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I’ve now been smoke free for four years! Yay!
Four years ago I went to get a laser acupuncture treatment to quit smoking. Halfway through the treatment (I would have wanted another cigarette by then….) I tossed the pack with the few remaining cigarettes I had and my lighter into the trash can in the office. Since then I’ve never looked back.
I’ve been around smokers with absolutely no need or even inclination to have one myself.
I also have not been one of those ex-smokers who continually preach to others to quit. I’ll mention how well the laser acupuncture worked for me and that with cigarette prices today it can pay for itself in a month., but that’s it.
So happy smoke free birthday to me!
Here in Illinois there is a voice of reason in the House. He’s a Democrat from Marengo (which is a bit west from where I live in the northeast corner of the state). His name is Jack D. Franks.
He wrote an Op-Ed in today’s Chicago Tribune:
Why are we in such dire straits? Too much spending.
Illinois doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. State revenue this year is at the third-highest level in the history of Illinois. We have more money than we had in 2007.
We have a labyrinth of pork projects. We have more than 1,700 state programs. All those programs make it difficult to run the vital and necessary state services. All those programs cost billions of dollars. We need to take a step back and remember that government is not self-perpetuating.
he ends with:
Illinois can pull itself out of this mess. We have to shrink the size of government through better accounting and restrained spending.
I urge Gov. Quinn and my fellow legislators to be innovative. To show leadership.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair once said, “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
We have to say no.
Read the rest.
It was an incredibly beautiful day! Here are some pictures:
A young lady:
possible infiltrators the middle sign has three glaring misspellings.
One sign, two sides
Click through for larger size photo so you can see her better. Welcome back Mrs. Cardinal!
It’s called Tuesday After because we’ll all be able to make our voices heard on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.