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Category: Senior News

A Month of Silence For Memorial Day

In these times of polarized, pugnacious pundits of doom and gloom, it strikes me that the finest most honorable tribute to our fallen warriors would be a month of silence. commencing today and running two weeks after Memorial Day, so as to fully memorialize the depth of the meaning of the day, beyond a 3 day vacation bash. Naturally one would not retreat as a monk, but the silence I envision would be a nationwide fasting from all political opinion and identity politics—none of which ever exist on a battlefield. Turn off all talk radio and cable news for 30 days in respect for the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the very existence of those entities. Show the world that we are united as Americans first, not because we have an opinion that trumps our neighbors. Loud opinions in combat are a security risk. So lets for one month imagine we are in combat for the soul of America and silence ourselves, knowing that we will not shrivel up without a pronounced proclamation of our position on the state of nation. That would sound trumpets of respect for the fallen warriors. “Homo lupus Homini.” Man is wolf to man. We must find a way to mute the mounting rude and ruthless incivility that has become acceptable and oddly laudable. It is said that, “evil thrives on resistance,” making silence the only antidote to the chaotic cacophony that is subsuming the nation. The last degenerate Emperor of Rome in 509 heard the same angry wailing on the way out. War shows no sign of lessening. From the Peloponnesian Wars. to the Crusades through the French Revolution, two World Wars, endless Revolutions amongst nation states, to the ongoing undeclared wars of assimilation in  Korea , Vietnam and now 15 years in the tribal quagmires of the return of Ottoman Empire, , there has always  been a dislike of the unlikes.  Whites against blacks. Christians and Jews, Muslims and Jews, Catholics and  Protestants, Irish and British. Yet, in all my years,  I have not witnessed such  a brutal inhumanity to our own. All being aggrandized by a voyeuristic media. The only First Amendment antidote to this calamity of voices that are not folding into anything fruitful or formative for posterity, is silence. “Only the dead know the end of war.” Plato In honor of Memorial Day 2016, lets imitate the deceased with our silence, they may hear such a tribute.
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The VA Fan Club

A VA Fan Club? For real? Well not really, yet there is a very large “de facto” fan base comprised of the battalions of veterans nationwide who are at ease and pleased with the healthcare that the Veterans Administration provides with great equality of delivery. There is a reason that the surveys come back with an approval rating that far exceeds the private sector.We do not hear much from them for obvious reasons. Who wants to be comparing their quality care with a veteran who is struggling with the VA? Most veterans have so much respect for each other, that they avoid the chiming in to the blame game and would prefer to just jump in to help or find someway to advocate for the veteran and family that are at odds with their delivery and aftercare. Does that make one a fan? As I said, not really, but the preference is to stay true to your school. What is the option? The private sector is so maxed out with Doctor/Patient  ratios and stockholder quarterly profit reports, that they cannot hold a candle to the VA over the long stretch. As a combat veteran of the Marine Corps and a client of the VA Medical system for for 31 years, I would not for a moment trust the privatization of this system. Knowing full well that the effort to discredit the VA is funded with tons of dark money being shoveled into a messaging mania that often harms the current clients and plants doubt in the minds of the newly enrolled veterans. How does this help promote holistic health and prevent mental health worries? Rumors are not good for heart or the head. I am not suggesting that the VA does not have administrative travails, evidenced by the myriad of investigations underway. But are not those investigations a good thing? Is not feedback the breakfast of champions? Name me a Fortune 500 company or a professional sports team that does not have identical internal quagmires, and more frequent turnover of personnel. In my zip-code, the United Health Care Providers just lost doctors who left to go to work for the VA! Go figure. Does anyone in the Main Stream Media bother to report when the problems are solved? Nope. But they will sure as hell report about the new coach at USC or UofA.  Did you know that the mass of those veterans that were on a proverbial waiting list, were deceased for years and not sitting in the wings awaiting appointments? It was a data entry issue. The American Legion covered this update, but not one those politicos that need sensitive talking points to further their self aggrandized campaigns of mis-information. This, at its core is more of a moral travesty than a delayed wait for an appointment. Placing your political ambitions in the rucksack of a veteran is very, very low, particularly when not a one of the current crop has served in the Armed Forces.  The age of the Chicken Hawk has returned. There is a flap in Arizona about doctors leaving the after 6 months of employment. Many interns only serve 6 months and elect to move on to other specialties or to the private sector. Is this not the free market at its best? Choice remains a good thing not a mud-puddle. Doctors at the VA all serve for a bilaterally agreed upon experimental time frame. Did the reporters take the time to discern who left in distaste and who left as part of a normal cycle of service? Both readers and the veteran population deserve better reporting about the VA problems nationwide. One topic would be to speak of the burden placed upon the VA Health Care system by winter visitors who wait to get their care while in the westerns states, where they camp in their RV’s for 6 months and clog up the appointment schedule of the locals. They do deserve the best of care, and I for one enjoy the company of visitors, but is this the fault of the VA that they are tremendously egalitarian in their care? A story about the vetting process and the means testing the VA uses would be timely and compelling. The 8 Priority System is not perfect but it is aligned with what all fiscal conservatives want of our Government.  No, a stateside veteran of the Air Force who has no service connected disabilities does not get the same level of benefits as the Army Ranger who served in Baghdad and Kabul. Free care and free medications for all was never promised, yet we do hear the complaints to the contrary. Were this true, Socialism would be underway. Means testing is a good thing for all. Lets here more about how the VA gets advance funding and how they project their needs. Can you imagine an internal bean counter with the VA in, say, 2003, projecting the need to take care of a 400% increase of Traumatic Brain Injury,TBI, and Post Traumatic Stress and military rape in the ranks of 4-7 tour troops over a 15 year time span? The Tea Party did not exist then, but I can hear the siren squawking….50 billion more for 15 more years! The point being, who planned or would plan for 15 continuous years of war? And how do you fit the delivery and budgeting into an approval process that slogs along one year at time? Should we be priming ourselves now for another 20 years of war? And who will pay for it? Mexico? There is a strong case to be made that no nation can develop a long term fiscal policy for war. That is a good thing. Be reminded that Afghanistan sent the Russians packing three decades ago, by their tenacity and a strategy of “breaking the bank.” That tactical war strategy remains in place. The ‘weapons of mass destruction’ may well be TBI veterans sent home one at a time, with a need for lifetime care. How big is the bank? This prolonged warfare, that is the first of its kind in the history of the Republic is not the fault of the Veterans Administration. They are dancing as fast as they can. God forbid they would ever privatize, as that would only feed an incestuous war machine and unfathomable profiteering. As the late Marine General Smedley Butler, and Medal of Honor recipient, aptly stated, “War is a racket”. Lets be true to our school and like good Alumni help our VA win the game. Any thing less is falling prey to subliminal programming that is not of our making and lacking in moral probity.

