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Ramuel M. Raagas September 21, 2013 at 10:29 am
I had a good breakfast yesterday with Senator Clark. She emphasized the pivotal role of language inRead More legislation. She warns us of poisonous bills introduced with pleasant names. She is mindful of the usage of such phrases as "waste and fraud." Clark also pushes for purposeful rather than non-existent intelligence gathering. Crimes need to be solved to protect our children from violence and abuse. I look forward to seeing her again in tomorrow night's debate.
Eduardo Cabeza June 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm
Am I the only one that's noticed that Markey has spent more time in MA over the last 6 months thenRead More has in the last 20 years? He doesn't care about anyone except himself. This is a pay raise for him. Seriously, if he were any good this blog post would be several pages long listing all of his accomplishments. Ask 100 registered voters what Markey has done and at least 95% won't be able to name anything. Warren, to her credit, has already done more in her very short time in the senate than Markey's done in his 30+ year career in the house. Voting him in because he has a "D" next to his name is just as foolish as someone in Utah picking a useless candidate because they have an "R." We need to get rid of people like Markey.
Clo dene June 7, 2013 at 03:32 pm
I support Markey for one simple reason: he votes the way I want to vote. I don't care if he neverRead More creates or co-sponsors a bill. As long as when bills come up he votes for my interests.
Jake June 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm
Markey is a joke and so are those who support him. Warren Patrick Markey Obama. God help us all.
Dan Fredonia November 3, 2012 at 09:26 pm
What...after almost 2 days NO ONE shares the same feeling I have with Christmas candy? Am I the onlyRead More one who's keeping the Russel Stovers company afloat?? I can't do that all by myself, people! I have not the money nor the waistline! Cheryl, give me some love! ;-)
Cheryl Tully Stoll November 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm
Dan, as you know we should not confuse love with food. However, I have been fortunate not to haveRead More to go into Walgreens or CVS this week. I'm betting the red and green wrapped Reeses minis are out along with the same color M&Ms in 400 lb. bags. Which end of Santa do you start with? Somehow his fat face isn't nearly as appealing as a bunny's ears, but a piece of his tail isn't quite the same either. Reindeer! That's it; I'll look for a chocolate Rudolph this year with a maraschino nose. And perhaps a rum flavored Blitzen.
Dan Fredonia November 4, 2012 at 01:10 am
Cheryl, it's so very hard to determine which is the Santa head when it's so disfigured! Here'sRead More something I found (even though its from 2008) that best represents some of the tidbits thats out there-----> http://motivationbychocolate.blogspot.com/2008/12/russell-stovers-last-stand.html By the way, how do you stand on the subject of candy canes? For me it's like candy corn...yuck! And my girlfriend LOVES the Ghierdelli (sp) christmas bark with white and milk chocolate and little candy cane pieces. She's like, "but it's chocolate!" and i'm like, "you can't fool me....the candy canes are in there!!!"
LessIsMore September 27, 2012 at 05:35 pm
Banks did not cause the financial crisis. It was not small or big business that failed to makeRead More payments on their debt nearly causing our financial system to grind to a halt. It was primarily individuals who failed to make payments on their mortgage debt. What created this situation? Many of these people were able to secure loans that they never should have received. You don't hear this much because politicians do not get elected by calling potential voters deadbeats. The banks have been scapegoated. Did they make bad loans? Yes. However, this was in response to constant pressure from regulators and outside special interest groups. Regulations such as the Community Reinvestment Act were used as a hammer to push banks into making sub-prime loans. In addition, government sponsored entities such as Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac contributed mightily by providing an avenue for banks and regulators to hide the tremendous risk inherent in these assets and free up capital to continue making these loans. If left alone banks would not have put themselves in this position. In fact, even if they attempted to do so the market would not have allowed them to do so by removing their access to capital(Fannie and Freddie removed this check on bad behavior). It was not under-regulation that created the financial crisis it was an over-abundance of government involvement that created the problem. Mrs. Warrren's policies will increase the likelihood of repeating these mistakes.
FindBalance September 27, 2012 at 05:35 pm
RS - You faill to see that the Dems, lead by Barney Frank, actually *encouraged* banks to behaveRead More irresponsibly, by first pressuring them to give loans to people who could not pay themm back, then backing these loans with Fannie/Freddie, and finally not overseeing them like they were responsible to do - Frank was Chair of the House Finance committee and Dodd of the Senate Finance committee in the years right before the meltdown - it was their responsibility (and SEC) to understand what was going on with these Credit Default Swaps, etc., and they didn't. And I absolutely believe in common sense regulations for the banks - the right regulation. Bring back a variation of Glas-Stegal, not this give-regulators-unbridled-power-to-do-anything-they-want-without-Congressional-approval law that Frank-Dodd is. If Warren is elected to the Senate, I have no doubt she will pressure regulators to make rules and regs that will mess things up even more. And small business is still feeling the effects of the economic fallout unnecessarily because of the climate of uncertainty and over-burdening rules and regs that Pres Obama has created for small business especially - Obamacare is a burden to small business, taxes increasing on people/business making over $250k is a damper on small business starting or expanding, etc., etc.
