The display was put up by Family Hardware employee Jeff Verzi, who was honoring six family members serving in the military. He was told last week to remove the flags after an anonymous complaint citing the city’s rule that prohibits placing banners in the right-of-way.
Verzi politely refused, saying the flags represent six veterans in his family that he wanted to remember.
Then, on a quiet Monday morning following the city’s demand to Verzi, fellow townspeople spent a few hours placing hundreds upon hundreds of flags along the right-of-way for the entire length of the street.
Supporters started posting flags at around 8 a.m. and it took more than an hour to finish. Initially, the plan was for over 500 small American flags to dot the landscape. Eric Stange, general manager at Family Hardware, said their message generated a positive response from the community.
Connie Barron, spokeswoman for the city, has since said that no further action will be taken. She said it’s a good thing to see the community come together.
The Social Security Administration recently offered a letter of condolence to the family of Kosara Mladenovic for their loss after the woman’s death.
The trouble is, Kosara Mladenovic is very much alive and living in New York.
A keystroke error had the agency mistakenly declare Mladenovic dead, recording her deceased when, in fact, it was her husband who had died.
The error resulted in the Social Security Administration cutting off Mladenovic’s monthly benefits, which the family relies on to help support her.
Elder care advocate Gideon Schein told CBS that mistakes like this one don’t happen every day, but it can be very difficult for those affected to rectify the error. CBS 2 reported that it happens to about 14,000 people every year. [just let those numbers sink in...]
Read the full story at FoxNews.com.
If it happens to about 14,000 people every year, how is it not happening every day?
The Massachusetts Nurses Association sued Brigham and Women’s Hospital this week, seeking to block a policy not yet in effect that would require nurses to get flu shots if they want to keep working there.
The action in Suffolk Superior Court comes as state public health officials are leaning on hospitals to improve the influenza vaccination rate among health care workers, which varied in hospitals from 62 percent to 99 percent during the most recent flu season.
The Brigham instituted the mandate in hope of matching the success of other teaching hospitals in Boston, most of which vaccinate more than 90 percent of employees, she said.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the union representing 3,200 nurses at the Brigham, said in its lawsuit that the hospital’s mandate, which could lead to the firing of employees who refuse vaccination, violates a state regulation that explicitly bars hospitals from requiring employees to the receive vaccine if they don’t want it, regardless of the reason.
Most of the U.S. public is unaware that a U.S. citizen, by law, cannot sue a pharmaceutical company for damages resulting from vaccines. Congress gave them total legal immunity in 1986, and that law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011. There is a special “vaccine court” called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program that is funded through a tax on vaccines. If you are injured or killed by a vaccine, you must hire an attorney and fight tax-funded government attorneys to seek damages, as you cannot sue the drug manufacturers. It takes years to reach a settlement, with the longest case being settled after 11 years. Therefore, the reported cases probably only represents a tiny fraction of the actual number of people harmed or killed by vaccines, since it is so difficult to fight the government in court to win a settlement.
In spite of the fact that Adam Lanza spent the vast majority of his educational life in government schools, Connecticut Bureaucrats are now demanding that more scrutiny and control must be given them over homeschooling in the state, because Lanza spend a short bit of time being homeschooled.
According to the Connecticut Post, the commission states, “[T]ighter scrutiny of homeschoolers may be needed to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.”
The Post reports that the murders were carried out by Adam Lanza, “a disturbed 20-year-old who had been homeschooled by his mother, Nancy Lanza, whom he also shot to death on the morning of his murder spree.”
In fact, Lanza, according to a variety of reports, experienced most of his education in public schools.
Under the Connecticut Children’s Behavioral Health Plan draft proposal, homeschooled children with behavioral and emotional disabilities would be required to have individualized education plans approved by the special education director of the local public school district. Continued homeschooling of these children would only be approved if the students were documented as having made “adequate progress” in their plans as part of mandatory annual reports to the special education directors in their public school districts.
Of course the problem is that many anti-homeschool judges use any and every excuse to force family to place their children in government schools. This would simply add fuel to that unconstitutional fire.