Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hon.Tommy Douglas ~ The Greatest Canadian ! Father of Universal Health !

Thomas Clement "Tommy" Douglas, PC, CC, SOM (October 20, 1904February 24, 1986) was a Scottish-born Baptist minister who became a prominent Canadian social democratic politician. As leader of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) from 1942 and the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961, he led the first socialist government in North America and introduced universal public medicare to Canada. When the CCF united with the Canadian Labour Congress to form the New Democratic Party, he was elected as its first federal leader and served in that post from 1961 to 1971. He is warmly remembered for his folksy wit and oratory with which he expressed his determined idealism, exemplified by his fable of Mouseland. In 1930 Douglas married Irma Dempsey, a music student at Brandon College. They had one daughter, actress Shirley Douglas, and they later adopted a second daughter Joan, who became a nurse. Through Shirley, he is grandfather of actor Kiefer Sutherland. In 2004, he was voted "The Greatest Canadian" of all time in a nationally televised contest organized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The miniseries Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, was filmed between February and May of 2005 and aired on CBC Television in two parts on March 12 and 13, 2006.

Editorial :

There were times when I worked at the Union City TN. Goodyear Plant, that I would talk with the Truck Drivers who made deliveries to receiving. I asked different drivers from Canada, at different times, what they thought of Canada`s Health care system? They all loved it !
"Saving America"

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Addictions ~ An insight into the World of Drugs

By : Steve Sauter

Listen please ! to this prediction.The death of freedom may be addiction. Don't know what I mean, don't have a clue ? Think of the things you just have to do.You may think that no one knows what causes that odor upon your clothes.You give it power, when the habit lingers,that creates those stains upon your fingers. Perhaps you think there is more bounce,in a life consumed by the ounce.There will come a time, you'll need support,when you're consuming life by the quart. Say ! What is the big alarm, a little needle hole in your arm.Tell me again how life just glows, when you're sniffing that stuff -- up your nose. I know you say it's just for fun. All day and night you play twenty one. Knowing you can " quit anytime ", I still find it funny; you never leave the table until you're out of money.Think, if you will, back to the start,that private addition to a body part.That compulsion that almost makes you bleed. when sex is not love, but a driving need.What's that ? Don't call you a jerk ! It's just you really like your work.You'll find it really hard to surmount, that reliance upon a bank account. I mention this and you'll call me crude but are you addicted to your food.You can stop eating, but I have a hunch,You'll suggest we discuss it over lunch.There are no habits you can't stop --you tell me as you leave to shop. Communication would improve, I'll bet, if we just turn off - that TV set. And couldn't we talk by the hour about - how good it feels to be in power.That feeling, " you have things under control",comes from your mind - not your soul. If judging others is your thing, the truth of this might just ring."I'm not like the others, it's plain to see", heard the scribe say to the Pharisee. Please ! Give yourself some space keep these things within their place. Control these habits we shouldn't mention there are things that deserve our attention. Search for the power that dwells within,That's where your freedom will begin.One last thing that is for sure putting your life in God is the cure.


Steve Sauter 1998

The author of this poem, is my Friend, Steve Sauter. Thanks Steve, this is so insightful.