FindBalance September 27, 2012 at 05:43 pm
You also said, RS: "Big corporations are sitting on a huge pile of cash and are doing betterRead More than ever - take a look at the stock market. And you think everything is fine. Seriously?" No, I don't think everything is fine. If Romney is elected President, I think he will entice corp money to come back to America, by reducing the corp tax (and closing the loopholes, too, I hope), which is the highest in the industrialized world. (Of course, Dems will criticize him for giving a tax cut to corporations, even though this is exactly what is needed to bring that money back to America!) That will stimulate private sector job growth for both large corps and small businesses (though not the only things that can and will be done by Romney for the small business climate). We know, though, if Pres Obama is re-elected, the corp money will not come back to America, and he will continue to push the idea that meaningful job growth should come from govt spending; that is a losing idea.
Brenda Crawshaw August 23, 2012 at 12:09 am
That's the FIRST thing I thought, too, when I saw the announcement. If they were serious aboutRead More reducing sodium they would source alternatives to their highly processed, preservative laden premade ingredients like chicken flavor base, seasoning blends and baking mixes. It's EXPENSIVE to do that whereas removing salt, one of the cheapest ingredients a store can purchase, costs them nothing. Instead of being lauded they should be chastised.
Cheryl Tully Stoll August 23, 2012 at 12:31 am
But Brenda, it was marketing genius! Doing NOTHING and getting tens of millions of dollars in freeRead More positive press resulting in hordes of American's believing they are a healthy restaurant. It's almost as good as the Democratic Party convincing Todd Akin he should stay in the Missouri Senate race. lol
Donald Wendt August 23, 2012 at 01:54 am
Great article Cheryl. This is one reason I try so hard to stay away from the fastfood temptation. IRead More have read that MSG is a large portion of the sodium intake in these establishments and that MSG blocks the neuro receptors that tell us we are full... is that why I can eat 2 big macs and an extra large fry? Also, MSG (I have read) can be addicting! I have nothing to back this up, other than some random website I researched some time ago, but it is something to ponder.
Jim Rizoli March 28, 2012 at 04:21 pm
Too many people running the town are running it into the ground! Not the best way to do it, unlessRead More you want to bulldoze the whole downtown and start over. Not a bad idea in theory....Start over and do it right. From the buildings, to who will occupy them. Right now it's a hodgepodge of everyone doing what they feel is right for themselves, and it looks that way. Jim@ccfiile.com
Heidi Zizza March 28, 2012 at 06:03 pm
As a realtor I could go on and on about this issue. I also live in Framingham and my tax bill hasRead More increased almost $3,000 in 8 years! The planning board has aproved some lovely projects and needlessley turned down others and I am sure there are many arguments on both sides of the coin. I don't like to air my political view but I do think some new "blood" is needed. I hope that whoever fills the seat does a great job and treats people fairly and with appreciation for trying!
Rich A April 15, 2012 at 04:28 pm
Personally, I doubt very much that the huge tax increases are any one group's fault. Economics tendRead More to be complicated in terms of both causes and effects. I've lived in Framingham for nearly eight years now, and here's what I do know: - my taxes have gone up every year; - the assessed value of my home has gone down every year; - the school my son attends is not providing the support he needs; - in the winter, I have to shovel half the road because the plows do not clear the street, even days after a storm has ended; - people routinely drive 50-70 mph along my road (Dennison Ave) because there are never police around to monitor the area. I'd be less interested in finger-pointing and more interested in a town government that has an interest in helping its taxpaying residents. Rich A.
Donald Wendt November 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm
What a great cause. Thanks for posting Cheryl.
Susan Jacobsen November 17, 2011 at 07:57 pm
Is there need for help serving on Thanksgiving Day?
Cheryl Tully Stoll November 18, 2011 at 02:35 am
Hi Susan, Thanks for asking. You can call the Eagles All American Grill at 508-820-0600 to find outRead More when volunteers are needed. Cheryl
Fausto Peralta August 23, 2011 at 06:47 pm
perhaps the same people who eat 5 big macs a week at mcdonalds are the same ones inappropriatelyRead More self-medicating themselves. you have some responsibility to know what you are putting in your body. I, for one, enjoy the choice of different strength non prescription medications. Once it becomes prescription, it's no longer an option. I don't go to the doctor for an occasional headache or back pain. The problem I see identified in the article is the absense of the lower strength items. That's an issue with the pharmacies, but that doesn't mean I want extra strength option to be available only by presscription.
