Sunday, June 30, 2013

A THINKING PIECE: 'ALL OF THE ABOVE IS THE ONLY ANSWER'

Dear Readers:

Once again my Congressman Phil Roe, M.D., 1st District of Tennessee hit it on the mark.  Below is his weekly email.  This one is about energy.  You decide!


All-of-the-Above is the Only Answer
On Tuesday, President Obama unveiled his aggressive plan to address climate change.  It comes as no surprise that the president plans to implement these changes without Congressional input and approval.  While some American families are struggling to put food on the table, this misguided plan will raise energy costs, continue the president’s war on the coal industry and cost billions of dollars.  I agree that we must be good stewards of the environment, but this plan is not the answer.

Many believe greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to the gradual warming of our planet and changing of our climate.  If America stopped all carbon emissions, however, the global temperature would decrease by only .08 degrees Celsius by 2050.  Whatever one believes about climate change, we should all be able to agree that we shouldn’t inflict catastrophic damage on our economy, but the president’s proposal could do just that.

In 2009, the president pushed a similar plan that would have established a cap and trade system to curb carbon emissions.  Anyone who flips on a light switch, turns up the thermostat, fills up the gas tank or purchases an American-made product would have been forced to pay higher energy bills thanks to this new tax increase.  Some estimates show that American families could have paid more than $3,000 per year in higher energy prices.  Fortunately, the Senate didn’t agree to this plan, but now the president is trying to implement this plan through regulation.

President Obama touts the administration’s “success in doubling America’s use of wind, solar and geothermal energy” but fails to mention what his energy policies have done to a very important industry in America: coal.  In 2012, U.S. carbon emissions may have fallen to the lowest level in two decades, but the number of jobs in the Kentucky coal industry fell to the lowest numbers in half a century.  According to the Heritage Foundation, if the current regulations pushed by the administration on the coal industry stand, more than 500,000 jobs will be lost.  But these regulations won’t just harm the coal industry, Americans could see their electricity prices increase by roughly 20 percent.  The fact is, coal is cleaner than ever before, and provides a reliable, safe electricity option.  We must look at cost-benefit analysis.  Still, coal isn’t the only energy option we should be exploring and fostering to create jobs in this country.

The president has yet to give the Keystone XL pipeline the green light, opting to put the demands of environmentalists ahead of the needs of working Americans.  Earlier this year, the president’s own State Department released its review of the Keystone project, and raised no major objections to the pipeline. T he report also said any of the alternative options to get oil from Canada could be more harmful to the environment than the pipeline.

There is no one source of energy that will leave America energy secure.  We must pursue a true all-of-the-above energy policy that includes nuclear, natural gas, coal, and oil in addition to renewable energy like wind, solar and hydro.  But we must encourage this development in a way that makes sense, and we should do it without massive government subsidies that favor one form of energy over another.

When I was mayor of Johnson City, we conducted an energy audit.  We made simple, commonsense investments.  As we were becoming a more energy-efficient city, we were also saving taxpayer dollars.  To name a few changes we made, we began replacing burned-out intersection stoplights with light emitting diodes (LEDs).  While LEDs are more costly on the front end, they’re brighter, safer, last longer and use less energy, resulting in a net savings of tax dollars. We also built a pipeline to turn methane from our landfill into electricity for the VA facility in Mountain City.  Today, that facility is heated and cooled at no cost to the taxpayer.  Additionally, we replaced some city vehicles with hybrids, which helped lower the fuel cost line item in our budget.  I believe these are the kinds of changes we should be making nationwide, not pushing burdensome regulations that will harm, not help, American families.  We can do better.

Please rest assured I will continue to monitor the president’s proposal. I will also support a commonsense, all-of-the-above energy plan. 

U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D., 1st District of Tennessee
 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - SPICE CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Dear Readers: 

Like to have a little piece of cake with that cup of coffee or hot tea?  Then you will enjoy this dessert - this too is a very old recipe - Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.   Very easy to prepare with great results.  
 
Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
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  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE

For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the  'Archived Recipes' pages (4).  

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Enjoy!

Monday, June 24, 2013

IF YOU DON'T HAVE CELIAC DISEASE OR ARE GLUTEN INTOLLERANT ARE GLUTEN FREE BAKED GOODS FOR YOU?

THIS BRIEF ARTICLE COMES FROM READER'S DIGEST:

Gluten-free baked goods

If you aren't diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, keep in mind that gluten-free doesn't necessarily mean healthy—and gluten-free baked goods like bread, cookies, and crackers often are packed with more refined flours, artificial ingredients, and sugar than traditional baked goods. Plus, they can cost up to twice as much as you'd normally spend.

Read more: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/15-foods-you-should-never-buy-again/#ixzz2XBtxZqqM

Sunday, June 23, 2013

DO YOUR KIDS LIKE FROZEN JUICE BARS? HERE'S A MONEY SAVING TIP

This tip comes from Reader's Digest:
At nearly $2 per bar, frozen 'all fruit' or 'fruit and juice' bars may not be rich in calories, but they are certainly rich in price. Make your own at home — and get the flavors you want. To make four pops, just throw 2 cups cut-up fruit, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice into a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. You might wish to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water so the final mix is a thick slush. Pour into 4-ounce pop molds or paper cups, insert sticks, and freeze until solid.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE EATING WOOD?

Dear Readers:

While 'surfing' the web, I came across this article from Reader's Digest.  This is just one of 27 Foods You Should Never Buy Again.

(Maybe this explains why politicians' noses grow!  hmmmm) 

Foods made of WOOD

Take a look at the ingredient list for your high-fiber cereal or snack bar, and you'll probably see an ingredient called "cellulose." Turns out that cellulose is a code word for "wood pulp." Food manufacturers use it to extend their products and add fiber, so it looks like you’re getting more food. But really you’re just left with a mouthful of wood shavings.

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - OLD FASHIONED RICE PUDDING

Dear Readers:

Here is an old fashioned recipe and a good way to use leftover rice.  My grandmother made this and, to be honest, I had forgotten how good it tasted.  Hope you will give Old Fashioned Rice Pudding a try.  
 
Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE     
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE

For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the  'Archived Recipes' pages (4).  

If you would like to receive a weekly email from me when I post a recipe, notify me at hjcouponlady30@gmail.com and I will place you on my list.  As stated in my privacy policy, I do not share email information with other parties.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

LIKE DIET SODAS? YOU MAY CHANGE YOUR MIND AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE.

Dear Readers:

I never really have been a diet soda drinker, mostly because the artificial sweeteners cause me to have migraine headaches, plus I just don't like to put those 'chemicals' in my system.  The other day I came across an article that I believe those who do drink diet sodas should read and think about.  I have provided the link - I hope you take time to read it.  CLICK HERE

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A THINKING PIECE...LIBERTY IN SHAMBLES


Dear Readers:

I came across a piece written by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano about liberty and its history.  I thought it would be a good thinking piece.  Click on the link ---------->:      Liberty In Shambles
 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - APPLE-ONION STUFFED HAM

Dear Readers:

Last week we found a new use for pumpkin instead of just putting it in a pie.  This week we are going to use apples and sweet potatoes and make Apple-Onion Stuffed Ham.  This is a one pan dish and will serve 6 to 8.  
  
Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE     
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE

For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the  'Archived Recipes' pages (4).  

If you would like to receive a weekly email from me when I post a recipe, notify me at hjcouponlady30@gmail.com and I will place you on my list.  As stated in my privacy policy, I do not share email information with other parties.

Enjoy!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

PTSD AWARENESS MONTH - GET INFORMED.

