Oct 29, 2013 at 21:23:04
“Amen! I completely agree with you. I think about when i was growing up (am 43) and even friends that had well off backrounds didn't have the amount of "toys" that are around nowadays. It seems like there used to be a feeling of "its something to be earned and not given". Most of us had to have a job to get extras when i was growing up.”
“Am appalled at how they are treating these families. Truly shameful. There are no words to describe my anger and disgust. How much did we spend bailing out banks, automakers, etc, etc.....but we balk at the most important people in our society, the ones that protect us.”
justpatrick on Aug 6, 2013 at 23:55:33
“Very well stated. They did not have to follow the letter of the law in awarding benefits - they chose to. It's sad when people put their lives on the line everyday and this happens. The state should intervene and provide one time payments to all of the families involved. This was not a typical situation.”
Mar 18, 2013 at 20:38:19
“I must confess i am an American now addicted to Coffee Crisp candy bars and Tim Horton's coffee Now want to try everything on the list except maybe the sushi pizza. Oh and how could one forget the blueberries! Tied with Oregon blueberries as the the best!”
“my breathing actually stops when i read stories like this. there are no words to describe bigotry like this. i guess being raised by semi-hippie college educated people who believed in equal rights from washington state has sheilded me from people that think this way! My apologies for the run on sentence.”
Michael A Mowatt Jr on Sep 3, 2012 at 19:20:34
Believed in equal-rights...
I see your problem. You were raised to care about humans.”
Jul 20, 2012 at 22:39:28
“Thank you for admitting that Canadians abuse that phrase-i am up in B.C. often and i hear it alot. I never tell anyone i am Amercan because before you know it that comment comes out. I love B.C. and think its absolutely beautiful. Oh and i cannot get through the day without Timmy's coffee. Personally, i think we are more alike than different. I enjoy being up there and hope to do more sightseeing.”
Jul 20, 2012 at 22:31:46
“I beg to differ with the 10 percent comment, also there is quite a difference in what is covered by insurance in the U.S. vs. public care in Canada. Don't get me wrong, i don't think our system is perfect, its just different. I pay under 100 per month for medical,dental, life insurance, and long term disability-so i can keep my paycheck even if i am injured, plus would also be covered under social security disability. I rarely get more than a 30 dollar invoice from a doctor's visit(mammograms, dental cleanings, dental work,female health exams, chiropractic care). Alot more is covered on insurance plans down here so the "extras" that Canadians pay for-are probobly more expensive that what we pay is monthly insurance premiums. I have some Canadian friends and am surprised at what they have to pay for-our insurance covers more items. Like i said, the system is far from perfect. But if someone goes to the hospital, regardless if there is insurance, they will be seen and treated with no charge or sliding scale payment. I know alot of people who have had their medical bills written off due to the amount of income they make.”
samlee on Aug 3, 2012 at 12:38:29
“Lived in both countries. Canadians are further ahead by far. Unless you are on govt plans in the USA or have a premium employer based plan, the cost is EXORBITANT. We paid 1100 a month for 2 people & a copay 30% each visit.No vision, no dental and a deductible of $5,000 per year per person so that is all cash you have to have in the bank yearly just in case someone gets ill. That's why medical bankruptcy is so high, people don't have the cash even for the yearly deductible. We did not have disability or life insurance, something most employee benefit plans in Canada do cover. Lose your job and employer based insurance ends. You also have no freedom to choose your hospital or doctor because if you don't go to an approved facility, you have to pay all the costs yourself. Our one 20 minute visit to the ER cost us $2,000 cash after the ins paid. We tried to avoid getting treated because we knew our savings would be wiped out quickly. Most people I know live in fear that they will get sick and the vast majority of them have credit cards racked up by medical bills in the thousands. My relative got sick, after hosp bills paid by the govt, still owed $12,000,she sold her car to pay off what she owed. She was 82 at the time and living on social security. Canadians are far, far better off in so many ways.”
“You are my hero!!! Am so impressed with this young lady and that she was able to defend herself. She probobly spared other people the same indignity of being attacked by these disrespectful young men.”
Mar 18, 2013 at 19:54:43
“As a U.S. citizen, here's a big THANK YOU for thinking of people down here. I hope that the pipeline does not go through. I can't speak for everyone but the idea of oil for export to China doesn't appeal at all......but i would be happy to purchase Canadian/and or U.S. produced oil products any day of the week.”
Oct 20, 2012 at 12:45:47
“We have the same problem down here in the U.S.
I can't believe some of the projects that money is spent on.
But what is the first thing i heard on the news when our economic downturn started?
Let's cut school bus service for disabled kids.
I live in Washington state
You have got to be kidding me!!!!”
Johnny LaRue on Oct 20, 2012 at 18:31:04
“The carpetbaggers up here cry poor then 6 or 8 months later give themselves retroactive raises for the job the did(on us).”
“if we held men to the same standards?
I guess they would be resonsible for taking a life too?
I respect your right to have an opinion, truly i do.
But women can't get pregnant on their own so why are women always forced to walk the plank on this issue?”
sewingds on Oct 21, 2012 at 07:10:17
“Agree with you, but men aren't forced to be accountable for their actions. My niece got pregnant and the man was denying he was the father, court finally tracked him down (yea he kept on the move because of this), DNA proved he was the father but he also has 2 other kids and doesn't want to pay for the 3rd so skips around. It took well over a year for her to finally get him to pay support. So when it comes to men taking responsibility for their actions, women do not always count on it. You may end up raising that child on your own or with the help of your parents. Here is where Planned Parenthood would have helped her if she gone and gotten her birth control pills, OR made him wear the condom or just said NO.”
Oct 10, 2012 at 20:23:44
“It seems harder today to get people the help they need. When i was growing up with my bipolar, paranoid, and manic mother-we could call and have her commited to get her back on her meds. Not that it was a perfect answer. now people have to get themselves in trouble with the law or something far more drastic to have any kind of even temporary fix. This is a long term commitment to get people functioning again. Like i said i really feel for you. ”
juniper1 on Oct 11, 2012 at 02:00:10
“Thanks for your kind words.
As you say, even if we do get him committed (again), it is indeed not the perfect answer. But I still feel that at least 5 precious years have been lost due beating around the bush, and now that he is no longer a minor, it is far more difficult for us to get him the help he needs. Our son should have had treatment adapted to his pathology earlier. His life is now in shambles.
Like you said, he will have to get himself in trouble with the law or worse before doctors take what we have been saying seriously. The last doctor who was "treating" my son (up to 10 days ago) told us she thought he had made lots of progress in the last month - we did not - and she still gave him permission to come and go as he wished from hospital, until the day he didn't come back - just as we predicted. We are now waiting for news of something, probably not good.”