After 519 posts in 21 months I've decided it's time to take a couple of weeks off. Recharge the batteries and get ready for the upcoming excitement that is sure to follow once September arrives. Plus I have a big stack of books I've been wanting to read. I used to do a lot of that kind of thing. Not so much lately.
Not to say that the blog is completely shut off. You can still comment if you choose to do so. Moderation might take a little longer than usual, but we'll be checking in from time to time.
But before I hit the hammock I'd like to share something with you. A bit of information to mull over for the next two weeks. In the latest issue of AARP Magazine the president of that estimable organization, W. Lee Hamilton, fielded a couple of questions from the membership. And a question about AARP's (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) top priorities was asked. Here is his reply:
"Our advocacy priorities include strengthening Social Security and ensuring that Social Security benefits aren't cut to reduce the deficit, protecting Americans 50 and up from utility rate increases, lowering prescription-drug costs, making sure older Americans can find doctors to treat them, expanding job opportunities for older workers, and combating age discrimination."
Did you catch that? AARP's #2 priority, according to the president of that organization, is "protecting Americans 50 and up from utility rate increases." Of course, that was one of the main arguments we made when we forced City Hall's nearly 40% water rate hike back into its spider hole. That retired Sierra Madreans on fixed incomes would be hurt by this large a rate increase seemed obvious to almost everyone but the Gang of 4. Then again, maybe it was because they just didn't care all that much.
It's nice to know that we aren't the only ones fighting that good fight.
Look for The Tattler to return on Tuesday, September 7. Until then enjoy what is left of the summer. Like everything else it sure went fast.
And as for this post, consider this one to be a 2 week long open thread.