When You Are On Your Own ...

This past week, as a FedEx pilot based in Memphis, I experienced the difficulty of being “on my own.” Once again.

My 1995 Saturn’s air conditioner broke down, and it is HOT in Memphis in June. I’m flying at night from Laredo, TX, back to Memphis. From Laredo, I call ahead to see if the repair shop could take my car that next morning.

My plan:  I would land at midnight in Memphis and leave on my next flight that afternoon. I had from early that morning to 1:00 pm for my car to be fixed.

After going to sleep at 1:00 am, I drove over and stood in line for the place to open at 7:30 am. I made it clear that I had to pick up my car at 1:00 pm so that I would be at work on time.

At 12:45, I borrowed a bike and pedaled the couple of miles to the auto repair place. Surprise, surprise, the car was in the middle of getting fixed, and if they had to move it at the time, it would destroy the engine.

Then, I pedaled back, and got ready for work (I never quit sweating in the 96 degree heat). The repair shop guy came and picked me up in the nick of time to get to work before take off.

The bottom line, when you are “on your own,” life stinks. I like my life in South Carolina, where you can count on your family, friends, and neighbors.

I am a big believer that we are all in this together, and life is much better when we can rely on each other instead of going it alone.

Health Care Reform Will Make Big Difference in Our District

The U.S. Congress just passed health care reform. Passing this reform bill will make a huge difference in our District.

According to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives, this new health care reform act in the SC 3rd District will:

·  Improve coverage for 393,000 residents with health insurance.

·  Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 192,000 families and 12,000 small businesses to help them afford coverage.

·  Improve Medicare for 133,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.

·  Extend coverage to 69,000 uninsured residents.

·  Guarantee that 13,500 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.

·  Protect 600 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.

·  Allow 54,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans.

·  Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 16 community health centers.

·  Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $61 million annually.

This is the kind of hard work legislators must accomplish to move our country forward: Compromise, discussion and coming together for the benefit of all. The “Just Say No” mentality of our SC elected officials will not cut it.

Please join me in my campaign to tackle the tough issues facing our state. Together, we can create a brighter future.

Afghanistan.

Recently, while I was in the midst of my workday routine (flying, sleeping, eating), I received an email from my stepson who is serving his second tour in Afghanistan. I was solemnly reminded of the high cost of war. 

My stepson described the procedure when the soldiers are notified of the loss of their fellow servicemen. 

At the airfield, the coffins of the fallen are moved across the tarmac to the aircraft that will carry their bodies’ home.

The date and time of this procession along the flight line are posted.  Hundreds of service men and women line the path as they pay their final respects to our brave heroes. 

As we carry on our everyday lives, let’s not forget our brave men and women fighting on our behalf.  Let’s remember those that have fallen -- the high price they paid, the personal loss to the families, and their commitment to our freedom and security.  It is the very least we can do.

Commitment to Science and Technology Is the Best Way to Create Jobs

“ One small step for man, one giant step for mankind.”

That statement by Astronaut Neil Armstrong as he became the first human on the moon signified the culmination of an entire decade of American scientific commitment.

Where is our commitment today? What kind of large scientific goal are we pursuing?

Actually, there is none. In fact, our lack of excitement toward science and technology is dragging us down in world competition.

Asia is booming ahead of us with South Korea leading the way in Research and Development.

The following is from the National Science Foundation:

Over the past decade, R&D intensity--how much of a country's economic activity or gross domestic product is expended on R&D--has grown considerably in Asia, while remaining steady in the U.S. Annual growth of R&D expenditures in the U.S. averaged 5 to 6 percent while in Asia, it has skyrocketed. In some Asian countries, R&D growth rate is two, three, even four, times that of the U.S.

And why does this matter?

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[SC-03] Jane Dyer Announces for 3rd Congressional District Seatt

January 20, 2010,  Easley, SC – Jane Dyer announced today that she is running for the open 3rd District Congressional seat. Dyer is a Democrat from Easley. This is her second campaign for the post.

Dyer is running because the 3rd District needs leadership, committed to economic recovery.

"While the rest of the United States is slowly pulling out of this awful recession," Dyer commented, "South Carolina continues to suffer with growing unemployment numbers."

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