senator, Kara Eastman (bisexual), called Gardner’s shooting of Spurlock a “cold-blooded murder.” (Why do I mention their sexual orientations? A lot of the hate toward Gardner seems to come from the transgender community for his posting on Facebook that transgenders would be restricted to the unisex bathrooms because a man in a dress had attacked a female customer in the ladies’ room.)


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FOR A HEALTHIER YOU Homework Can Pay Off For Caregivers FALL IS A great time for implementing change. There's a fresh-start feeling and renewed sense of purpose and productivity that accompany the early part of a new school year, ingrained in us from our youth and perhaps also from years LISA M. PETSCHE Medical social worker of raising chiland freelance writer dren. As well, moderating temperatures typically result in an increase in our energy at this time of the year. Homework that pays off As a family caregiver, although you may not have returned to school, doing some homework in the coming weeks can pay off in terms of improving your well-being and that of the person you care for. Read on for some suggestions. Educate yourself about your relative’s medical conditions and share the information with him or her and other family members as appropriate, to ensure you have a common understanding. Request a medication review by your relative’s primary physician or a geriatrician, to check for drug interactions and determine whether your relative still needs all of their prescriptions. Arrange for an experienced lawyer to assist your relative in assigning powers of attorney for personal care and property (finances) and preparing a will. Or review such documents if they were done some time ago, to determine if they need updating. Self-care strategies It is well known that self-care can improve caregivers’ effectiveness and longevity in their role. Read and give consideration to the following strategies. Book an appointment with your primary physician if you are overdue for a medical check-up or you’re experiencing physical or mental health issues. Buy a piece of home fitness equipment, such as a treadmill, or get some workout DVDs so you can exercise without leaving home. Do something that provides you with meaning and purpose outside of the caregiving role, such as scrapbooking or researching your family tree. It’s important to nurture your identity apart from your role as a

Educate yourself about your relative’s medical conditions and share the information with him or her and other family members as appropriate, to ensure you have a common understanding. caregiver. Revive an old pastime or try something new. If it’s physically difficult for you to perform outdoor maintenance tasks such as mowing the lawn, tending the garden and raking leaves, or finding time is an issue, enlist the help of a reliable neighbor (consider hiring a teenager from the block) or contract with a reputable yard maintenance service. If your relative can safely be left alone but you are anxious about the prospect, supply them with a portable phone and get yourself a cell phone so you can stay in touch. An emergency response system may also help put your mind at ease.

If your relative can’t be left alone, research respite services in your community so you can arrange breaks from caregiving. It’s a winwin situation, because your relative will benefit from the added stimulation that comes from a visiting companion or meeting new people and trying new things at a community program. In-home options include respite provided by home healthcare agency staff, an individual hired under a private arrangement (most often located via word of mouth or newspaper classified advertising) and a trained volunteer (for example, from the Alzheimer’s Association). There are also adult day care programs and residential care


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homes that have a short-stay program (so caregivers can plan a vacation). To learn about resources, contact your local office on aging or the non-profit organization associated with your relative’s disease. Connect with other caregivers. Consider joining a community support group; some offer concurrent care. Information on caregiver groups can be obtained from community social workers and your local office on aging. Online caregiver message boards and chat rooms and electronic mailing lists or discussion forums are some at-home alternatives. Lisa M. Petsche is a medical social worker and a freelance writer specializing in boomer and senior health matters. She has personal experience with elder care.


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'Passionately Pink' Virtual Series Offered WITH OCTOBER designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Dorcy Cancer Center at Centura-St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is looking to raise awareness about the disease and show support for those affected by it through a series of virtual educational presentations titled, “Passionately Pink! A Journey to Surviving Breast Cancer.” The one-hour presentations, which will be conducted live on Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. each Thursday in October, will cover topics such as breast cancer screening, early detection and survivorship. The schedule and topics are as follows: Oct. 1 – Personal Breast Health: Join Nurse Navigator Barbara Young as she shares information about screening guidelines and dense breasts and teaches you how to perform self-breast exams. Oct. 8 – A Nutritional Guide for Women and Breast Cancer: Clinical Dietitian Amanda Taylor will provide nutritional tips for women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. Oct. 15 – Sexuality, Intimacy and Having Breast Cancer: Kara Hart, nurse practitioner from Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, will provide guidance on how to re-discover your body after the side effects from breast cancer treatment. She will review tips for how to reconnect with your body and create a space for intimacy. Oct. 22 – The Importance of