Jim Rizoli August 23, 2011 at 06:55 pm
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM The drug companies aren't there to help you in fact more people dieRead More because of the negative effects of the drugs than they want you to know. Aspirin is a huge drug company money maker that is why they prescribe it for every ailment under the sun. It's like the old snake oil remedy, take it for what ails you syndrome. Problem is most people believe their doctors and take whatever they prescribe without doing their own research.. Bottom line is...... do your own research com to your own conclusions. Look for healthier more natural remedies before you delve right into what the doctors have to say. Remember the doctors have a self interest in prescribing medications. They know no better because they have been indoctrinated with all the drug companies propaganda from day one of medical school. So whose interest do you really think they care about? There are some good videos out there on the drug industry you should look for and when you do you will think twice about what your popping in your mouth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Helgf3C1s
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K Allen August 12, 2011 at 04:17 pm
I definitely think a healthy weight begins with healthy eating at home, coupled with making exerciseRead More a part of your lifestyle. Outside of the home I prefer to bring our own food along most of the time, and I pack healthy lunches (you can view them on my blog here: http://disposableaardvarksinc.blogspot.com/ ) for school for our 4 kids. There is so much pressure to purchase convenient garbage it's important to educate our children about how to see through advertisements and why it's important to their bodies as well as the environment and every other creature on the planet that we make good food choices.
James Feudo August 30, 2011 at 11:23 pm
Great info and comments. Brenda is spot on about the labels - they tend to trick us by labelingRead More junk foods (chips, cookies, etc...) as organic or low fat/carb/calorie/whatever, but they are still junk foods. I can relate to Susin as well. In my 20's a couple trips to gym during the week had me ready for the beach on the weekends. Now in my mid-30's, even hitting the gym everyday isn't enough. Avoiding junk foods and a regular (but always changing) workout routine seem to be the only way. Kids don't know how well things are for them ;)
Karen Salemi September 19, 2011 at 02:14 pm
We live in a complex world and we need to educate ourselves about more things than I'd really likeRead More to, but food is something I've "studied" since college. I never buy anything at the grocery store without reading the ingredients and portion size. Do it once, then buy those products over and over to save time. If I eat out in a restaurant I always mentally divide the meal into 2 portions, eat half and take half home for a meal the following day. I have been eating "whole foods" since my late teens and I find it's not so hard to keep my weight the same even though I'm over 40. I do eat potato chips on occasion, but I buy natural potato chips not ones loaded with sugar and chemicals. My rule is only one handful of the snack and then if I still feel hungry I get a different snack. I can't tell you how many of my kids' friends have come to the house and eaten out of the bag in a mindless way. I have gotten smaller snack bowls, the size of my fist, and 8" dinner plates. That is a big help too.
Cheryl Tully Stoll June 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Susin, if I could look like Farrah Fawcett circa 1978 in a bathing suit I'd wear a miners helmet inRead More the pool... I had the same probelm with the cap; but I'll give the 'ear protective goggles' a try--they might just do the trick. Thanks.
k mahoney July 11, 2011 at 11:59 am
Cheryl, go to Hear Better (or any hearing aid dispensory) at Framingham Center and have molds madeRead More just for you. they are bulkier than the traditional / over the counter / "swimmer" ear plugs you can get at any pharmacy. these molds are intended to be used as the foundation for a behind the ear type hearing aid... but alone, would be perfect for the job at hand. total fit, completely form fitting and not terribly expensive. As for the lost marbles and loose screws... well... ya, i got nothin". let me know how you make out.
Cheryl Tully Stoll July 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Thanks Kitty :)
Heidi Zizza June 2, 2011 at 10:58 am
Adorable He should go to mad willies and have some Moose Trax!
Susin Carlson June 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Too cute!! He's welcome to hang here...maybe dine on a woodchuck or two.... ;p
Cheryl Tully Stoll June 2, 2011 at 02:26 pm
Heidi, Maybe he is following Moose Trax?
Cheryl Tully Stoll May 11, 2011 at 01:50 am
Brenda, a drunken bet in a "dry" state couldn't possibly have happened--so your off theRead More hook.. I'm sure the amount of your bet will pale in comparison to her settlement. He's worth over $400 million.
Brenda Crawshaw May 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm
Hey, you're right - considering how bloody hard it is to get a cocktail in Utah I WORKED off thatRead More bet that night! LOL!
Cheryl Tully Stoll May 12, 2011 at 12:53 am
They had to loosen things up to even be eligible for the Olympics! Anyone who could get drunk thereRead More before that should have been automatically qualified to compete!
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