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Bruce and the gang:

Dear Miss Manners

As I’ve mentioned, there is an upcoming family wedding. I’ve received broad hints from the bride’s mother that the Bride Does Not Approve of the gift I’ve selected for the couple. (The groom, however, does. I know this because he was so very enthusiastic when I asked if he’d like to get one.)

I am of the gift-giving philosophy (and Miss Manners backs me up) that I am not a delivery service. You may express your preferences, but I am in no way bound by them. (That is, after all, what makes it a gift, and not extortion.)
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Deficit hawks on Broadway

Yes, they’ve done a great job convincing politicians there’s a deficit emergency, haven’t they?

Oh, and the only spending emergency we have is what we spend on defense.

4th of July

Dave Alvin:

Why does Tom Corbett hate America?

Why else would he cut off services like this to give tax breaks to the rich?

Three years ago, Jessica couldn’t walk into a Fashion Bug without anxiety overwhelming her.

She is 25, and has a form of schizophrenia as well as bipolar disorder. She was asked to tell her story to a statewide conference for the Clubhouse Coalition, a psychiatric rehabilitation program that helps mentally ill people learn social and workplace skills that can help them find success in their communities.

For the last three years, Jessica has traveled by Paratransit each day to the Cornerstone Clubhouse in Phoenixville, where her favorite activity is answering the phone.

That’s going to end July 15.

The state Medical Assistance Transportation Program has determined that although it is proper for Medicare to reimburse the cost of Jessica’s daily services at Clubhouse, it will no longer pay the cost of her traveling there.

She is one of thousands of mentally ill people who are trying to understand why their routines must change.

Advocates across the state are deeply troubled. I’m with them.

“They’re funding the program, but cutting off the transportation. We are floored,” said Lu Mauro, a director of a Clubhouse in Sellersville, and an advisory board member of the state Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.

She and others I spoke to predict the decision will save money in the short term and cost more in the end – and that doesn’t even begin to account for the human toll.

“You’re going to find them in hospitals,” Mauro predicted. “You’re going to find them in prisons.”

100 cool facts

About the human body.

Gaza aid flotilla

They will never let them help the people of Gaza, and the whole world’s in on the game.

When the full moon was in Aquarius

Did you know many of the Founders were heavily influenced by astrologers? I did. I wrote this back in 2003.

Sound familiar?

Ever hear that the Star Spangled Banner is written to the melody of an old British drinking song? Here are the original lyrics sung by the Georgia Tech Glee Club.

Pass the dutchie

Musical Youth:

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