Saturday, February 20, 2010

Why Even Bother Paying Taxes?

When hardly anything goes toward our common welfare?

Tracy Residents Now Have To Pay For 911 Calls

"Tracy, CA - Tracy residents will now have to pay every time they call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency.
But there are a couple of options. Residents can pay a $48 voluntary fee for the year which allows them to call 9-1-1 as many times as necessary.Or, there's the option of not signing up for the annual fee. Instead, they will be charged $300 if they make a call for help."A $300 fee and you don't even want to be thinking about that when somebody is in need of assistance," said Tracy resident Greg Bidlack. Residents will soon receive the form in the mail where they'll be able to make their selection. No date has been set for when the charges will go into effect."

Children at top hospital had to wash in buckets

"Sick children at a leading hospital were forced to wash in buckets for almost a month after bosses failed to fix the hot water supply.
More than 100 youngsters, some of them seriously ill, were left without hot running water.
Parents were forced to carry hot water in buckets from a single working tap in a sluice room so their children could wash. Youngsters suffering from brain tumours and cystic fibrosis were among those affected.

Despite complaints from patients and staff, management at King's College Hospital, South London, failed to fix a broken pump - and left half the children's wards without hot water for weeks.
One mother said she saw infants standing in buckets to be washed while parents carried hot water to patients' bedsides in 'sick bowls'"


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