Immortal in the Crosswords

I’m one who does a lot of crossword puzzles.  I’ve read that watching Jeopardy and doing crosswords can keep the brain active. Hopefully there is some truth in that. I don’t try the difficult puzzles. No New York Times crosswords for me.  I prefer the easy ones. One thing I’ve noticed in doing the easier solving puzzles is that a whole bunch of names of people from the past are used to form the words. Some are rather obscure and would otherwise be forgotten.  But it does seem that once in a crossword puzzle, a person — even if for one brief shining moment, becomes immortal. They live forever in 29 down.

Take for example, a three letter word that describes a Gershwin brother (Ira) or a four letter word that asks for “Turner from Hollywood,” (Lana.)  Certainly these individuals were big personalirties in their time but that was so long ago that I doubt that most Americans would know who they are today. Here’s another one.  “Actress Gardner” –three letters (Ava.)  And a four letter one connected to “movie star Hayworth,” (Rita.)  How about “musical King Cole” three letters, (Nat.) Or Gabor of “Green Acres?” — three letters, (Eva.)  Another, “Eisenhower’s nickname” three letters, “Ike.) Or “comedy King”– four letters (Alan.)

You can tell right away that from the selections I’m probably not challenging my brain all that much. And I’ll plead guilty. I like success. But I do think it’s all relative because last summer on a camping trip my 14 year old grandson picked up one of my easy crossword puzzles and, after working on it for a half hour, he told me that he thought it was really hard.

Healthcare experts

Donald Trump ran on the idea of abolishing the Affordable Car Act, more commonly called “Obamacare.”  He, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and a group of conservative legislators in Congress think they know what is best for Americans as it pertains to our health care options.  They, it must be noted, have their own “Cadillac plans” to cover both themselves and their families should a medical need arise.

The American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Cancer society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the American Lung Association, the March of Dimes, and the American Medical Association have all gone on record opposing the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. They would support working to improve the ACA rather than doing away with it altogether. Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, which represents more than 600 hospitals across the country said what the great majority of Americans clearly want. “We need to be constantly pushing to get folks to do a bipartisan fix of the ACA.  We have to keep blocking and tackling until we get there.”

So who should we put our faith in to solve the American health care dilemma?  We’ve got two groups claiming to be “experts” on the health care issue. The answer should be obvious.