For Democrats there was an air of bittersweet celebration, underscored by the presence of Vicki Kennedy in the visitor's gallery that overlooks the Senate floor. Her husband, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, died in August after a career spent working relentlessly for universal health care.
"With Sen. Ted Kennedy's booming voice in our ears, with his passion in our hearts, we say, as he said: The work goes on, the cause endures," said Reid, echoing words Kennedy uttered in his most famous speech... rest of article at AP on yahoo
there are changes in the air again, although i don't think they are evident. with the healthcare reform being launched in our nation's capital, i would estimate that many, many programs are going to be shifting. this will most likely affect drug/alcohol treatment as well as mental health care. from the vantage point of colorado, these are issues that sorely need addressing. a very high percentage of our law enforcement and emergency health care dollars are going to address residual issues that stem from these two core items. but i do believe, that unless we start to actively teach our citizens how to cope with their mental health issues and their life issues in more healthy and productive ways, we are most likely going to be throwing more funds after many of the same issues. we understand so much about healthy living, longer living, exercise, diet and yet very few of us actually engage in them actively. and we rely on pills, meds, and other quick fixes to pull us through. this may be the mindset that may be poisoning our society. "i'll take something to fix it." is our modus operandi..
if we could find a more thoughtful way to help people manage their life issues, and inspire ourselves to actually do it, we wouldn't have to spend so much time bandaging them up after binges and warehousing them as punitive actions. i don't believe our current policies are effective, nor holistic, nor humane. we have very much been bandaging emerging issues, or moving them to a place out of sight.
the actual scope of the bill which passed the senate a few days ago, is way more than i have been able to comprehend. and as with most new laws, there is much regulation to go along and be ironed out with the rollout of such. i would imagine it will take at least till 2020 before we see some actual finished policies. with the actual population of this country, it is no wonder it will take time to iron out details- so many variables.
we'll see how it all plays out. again, i cannot imagine that, as a nation, we will become more thoughtful or more prudent in our problem solving skills overnight, but i am certainly hoping we will develop insight that we previously were not afforded.
You used to captivate metoday's sound choice is evanescence with "my immortal"
By your resonating light
Now I'm bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts
My once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away
All the sanity in me
These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase