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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Still waiting for the news to get past the border

Parliament Building, Ottawa

A Columbus Day parade followed by great Italian food makes for a terrific celebration, but should we really be distorting history for a canolli?

Just look to L'Anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland for the evidence of the Vikings' presence in North America--well before the navigator who sailed for Queen Isabella.

Viking images are in the Parliament Building in Ottawa with the rest of Canadian history. So why hasn't the news gotten past the border? Maybe it's the same reason we haven't converted to metric...?
Or is it just more comfortable to stay with the same myths and legends?

When will we catch up to the rest of the world?

One of the things that comes up frequently when we travel is the amazement people in other countries feel when they read that Americans can go bankrupt if they get sick. We are the only industrialized nation where this happens. Why should it be controversial that everyone should be equally protected in catastrophic cases?

Other nations tackled national health care long before we did, and theirs costs half as much as ours. They cover everyone. We need a basic policy that covers everyone, too.

Yes, I know people say we have more specialists and faster non-essential services. We also pay twice what other nations pay for their health care. All the bells and whistles can be added as perks or paid for out of pocket, etc., but first we need a simply administered basic health care plan that everyone can count on.

Rather than bailing out the irresponsible we need to provide for those who meet with misfortune through no fault of their own.

Bearskin hats

We recently returned from a wonderful visit to Ottawa , where we enjoyed the pageantry of Parliament Hill. It seems that the bearskin hats were originally designed to add height on the battlefield, and they do make quite an impression in a parade. Couldn't help thinking that the must be terribly hot in summer, and wondering how they keep them balanced on their heads.
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