I don't object if there is a reasonable expectation of saving
a similar amount of money as a consequence of the accomodation.
In this example, tax forms and instructions, I expect the
publication of Spanish language instructions for tax forms
would improve the efficiency with which taxes are collected.
There are any number of situations where a pig-headed insistance
on English-only will exacerbate problems. It is a measured
decision as to where to draw the line.
Seeing that the Constitution was written in only one language; good enough
Or are you saying that because he was an English speaking CUSTOMER in the
US, he should not feel the need for customer service to speak English?
My first reaction was 'SCAM' but maybe not; see
In any case I would at least demand that the caller provide proof that they
were indeed the SSA, keeping in mind that a scam artist might be better
prepared to do that convincingly than the SSA itself. My best advice is
don't trust anybody calling a senior citizen. I'm just about one myself now
but, more particularly, I'm recalling how my elderly mother was hounded by
all kinds of persons/organizations trying to extract money in any way they
could. Some of the mailings were cleverly disguised to look like official
US Government origins. She's been dead four years now following two
additional years in a nursing home and we still get mail solicitations
addressed to her; but we live in a different part of the country from when
she last lived with us.
My personal rule is 'don't cooperate with anybody who calls me unless I know
them and are expecting a call'. Usually that means I hang up following the
first few words of the spiel but, at most, I might agree to call back, not
to any number the caller provides but to that organizations number from the
phone directory or the internet.
You may answer it or not? You have been remarking for some time about how
your medication(s) is really impacting your cost of living, comfort,
quality of life etc. I love your bitching about the VA. Were you really at
Yes, you may answer or not. What has that to do with anything. You can
always refuse to answer anyone about anything over the phone. Just hang
up, which is what I did. I'm not exactly sure where you read anything,
from me, about medicine "impacting" my cost of living. My medical
costs, thanks to VA, are far lower than for most people. I wasn't happy
when GWB's boys more than tripled that cost immediately after his first
election, but that still leaves prices relatively low, so they don't
much affect my cost of living.
Oh. Yes. I went through Parris Island, in early '58. But Parris Island
is not the sum total of a tour in the Marines.
There are damn few higher forms of "social responsibility" than serving your
country; "Every man an island" is inarguably the antithesis of "serving your
country"; and "unity" is something while learn by doing so.
And it is well documented that those who haven't will attempt to argue
otherwise ... and to those, it's always a waste of your breath.
I was told many years ago that one of the reasons Switzerland has been able
to "enforce" their neutrality from world conflicts is that every adult has
served in their armed forces and is a permanent life member
of their military, including having their uniform, weapon, etc, @ home ready
for immediate callup.
This was told to me in the '60s/'70s by a Swiss who was attending a tech
school with me. I have no idea if this is still true.
The greatest headaches are those we cause ourselves.
Well, the terrain may be a contributing factor, but a resolute and ready
citizenry doesn't hurt. All the tunnels are pre-mined and good defensive
positions prepared, so they say.
Israelis were doing pretty well as long as they had clearly identified
enemies, then too many people started "bitching" about their country's
internal politics and ignoring the threat. Got a bit more dangerous. When
the propagandists and the people spend their time harping on the single
issue with which they disagree, and see the opposite party as a greater
enemy than the external ones sworn to cut their throats ... well, it's not
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