30 March 2010

Stop Insurance Companies from Discriminating Against Women!

  Sign the petition!

Did you know that insurance providers, on average, charge women up to 50% more for health care than men? 

Health insurance providers use this shady tactic, better known as gender rating, to unjustly procure more money from women. Thankfully, the practice is illegal in a few states, but not all. Tell Congress to put a stop to unfair gender rating in ALL states.

Read more and sign the petition... 

28 March 2010

Hey,Hey,Paula's Challenge for the Week March 28, 2010:

I am going to challenge myself this week to do something kind for another person.

I challenge you to do the same!

It could be as small as picking up trash in your neighbor's yard to preparing a meal for someone who is ill.

Please return and report on how you met the challenge and the affect it caused!

21 March 2010

Hey,Hey,Paula's Challenge for the Week

I am going to challenge myself today to sit down and write at least one letter and at least one card and mail them the old fashioned way with a stamp and via the US Postal service! 

I challenge you to do the same! 

In this age of technology, letter writing is becoming a lost art. My elderly step-mother loves to get letters and so do I! 

Please return and report on how you met the challenge and the affect it caused!

17 March 2010

Councilman Matt Schultz Makes It Official

Council Bluffs, Iowa – Councilman Matt Schultz made it official today by filing his nomination papers with the Iowa Secretary of State. Schultz will be challenging a Democratic incumbent to become Iowa’s next Secretary of State, if he is successful in the Republican primary in June.
“I am excited about the momentum that is building around my candidacy and for all of the volunteers that have turned out to help me get signatures, make phone calls, stuff envelopes and knock doors. I feel like we have a great organization and that Iowans really want a Secretary of State who will stand up and fight for Iowa jobs and for fair elections.”
Last week Schultz announced the legislative endorsements of Former Speaker of the House Brent Siegrist, Representative Doug Struyk, and Representative Greg Forristall. He will be announcing his second set of legislative endorsements later this week.

16 March 2010

As for Health Care, Social Security and COLA...

"With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 57 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2010.  This will be the first year without an automatic Adjustment (COLA) since they went into effect in 1975.
“Social Security is doing its job helping Americans maintain their standard of living,” Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security said.  “Last year when consumer prices spiked, largely as a result of higher gas prices, beneficiaries received a 5.8 percent COLA, the largest increase since 1982.  This year, in light of the human need, we need to support President Obama’s call for us to make another $250 recovery payment for 57 million Americans.” Prompt Passage of Economic Recovery Act Payment for 2010 Needed

I am on Medicare for medical and Rx. It comes out of my Social Security Disability*; $137.40 a month. Some people think we have a free ride - not so. This year they/Congress decided that we would have no COLA/Cost of Living Increase. This because the cost of living had not increased. Behind that letter, came a letter informing me that my insurance premium was going up $4 a month. Also, my insurance provider, slipped in a new choice: $4 and ^ co-pays or $0 and ^ co-pays. I have always had $0 and ^ co-pays on generic. But, because I failed to read the part about checking the box, I missed that I needed to change my choice then, instead of what it has been for the past seven years... Now, I have to wait until re-enrollment time.

Yeah... not a happy camper. But, let me tell you, I WILL watch closely for the letters this next fall that will decide my financial fate for 2011. 

As I drive to the post office to mail my letters with stamps that have increased in price, on the way to pick up my prescriptions and groceries, that have increased in price, on the way to the gas station to buy gas, that has increased in price, for my car that I had to purchase unexpectedly, with an outrageous interest rate, because I failed to keep my credit rating at an approved rate, I will be reminded to keep a closer watch on who votes for what in the state of Iowa where I am a resident, in the United States of America where I have lived my entire life, except when I was a child and my father was stationed in Germany with the Air Force.

But, I will survive and I will continue to help those in need that I feel can use a little help. I will continue to chauffeur, feed, donate and serve as I am able. That is what I was taught to do by my goodly parents and my God who said, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Matthew 22:39

*It is only fair to mention that my employer reimburses my Medicare insurance, not my Rx insurance, in my workplace disability. But why should they have to bear that burden? Because I am fortunate enough to draw from two sources, I do not qualify for any kind of assistance. When assistance need is calculated, nothing is taken into account for all the other normal obligations I have. I receive no food stamps, no rent reimbursement, no property tax relief, no heat assistance, no Medicaid... the list goes on for what is "out there" IF you qualify.

13 March 2010

Matt Schultz: Council Bluffs' Favorite for Secretary of State

Having known Matt Schultz and his family since they moved to Council Bluffs several years ago, we can attest to the fact that he is one hard working individual, striving for the best for our great state of Iowa!
His wonderful wife, Zola, a very special friend, is the perfect example of one we can all learn from as to supporting her husband in his quest to help Iowa grow bigger, better and stronger!
We look forward to Matt sharing with Iowa the leadership we know that he exemplifies!
Matt, we need a yard sign!

Wonderful article about one of our future Iowa leaders from Council Bluffs...

06 March 2010


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04 March 2010

Free Honey Giveaway!

This week, my friend Anne Bradshaw has a free give-away! It is  a 17.6 oz. glass jar of Tropical Traditions Organic Canadian Raw Honey. Thanks so much, Tropical Traditions, for offering such a delicious prize.

Raw honey (especially organic) is a big time favorite of Anne's and has been for years. She keeps it in her food storage and uses it for a variety of purposes. It is, of course, excellent on toast, cereals, and fruits, but did you know it is considered an excellent antiseptic treatment for sore throats, cuts and burns?

"I'm delighted to tell readers that after testing Organic Canadian Raw Honey by Tropical Traditions, I find it first class. The taste is more subtle than many honeys. Not too cloying and sweet. As Goldilocks would say, "Just right."

I have never tried it but I sure am wanting to!