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David E. Ross

Oak Park, California 91377

A Message to Those Who Are Not Vaccinated

You who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 generally fall into one of three groups:

What I cannot understand is why anyone would reject what doctors are saying — that the COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective — while at the same latching onto unproven and unsafe COVID-19 treatments such as hydroxychloroquine (prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis) or Ivermectin (used to eliminate worms and other parasites in livestock).

In any case, those who reject vaccination should expect to pay dearly for treatment if they become infected with COVID-19. Insurance companies have started charging their usual deductibles and copayments when unvaccinated patients are hospitalized with COVID-19. Just think of what it might cost to be in a hospital's ICU for two months!

Updated 15 May 2022

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I get phone calls — robocalls — claiming to be from Amazon, Apple, and others. Those calls assert that a large purchase has been made against my account. I am told to press 1 on my phone to cancel the purchase or else press 2 to confirm the purchase. I always press 2. I have no such accounts.

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The IRS already has all your income tax data — so why do Americans still have to file their taxes?

That was the headline for a Yahoo news commentary on 20 March 2022. It is very WRONG!

I have a strange habit arising from before I retired. In my work for military contractors, I required very high government security clearances. In order not to risk my career by doing something illegal, I always filed an honest income tax return. I still do that now that I have been retired for over 19 years.

My honest tax return for 2021 included some significant miscellaneous income for which I received NO Forms 1099. That is, the IRS does NOT know all my income.

Furthermore, if I had sufficient deductions to itemize, the IRS would not know how much I paid doctors, how many miles I drove to see them, or how much I paid for my Medicare supplement insurance. Neither would the IRS know how much I donated to charities or how many miles I drove to support those charities. And the IRS would not know how much sales and property taxes I paid.

No, the IRS does not already have all my income tax data.

© 2022 by David Ross

Anyone who thinks government owns a monopoly on inefficient, obstructive bureaucracy has obviously never worked for a large corporation.

Copyright © 1997 by David Ross

(or never tried to deal with a health insurance claims department)

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Computer software engineer specializing in requirements analysis and testing. Advocate of software life-cycle methods that minimize errors and prevent budget overruns, schedule slips, and dissatisfied end-users through up-front analysis, ongoing reviews, and formal verification. Proficient with software for platforms including stand-alone main-frames, desktop PCs, and client-server networks. Experienced in technical management and, for small organizations, top-level management.

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Stamp collecting


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Listening to classical music

Surfing the Internet

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When I turn on the faucet, water comes out. At night, the street lights come on. Our streets are swept, and our joint school and public library continues to operate. Both children and adults enjoy themselves in our community's parks. Our public schools are as good as any other schools — public or private — in California. Deputy Sheriffs patrolling our streets and judges in our courtrooms keep our community's crime rate very low in a county with one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Mail is delivered six days each week. In Oak Park, government is working; it is not our enemy.

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