Politics and Celebrities

1st came Ronald Reagan, then along the way we have had celebrities like Sonny Bono, Clint Eastwood and so many more! They did well because they had Fame and Popularity! They had a multitude of venues in which to get their message out to the public. Talk shows like The Mike Douglas Show to late night TV, like Johnny Carson!  You already knew their name and face so it was easy to remember them. Not so much with politicians who were new on the scene. I am staying away from the current celebrities who now hold an office of any kind! I didn’t want this to be about bashing the POTUS! Did you know that “the earliest recorded use any variant of –OTUS is from 1879, when SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) appeared in a book titled The Phillips Telegraphic Code for the Rapid Transmission by Telegraph,” as reported in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary? I like the last sentence, “Time will tell if additional –OTUS words continue to join our language.” See, we can still learn something new in todays day and age even at our advanced years! I keep thinking the next celebrity I could vote for is Jon Bon-Jovi! I’m just sayin……………..!

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Hostile Takeover: State law allows investors to take homes

The following was reported by AZ.15. from Courtney Holmes and Joe Ducey. This is so wrong on every level! Please read and educate yourself as to whether this could happen in your state!

PHOENIX – When you buy a home, the expectation is that it’s yours, unless you decide to sell or it goes into foreclosure.

But if you own a condo in Arizona, there is a law that allows investors to push you out of your own home.

Condo owner Courtney Hoogervorst is finding that out first hand.

“It was always my dream to buy my first home in cash,” she says.

And the 26-year-old did in October 2016. She paid $93,000 cash for her condo at Solstice Arcadia in Phoenix.

“I was planning on keeping this house forever,” she says.

Her neighbor Charlie Segovia had no plans of selling either. In 2009 he was hit by a truck and left in a coma for several days. He used the $20,000 from that settlement to buy his condo in 2010.

“My dad would have been proud that ‘Charles you actually bought a place,'” he says.

It’s a place that the 69-year-old could afford with his $800 social security check.

“I thought I was set,” he says.

And he was. Until he and his neighbors got a letter saying their complex was being sold, and they had 60 days to get out.

Hoogervorst was shocked. “This can’t be right I own this condo, I paid cash.”

It happens more often than you think. We’ve spoken to homeowners around the Valley who were hit with same news in 2015 and 2016.

In March 2016 condo owners in the Jamestown complex let us know they were being forced to sell their homes.

We found it is the same group that is forcing Hoorgervorst and Segovia out of their homes now.

What they didn’t know is that the local investment group was quietly snatching up enough units to take over their condo association.

It’s called condominium termination and it is perfectly legal. State law allows any condo association to disband and sell if 80 percent of the owners agree.

County records show that an investor named Travis Karl and his investment group recently got control of enough units so that they could become the 80 percent holder.

The way the law is written, everyone else has to sell, whether they want to or not.

Owners are supposed to be paid “fair market value” which is to be determined by an independent appraiser. And the association—or in this case the investors—hires the appraiser of their choice.

Segovia says his unit is valued at $60,000.

Courtney says with improvements, she’s spent at least $108,000. She was offered $95,000.

Both say the numbers aren’t nearly enough to buy them a comparable home. It also doesn’t account for the additional money they will have to spend on moving, first, last month’s rent and deposits or the cost of having to carry a mortgage if they are able to even find a place they can afford.

They say there is nothing fair about it.

“They’re treating us just like unit numbers, not like real people that have lives that matter,” Hoogervorst says.

Investors are able to do this because state law says so.  That means state lawmakers are the only ones that can make the change, so find your representative!

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Pharmaceuticals Companies rip us off.

