It’s mid-June and the air is warmer, everything seems brighter, and people just seem to be a bit more relaxed during the summer. As we usher in the summer, it’s the perfect time to step away from your phone, take a break from the computer mouse, forgo that rerun on television and get outside.
One of the most persistent issues that I hear about from my 7th Legislative District bosses concerns high and rising prescription drug prices. According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, our country spends nearly $1 billion a day on prescription medicine, with that number projected to increase over 6% per year on average over the next decade. Further, because the government pays more than 40% of all retail prescription drug costs, this level of increase will constrain and stress state and federal budgets. This has been fueled largely by new drugs entering the market and price hikes of existing prescription drugs. As we consumers call for better cures, we also must demand that access to those vital medicines do not force us into dire financial conditions.
This month, we celebrate and acknowledge two special events related to men: Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month.
Unofficially summer has begun! OK, for you sticklers, the “official” first day of summer is June 22, but the weather that we’ve waited for is here, the outdoor activities we love are ready for our participation or viewing, and from my visual vantage point, it’s picnic and barbecue time.
Summer “officially” begins in a few weeks. Let’s ensure that this is a summer of fun and fond memories, and if you have a child that rides in the back seat, take the extra precaution of never leaving them alone when you exit the car.
Working to Provide Veterans with Job Opportunities, Educational Programs, Housing Assistance and Access to Nutritional Food
It is popular today to publicly praise our soldiers and veterans. We see it at athletic events, and in news coverage, even standing in line at Starbucks when someone offers to buy coffee for a person wearing a military uniform. These tributes are fitting, and they avoid the public distancing marked by forgetfulness that seemed to follow some veterans, especially if they served in Korea or Vietnam. Our military personnel deserve all the attention and praise that we shower on them. And honoring our active and retired armed forces members during National Military Appreciation Month is particularly timely.
This is always one of the most bittersweet blogs that I do each year as it comes right before Mother’s Day. It has now been six years since I lost my mother unexpectedly, less than a week after Mother’s Day 2012. And, while the pain never leaves, it is true that I am able to reflect on the time we had together on this Earth with more fondness.
When you examine the issue of domestic violence, the sheer magnitude of the problem and the relentlessness of its presence can give us pause as we try to combat it in a meaningful and measurable way.
Seldom has a movement had a slogan that distills its message to a few words as the simple one coined by Dr. Temple Grandin: “Different, not less.”
Her pithy description captures the essence of autism and suggests how we should view someone who has it.
As we welcome the deepening of spring (well maybe not this year... sheesh!), with flowers blooming, longer walks and a general uplifting of pleasantness to all, it’s hard not to feel connected to Mother Nature, especially on Sunday, April 22, Earth Day. It allows each of us to have a private celebratory moment to enjoy the earth upon which we live.