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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Adam Roland Hansen: Happy 40th Birthday.

July 31, 2013 marks the Fortieth (40th) Birthday of my firstborn, Adam Roland Hansen.

I want to shout out, "Happy Birthday" to my son, Adam, and in his honor, I write this blog entry.

I have previously written birthday wishes and greetings regarding the anniversary of the birth of Adam Roland Hansen.
Adam and A Happy Birthday, July 31, 2007
Adam Hansen: Happy Birthday!, July 31, 2010
Happy Birthday, Adam!, July 31, 2011
July 31, Adam And Me., July 31, 2012

I think Adam's fortieth birthday is especially worth mentioning on the world wide web because of the way in which he himself has decided to mark the special occasion. If you are interested in knowing what that is, then click on over to read:
Adam Hansen Turns 40: It's About Clean Water

Friday, July 26, 2013

Adam Hansen Turns 40: It's About Clean Water

Please take a look at what I found on the net:
charity: water Public Service Announcements
Water changes everything.
Almost a billion people live without clean drinking water. We call this the water crisis. It's a crisis because it only starts with water -- but water affects everything in life.
Health. Education. Food security. The lives of women, especially.
We can end the water crisis in our lifetime. But first we have to let everyone know it's happening. Learn how water changes everything -- and share this with everyone you know.

imagine if New York City's taps went dry. What would we do? Jennifer Connelly walks to Central Park to get dirty water for her family as millions of mothers in Africa do every day. This new PSA from charity: water was directed by Hotel Rwanda's Terry George, cinematography by Ellen Kuras. Music by Rumor Mill. Edited by Michael Rothman @ Mudbutter.
All involved DONATED their time. Its national commercial debut was on American Idol Gives Back on April 9 where it was seen by more than 20 million people in America.
Want to act? Just $20 can give one person access to a clean and safe drinking water project.

This whole thing about clean water and was brought to my attention by my son, Adam. You see, Adam will be celebrating his 40th birthday soon; and, he decided to celebrate his special birthday in a very special way that would help the cause of clean water for everyone.

Imagine not having clean drinking water. Well, for nearly 800 million people, that is the reality. Help me help my son, Adam, celebrate his birthday by helping to quench thirst throughout the world. PLEASE, click onto the embedded link below for a special message from Adam.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ohio Republican Governor and Legislators Give Shaft To Senior Citizen Homeowners.

The 130th Ohio General Assembly has just stuck it to me and to other senior citizens in Ohio who own (or are buying) their homes. That is in accordance to Ohio Am. Sub. House Bill 59, the recently enacted State Biennial Budget bill, that Governor John Kasich signed into law on June 30, 2013.

It was just this year that I finally qualified for the Ohio homestead exemption on my house property taxes; and now, the Republican-controlled Ohio state legislature and the Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich have decided to take it way from me and raise my taxes. It is hard enough to live on a fixed income with rising medical expenses and rising utilities and rising food costs and rising gasoline prices and rising everything on the consumer AND now we have the Republican politicians sticking it to us senior citizens.

Well, to be totally truthful, not all senior citizens are adversely impacted. According to the changes just made to the homestead exemption, an individual 65 years or older will receive the exemption provided that the person's total income does not exceed $30,000. Over that amount - too bad, so sad.

I worked hard all my life. I have paid and still do pay plenty of taxes. I have never minded paying taxes; but, I did breathe a slight sigh of relief when I received the homestead exemption this year because it enabled me to better pay the rising medical expenditures that accompany the declining health of us older people in our twilight years. Now, it is gone, gone, gone.

Not only has the real estate property tax homestead exemption been taken away from me, but as a consequence of the change in Ohio's homestead exemption, I will now also lose the discount I had been receiving on my City of Toledo Department of Public Utilities bill. You see, the City of Toledo discount to senior citizens for water, sewer, storm water, and refuse collection is based upon eligibility for the homestead exemption. Unless Toledo City Council makes changes, those local discounts are also gone, gone, gone.

Thank you, Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich. Thank you, Republican-controlled 130th Ohio General Assembly! I hope Santa leaves a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking this year.

Gee, I wonder what would Jesus say to those heartless Ohio Republican elected officials who shoved this law to us where the sun don't shine.

ref: Ohio budget bill tax law changes