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Tant: Forty years of 'the write stuff'

Yes, we depend on your columns to give us hope, stir us up, and keep the faith in what our citizens need to do to keep our country on the right track. It's hard to be optimistic sometimes, but with your writing I have hope!
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:21

Pitts: Tears stain a true face of poverty

I wish Shanesha Taylor had taken her children into the job interview with her. Even though she was desperate, she ignored the safety of her children. But desperate people sometimes don't think straight. Unless you have been in a very poor, struggling person's shoes it's hard to understand what they are thinking! Our country is better that this, Folks.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:18

Sanders: Spreading misinformation all that's left for Obamacare opponents

I helped two people who did not have insurance go to and get insurance. The first lady's husband had type1 diabetes, and they were about to lose their home to foreclosure because of his medical bills! He had insurance, but it cost almost $900 a month, and his out of pocket costs were astronomical! She hadn't had insurance for 17 years, and her kids were uninsured. Now the family has a great Blue Cross Blue Shield plan for $367 a month with just $35 and $45 copays to go to the doctor. Their yearly physicals which are important for wellness are covered completely with NO COPAYS!

The second person I helped had lost her job, was out of unemployment, and had no insurance. She goes for job interviews all the time and has a college degree. She got on the phone with a Navigator and got a great Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver plan. She has already paid her first month'spremium of $94 a month. Her deductible is $1000 and pharmacy prescriptions' deductible is $200! Her copays are $5 for her internist, and $10 for specialists. That's it! Oh, and she gets her preventable care completely covered by her insurance policy with NO COPAYS or out of pocket costs!

I thank God for Barack Obama and the outstanding Democrats who passed the Affordable Care Law without not a single Republican vote in 2010! The Republicans would rather people suffer, lose their homes, and die because of a lack of insurance rather than support the Affordable Care Law! That's very sad. I forgot to say that both of these people I helped voted Republican in the 2012 election. I bet they will change their vote this time around!
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:07

What Others Say: Obama not delivering on transparency promise (The Augusta Chronicle)

George W. Bush and Congress set up all of these restrictions on the access to information to documents. President Obama has to have the cooperation of Congress to undo the secretiveness imposed by the Patriot Act. President Obama does need partners in Congress to rethink this very intrusive Patriot Law. I bet access to information was far more restrictive in the Bush Administration than in the current administration. That timely information wasn't cited in the very partisan attack column by the Editors of the Augusta Chronicle.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 08:50

Thomas: Government encroaching on church-state line

I strongly support all American women being able to make the choice of whether or not they want to take advantage of the great benefit of contraceptives that are free with no copay in the Affordable Care Act. I certainly do not think one's church or one's boss should be able to tell a person whether or not they can take advantage of contraceptives. That's just silly here in America.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 08:38

Millions on the sidelines for big health care push

I have wonderful news. A dear friend from NC now has Obamacare for $92 a month with a $1000 deductible and a $200 prescription deductible. Her copays are: $5 for her family doctor and $10 for a specialist. She had tried in January and thought she would not be able to get on the exchange because her husband has insurance throught his employer. But I told her to call back. She did, and got a completely different result! Because their income was around $28,000 a year, they got big subsidies to lower the cost. If you have tried earlier, try again today! It won't hurt and may help you get affordable coverage. The plans she got was a BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD SILVER PLAN!
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 - 08:28

Holmes: GOP confused on Obamacare

I agree 100% with what Phillip Holmes has written. We will not get decent government in Georgia until we elect a Democrat for governor, and Democrats is the state legislature.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 11:13

NeSmith: In more ways than one, teacher provided vision

What a memorable thank you to an excellent teacher! Your writing is masterful!
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 11:20

Grimes: Print newspapers still have place among media choices

I loved this column that Millard Grimes has written. My sentiments, exactly! I love to walk to my paper box each morning with my dogs and get the morning paper. I usually pull off the orange bag and start reading it on the way back to my house! I hope that I will always have my paper!
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 11:17

Lyndon House future discussed at meeting

I love the Lyndon House. I do have some suggestions for more traffic and money for this wonderful venue:.
1. Open the Lyndon House on Sunday at noon. Many people going to church in downtown Athens would love to visit the gallery after church. Also have a food court there for brunch and lunch on the days the gallery is open. (similar to the Botanical Garden) People could go from church or lunch hour during the week, have lunch, and enjoy the gallery. I would be the first in line to enjoy lunch and some time in the gallery.

2. Have musical performances every week at the gallery. Athens is a music town and from classical to community folk singing; There are many types of music that would enliven the space. Also literary events such as poetry readings, book signing events, creative writing events,etc.

