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    ANOTHER TAX!

    It has been under discussion for some time, but Washington is finally taking some action which will affect all of us.  Advocates of an effort to help states collect taxe on internet sales won a symbolic victory last week in the U.S, Senate where it met with solid bipartisan support.  Tjhe vote was only a show of hands, but it was indicative of a possible victory if the Senate puts a bill together, it would probably win.

    Obviosly not paying tax on these purchases, puts these merchants at an advantage. As it is now, states with a sales tax, on line buyers are supposed to declare and pay the tax but this is seldom enforced.  Do you report and pay on purchases you make on line?

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    DOCTOR DAY

     

    SATURDAY MARCH 30 IS NATIONAL DOCTOR DAY.  A DAY TO HONOR DOCTORS ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES. A DAY TO BE GRATEJUL TO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GO THROUGH MANY YEARS OF SCHOOLING TO HELP THOSE OF US WHO HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS.  DO YOU HAVE A REGULAR DOCTOR, ONE YOU CAN CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT OR TALK TO ON THE PHONE IF NECESARY?  LAST WEEK I TALKED TO ONE OF OUR LOCAL DOCTORS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF 74,000 DOCTORS IF OBAMA CARE IS PUT INTO FULL EFFECT.  WILL YOUR DOCTOR STAY WITH THE PROGRAM?  IT MIGHT BE A GOOD TIME TO HAVE A TALK WITH HIM OR HER  ABOUT THE FUTURE, NOT ONLY HIS OR HER  FUTURE, BUT THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE AS WE KNOW IT TODAY.  LET YOUR DOCTOR KNOW YOU VALUE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO YOU WELL-BEING.

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    PAPER IS KING!

    THE COMPUTER AGE BEGAN WITH "THE HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTER ACT OF 1982" A FEW YEARS BEFORE I INVESTED IN A WORD PROCESSER. IT SEEMS LIKE JUST A SHORT TIME LATER THAT FURTHUR LEGISLATION MADE THE INTERNET POSSIBLE AND MY WORD PROCESSER WAS ANCIENT.  I USED IT UNTIL I COULD AFFORD A COMPUTER.  THE FIRST CONPUTER I SAW WAS A HUGE MACHINE AT HOPE COLLEGE THAT OCCUPIED MOST OF AN AIR AND HUMIDITY CONTROLED ROOM.  MY FRST COMPUTER WAS MUCH SMALLER AND MANAGEABLE.  I SOON REALIZED I NEEDED A PRINTER AND THEN CAME PAPER (LOTS OF PAPER).  I PRINTED ALL THE NEAT STUFF THAT CAME IN MY MAILBOX.  

    SOME ONE MADE THE OBSERVATION THAT THE COMPUTER WOULD CREATE A PAPERLESS SOCIETY.  THAT IS NOT HAPPENING.  WE ARE JUST PRODUCING MORE COPIES AND PRINTING MORE STUFF.  NOW I GET BILLS VIA INTERNET AND U.S. MAIL BOTH.  ARE TREES BEING SAVED BY THE USE?  NOT IN MY HOUSE. HOW ABOUT YOURS.  NOW I KEEP BUYING FILE CABINETS.

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    VACATION DAY!

    THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE PICKED UP MY BOOK AMD READ IT.  ITS CALLED "ON (AND OFF) THE AIR WITH JUKE"AND IS AVAILABLE AT THE HOLLAND MUSEUM, READERS WORLD AND AMAZON.COM.  I THINK YOU WILL ENJOY IT.

    JUKE

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    IT SEEMS THE WHOLE WORLD IS WAITING TO SEE WHAT THE NEW POPE WILL SAY ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE.  THIS SOCIAL NOVELTY SEEMS TO BE THE 'IN" THING TO TALK ABOUT, THANKS TO THE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS ACCEPTED BY A BEVY OF DEMOCRATS AND A COUPLE REPUBLICANS.  REMEMBER IT IS NOT WHAT THE POPE SAYS, ITS WHAT GOD SAYS IN HIS HOLY WORD THAT COUNTS.

