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Our disappearing middle class has been receiving much media attention in recent weeks.

It takes an understanding of economics to uncover the reason behind our disappearing middle class and perhaps a bit of recent history.

The simple answer is that inflation has destroyed any gains the middle class had made during the past 40-some years. If you know history, you know that every time the government raised the minimum wage, inflation followed right behind, destroying savings workers had put aside for retirement, retirees on pensions and generally wiping out millions of people’s saving accounts. Remember the $1.00 hamburger with drink and fries?


Today I visited healthcare.gov on the internet and thanks to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, I am now, at age 63, covered by healthcare insurance for the first time in my adult life.

Throughout my life I've had financial ups and downs with periods of relative prosperity and at other times, not so much. But, the real reason I never before invested in healthcare insurance is that I was never exactly certain what I was buying. There was always so much fine print written into the policies I felt as if I needed a lawyer to figure out what would be covered and what would not if, God forbid, I needed extensive medical care or hospitalization. I couldn't bring myself to spend the time or money on such an uncertain venture.


The original covenant (Old Testament) is for the Jews and the renewed covenant (New Testament) is for Christianity, right?

Matthew 2:6 - For you, Bethlehem, in the land of Yahudah, are not the least of the princes of Yahudah, for out of you shall come a governor that shall rule “My People Israel.”

Matthew 10:6 - Messiah told the apostles not to go into any city of the Samaritans, or into the way of the Gentiles, but go rather to “the lost sheep of The House of Israel.”

Matthew 15:24 - Yahshua (translated J-sus) said, “I am not sent but to the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.”


I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify the costs associated with future solid waste disposal options that I presented to the Board of Commissioners at their Nov. 19, 2013, meeting. I say clarify and not correct as both local papers reported the numbers in the same manner, so I must assume it was my telling – rather than the reporting – of the costs of each option that may give readers a misunderstanding of the potential increase in costs as we fill the current landfill and look to future disposal options for the County.

From the feedback I have heard, the takeaway seems to be that each option will result in an annual increase in costs of over $1 million as taken from the total cost estimates I reported. When considering the potential for an increase in annual costs from the estimates, one must reduce the estimates by the current operating expense of approximately $830,000 per year (which was also reported) in order to see the increase in landfill operating costs.


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