3. I am an amateur artist who would like to have an art teacher there. I would pay to have a two hour class and work on something of my choice and have that expert there to guide me. I used to go all the way to Winder every week for about ten years for that service. The Piedmont Art Association was housed in the old Duckhead Factory and I turned out many pieces. I enjoyed buying art that I saw there during shows, and I gained much skill by having a teacher, Bobbie Austin, to help guide my work.

4. Have the schools in Clarke County put on an art show every year. Also encourage classes from elementary through high school to take tours, especially during the art show by the school district.

Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 11:17

Healthcare navigators in UGA tradition, Morehead says

I am thankful to the University of Georgia for obtaining a grant to help the citizens of Georgia understand the Affordable Healthcare Law and to navigate the website to purchase affordable insurance.

The University of Georgia has been educating students, it has been a leader in our country in research, and has provided help to all people living in the state of Georgia through its many programs and organizations, including the UGA Extension Service. These navigators are doing the work of service to any Georgian who contacts them.

For conservative groups, who are fighting the Affordable Healthcare Law, also known as Obamacare, to continue to harass employees and subcontractors of UGA, volunteers, and other helpful citizens who are helping the uninsured in Georgia to obtain insurance, show bad judgement on their part. Also, their tactics hurt everyday Georgians who just want help in getting insurance. That is a shame.

Thank you, Gere Morehead, for explaining the work of the University of Georgia navigators.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 09:10

UGA navigator program tries to avoid controversy

This is a disgrace that State Navigators should be intimidated this way. The uninsured in Georgia need Obamacare. I have personally seen people who were suspicious about the Affordable Healthcare Act get good insurance on the Federal Exchange. Too bad Republicans care more about deceiving the public because they hate Obama. They need to work for the good of this state and nation.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 13:04

Blackmon: Lawmakers creating problems for education

I completely agree with EVERYTHING Myra has written in this OP/Ed . The New York Times did an exposé on the private charter schools who have a foot hole in Florida getting the Republican Legislature with the compliance of Governor Deal to dismantle public schools in Georgia. I wrote a letter to the editor in 2011 about this. Folks, until you put Democrats back in charge in this state, public education will continue to be dismantled.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:45

Johnson: Dig deeper for Black History Month

There should be Black Studies in high schools across America as a course offering. I think that high school students need to learn about the somewhat "unknown" black trailblazers whose work needs to be uncovered from the darkness of ignorance. I think knowing this information could change the outcomes of many students' futures.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:35

Altman: GOP misleads on immigration issues

I agree with EVERYTHING Ian Altman has written in this OP/Ed. The truth has been written.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:26

Girl Scout cookie program teaches business, life skills

I love Girl Scout cookies. I can't wait to find some on sale to buy. What a great article! The skills that the girls learn and the experience of dealing with the public are very good for the understanding of money handling, counting change, subtraction, multiplication skills and counting forward from the amount the cookies cost to the amount the customer gives the Girl Scout. This skill is taught in public schools from early elementary though out elementary and middle school. It is also tested on the CRCT tests given in 3rd grade and up. I remember it was tested on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills also.

One of the activities I used to do in third grade was to bring in grocery flyers and give the cooperative learning groups $20 to spend on a meal for a family. They had to have a meat, two vegetables, or one vegetable and fruit, plus something to drink. (for a family of 4) The kids would work together and find the items in the grocery flyer, write them down on their paper, and add up the costs. Then they would have to subtract the cost from $20 to figure out the change. Then they would have to figure out what coins and dollars would make up the change. If they went over $20 they would have to know the amount they went over. We did this every single week of the year. By the end of the year they could do this very well and looked forward to doing the activity. But back to the Girl Scouts. What they do builds on these school activities.

Parents who want to help their children be more involved in nutrition and grocery buying could do this at home and let the child or children help with grocery list and shopping. My two children were 5 years apart so I usually had only one child at a time doing this. My child learned to use the calculator also so that we wouldn't over spend. We would estimate to the nearest dollar the cost and put it on the calculator and add the groceries up as we rolled the cart down the isle.

Good luck for a successful Girl Scout Cookie Drive. I encourage each girl to meet her goal.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:10

Abrams: Inflation push from Fed chair would be mistake

[quote][b]Duke Briscoe[/b] - Most economists do not agree with this. "The weak recovery is caused instead by factors beyond the Fed’s control: concern over government spending, tax policy, regulation and uncertainty over Obamacare." The real cause is lack of demand - government employment (fed, state, local combined) has shrunk considerably, Republicans have blocked spending on government infrastructure at a time when interest rates are near zero which means that all private companies are spending as much as they possibly could. Tax policy - really.... Regulation - what regulation, clearly not enough regulation to prevent plants exploding in various states, miners killed, West Virginia water supplies knocked out, Wall Street is paying everyone off to write loopholes into all their regulation. Uncertainty over Obamacare - huh. Republican games with debt ceilings have caused much more uncertainty, and damage (lack of spending) from the government shutdown. Inflation is very modest, and if it grew to 4% while getting out of the unemployment situation, that would not be so bad. But much better than Fed policy would be government infrastructure spending.

