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Monday, July 25, 2016

3 Lies About Welfare

Each and every person is entitled to his or her own opinion. But, facts are facts and lies are lies. When someone wishes to express his or her opinion, then that person should not attempt to jusify that opinion with mistruths. 
As a retired career professional from the fields of public welfare and higher education, I am especially dismayed by the incorrect statements about welfare, aka public assistance. The meme I share points out only three of the common misconceptions (vis-a-vis the facts) that many people have about welfare in the United States of America.



Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Hypocrisy of Internet Social Network. Facebook, et. al.

Same ol' story from me, different day, different title.
I have often written about social media diminishing real world interpersonal relationships. This blog entry is no exception.

I present you with the latest example from my Facebook page, on which I wrote the opening statement:
In response to the question posed in the status update field of my Facebook page, "What is on your mind?":
If I have so many friends on Facebook, why do I feel so all alone?
To this opening statement, a person with whom I once had almost daily contact for many years because we both had worked for the same employer responded:
Facebook is not the same as having an interpersonal friendship with someone. Humans needs that face to face contact. To me someone who makes a post on their page, is no different than someone walking by on the street just saying hi, how ya doing. We need that one on one conversation time, where people sit and talk face to face to each other.
This person apparently did not grasp the full intended meanng of my statement, but, none-the-less actually made my point in a roundabout offhanded way. You see, not only do I know the person from our previous work life, but the person also has attended luncheon meetings of our mutual workpace retirees (a somewhat small group of actuall attendees) as have I - - - and the person does not acknowledge my presence at those luncheons. Additionally, there were other people from my Facebook "friends" list who agreed with the respondent's comment.

You may be wondering how did that comment with its supporters make my point.
I will tell you.
The number of my Facebook "friends" list totals 698. The vast majority of that number is composed of people with whom I have had many years of some form of interpersonal relatonship, i.e. employment associates, school classmates, or fellow members of a wide variety of (political, labor, professional, social, fraternal, charitable, civic, and community) organizations, as well as extended family. In other words, my Facebook "friends" purport to be my friends in the real world outside of Facebook. And of those 698, I have more fingers on one hand than the number who have any amount of personal face-to-face contact with me.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Assault Rifles. The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Atomic Bombs.

It seems to me that anyone who subscribes to the Constitutionally based belief that individuals have the right to own assault rifles would also subscribe to the Constitutionally based belief that individuals have the right to own atomic bombs.

Follow my reasoning on that statement.

Using deductive reasoning in the meaning and application of the Second Amendment, an individual has the right to own an atomic bomb.

Deductive reasoning is a basic form of valid reasoning. Deductive reasoning, or deduction, starts out with a general statement, or hypothesis, and examines the possibilities to reach a specific, logical conclusion.

The scientific method uses deduction to test hypotheses and theories.

In deductive reasoning, if something is true of a class of things in general, it is also true for all members of that class.

Oxford dictionaries definition of arms: Weapons and ammunition; armaments.

Oxford dictionaries definition of armaments: Military weapons and equipment: 'chemical weapons and other unconventional armaments'

Assault rifles would be included in the definition of arms. Atomic bombs would be included in the definition of arms.

In deductive reasoning, if something is true of a class of things in general, it is also true for all members of that class.

Accordingly then: Assault rifles are arms. Atomic bombs are arms. The Second Amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

If individuals have the right to own assault rifles under the Second Amendment, then indiviuals also have the right to own atomic bombs under the Second Amendment.

For deductive reasoning to be sound, the hypothesis must be correct. It is assumed that the premises, 1) the right for an individual to bear arms, 2) assault rifles are arms, and 3) atomic bombs are arms, are true. Therefore, the conclusion that individuals have the right to own atomic bombs is logical and true.

To those persons who support individual ownership of an assault rifle under the protected rights of the Second Amenment but do not support individual ownership of an atomic bomb under the protected rights of the Second Amenment, I respectfully request that you please explain your reason(s) for such.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The State of Friendship in Modern Society.

I spent half of a century in my life working in public service both as a professional and as a volunteer. For decades, I was actively engaged in civic, community, charitable, labor, political, and professional organizations and activities. Many people referred to me as "friend" until, that is, I was no longer in a position to help them.

Nowadays, it seems that everyone leads such a busy life that they have little or no time to have real life, up front and personal visits with "friends" all the while they seemingly have hours on end each and every day to spend on their electronic devices connected to the internet and a wide variety of electronic social media sites. That is the reality of "The State of Friendship in Modern Society" or so it would seem.

How many people can relate to this photo meme statement about when one person really matters to another person?

Here is a quote to consider - and you may use it with others, if you so choose:
“Friends always have time for friends. Busy friends make time for friends. Regardless of how busy a person may be, a true friend is never too busy for another friend.” – Roland Louis Hansen

If you are of a mind to, you may open the following embedded link to read more of my thoughts on the topic of Real Friends.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Roland Louis Hansen: Blatant Self-Promotion!

Roland Louis Hansen (that's me)
Blatant (adjective) - done openly and unashamedly.
Self-Promotion (noun) - the action of promoting or publicizing oneself or one's activities.

Is your nonprofit organization seeking a new CEO or other people to fill positions in the supervisory/management/administrative team? If so, you need to take the necessary time needed to hire the very best possible candidate. Meanwhile, as the recruitment process is underway, the organization needs to have a caretaker who continues to make sure the mission of the NPO is being accomplished on a daily basis. That is where I come in.

