Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"No Man Is an Island."

No matter how hard anyone works; no matter how intelligently; no matter how much money each person spends on building up his business; he cannot do it by himself. To start, each person receives an education, either in school from teachers who are paid by the community, or by his or her own parents who also received an education from someone.

Next, in order to get from here to there or from here to anywhere, one needs to travel on roads, built by others with community dollars; or by train, bus, airplane, boats, even bicycles.

There is water, electricity, sewers, gardens, playgrounds, traffic lights, automobiles, and so on and on. Each person does not have to reinvent the wheel. Each person builds his own business and his own experiences on the past.

Jumping to today, e-mail, cell phones, internet, instant access to information - all require satellites. And these satellites were put into space by the government through tax dollars and also, by private industry that received major financial incentives to do it.

We feel really old, quoting the founding fathers "we must all hang together or surely we will all hang separately," and yet, we cannot believe that one person alone, without the help of many others, can be successful at anything no matter how hard he works. We believe, as Obama tried to express it, that we all need teachers, police, firemen, weathermen, road builders, aviation directors, air traffic controllers, and so forth.

We hope that the narrow minded people who pretend to be insulted by the mere suggestion that someone else might have helped them grow are not that arrogant to really believe it.






















































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Hi - Wow - 2500 miles is a lot to cover in a car. And an up close and personal way to see the country.

We ran into neighbors of ours in the Kalispel airport years ago. We were in a 22-seater, flying from Big Sky to Seattle, via Kalispel and Spokane. We loved Kalispel.

Glad you were treated nicely by the hospitality industry workers. We're happy to say that, almost all of the time, we have met with the same good treatment and we're just plain ordinary Joes.

We are distressed by your one-sided introduction of politics. Of course your parents, Roy and Estelle Kelley, worked very very hard and intelligently and built a fabulous business as a foundation for an empire.

But, and here comes our disagreement, they could not have done it by themselves, no matter how long, how hard, how intelligently they worked. The tourism business in Hawaii depends on jet airplanes and ships. Without the pilots, navigators, engineers, designers, builders, engine makers, air fields, piers, etc., there could never be the tourism industry that exists today. And each one of these careers required training and money. Surely, no one would expect Roy and Estelle Kelley, or their heirs, to shell out the money to train the pilots, navigators, engineers, designers, build the airfields, build the planes, build the ships, build the roads, put in the signs, etc.

Jumping to today, e-mail, cell phones, internet, instant access to information - all require satellites. And these satellites were put into space by the government through tax dollars and also, by private industry that received major financial incentives to do it.

We feel really old, quoting the founding fathers "we must all hang together or surely we will all hang separately," and yet, we cannot believe that one person alone, without the help of many others, can be successful at anything. We believe, as Obama tried to express it, that we all need teachers, police, firemen, weathermen, road builders, aviation directors, air traffic controllers, and so forth.

We noticed in the list of summer interns a familiar name - Kelsey Kitagawa from the University of Hawaii. Several years ago, we wrote about the heroes of the 442nd/100. One of the men was Arthur Kitagawa whose father helped build the Golden Gate Bridge. Arthur Kitagawa was working at Fort Ord when he was hauled off the bus and arrested. He was given a choice of prison camp or the army, he chose the army, and was in the 442nd/100. He moved to Pennsylvania and we interviewed him in his house, near us. After the article appeared in the Main Line Life, his daughter called us to thank us because she said that he never revealed his WWII adventures to his family.

We don't know how, but Tom Brokaw saw a copy of our article, and asked if it would be OK if he put it, along with several other of our WWII articles, in the WWII archives at the University of Florida.

Please let us know if you will be in our neck of the woods so that we can get together on the East Coast too.

Love, Selma and Edgar









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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kleig Lights and Jane Fonda

We remember the "good old days" of TV and movies when the scenes were light enough to see the action and the actors spoke loud enough to be heard.

Nowadays, the night time scenes are too dark to see even though the film, or whatever medium is used, has images. We could not understand this change in production until - we heard Jane Fonda on Letterman's show.

He asked her what differences she has noticed during the course of her long career in show business. She said she remembered the waiting, the interminable waiting, until the huge klieg lights were set up and nowadays, a scene is shot with a single small LED light. That explains it.

Even though the digital media can pick up images in the dark, we, the viewing public, cannot see them. She did not mention audio, but we suppose that similar improvements in audio pick up must exist with the same disastrous results. We cannot hear the dialogue recorded in this audio dark, no matter how loud the volume.

We enjoy watching and listening to the old TV shows like the original Hawaii Five-0, It Takes a Thief, and Columbo. We can see and hear everything and the well crafted story lines do not require go-go dancing, car chases, or semi-naked men.

We have a familial association with Jane Fonda. Cousin Christopher Davis's book "The Lost Summer" was scripted for the theater by Daniel Taradash (he did From Here to Eternity) and Jane Fonda played the lead when the show opened in Philadelphia in 1950 with the title "there Was a Little Girl." Rave reviews greeted the Philadelphia shows but it closed in New York after two weeks.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Health, Taxes, and Payroll

My ideas for a better Congress, for a functioning America, on 3 fronts - health care, taxes, and payroll.

Let's talk about universal health care first. Certain members of Congress oppose the Affordable Health Care Act. I would like them to put their principles where there mouths are and refuse to accept the wonderful health care insurance that comes with their jobs. To digress just a little, I know a person who ran in the Pennsytlvania primaries for U S Senate in 1992 because, and just because of the health care benefits. Fortunately, not a winner. Nevertheless, the members of Congress who oppose universal health care should, unless they are morally bankrupt, refuse the health care that comes with their jobs. And all of their staffers should too.

Taxes - Since it may or may not be true that Mitt Romney paid no income taxes - all legal - changes must be made in the tax laws. I'd start with eliminating taxes on all taxable income of less than $40,000.00. Income over that amount would be taxed at increasing rates. I don't have access to all the numbers and the number crunchers, but I'm sure the people who are analyzing the moneys in and the moneys out can figure out the right percentages and rates.

And finally, payroll. Members of Congress, their supporting staffs, their expenses, their petty cash accounts are all paid from the taxes that we pay. Every member of Congress should take pay cuts, so that their salaries are no higher than the median salaries of the people who pay them. That's US.

A little about me. I am almost 73 years old with a BA and MA from an ivy league university. I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa.