Archive for November, 2009

As the United States celebrates Thanksgiving this week, a lot of Americans will be asking themselves what they have to be thankful for. With record unemployment of 10.2%, 23% of Americans upside down on their mortgages and many retirees wondering what happened to their savings, it would seem that there’s a lot to be upset about.

Adding salt to the wound is the continuing debate over the astronomical bonuses that some in the financial sector continue to receive even though their companies have taken taxpayer bailout money.

So what is there to be thankful for this year?

I can’t speak for everyone, but as for me, I’m gleefully happy to say I’m still among the ranks of the employed. We didn’t get raises this year, but that’s ok. I’m also glad to be working with a great group of people who go above and beyond to give to others every year. This year they have collectively donated more than $70,000 to charity as well as providing labor to numerous organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Relay for Life, and many more. I know I’m blessed to have such kind and generous people to work with every day.

I’m happy to have a nice, safe home in a good neighborhood that is clean and in good repair. Yes, we got slammed like everyone else did when home values plummeted. But we didn’t have plans to move anyway and are blessed that we don’t have to. My prayers are with those who haven’t been as fortunate.

We’re also blessed to have a healthy and growing family. We may not get to see each other as often as we like, but everyone is safe and happy. We’ve had our share of illness and risky situations this year – everything from swine flu to falling through ceiling from the attic – but everyone’s OK. Together we got through it and we are blessed that we have each other to depend on.

But enough about me and my family. I want to hear from you. Tell me, what are you thankful for this year? Remember, blessings come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they remain hidden for while. Look around, think about what has happened over the year, talk it over with friends and family. Then let me know. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Points of Disscusion: Vent Your Thoughts Today!

Posted: November 2, 2009 by kibler in Uncategorized
Here are some thoughts that I am sharing so please feel free to respond.  Here is your opportunity to add your own thoughts or discuss something else you would like to vent about. Respond today!


1> 55838200In light of cuts in our University system with increased tuitions,  should colleges rethink the salaries of coaches in college athletics?

  2> Will Congress pass an acceptable health care reform bill this year? Your opinion requested.                                       medical 11

  3>  Will a $250 check really compensate seniors for not getting a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment?

4> Should U.S. Representative Alan Grayson be muzzled? Are some of his rants and statements out of line?   s-GRAYSON-large

 5>  After receiving trillions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts, the nation’s major banks have spent more than $35 million to fight measures aimed at helping individual consumers. Is this right? Let me know your opinion.Bailout program

6>  The nation’s banks complain that if they do not pay bonuses to their executives they will leave. Some of these executives were the same people who were part of the financial downfall. The bank’s contention is that if these executives take their talents elsewhere it will leave the banks in a vacuum. Maybe it should. There are many well qualified people who are capable of losing billions like their predecessors. C’mon give them a chance at those juicy jobs. What’s your opinion?

7>  Is the BCS system for college football the best system for every college competing in the NCAA? Weigh in and share your thoughts.

8>  Should the U.S. stay in Afghanistan and fight? Should we spend the lives of thousands of young soldiers and our nations treasure on a government that we cannot trust? What are your thoughts?

9>  What should we do with California? During this rough economic chapter in the state’s history, our nation’s future may depend on it. What can be done now to get California back on track from financial disaster and are other states in danger of doing the same thing? s_hollywood-sign

10> Will pharmaceutical companies be the real decision makers with health care reform? In the first six months of this year, the pharmaceutical industry spent approximately $609,000 a day to influence lawmakers? Weigh in and give your opinion.

11> Has the stimulus package helped you where you live? Share your thoughts of the money spent or not spent and what you think should happen. Weigh in now. money