Once again these Pharmaceutical Companies reach into our wallets and steal our hard earned money! Again today, I was given a script for a cream, I went to pick it up at the store and was told after my Insurance paid their share $325.00, my share is $400.00! WTH! Are you joking, because I see nothing funny about it! It was just 3 months ago I had another case of rip off meds. Read about it over at this link! Well, no way was I going to pay for this, because the Pharmacist told me I could take it in pill form for so much less! So began the phone calls back and forth between the Pharmacist, the Doctor and me! In a few short hours I was back the store for my pills. As I approached the counter holding my breath to learn the amount, are you ready for this, my share 16 cents, the insurance paid $6.33. Lets add this up, shall we $725.00 for a 1 oz. tube verses $6.49 for 15 pills! Bernie Sanders has been vocal on the issue for years, read about his 5 ways to help with this problem. If your illness doesn’t make you sick enough, this rip-off will!

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Bus Stop Shelters Needed Now

I’m driving in my warm car when I saw 4 people standing out in the cold at the bus stop! My thoughts went immediately to thinking, why is there no shelter for them? Our local Bus service keeps wanting more tax dollars from the public, but never gives back in the form of new services! I often wonder when I see them advertise on TV, why do they need to spend money when there is no competition? They are the only bus service in town, a lone wolf if you will! So, TARTA, why not use those funds and put up shelters? I was happy to see shelters in Mesa, AZ. to protect riders from extreme heat, well here it is extreme cold and no shelters. Ask the tax-payers for more money again, it’s a NO VOTE from me!

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Suicide Bomber

Breaking News yet again this morning from GMA’s George Stephanopoulos! Another bomber in NYC! I was sickened to learn about this latest attempt to harm people and property! While I was happy this attempt failed for the most part, my first reaction was here we go again. Before today it would have been OMG, and I would have been glued to the news, not today! What does that mean, is it because I’m less of a caring person, NO? Is it because it has become the new normal, NO?  I never want my reaction today to become my new normal! I care about my fellow countrymen and my country, from sea to shinning sea!

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Do Not Call List?

It seems to me that a “DO NOT CALL” MEANS, “DO NOT CALL!” Someone like a home improvement company should respect that, but they don’t! Such is the case with Arnolds. If I were to have such need of their services, I would never hire them because of their poor business practice in calling me every day. All I want them to do is STOP, so I called them and left that message, I’ll see what happens! In the meantime I will put it on every site I can that I mean BUSINESS and not with them but against them! Paybacks are still a bitch and I’m one angry bitch!

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Leaf it up to me!!!!

Leaf is not misspelled, this post is about my local leaf collection and my issue with it! Here is an excerpt from the City of Toledo page.

Citizens are encouraged to plan their lawn cleanups in advance of the time their zip code is scheduled for pickup and by signing up to receive specific leaf collection text alert messages. Residents may watch, as always, for Leaf Collection signs to be posted in their neighborhoods, remembering not to park on the street when signs are up.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR CITIZENS:

1. Watch for signs posted in their neighborhoods the weekend before their collections begin. FYI-police don’t ticket or tow cars still on the street!

2. Conform to the collection schedule to enable the City to provide this service as efficiently as possible

3. Rake correctly based on whether streets have curbs or not

4. Track Leaf Collection progress on the City of Toledo website (with updates to the attached schedule as available)

5. Sign up to receive text alerts to provide advance leaf pickup notification

Now to my issue…if I were in charge, things would be done much better! This is when I wish I could draw you a picture, but try and follow along. My street ends in a cul-de-sac, another street off my street is also a cul-de-sac. All of those folks rake or blow their leaves to the middle island in a huge pile. So on pick-up day, a front loader comes and pushes all those leaves all the way down the street to form a bigger pile. The loader picks up those leaves and dumps them into a dump truck! Why didn’t the dump truck drive down the road and have them load it at the original pile? Doesn’t that make more sense and save time? Also these front loaders tear up the blacktop on the street! Fast forward after the leaves are collected, two people with blowers walk along and blow the leaves that were not picked up into the middle of the street-why? So the street sweepers can drive around and clean up those leaves. The city has trucks that are huge vacuums that suck up the leaves into a dump truck! If more of those trucks are needed, why not rent them? Leaf collection is only done once a year and is over in a short span of time! So SUCK IT UP instead of the way you do it! I should send this to our new Mayor for next year and see what he does with this information! OK, I will!

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