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Off the record: Some things are out of our control

My better half and I went to see the movie “2012” Sunday afternoon. It was an intensely entertaining science fiction movie. And that’s what it was — a science fiction movie.

The movie is based on the prophecy of the Mayan calendar, which will end on Dec. 21, 2012, leading some people to believe that the world is going to end on that date.

The date also marks the first winter solstice in 26,000 years when the sun and Earth will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way.

Remember 1999? There were many people who believed the world was going to end in 2000 or at least something cataclysmic was going to occur. They were wrong. The only “cataclysmic” event was individuals and companies worrying about it and spending a lot of money to make sure their electronic world continued.

The movie was about the effects of the earth’s core warming so much that it causes earthquakes and tsunamis.

I came away from the theater realizing that there are so many things out of our control. If this was to happen, what could we do about it anyway?

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Speaking of things out of our control, where are the H1N1 vaccines? No fault of our local health care workers, it sure seems to have taken manufacturers a long time to produce a sufficient quantity for the general public.

Good news is it seems the most recent wave of the H1N1 flu has subsided. There doesn’t seem to be as many people sick or at least staying home because of illness.

Let’s hope manufacturers of the vaccine will soon have some available for all. They say it takes two weeks for the vaccine to become effective. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the next wave of illness won’t come for a while.

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And speaking of more things that appear to be out of our control, what about the health care reform bill? It’s difficult for the average person to understand the bill.

What I don’t understand is if a person cannot afford health insurance now, what will make the coverage affordable when the bill passes? As the bill implies, people will be required to have health insurance. How will they pay for it? Will it be free for those who cannot afford it? If so, how will it differ from services currently available?

The answers to these questions are not clear.

Larger companies will be required to provide insurance for their employees. Now, with a recession going on and some businesses struggling to stay open, how is this going to work?

I have more questions than answers at this point.

— susan berg

Last modified Nov. 18, 2009

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