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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    In the 80s and 90s, I worked with our regional board for persons with DD to establish a network of dentists throughout our county to accept children and adults with DD as patients. Only one dentist, the one to whom I took my sons in South County, agreed. ONE! And we have a very large and rather affluent county.

    In 2008, I called every oral surgeon and DDS in our area. One of those oral surgeons had treated me and Jim, and had met our boys in the late 90s and agreed to take care of them at the hospital, under a general anesthetic. That was particularly scary to us. Then Michael's seizures spiraled out of control, and our lives changed drastically.

    That oral surgeon had retired, and he called me to try to help me find another surgeon. I was sobbing, and I could tell that he felt my despair and was tearing up too.

    The dentist, who has provided me and Jim with outstanding care for 15 years is a former Assistant Professor at USC, and she referred us to their "Special Needs" dental department. I must have called there 20 times, with no answer, and no response to my desperate cries for help.

    The reason why dentists/oral surgeons refuse to provide care for people, who have DD, is fear. Fear that something will go wrong, which they wouldn't be equipped to handle. Hence, the desire to perform the dental care in the hospital, where, if anything goes wrong, the patient can have immediate emergency care.

    And, as we learned from Jon's 2009 dental surgery, even when a team of specialists agree that the need for dental care is a life-saving measure, Medicaid is reluctant to pay. It's quite expensive to run a dental or medical practice, in addition to the physician desiring personal income/profit.

    When I see the Medicare summaries for Jim's cancer care, showing the cost of a procedure/infusion and what Medicare paid, the difference is astonishing.

    As long as our health care system is structured this way, those in need, will be denied. If we didn't have excellent Medicare/Supplemental insurance right now, we'd be destitute. In fact that would have been the case if Jim's cancer occurred before he turned 65, because we couldn't get health insurance due to pre-existing conditions.

    Thank you BBS for your compliment. I reserve the word "amazing" for my sons. Michael seized every day for 22 years. In two days, Jon will be 48, and you know all of the issues he confronts daily. Yet, every day, upon awakening, a smile, a hug, an "I love you," and regardless of how difficult their journey, an indescribable courage and strength.

    If I am amazing, it is only because of Jon and Michael, and every lesson they have taught me about perseverance, life and unconditional love. I am eternally grateful for the blessing of being their mother.



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    Rose, reading this brings tears to my eyes. Bless you, your husband, and your amazing boys.

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    Rose, I always enjoy your posts. Your intelligence and humanity always shine through.

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    Op ed from Sen. Flake. Good read:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/o...l-right-region

    This is a well written piece. I do not share his views, but this particular op ed is spot on. One criticism is, however, that he has no business not running. He should run in the primary. Or as an independent, and take away from Kelli Ward(a Trump surrogate — (what kind of woman would vote for Trump?)—this would take votes from her and Dem would win. His way of preserving democracy.

    A responder also suggested that it only takes three senators to caucus with the Dems consistently to block the Presidents agenda.

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    With all due respect to anyone here who might have favored the loser, there's some reason for hope of upsetting the Trump applecart now that this Virginia governor's race has been won by a Democrat:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/20...jersey-n818406
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    I was very happy to see this man win.
    Virginia

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    Default JAMA Editorial, "Death by Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis"

    Some very significant facts are cited in this editorial in JAMA Editorial (November 14, 2017), "Death by Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis."

    For instance, this one:

    Other countries have acted: when a mass shooting happened in Australia 2 decades ago, the federal government responded with legislation within 2 weeks of the event banning semiautomatic rifles.17 Since 1996, there has not been a mass shooting on that continent.
    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jam...ign=14-11-2017
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    The second amendment to The Constitution states the people have the right to "Keep and bear arms". This means all arms, not just hunting arms. We the people were supposed to match the weaponry used by the police and military.

    The forefathers felt this was one way to assure that if the government became corrupted, and needed to be overthrown, we would be able to do it.

    What some deranged people do with arms is harm the innocent citizens of their own country. THEY need to be stopped, by hunting them down, and doing justice. But to take guns away from all citizens would spell doom to the America that we have enjoyed my whole life, and since the Constitution and it's amendments were written.
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    The lawmakers in the U.S. are owned by the NRA.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...-senators.html

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graph...=.881d8a4142e5

    That's why America will never follow in the footsteps of Australia. Our Reps and Senators are making so much money off of the NRA. They don't want to bite the hand that feeds them. That's why these gutless cowards won't pass a bill to outlaw bump stocks, like the one used in the Las Vegas shooting to turn a semi into a fully automatic weapon. Or regulate the amount of ammunition one person can have, or ban assault weapons.

    Today, at least 4 people were killed at a Northern California elementary school, by a man angry about a domestic dispute (like the shooter in Texas) armed with a semi automatic rifle. As usual, the shooter is dead, but so what? He still murdered innocent people. Because he could.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...ushpmg00000009

    The Air Force failed to put the Texas shooter into the system to prevent him from acquiring a large cache of weapons. As a result, half of a church congregation was wiped out while worshiping in their tiny town. Oops! He fell through the cracks!

    If he couldn't legally get his hands on automatic weapons in the first place, because they were banned, perhaps his death count would be smaller.

    After every massacre, our legislators, including the person in the Oval Office currently, have told us "it's not the right time" to talk about gun control. Every single time. It doesn't matter how many people were slaughtered, how many babies and children were slaughtered, or where they were at the time they were gunned down in a matter of seconds. It's never the right time to talk about gun control.

    No amount of "thoughts and prayers" will wash the blood of these mass shooting victims from the hands of our legislators, who are complicit in these shootings by virtue of their greed.

    As long as their palms are greased by the NRA, people will continue to be executed by men, who should have never been allowed to buy a BB gun, let alone an automatic weapon.

    And we are not safe, no matter where we are. A church, a school, a beauty parlor (happened in Seal Beach, CA a few years ago), a theater, a concert, a nightclub ...

    America will never be like Australia or any other country with strict gun control.

    This is our reality. The only option we might have is to oust those legislators in power and vote in legislators, who will fight for gun control laws.

    We have to become more powerful as citizens than the NRA lobby.

    VOTE



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    Quote Originally Posted by Howie View Post
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    The second amendment to The Constitution states the people have the right to "Keep and bear arms". This means all arms, not just hunting arms. We the people were supposed to match the weaponry used by the police and military.
    No, Howie, it does not mean all arms.

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