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Christmas in July

It’s like 100 degrees outside, but people already have started talking about getting ready for Christmas.

As fast as time seems to fly by these days, we will blink a time or two, and Christmas will be upon us.

Some churches already have started rehearsing for their Christmas cantatas and pageants.

And Destination Downtown South Boston this week announced the theme for this year’s South Boston Christmas Parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. 

The theme this year is “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child.”

“The Christmas Parade Committee chose this theme because it gives everyone an opportunity to show their creativity and interpretation about what ‘Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child’ means to them,” said Parade Coordinator Sara Davis. 

She says she starts getting phone calls and questions from churches and non-profit organizations every year about this time from folks who want to know the theme so they can start meeting and planning their float or entry.

More power to them for wanting to get an early start, but I think I will wait til it cools down a bit before my thoughts turn to the merriest of holidays.


Obama’s health care law delays

Is the president having second thoughts about his health care plan?

Seems like it with the recent postponements, roll backs and changes of key provisions being made to the 20,000 page document.

First, the Obama Administration said it was postponing enforcement for one year of the employer mandate, a central element of the president’s health care law.

This announcement has created more uncertainty and simply delays the inevitable — exorbitant costs associated with this provision. 

Appears the administration is recognizing what many Americans have been saying for a long time — Obamacare is “too complex, unworkable, and does not have the support of the American people,” as 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt put it.

This week he is calling on the administration to provide individuals and families the same relief it offers businesses by eliminating the individual mandate.

The administration also has announced it plans to rely on an honor system to verify individual eligibility for insurance subsidies created by the law which makes no sense.

“Given that fraud is already rampant in our Medicare and Medicaid systems, it is completely irresponsible for the administration to abandon its antifraud measures and expect hardworking taxpayers to foot the bill for the indisputable abuse that will result from the lack of verification,” the Congressman said.

His continued efforts to fight to repeal what he describes as a “flawed, misguided law” that is “bad for business, bad for jobs, and bad for the American people” are appreciated.