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Are there any western Pennsylvanians here who are dropping Highmark?

We are new to Medicare and chose Highmark for our supplemental. The price went up by 25% so we are looking at UPMC, which is cheaper and seems to have comparable benefits (some are even less). Since we are on Medicare, we can go to either system's hospitals.

If you have UPMC, is there anything about it you don't like... like having treatments refused, poor customer service, etc.?

Thanks so much for your input.


On edit: Here is a link to a recent article that explains the problems: http://triblive.com/business/headlines/6899887-74/medicare-plan-blue#axzz3GKYurUb8

The Senate isn't a lock for republicans.

Several democrats are making gains in recent weeks. It is very close though.

It is happening because off-year elections have low turnouts and the voters tend to tune out the mid-terms. Republicans traditionally turn out better because they are more motivated, I guess. Koch money funds republican campaigns and ads. And the republicans have gerrymandered the House congressional districts so they will maintain their majority. They have also tried to suppress minority voters through voter ID laws in some states.

People want their SS, Medicare and health care... they just don't want other people (like the poor) to have it.

I think a lot of your frustration comes from media coverage.

Am I correct?

I don't think America as a whole is "stupid", but certainly a large percentage of the population does not take time to become well-informed. Just watching cable news is insufficient and those who get a steady diet of faux news are the most poorly informed.

I appreciate your idea to "wage a campaign of education and compassion and WAGE A CAMPAIGN OF HEALING!! " I often wonder why there is always money for the military but other institutions are chronically under-funded. Doesn't seem to matter who is in office, that never seems to change.

Most of them!

We lived in a neighborhood with lots of kids. We played outside from morning till night. I remember those neighborhood kids best, but I also remember the kids from elementary school, since most of us were together for 13 years of schooling. I came from a town where families stayed put and did not move around.

I still dream about my childhood best friend, even though we grew apart in high school and have not been in touch in many years.

Did anyone watch "Stalker"?

What did you think?

It was better than I expected and kept my interest. I put it on my DVR list so I can remember that it's on next week.

Hunting permitted in manhunt zone. What could go wrong??!

Manhunt for trooper slaying suspect won't keep deer hunters from woods in bow season

By Reuters
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, 8:42 p.m.


EAST STROUDSBURG — The manhunt for the suspect in the ambush that killed a Pennsylvania trooper and wounded another won't stop the opening of deer-hunting season in the Pocono Mountains, one of most prized spots in the Northeast for game, authorities said Monday.

Beginning Saturday, bow hunters can enter the deep woods of the region even if the search for the suspect, Eric Frein, is still under way, more than three weeks after the Sept. 12 shooting.

Hundreds of officers, supported by armored vehicles and helicopters, have combed the forests of northeastern Pennsylvania looking for the 31-year-old survivalist.

The extended operation has raised questions about whether the wave of deer hunters who descend on the Poconos in early autumn might compromise safety or the effectiveness of the search.

Saturday marks the beginning of the season when hunters can take deer with bows and arrows, and state police and game commission officials have given them the go-ahead. The fall season will run through Nov. 15.


Read more: http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/6883934-74/hunters-police-deer#ixzz3EojFPu4O ebook

Funny but kind of true! LOL

I admire the level of critical thinking, reasoning, wit and debate that I witness here at DU. I have been to other sites (that shall remain unnamed) and the contrast is stunning.

Funny, but reading and writing at DU makes me feel like I'm exercising my brain! Since I retired, I have the luxury of spending more time here and feel like I am learning every day.

First gubernatorial debate tonight. 9/22

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/09/22/corbett-wolf-prep-for-first-debate-in-govs-race/

It starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on PCN (which we do not get here!)


Live tonight, PCN will provide live coverage of the first Gubernatorial Debate between Incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett and Democratic Candidate Tom Wolf . This event is sponsored by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, and moderated by abc27’s News Anchor Dennis Owens. The Keynote Speaker of the evening will be Tom Brokaw, Former Anchor and Special Correspondent for NBC News. Following the debate, we’ll open our phone lines to hear your comments, concerns, and questions. We want to hear from you, so call us at 1-877-PA6-5001.

https://pcntv.com/2014/09/22/september-22nd-at-730-pm-live-gubernatorial-debate-coverage/



But, but.... what about all those marvelous jobs in the fracking industry?

This article paints a rosy pictures of the great opportunities in fracking!!

The natural gas boom is helping to reverse a downward spiral that began with the fall of the once-mighty steel industry in the 1980s, a collapse that sent thousands of Western Pennsylvanians elsewhere to work.
Between 1970 and 1990, the region lost 158,000 manufacturing jobs and more than 289,000 residents, according to University of Pittsburgh researcher Bob Gradeck.

But that had changed by 2010, and more people were moving into the region than moving out, said Chris Briem, regional economist at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Social and Urban Research.

>snip<

W&J graduates have landed jobs in the oil and gas industry in Washington County — as petroleum engineers, land technicians, environmental technicians, data analysts, IT professionals, attorneys, accountants and public relations professionals, said spokeswoman Karen Oosterhous.

More than 237,000 jobs in Pennsylvania are related to Marcellus shale drilling, according to state figures, and more than 5,000 Marcellus-related jobs are available statewide as of July, an increase of 900 over the previous year.



Read more: http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/6720869-74/industry-gas-welker#ixzz3E05EinK2

Thank you, sheshe2.

Let us not forget our fore-mothers!

December 10, 1923
The Equal Rights Amendment, written by Alice Paul, is introduced in Congress

“We shall not be safe until the principle of equal rights is written into the framework of our government.”
– Alice Paul
If the states ratify it, the Equal Rights Amendment introduced today in Congress would require government to treat men and women with exact equality.

Winning the vote three years ago was a big step. Yet women are still not full citizens. Many states still prohibit women from serving on juries, and differences continue in married women’s rights to control property and make contracts.

Alice Paul, who wrote the ERA and helped found the National Women’s Party which backs it, says the only remedy is to amend the Constitution again.



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