Take a look at the article I wrote:
In Need Of A NonProfit Managerial/Administrative Stop Gap Measure?

Okay, so now take a look at:
Roland Hansen, MPA (on LinkedIn)

Steve Tobak (Author and Managing Partner, Invisor Consulting) wrote the article:
Why Self-Promotion Is a Terrible Idea
BUT, I don't see Mr. Tobak (not to be confused with Tuvok) doing much in the way of "politics; current events; community involvement; citizen participation; consumer advocacy; and governmental responsibility, responsiveness, and accountability"as I have done -- So, what does he know?!!
Harumph!

That all being put out there for all to see, who wants to retain my services?

Friday, April 22, 2016

"The King is dead, long live The King!" Prince is dead, long live Prince. "Who will cry for me?"

"The King is dead, long live The King!"

Prince is dead, long live Prince.

I see all the people crying over the death of Prince. I fully understand that. It is not much different than when any celebrity has died. Nor, is it unusual for people to express their grief when anyone close to them passes away.

I have often spoken and have often written on my Roland's Ramblings blog as well as elsewhere on the internet in regards to the topic of the responses to the death of someone close to us and of the importance of maintaining contact with family and friends.

How many times do people think or actually say “I’ll call 'so and so' tomorrow” or “I’ll see 'so and so' tomorrow” or “We’ll get together soon” or any other number of things like that? And then, nothing more happens. Then, all of a sudden, 'so and so' dies.

When the shock of the death of 'so and so' sets in, many people (if not most people) will think about all this, reflect upon it, and pledge to change their daily perspective of putting family and friends off to another day – That will last for about 5 minutes and then most of those people will return to their same old ways. Unfortunate, but true. How sad, how very sad indeed!

Like many people in the final years of life, I often think about the fact that contact and visits with family and friends is not as frequent as I would wish. Over my lifetime, I honestly believe that I have initiated contact with family and friends more than they have with me; and, I believe that I have been the one who has attempted to renew close contacts with family and friends, but, more often than not, nothing much has resulted from my attempts. I try to remind myself that everyone has busy lives with many things to do and that they have better things to do than to coddle an old man like me. I do believe that we 'old folks' get depressed easily, often, and at the drop of a hat.

So, here I am now, thinking over all this stuff because Prince has died and I see many people reacting to his death and commemorating his life. Of those doing so, I see quite a few people who are my family and my friends, many of whom rarely, if ever, take the time to visit me, let alone speak with me on the telephone, or send me an e-mail, or letter, or even a simple greeting card.

Well, while this latest tremendous outpouring of public grief and crying over the death of Prince is playing out, I cannot help but wear my heart on my sleeve and cry myself when I wonder: Who will cry for me when I die?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The American Tax System Is Taxing My Patience!

I have been preparing my own tax returns for or over 50 years. I have found that filing both Federal and State of Ohio tax returns has been made more and more difficult each and every year. Not only are the regulations becoming more complex, but the ease in which to obtain hard copies of the necessary forms and booklets in order to file non-electronically on your own has all but been eliminated.

This year is the latest in the tax season that I have ever filed. All because neither the national nor the state government routinely mail out the needed materials as they once did, nor do those governmental entities, i.e. the IRS and the Ohio Department of Taxation, make printed copies of the required and needed materials readily available for personal pick up at government offices.

I find the lack of taxpayer service by the taxing authorities to be totally unacceptable. There is no excuse for the national and state governments to put the onus on the taxpayer for obtaining the required and needed materials in order to be in compliance of submitting tax returns. I should not have to run in circles to get the materials I need. Nor, should I have to pay out of my pocket (in addition to the taxes I have already paid) to have those materials printed.

The IRS and the Ohio Department of Taxation are taxing my patience!

Unlike most people I know, I really do not mind paying taxes, I really don't. HOWEVER, it is way past time for a new simplified tax system to be adopted and implemented.

ADDENDUM

"Tax preparation is BIG business – there were 300k people employed at 109k firms in 2012 - generating $9 billion in revenue in 2012. The industry grew over 2% from 2010-2015, and is expected to speed up the pace of growth. Revenues of $11 billion are forecast for 2018. Tax preparation is unusual in that it provides a service to assist with a process that legally every American is required to do: submit an income tax return."

"Intuit is the maker of the top-selling tax preparation program, TurboTax, which retails for as much as $100. H&R Block distributes the second-ranking program under its own name. Both have spent millions of dollars lobbying Congress on goals that include quashing initiatives to promote nearly effortless tax filing."

"... there is growing bipartisan agreement that the tax code is too complicated, burdensome, and uncompetitive, and is undermining our economic potential.
The goal of tax reform is not just to design a simpler tax code but a code that promotes economic growth and ultimately raises the standard of living for every American. However, for many in Washington, tax reform is a mechanical process, not an aspirational one. To the lawyers on the tax writing committees, tax reform is about rearranging subsections of the Internal Revenue Code. To the scorekeepers at Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, it’s about seeing if the numbers add up. To Members of Congress, it’s about balancing the needs of some interest groups over others. Instead, it should be about helping the American people grow the economy.
What is missing from the process is a real sense of who the people behind the tax returns really are. ..."