I have some letters I need to write – there are just a few things I need to get off my chest. I apologize if this post seems like a downer, I don’t mean it to be, but that could happen.
Dear weather controllers: I know when I lived in California I said I missed having four distinct seasons, and I did. But could you lighten up a little with this winter thing? I mean, really, do we need to get over 18″ of snow in 24 hours? Do we need that snow to be followed by temperatures of -14 (yes, minus fourteen)? Do we need more snow to be followed by rain, as the weather people on TV said would be coming this weekend? Could you be just a wee bit more temperate, perhaps? Maybe even make winter last only for a couple of months, like December and January? Maybe make spring and fall a little longer? Could you be a little more gentle, please?
Dear Congress: I’m not encouraged by your beginning of the year moves. It’s disheartening to me that you would consider getting rid of the system of checks and balances that are so badly needed – like the oversight office that is geared to keeping you guys on the straight and narrow, something that seems to be badly needed. Even if you did back off, it was something you felt you wanted and needed to do, but I have problems with the why part of that. Then, making moves to ditch the ACA without a good plan for replacement seems to me rather hasty. No, it’s not perfect, but you’re spending a lot of money to get rid of it without any idea what comes next. You do remember that, although we are not so influential or beneficial to you, we are part of this country, we that do not fit into that 1%, don’t you? Could you, like, do something that gives us some hope for the future?
Dear Social Security – well, actually, I guess this should be directed to Congress again: I think it’s really nice that you decided to give me .3% increase this year, but I think it was rather rude that you also increased my Medicare premiums by that amount. I mean, I’m pretty sure that groceries and my electric bills have gone up more than .3% in the past – what? – 3 years since our last increase? Or was it 2 years? Whatever, you get the idea, I’m sure. Now, shall we talk about your salaries and your pensions? And, maybe, your health coverage? I also would like to discuss the fact that my Medicare pays less of my medical bills now than it did a year or so ago. I seem to remember paying into these things all of my many working years. I seem to remember that you borrowed lots of my money, and have not paid it back.
Dear Mr. Trump: Because you are still Mr., and not President, yet. Okay, so I’ll show respect due your position – dear President-Elect Trump: Perhaps you could use that money you want for a wall between us and Mexico for Social Security, Medicare, and education instead? I know, I know – you say that money will be paid back, but I kind of think you’re whistling Dixie there. And while we’re at it, could you tone down your rhetoric just a bit, maybe act a bit more presidential, a bit more circumspect? Maybe even practice diplomacy? Maybe try to get along with members of your transition team that try to bring some facts into the discussions? Maybe face a little bit of reality, and expect your Russian friends to act with some respect towards out systems? I don’t think that’s asking too much, really I don’t.
Dear winter critters: I appreciate your visits. I do what I can to make life a little easier for you, tossing out birdseed in the mornings for you ground feeders, providing sunflower seeds in a feeder for those of you who prefer your meals above the ground. I wonder where all the squirrels I had last year have gone, but was happy to see a little bunny come by yesterday morning.
Dear readers: I appreciate your visits, and it warms my heart to think you actually choose to follow my blog. I know I don’t always tell you how I feel, and for that I apologize. You all are part of the enough that makes up my world.