Travel

Windstar Sailing Cruise from Barbados

“Intimate” best describes Windstar Sailing Cruise from Barbados. In a perfect cruising world, staterooms have nooks and crannies to comfortably stow everything you bring. Heads flush with barely a murmur. Showers run strong and hot. Beds are large and comfy. At least a thousand movie DVDs are available free for your in-room flat-screen enjoyment. Food…

Literature

Holiday Message to Readers

As a kid during WW II, I received a P-51 Mustang one Christmas. I mean, a real honest-to-God cardboard facsimile of the cockpit instrumentation and control stick. With imagination, it was maybe my best gift ever. You older guys, you “Greatest Generation” flyboys may think you won that war. But let me tell you, I…

Health & Medical

Won’t $450 Billion in “Medicare Cuts” Destroy Medicare?

Take another look at the Senate’s 10-year healthcare reform, and ask… How about slashing $500 billion from Medicare? That’s what the House demands of seniors to help pay for its healthcare reform bill. Either of these cuts billions more than last year’s entire Medicare budget: mammograms, surgeries, pots, pans and all. That’s how they intend…

Life Lessons & How Tos

Get Presidential Greetings from Presidents

My crotchety Uncle Charlie was oddly jubilant the day I called to wish him a Happy 85th Birthday. “You’ll never guess who I got a card from,” he gloated. As it happened, I knew. I had arranged for the president of the United States to send Charlie a personal birthday card. But I wasn’t about…

Health & Medical Political

The Difference Between the Dorgan-Snow and Gregg-Smith Bills in the Senate

Gregg-Smith Myths versus Bipartisan Facts Gregg-Smith Myth #1: The bipartisan drug importation bill sponsored by Senators Dorgan, Snowe, Kennedy, McCain and many others: “Allows importation of potentially hazardous unapproved prescription drugs.” Bipartisan Fact: Only FDA-approved drugs may be imported under the bipartisan drug importation bill. In fact, only the bipartisan bill provides a way for…

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