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Lack of values, frugality leading to a bigger storm

I read the Bible and I found out what I was taught to believe in was a lie and that there is a difference between religion and Christ.

Religion gives you a set of rules to follow and they may not be Biblical. Being a Christian is having a relationship with Christ.

There were Christians involved in writing our Constitution. I am afraid if they were alive today they would be appalled and we would have another revolution. We have a runaway government that has overspent the taxpayers' money.

When Obamacare kicks in and we expand the Medicaid so we can make everyone feel equal we will not be all on the same playing field. We are going to put penalties on people without insurance, penalties on businesses. We call the penalty a tax so we can say it is constitutional.

People wake up. You think the storm Sandy was bad, just wait to you see what else is coming. God said he would send an end time delusion; I think it has already started.

Common sense will keep pets safe and healthy

In the Dallas Post (Sunday, Nov 25) I read the article entitled Lillie's home - thanks to Facebook. I'd first like to say how sincerely happy I am she is safely home with her family. My little one means everything to me and I'd protect him with my life.

It distresses me, however, that carelessness among pet parents/families often leads to avoidable tragedies.

Please use good judgment and common sense. No matter how well behaved that fur baby is, fireworks/crackers and any other deafening noises are terrifying; a dog's ears are infinitely more sensitive than ours. Never set them off in the presence of your dog.

It is your responsibility to keep her/him safe at all times. That includes keeping the dog's head inside that open car window. Allowing a few inches of fresh air is one thing, but when that dog's entire head (sometimes more) is out that window, you are inviting tragedy. You wouldn't allow a child to do that so why is your dog any different?

Finally, make sure your dog always wears a collar with license and identification attached. If lost, what guarantee do you have a nice person will find her/him and try to locate you?

I implore everyone who has and loves a dog or dogs, please act responsibly. Their safety, health and happiness is up to us.

Prepare for Medicare open enrollment now

The Medicare Open Enrollment deadline is fast approaching, so now is the time to check and see if you will have the Medicare coverage to meet your needs at a price you can afford, starting January 1, 2013.

Dec. 7 is the last day that most people with Medicare can chose or change their Medicare health or prescription drug coverage for 2013.

Medicare is stronger than ever with more benefits, better choices, and lower costs to beneficiaries. Expanded Medicare benefits under the health care law (the Affordable Care Act) continue to be available including certain free preventive benefits, cancer screenings and an annual wellness visit. Whether you choose Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan take advantage of Open Enrollment to review cost, coverage, or both for 2013.

Your health needs change from year to year. And, your health plan may change the benefits and costs each year too. That's why it's important to evaluate your Medicare choices regularly. Open Enrollment is the one time of year when ALL people with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage.

If you are happy with your current coverage and know that it will meet your needs in the new year, you don't have to do anything. But it's worth it to take the time to review and compare, and you don't have to do it alone. Medicare is available to help.

Visit www.medicare.gov to compare your current coverage with all the options available in your area. You can enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change

Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048

Get one-on-one help from your State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). In Pennsylvania that is the APPRISE program, and you can call 1-800-783-7067 to find help in your community.

In addition, if you have limited income and resources, you may be able to get extra help paying for your prescription drug coverage costs. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov, or call Social Security at 1-800-772 (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778).

So please, take the time to review your coverage and make sure you are getting the most out of your Medicare — you've earned it!

Don't let parks, forests go over fiscal cliff

One of America's most important conservation programs is at risk of being slashed if Congress doesn't take action this December. It is known as the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and while most people may have never heard of it, the program has protected and expanded many of our state's greatest parks and forests, like Valley Forge, Gettysburg, and Ohiopyle.

Our parks and forests are important to all Pennsylvanians. They not only preserve our state's natural heritage, but they also provide incredible recreational opportunities to visitors. These treasured lands provide trails for hiking, grounds for camping, and rivers for canoeing — all giving visitors many reasons to return throughout the year.

This must be included in the upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations in order to save our protected areas. Congressman Barletta needs to make sure that this program is included in the fiscal cliff negotiations in order to save our protected areas.

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Maure Devers Dorrance Township Gayle Delano Slezak Wyoming Nancy B. O'Connor Regional administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Region 3 Philadelphia Lacey Vogel PennEnvironment Philadelphia

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