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n old broken-down house, strange demons, and a massive forest -- all come together in AMULET, actress Romola Garai’s first feature film behind the camera. She wrote the script and directed this unusual horror offering. An ambitious undertaking, for sure. While many things do not work out, the movie boasts intriguing cinematography by Laura Bellingham and an excellent cast including Alec Secareanu, Carla Juri, Anah

Ruddin, Angeliki Papoulia, and the great Imelda Staunton (from the “Harry Potter” franchise) , who has a ball playing a seemingly helpful nun here. The story follows Tomas (Secareanu), an unemployed former soldier haunted by a forest experience with Miriam (Papolia), a runaway. He then agrees to help Magda (Juri), an attractive young woman, with her decaying house while she's taking care of her dying mother (Anah Ruddin). As the film unfolds, strange things happen, and Tomas begins to question his own moral character and the essence of evil. This is the first time I’ve seen Secareanu on screen, and I am quite impressed. His changing facial expressions, body language and emotional range remind me of a young Antonio Banderas (be still my heart.) From bright sunshine to creepy blur, “Amulet” wants us to endure a spooky tale – horror delayed, with confusion for us displayed.

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Shrubs That Sparkle in Fall not just adding an unexpected pop of color to the fall landscape; you're also planting a rich source of food for birds. Judson LeCompte, a product development manager for Proven Winners, travels North America and much of the rest of the world looking for great shrubs for gardeners. Growing up in Alabama, he learned to appreciate the pleasure of fall gardens. "It was the only time you could go outside and not die," he says of the southern heat. "Fall is my favorite time of year." Beautyberry is one of his first choices among fall shrubs. "It's a no-nonsense plant," he says. "It does well across the country, it tolerates bad drainage and it thrives in heat." Re-blooming shrubs may cause you to do a double-take in the fall garden. The Bloomerang series of re-blooming lilacs is particularly striking, with a bright fall flush of fragrant flowers that all but cover the mounded plants. Re-blooming azaleas light up the shade under trees with their flashy ruffled flowers. Shrub roses often put on a fresh and poignant display of fragrant blooms in fall, and the flowers tend to last a little longer in the cooler temperatures than they did in the heat of summer. There's no need to wait until next year to give your garden a good jolt of color and life with shrubs that shine in the fall. This is a great season to plant, and, as gardening has surged in popularity this year, growers have put their efforts into increasing their inventory. Garden shops are well stocked with excellent choices. Planting now gives shrubs a chance to establish healthy roots in the soil before cold weather

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percent,” Johnson says. Should the forecast prove to be correct, this would make the 5th time since 2010 that there will be an extremely low, or even no, annual inflation adjustment. “This is more evidence that our system to adjust benefits for inflation, is broken,” Johnson says. The COLA was zero in 2010, 2011, and 2016. It was just 0.3% in 2017. Since 2010, annual COLAs have averaged just 1.4 percent. That’s less than half the 3 percent that COLAs averaged between 1999 and 2009. This has occurred at the same time that other costs experienced by retirees, particularly for healthcare and housing, have grown several times faster than the overall rate of inflation. But those costs have not been accurately reflected in the COLA. Why not? One major reason has to do with whose “market basket” the government is using to meas-

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Artist Kim Mackey Returns WE'RE EXCITED TO welcome back one of our favorites. Pueblo artist Kim Mackey is showing in the Regional Gallery. Kim Mackey grew up in Pueblo, Colorado. He attended public schools and, through his interest and ability in art, won a scholarship to attend the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver. Following art school, Mackey worked for several years as an illustrator, completing assignments for such clients as True West magazine, Western Horseman, and Capitol Records. For the latest information visit Now in the galleries:

