Yearly Round Up

     I don't know about you, but I am glad this year is finally at its end. Don't get me wrong. I am happy that the holidays are here and I can spend time with friends and family, but you have to admit that this year hasn't been the best for us or celebrities.

     The point I am making is the news that has been creating so much havoc in the lives of celebrities. I am talking about one in particular, Tiger Woods. It's about Tiger Wood's affair with Rachel Uchitel and how he increased the amount of money in the pre-nup with his wife. Like I always say, "When you screw up, you pay the price, that goes to all those who cheat, men or women." All I can say is that I feel sorry for Tiger who will be in the "dog house" with his wife, Elin Nordegren for a long time. I hope he learned his lesson.

     Last point is Amanda Knox who was found guilty of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher and will serve a term of 26 years in prison. Her Italian boyfriend, Raffael Sollecib was found guilty as his girlfriend's accomplish in the murder of Meredith Kercher and will serve a term of 25 years in prison. I have to say that I am glad that Amanda Know will serve time for her crime. I am not proud that she is from my home town of Seattle, Washington. I hope that the courts will not allow any appeals on the behalf of Amanda Knox and close this case. This will be a closure for the Kercher family and it will allow them to mourn her lost.

     I think the darkest time of this year was the death of Michael Jackson, who had a heart attack on stage, during a rehearsal. I sad that his children lost a father and the Jackson's lost a beloved member of their family. I won't be surprised that his death will cause his popularity to rise and that includes sales of his DVD’s and the movie that hit theatres around Thanksgiving.

     I also wanted to comment on the death of Patrick Swayze, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. His fans will mourn the lost of a good actor and will be remembered as Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing.

     The most shock to all of us who were fans of movies such as, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day off, The Breakfast Club, Wierd Science, Planes and Automobiles, directed by John Hughes, who dropped dead of a heart attack in New York. His movies made an impression on me and many of my generation. I always thought he gave a voice to all the kids, whose parents never really understood them. He will be missed.

     I would like to mention that Walter Cronkite passed away on July 17 and was remembered for his breaking news of the Kennedy assassination. The passing of Farraw Fawcett who lost her three year battle with cancer and was remembered on the hit TV series, as one of Charlie's Angles. Her death was over shadowed by the death of Michael Jackson.

     The one sad part of this year was when Ed McMan who lost his house due to bankruptcy and than passed away on June 23. I don't think you remember the tragedy of a maid in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand who found the body of David Carradine. His body was found in a closet with a rope around his neck and body. The last part is the passing of Bea Arthur who played Dorothy on Golden Girls and the popular TV series Maude. She lost her battle with cancer as well.

     Several key areas of this year that affected all of us, was the amount of bonuses that certain Wall Street Coe’s and Bank Coe’s received, after being bailed out by the government. This is probably the reason why Michael Moore's film Capitalism: A Love Story was so popular this year. I know because I saw it and the theatre were packed with people. Congratulations to Mr. Michael Moore another job well done and I hope he continues on this road of film documentaries.

     The long debate over the healthcare bill that is being reviewed in Congress. This bill could have helped alot of people who can't afford insurance and give them another option of coverage. I don't know how anyone of us can watch our friends; neighbors and family members go through the mental anguish of the large amount of medical bills. I only hope that this mess can be figured out in time, before more of our American citizen’s die without proper medical coverage.

     I have been an insurance biller for ten years in the medical field, and I send large amounts of past due bills of $5000 to $10,000 to collections, because people can't afford their bills. These citizens have more important expenses to pay, such as a mortgage, insurance, utilities, groceries, and gas. That is a big decision that many are facing today.

     Also, the number of 30,000 troops being sent to Afghanistan. I would like to know where the money is coming from to cover this expense. Will the government start taxing the citizens of this country with a war tax? How about concentrating on creating jobs and decrease the number of unemployed people in this country? Are they forgetting how the Iraq War bankrupted this country and that this will only add to our debt? I guess they must have forgotten about that.

     I can only say that no matter the problems that this country will face in the near future. It is always darker before the dawn.

     It is better to look forward to a new year. A beginning for all of us and a hope that things will get better.

     So, on the lighter of things. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanza, and Happy New Year. See you all next year.

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