I agree with you Duke Briscoe! Janet Yellen is a great choice to lead the FED!
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 10:16

Purcell: Obamacare discourages seeking the American dream

I agree completely with everything that Logical and Duke Briscoe have written. Yes, I think Purcell is just an angry Republican. I do know that a friend just signed her family up with silver BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD plan and with the subsidies pays $367 a month. They are the hardest working people I know. They own a horse farm that boards horses, trains horses, and gives riding lessons. They have a sizable working farm, so when they aren't directly taking care of the horses, they are cutting hay, baling it, and doing all of the work that supports their farm. Until Obamacare, she and their boys couldn't afford insurance because they were spending a fortune on her husband's high risk medical insurance because he has type1 diabetes, and it costs a lot to keep him healthy. He works alongside his wife on the farm. Now they won't have to worry about losing their farm because of medical bills. She is loving their Obamacare.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 10:12

Zimdars: Deal wrong on Medicaid

I completely agree with you., Richard. Nathan Deal is very wrong on his opinion of Obamacare and very wrong on the expansion of Medicaid. Not only would this expansion help the working poor in Georgia, it would also keep the hospitals of this state solvent. If Medicaid is expanded, the hospitals won't need "bailouts"! When Jason Carter is elected governor this coming November, maybe Medicaid will be expanded!
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:00

CVS to stop tobacco products sales

I applaud CVS for dropping cigarette products. I have shopped at different pharmacies, but mostly CVS. I hope the other pharmacies drop cigarette products too.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 10:52

Energized Georgia coaches get their key targets

I can't wait until football season! I love the University of Georgia, the Bulldogs, and every aspect of the program starting with Coach Mark Richt! Thank you,new players, for choosing the best school in the nation!
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 08:55

Q&A: ARMC CFO discusses health care finance and state bailouts

Steve Bashear, the Democratic Governor in the Republican controlled state of Kentucky, made the wise decision for his constituents in Kentucky to accept Medicaid expansion in the state of Kentucky. It has been life changing for the working poor in Kentucky! He stated that he cared more about his citizens than politics. He said, "These citizens need insurance! The United States government is funded by our Kentucky taxpayers as are the people in all of the states in this country. Why would I turn down this expansion of Medicaid? It helps the working poor of Kentucky. It keeps the community hospitals around the state afloat, and it is the smart thing to do for our state. It's really a no brainier!"

This is what the expansion of Medicaid would do for the citizens of Georgia. The Federal Government will pay 100% of the cost for the first three years, then thereafter, pay 90% of the cost of Medicaid. The only reason Governor Deal has said no is that he is being foolish and narrow minded, not taking into account the needs of his WORKING poor in this state. His stubborn stance also is bankrupting hospitals around the state. His statement that this expansion would add a $600 cost to each taxpayer is ridiculous! He just pulled that out of his hat!

Thank you, Wendy Cook, for addressing this need for ARMC.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 10:03

Athens agencies, a church scramble to offer shelter from cold for area homeless

Thank you, Athens First United Methodist Church, for your faithfulness to the mission of our church. Thank you, all members and staff, who let yourselves be uncomfortable so that the homeless could be warm and comfortable. Thank you, families of these members who encouraged your husband, brother, father, son, or mother, sister, daughter, wife to go out on the coldest of nights to help those in need. Thank you for those who offered sustenance to the hungry. This is truly Christ's calling of all of us.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 09:26

Federal health care sign-ups pass 1 million mark

A dear friend, who husband has type 1 diabetes is thrilled with her family's silver BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD plan. She hasn't had insurance for years because it has cost huge amounts for her husband's coverage. She told me yesterday even with the old coverage he was paying over $800 a month for his insurance and $600 a month just for his insulin. Now the whole family is insured for $460 a month with a $200 deductible on the drug piece. They have a reasonable deductible and complete preventable care including annual physicals, all immunizations including annual fiu shots with NO COPAY! YES, Obamacare is a great thing for people like my friend! (and all Americans)
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 09:13

Charen: How to fight inequality and enhance happiness

Mona Charen had has hit the nail on the head. I completely agree with her on this. I think that the age some people are getting married is older than when I was was young. I think this is a good thing. But having two parents who are married to each other is a good thing unless there is violence and emotional and physical abuse in the home.
Nancy Seagraves

posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 11:33

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