While ISIS horrifically beheaded Steven Sotloff and James Foley, some Americans were being inconvenienced on airplanes. Most of us are spoiled and when we stop and think for a minute our inconveniences are small in comparison to so much else in the world.
I fly occasionally and know about being crowded. I'm 6'3 and have flown mostly coach throughout my life. Several years ago my wife and I flew back from England and the woman in front of me reclined her seat back into my knees for about four hours. I couldn't budge her. The flight attendants ignored me when I tried to complain. When I could get into the aisle I had to stand to keep my legs from going numb. The flight was miserable.
New regulations need to demand that airlines give passengers a couple of more inches of space.
Flying can be a pain today. We are searched, x-rayed, patted down, sometimes stripped before boarding. We are then tossed a bag of peanuts and a coke if we are lucky. This all happens to the tune of $400 to $600 plane tickets or more. Should we scowl or complain a bit we could face the security guards and arrest when the plane lands.
On the flip side I am grateful for opportunities to travel. I fully understand our situation. There are crazies in the world and crazies have no place on airplanes. Flying can make anyone irritated. However, 30,000 feet in the air is not a place to be mentally imbalanced. We have to work together whether it's in the air or on the ground.
In the bigger picture ISIS is beheading our journalists as well as Sunni Muslims. American soldiers again are being put at risk in Iraq. Our borders are not secure and we are vulnerable to attack. Millions of Americans are still unemployed and millions more are barely employed. Many have public assistance even with their jobs. Homelessness abounds in America. Racial tensions continue. Jobs continue to go elsewhere. Illegal aliens are all around us and we still cannot figure out a cure for cancer after all these years.
This is not the time in our history to be fighting in the aisles. Instead of being a part of America's problems, each of us must become a part of America's solution.
Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication. Like his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlennMollette
by Glenn Mollette
The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.
It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.
Some of my dearest friends are in their seventies and still work five days a week and sometimes more. A friend of mine who manages entertainers is 78 and has no current plans to retire. Another is 76 and is out every day working for a large corporation. Both agree that staying busy has been good for their mental and physical health.
On the flip side of this are people in their seventies who have to work. Often they have jobs they don't really enjoy but without working some they couldn't survive.
Life would be almost impossible without Social Security and Medicare for America's senior adults.
Most of our elderly would be starving or homeless without these two government programs. These programs along with people working whatever jobs they can find, keep most of America's seniors off the streets. I only wish that the money collected from people would stay in these programs.
Every American deserves a break on Labor Day weekend, Sunday or someday during the week. A rest from the daily grind helps us to reflect and appreciate life a little more.
Unfortunately, millions of Americans would love the opportunity to work through Labor Day and the rest of the holidays if they could find a paying job. Without an income it's almost impossible to relax and enjoy any day.
On Labor Day or any day, count your blessings if life is going well for you.
Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. He is from Martin county, KY.
Contact him at GMollette@aol.com. Like his facebook page at www.facebook.com/glennmollette
Kentucky Press News ServiceFRANKFORT – As part of a national effort to raise awareness of a program that helps low-income consumers receive telephone service, the Kentucky Public Service Commission is reminding Kentuckians to check whether they qualify for the Lifeline subsidy.This is National Lifeline Awareness week, a joint effort by the Federal Communications Commission, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and state utility commissions to increase participation in the program.“In today’s wired society, a telephone is an essential tool for remaining connected to jobs, health care providers and emergency services, as well as friends and family,” PSC Chairman David Armstrong said in a statement. “Economic challenges should not stand as an obstacle to maintaining those vital connections.”The Lifeline program (not to be confused with the similarly named medical alert program) provides a discount of up to $12.75 per month on the local service portion of a telephone bill. Lifeline provides discounts only for the primary telephone in a household, whether it is a landline or wireless phone. Households are limited to one phone line receiving the Lifeline subsidy.Eligibility for Lifeline is linked to participation in or eligibility for other low-income assistance programs, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or the National Free School Lunch program. Residence in federal public housing/Section 8 or an income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines also qualifies consumers for lifeline assistance.“Anyone who thinks that they might be eligible, but who is not participating in Lifeline, should contact their local telephone service provider to see whether they qualify,” Armstrong said.Telephone service providers can assist in selecting a service plan and will provide instructions on how to apply for Lifeline support. Lifeline is funded through a small (8 cents per month per line) federally mandated surcharge on all telephone service.However, not all telephone companies participate in the program. To find a provider or learn more about Lifeline go to www.lifelinesupport.org
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