Last login: Monday, November 19, 2012
Supply and demand? Pure unadulterated greed. But if people are stupid enough to pay their rates, they're only doing what the greedy business people have always done. Actually, most 'business" visitors don't pay the bill; their company does, which in turn is a tax write off.
So everybody but the taxpayer wins. Ain't that the way it's supposed to be in america?
Oh, an afterthought. Wonder if any of the staff at these Gouge-tels get a pay increase or bonus? Ha, Ha, Ha. Good one, huh?
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Whew! Good thing that policy is not in effect in the Sheriff's department.
Oh, come now. Why in the world would anyone regulate tobacco and alcohol when there is such an abundance of wealth to be made from taxing and selling the stuff. We just keep the anti-tobacco and anti-drinking folks happy by paying "false" gratuitous attention to their concerns.
SADMr. Brooks had me totally in agreement with his valid arguments re Pit Bulls. Then he went totally off message into a rampage that sadly points to intolerance for anyone whose opinion difers from his. The Advocate's "glorifying the victim mentality of some Obama-supporting family" and your admonishment to "Quit whining and be responsible" are inappropriate in this grevious situation. Neither politics or your view on when people should or should not whine is totally irrelevant and hurtful in this venue. Compassion, not codemnation is in order here for both dog owners and victims.
“Kathryn Gifford, a public affairs officer for South Texas Veterans Health Care System, which is based in San Antonio, said the PTSD group therapy issue is specific to the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions in Victoria. "They've been meeting for a long time, and that's why they don't want to stop," she said.She said after a given time, the effectiveness of treatment declines and patients must learn how to cope in their daily lives. However, if something changes, those veterans should call their VA doctors to be evaluated for therapy on an individual and as-needed basis."This is truly not a financial situation," she said. "We're recommending that they move on."”
I am unable to process the insensitivity of the public affairs official's words after reading the above section of the article.
Who is the state official referred to in the heading? Gifford is probably a fed if she works for the S Texas VA. Also at issue is who gave her the “words” to feed to the media? Whether the words were her own or the chain of command’s, they show a distinct ignorance of the military and how war affects combat soldiers. So are we to understand that any groups dealing with traumatic experience should have a time frame on their being allowed to wallow in their PTSD affliction? In other words, if a rape crisis group, a child predator survivor group, victims of crime group, a grief group, cancer, COPD, and on,after a predetermined time, should be advised that “they just move on.” Apparently, the “chain of command” (who are not defined in this article) needs a little sensitivity training and to explain a decision rendered through nothing other than “get over it, you’re not helpable.”Where are all these politicians proudly supporting the Vets (in public anyway)? I find the entire matter is reprehensible, and needs a lot more explaining with identification of the people making such an egregious decision, state official and the chain of command. Without knowing who the players are in this extremely poor decision. Kathryn Gifford is just a mouthpiece behind which the power folks hide. You can ask numerous city, county, states, and Vet organizations to help, but there is nothing more powerful than thousands of Vets making their feelings known directly to the “state official”, and “chain of command” whoever they might be. Shame on them for hiding behind a public affairs officer.
Your article is very enlightening and points directly to a problem existing to this day. A history professor of mine summed up quite succintly the reason for documenting history. A people can not have a productive, improved future unless they have available and can learn life lessons from the past. We as a human race tend to still discriminate widely against classes of people whom we feel to be inferior to us, but history has led to monumental steps forward as time progresses.
I would hope Catholics, as well as Jews, Protestants, Muslims, etc. living in the U.S. and having a vote, would vote their conscience, not that of their church or political affiliation or how Daddy voted for 40 years. I am an American, and fortunte to be able to say our individuality is allowed. I'm just about positive a war was fought for the right to be indivuals and think freely, not having a despot deciding how I should think. Too many people allow themselves to be the puppet of an organization. Why do otherwise intelligent people lose their perspective when they vote for our leaders. "I am a Republican, Catholic, whatever, and that's the way I vote." That is just so un-American and butchering the constitution as badly as Stephen Tyler butched our national anthem yesterday.
Many years ago, and in the State of Florida, hmmmm, the family of a man who broke into a residence and was subsequently killed, sued the owner for unjustifiable homicide.. The court ruled the victim's family was correct and was to be compensated. The owner, defendant in cited case, rigged a shotgun to the door of his hunting trailer, to deal with unlawful entrants. The victim forcibly opened the door and entered the trailer, and the shotgun fulfilled its intended purpose. Sad, but true, the legal system often turns a jaundiced eye on an apparent (to most others) frivolous, ridiculous situation.
How many politicians are impersonating public servants?