Kirby: I could use affordable health care for pets

That raise you have been expecting is not expecting you.

 

– Grim realization

My wife returned from the veterinarian’s office with the usual result – a modest pet health report and a very large bill.

“We need the Affordable Care Act to apply to aging terriers,” I said and immediately went to the internet looking for loopholes.

I didn’t find any, but I did find a 2013 blog entry that projected vet costs would rise because animal doctors faced an increased ACA levy on their equipment.

Government never seems to help you the way you want it to. Columbus gets a holiday and Elvis only gets a postage stamp.

YOUR MAIL: Speaking of postage, we finally got a postcard from Ohio.

Lucy H. sends two, both highlighting the Dutch Haus restaurant in Columbiana. One shows the restaurant; the other shows the recipe for its famous “sticky buns ” with a photo.

(Next time, Lucy, send the buns.)

Kacey Washington, an Augusta native spending the summer living and working at the Northern Lights Saloon in Polebridge outside Glacier National Park, sends us a postcard.

Keith and Diane traveled to Canada and sent back a card from Nova Scotia. “Weather was 50-60 degrees at night, 75-80 daytime … this area is like stepping back in time.”

And Sarah and Marvin Jones were in Arizona “in Sedona now and will be going to the Grand Canyon.”

SHARE YOUR TRAVELS: Share your vacation travels and see if we can get all 50 states. Just send your postcards to me at the Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901. We still need a card from Michigan.

RADIO FOR HELP: The Richmond County Amateur Radio Emergency Service is seeking licensed, volunteer amateur radio operators. One does not have to live in Richmond County to participate.

All technician, general and extra class operators accepted and training provided. For more information email: ny3y.ares@gmail.com.

TODAY’S JOKE: Tom had this problem of getting up late in the morning and was always late for work. His boss was mad at him and threatened to fire him if he didn’t do something about it.

So Tom went to his doctor who gave him a pill and told him to take it before he went to bed.

Tom slept well and in fact beat the alarm in the morning by almost two hours. He had a leisurely breakfast and drove cheerfully to work.

“Boss,” he said, “The pill actually worked!”

“That’s all fine,” said the boss, “But where were you yesterday?”

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Reach Bill Kirby at bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.

 

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