Senior News Turns Sweet 16 – Celebrates with New Website!

The Senior News has turned Sweet 16! It’s time to party! Get ready for a year of celebrating, with live events to thank the community, including business supporters and honoring the Over-50 crowd. Guarantee that that you receive your participation instructions. There will be some big announcements being made. The first one is right here in this article. Keep on reading…

Big Announcement #1 – New Website Launched!

By now you know the new “mystery” website name… DesertNewsPost.com. It’s easy and free to subscribe to receive timely email announcements. Just read on for more information. Senior News owner Trina Siverts has been working hard to make sure this new website blows your socks off. The new name is easier for you to remember (and spell). There are exciting surprise features of interest to you, plus some that are just plain practical.
  • Save Time and Gas Money. You now have faster access to articles and photos online. Senior News, Jess Ranch Bulletin and High Desert Community News articles will be published on the website before the printed versions hit the streets. (Don’t panic: the print versions will still be published and distributed as before).
  • It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Website. This is YOUR modern, easy-to-use, informative website, encompassing great features that readers have asked for. You’ll get better events coverage, access to hundreds of event photos, plus a lot more. You’ll still get the same local “good” news, great resources, and things to do as published in the print versions.
  • Surprise Elements to Enjoy. Like books? There will be book reviews, on subjects chosen to uplift and entertain you. Like to shop? Watch for some special ways to find items you need. Want photos? Per your request, you’ll be able to see and download photos of you and your friends for your personal use.
  • Weekly Updates – The website will be updated weekly. Be sure to check back often. Plan your week around fun and exciting things. And, be sure to tell your friends so they don’t miss out!
  • E-Subscriptions – Receive your electronic Senior News in PDF format with a free e-subscription. You’ll also receive notices when interesting news occurs, and whenever an interesting new event is discovered.
You can still read the printed newspaper every month, however you may miss out on some events if you aren’t receiving the email blasts! Sign up for email blasts by giving your email address. “Like” the “Senior News” on Facebook. And “Follow” us at “Sivertspub” on Twitter.Last, but not least! You’ll be able to subscribe to the new weekly publications, Desert News Post. A departure from our mostly positive coverage, it takes a more “newsy” approach. Get your local, county, state and federal government updates, events, and opinions from organizations that the mainstream media may not offer. We’ll report on special interests like the Tea Party and other political activists, social concerns, environmental, economic, educational, historical, animal rights and other subjects. Be sure you are kept up-to-date! It’s easy and free. Just go to the “Contact Us” page, and supply your email address! If you don’t have your own email, get your friend, daughter, son, cousin, nephew or grandchild to supply theirs. You won’t want to miss out!