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    HOLLAND'S WATER FRONT IS A SUBJECT OF MUCH DISCUSSION OF LATE, WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF THE POWER PLANT BEING MOVED ELSEWHERE.  ANY PLANNING IS LONG TERM SINCE THE PLANT WILL BE FURNISHING BACK-UP POWER WHEN THERE MAY BE HIGH USAGE.  USING THE SHORELINE FOR BEACH WOULD REQUIRE A LOT OF RECONSTRUCTION. USING IT FOR A MARINE WOULD BE IDEAL, HOWEVER PUTTING IN DOCKS AND FINGER DOCKS WOULD REQUIRE A SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT.  THE BEST ARRANGEMENT WOULD BE TO ALLOW A PRIVATE PARTY TO RENT THE PROPERTY AND DO THE NECESSARY BUILDING AND IMPROVEMENTS.  ANY LEASE (AND I BELIEVE LENGTH OF LEASE IS LIMITED) WOULD HAVE TO HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO INSURE A GOOD RETURN FOR THE INVESTMENT.  MAYBE THE PUBLIC HAS SOME GOOD IDEAS FOR THE BEST USE OF THE PROPERTY, AND THERE IS PLENTY OF TIME.  LETS DO IT RIGHT WITH SOME RETURN TO ALL THE CITY RESIDENTS.

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    IF YOU ARE MAKING BURGERS ON YOUR BACKYARD BAR-B-CUE AND YOU SEE A DRONE DROP DOWN TO SPY ON YOU, WOULD IT BE POLITE TO OFFER IT A BURGER? I JUST READ HOW DRONES CAN COME IN ALL SIZES FROM FULL SIZE SMALL PLANE TO MODEL AIRPLANE SIZE. THINK OF THE POSSIBILITIES.  YOUR SON IS PARKED ON THE LAKESHORE WITH HIS GIRL WATCHING THE SUBMARINE RACES AND YOU CAN DIRECT YOUR PERSONAL DRONE DOWN TO CHECK ON HIS SAFETY.  SPIES WHO SEEK TO DO DAMAGE TO ATOMIC POWER PLANTS OF POWER LINES CAN ALERT OFFICIALS TO THE DANGERS.  A DRONE COULD SCARE THE PIGEONS OFF BUILDINGS.  THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.  ISN'T SCIENCE WONDERFUL?

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    TOP REPUBLICANS MET RECENLY TO DETERMINE THE DIRECTION THE PARTY SHOULD TAKE. SHOULD THEY MAKE CHANGES FROM THE PLATFORM THAT LOST THEM  THE LAST ELECTION AND GET INTO A CONTEST OF GOVERNMENT GIVAWAYS AND TRY TO OUT DISTANCE THE DEMOCRATS IN THE FIELD OF FREEBIES SUCH AS BONUS DAYS FOR FOOD STAMPS OR A JACKPOT PRIZE FOR THE MOST DAYS UNEMPLOYED AFTER OBAMA TOOK OFFICE.  SOME SEEMED TO WANT TO FOLLOW SIMILIAR POLICIES OF THE PAST. BUT TRY TO EXPLAIN CAPITALISM TO VOTERS AND THAT GOVERNMENT DEBT REALLY IS SOMETHING WE ALL HAVE A PIECE OF AND IF WE DON'T PAY IT, OUR KIDS WILL--OR MAYBE EVEN THEIR KIDS.  

    OR SHOULD THE PARTY DISBAND AND LET THE DEMOCRATS FIGURE IT OUT--IF POSSIBLE.

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    THE LUCK OF THE IRISH!