Dear Readers:

This is an email I received from my Congressman, Phil Roe, this week.  As some of you are aware, I have a special interest in PTSD and how it affects our service men and women.  I try to help by educating those I know just how serious this problem is, and how we, the public, can help.  Please take the time to read this information below: 
 
PTSD Awareness Month
Since 2010, June 27th has been known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day.  For the last three years, the National Center for PTSD has worked diligently throughout the month of June to raise awareness of this serious mental health issue, which occurs after an individual has been through a traumatic event like combat, abuse, terrorist attacks, assault and other serious incidents.  While emotional stress after experiencing a trauma is natural, an individual with long-term stress that affects their day-to-day life may have PTSD.  According to the National Center for PTSD, about 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women have experienced a traumatic event.  Of these individuals, about eight percent of men and 20 percent of women develop PTSD.  The disorder can lead to depression, anxiety and fear, dramatic changes in behavior, anger and shame.  PTSD has four types of symptoms, and knowing them can help you if you believe you or your loved one may be experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The four symptoms are: 
  • reliving the event, 
  • avoiding situations that remind you of the event, 
  • feeling “numb” or emotionally void, and 
  • feeling jittery or always on high alert. 
The Department of Veterans Affairs has an online questionnaire that can help you identify if you or your loved one have symptoms of PTSD.  Still, the best way to identify whether or not you have PTSD is by visiting a mental health professional.  Therapy and, in some cases, medication can help individuals suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to have normal lives again.  If you are a veteran and believe you have PTSD, you can call the VA’s hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  That number is 1-877-WAR-VETS.  You are not alone.

As a nation, we are not doing enough to identify mental illness in and provide adequate mental health care for our returning service members.  The price of our neglect is paid by our returned service members and those close to them in the form of depression, lower quality of life, economic insecurity, substance abuse, and suicide.  The history of neglecting the mental health of service members is as long as our history of military conflict, but changes in combat and conflict now mean that ever more of our men and women in uniform are afflicted with unseen wounds.  The time has come to confront mental health issues in our returning service members and veterans head on.  Because of this, I founded the Invisible Wounds Caucus in 2010.
The Invisible Wounds Caucus explores responses to rising incidents of PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression, substance abuse, and suicide among veterans and active duty military.  The VA reported last March that between 2000 and 2010 the number of veteran suicides rose from 20 to 22 per day.  The total grew from an estimated 7,300 suicides in 2000 to an estimated 8,030 in 2010.  We need to look closely at what’s causing these devastating suicides and what we can do to help.  

Studies show that certain events are more likely than others to cause PTSD, such as exposure to combat or a sexual assault.  This is particularly disturbing on the heels of a Pentagon survey released on May 7, 2013 that estimated 26,000 people in the armed forces were sexually assaulted last year.  This number is up 7,000 from a 2010 estimate of 19,000.  This is disgraceful and I was glad to see both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner say publicly that this will not be tolerated.  The men and women serving our country honorably should not live in fear of sexual assault, and I will work tirelessly to ensure these repulsive acts stop.  Earlier this week, I signed on as a cosponsor of H.R. 1864.  This legislation, introduced by my colleague Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) would extend further protection to military assault victims by applying whistleblower legal protection rules to their communication with Congress, Inspector Generals, law enforcement, or DoD auditors to eliminate barriers to reporting sexual assault within the military.

Please rest assured I will continue to work to raise awareness of PTSD, as well as support solutions to prevent PTSD where possible and help those affected get treatment for PTSD.

Feel free to contact my office if we can be of assistance to you or your family.  Our contact information can be found on our website, www.roe.house.gov.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - SPICED PUMPKIN CASSEROLE

Dear Readers:

Have some canned pumpkin left over from the holidays that you would like to get off the shelf?  The recipe this week is one for using pumpkin as a vegetable, which is what it is.  Easy to do with lots of flavor...Spiced Pumpkin Casserole.

Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE     
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE

For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the  'Archived Recipes' pages (4).  

If you would like to receive a weekly email from me when I post a recipe, notify me at hjcouponlady30@gmail.com and I will place you on my list.  As stated in my privacy policy, I do not share email information with other parties.

Enjoy!