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Medicare premiums. Research for The Senior Citizens League has found that Medicare Part B premiums are one of the fastest growing costs in retirement. The COLA is intended to protect the buying power of Social Security benefits from eroding when prices go up. But when the annual inflation adjustment doesn’t go up in sync with rising costs, the buying power of benefits erodes. That chips away at the standard-of-living of all benefit recipients. Research by Johnson has found that Social Security benefits have lost about 30 percent of buying power over the past 20 years. Questions about the fairness and accuracy of the COLA, which TSCL’s research, surveys, and supporters have raised, are getting attention in Congress. Recently the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review efforts to measure the cost of living for older populations. In its report, the GAO found that “the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) faces accuracy, timeliness, and relevancy challenges developing consumer price indexes (CPI) for subpopulations of blue-collar workers and older Americans.” The GAO went on to say, “BLS has not evaluated the extent to which its existing data are adequate to produce CPIs that reflect what these subpopulations pay, where they shop, and what they purchase…Without an evaluation, federal retirement benefits could be subject to adjustment based on potentially inaccurate information.”

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OUR CURRENT CENTERRIGHT MOOD IS NOT SO DIFFERENT THAN 1976 THINK THIS IS a different kind of election? Right about now during the 1976 presidential campaign, fully a third of the electorate was undecided. This year, the undecideds comprise about 7% of the electorate. What's the difference? The candidates, the country, the national mood, everything. But 1976 is a good place to start to understand what is happening with the candidates, country, national mood -- indeed, everything. The candidates that year seem to us now to have been painted in earth tones. It didn't look that way in our bicentennial year. But history has a way of wiping away the extreme coloration of things, to reduce vivid shades to beige and taupe. On the ballot was Gerald Ford, the incumbent president -- the only unelected chief executive in our history, a onetime partisan brawler who

transitioned seamlessly into a soothing presence: calm, assuring, tainted mostly by a pardon of his predecessor, Richard Nixon, that seemed like heresy at the time but that history has rewarded and redeemed. His challenger was Jimmy Carter, another soothing presence, offering healing and honesty, himself enough of a bumpkin (the peanut farmer from the rural crossroads of Plains, Georgia, presented an appealing update on the log-cabin images of the 19th century) and enough of a sophisticate (his nuclear engineering background from Annapolis gave him a modern air) to be an unthreatening balance of past and present. Let's not forget: Ford was a conservative, at least by that era's definition. Carter was a liberal, at least by the measure of the times. But in retrospect, they seem almost interchangeable, and though they battled earnestly and urgently, in time they came to respect, even to like, each other. (Years ago I worked on a lengthy magazine piece on how presidents pray during their White House years and had a revealing conversation with Carter. He asked if I had spoken with Ford, and I said I hadn't been able to get an interview. He offered to call Ford. Soon thereafter, Ford was on the phone with me.) Now let's look at politics 2020, and measure it by what I found in my mailbox the other day and what I heard on the telephone a day later. First, from the mailbox: an 8.5-by11-inch cardboard placard with a picture of a wan-looking former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with his arm around a demonic-looking Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The message in boldface capital letters: "JOE BIDEN HAS COMPLETE-

LY EMBRACED THE RADICAL LEFT." On the back were charges that Biden would promulgate "the biggest (tax increase) in history," would "give amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants, letting them compete for American jobs," and would support Green New Deal legislation that would have the effect of "destroying millions of blue-collar energy jobs and threatening our way of life." Now the telephone: It was a top Democrat calling President Donald J. Trump "disgraceful and disgusting." We can argue about who is responsible for this change; the public verdict on that question pretty much reflects the public poll numbers right now. Those who support Biden feel Trump deserves the blame. Those who support Trump believe Biden and his onetime patron, Barack Obama, are culpable. But we cannot disagree that this election -- described by both sides as the most important of our lifetimes, a characterization that is employed every four years but really may be the case this time -- is being conducted in a country divided. But hold it. Maybe the country is not that much changed after all. Let's examine an important but overlooked Gallup Organization poll that was taken earlier this year, involving more than 29,000 interviews with American adults. It presents us with some intriguing, somewhat surprising, elements. It tells us that Americans are leaning more Democratic than Republican. That should be succor for Biden's supporters. But it also concludes that the country remains "center-right." That should please

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