    WITH MY GRANDFATHER BEING BORN IN HARDERWYKE, I AM FAR FROM IRISH, HOWEVER I CELEBRATED ST. PATRICKS DAY BECAUSE MY LATE WIFE HAD ANCESTORS BORN IN COUNTY SLIGO IN IRELAND.  CONSEQUENTLY I CAN STILL CELEBRATE ON SUNDAY.  MOST OF THE IRISH WHO CAME TO AMERICA CAME BEACAUSE OF THE POTATO FAMINE WHICH THREATENED STARVATION FOR MANY ON THE OLD SOD.  THEY DID NOT RECEIVE  A ROUSING HERE AND MANY FACTORY DOOR CARRIED A SIGN WHICH READ "NO IRISH NEED APPLY,"  WE NOW CELEBRATE ST. PATRICKS DAY ON THE SEVENTEENTH DAY OF MARCH EVERY YEAR AND AS OF A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN MAYOR AL MCGEHAN MADE IT A LOCAL HOLIDAY.  ENJOY THE PARADE WHICH BEGINS AT NOON SATURDAY AT THE WEST END OF EIGHTH STREET AND WINDS UP AT COLLEGE AND EIGHTH.  WEAR SOMETHING GREEN AND YOU TOO CAN GET IN THE SPIRIT OF THINGS.

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    WE HAVE A  NEW POPE!

    POPE FRANCiS THE FIRST WAS GIVEN THE HONOR AT THE MEETING OF THE CARDINALS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  HE IS FROM ARGENTINA, CERTAINLY  A VARIATION FROM THE USUAL APPOINTMENTS WHO HAVE BEEN FROM EUROPE.  HE WAS TERMED AS "A POPE OF THE PEOPLE" BY MANY IN THE AUDIENCE.  

    LET US PRAY THAT HE CAN LEAD THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD IN RETURNING BOTH CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS BACK TO THE TRUE CHRISTIAN FAITH ON WHICH MANY GOVERNMENTS INCLUDING OUR OWN USA WERE BASED.

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    AN EMAIL TAX?

    BERKELEY CA. COUNCILMAN GORDON WOZNIAK HAS PROPOSED A TAX ON EMAIL TO PROVIDE REVENUE FOR THE POSTAL SERVICE. IN ITS LATEST BUDGET YEAR, THE POST OFFICE MORE THAN 15 MILLION DOLLARS.  MR. WOZNIAK SUGGESTED A  BIT TAX OF PERHAPS ONE CENT PER GIGABIT.  THIX WOULD HELP OFFSET SOME OF THE REVENUE LOST TO EMAIL BY THE POST OFFICE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  AT THE PRESENT TIME, THANKS TO A BILL SIGNED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON, TAX ON EMAIL IS ILLEGAL.

    SO FAR THERE IS NO EXTIMATE HOW IT WOULD AFFECT THE INDIVIDUAL USER OF THE INTERNET.  WOW! ANOTHER BILL!!

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    HAVE YOU ADJUSTED TO THE TIME CHANGE?? IT USUALLY TAKES ME ABOUT FIVE MONTHS AND BY THAT TIME WE ARE ABOUT READY TO CHANGE BACK AND MY INTESTINAL TRACT AGAIN IS IN A STATE OF AGITATION.  MY FATHER REFUSED TO CHANGE HIS CLOCKS AND OFTEN SAID "LET GOVERNMENT CHANGE TO MY TIME."

    SERIOUSLY I THINK WE SHOULD CONSIDER USING ONE TIME ZONE AROUND THE WORLD AND ADJUST OUR SCHEDULE TO THAT.  WE WERE JUST ABOUT READY TO START GOING TO CHURCH IN DAYLIGHT AND "BAM" WE ARE BACK TO DARKNESS AT EIGHT IN THE MORNING. I USUALLY WALK IN THE MORNING WHEN I GET UP AND IT IS ONLY LIGHT ABOUT THREE WEEKS OF THE YEAR WHEN I WALK.  AND HAVE YOU SUDDENLY TRIED TO CHANGE WHEN YOU MILK THE COWS AFTER THE TIME CHANGE?  THEY DO NOT APPRECIATE A COLD HAND IN THE DARK.  MAYBE ITS TIME TO MOVE TO ARIZONA.

    I MUST SEE MY CONGRESSMAN.