Pen-pricks

Yuma Sun - - OPINION - BY ARGUS HAMIL­TON SID LECKRON JULIE REID

• The New York Post listed 10 more ac­cu­sa­tions of past sex­ual mis­con­duct against Hol­ly­wood ac­tors, di­rec­tors and pro­duc­ers. It never ends. This year’s Academy Awards show could last five hours be­cause the In Memoriam seg­ment is also go­ing to list all the ca­reers that died in the past year.

• The Florida Times-Union re­ported that a mar­ried cou­ple in Sara­sota placed an on­line order from Ama­zon for two large plas­tic trash bins. The prob­lem was, when the bins ar­rived they were filled with 20 ki­los of mar­i­juana. Ap­par­ently they ac­ci­den­tally signed up for Ama­zon Primo.

Argus Hamil­ton is the host co­me­dian at The Com­edy Store in Hol­ly­wood and a speaker. His email ad­dress is argus@ar­gushamil­ton.com.

Once again I am left to won­der if those peo­ple who feel the “flag is be­ing dis­re­spected” have ever ac­tu­ally looked up the ways that is done. Tak­ing a knee is no way dis­re­spect­ing the mil­i­tary, the flag, nor the Na­tional An­them.

Are those com­plain­ing even aware of the fact that it was U.S. Army Vet­eran Nate Boyer who sug­gested to Colin to kneel in the first place? If this was dis­re­spect­ing to the mil­i­tary, would an Army vet­eran be the one say­ing to do it?

Also, I won­der if those com­plain­ers have ac­tu­ally READ the en­tire “Star Span­gled Ban­ner,” in­clud­ing the stanza glo­ri­fy­ing the death of free slaves?

Let us re­mem­ber that when a player is wounded in the field, many play­ers kneel in re­spect; when a fam­ily mem­ber is pre­sented a folded flag, it is done while kneel­ing; when those who pray do so it is done while kneel­ing. Kneel­ing is the ut­most sign of re­spect.

I know there are many peo­ple who read this let­ter who be­lieve that own­ing guns are their con­sti­tu­tional right, and it never should change.

I want you to know that I re­spect your opin­ion, but I feel that there are pos­si­bly some points that we can agree on: • No ci­ti­zen needs an as­sault ri­fle. • Men­tal ill­ness ex­ists in ev­ery coun­try.

• Our coun­try has the most mass mur­ders of any coun­try, and they are in­creas­ing.

• Gun con­trol is very ef­fec­tive in places like Canada and Aus­tralia.

• We are be­gin­ning to feel fear­ful if we are in a crowded place. • Our chil­dren are in dan­ger. • Noth­ing has been done to change any­thing that could curb these shoot­ings.

If you agree with any of these points, we need to let our leg­is­la­tors know how we feel.

It should be num­ber one on their agenda, and our re­quests should be

More than 11 mil­lion Amer­i­cans live with chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease (COPD), but the num­bers af­fected by this se­ri­ous, chronic lung dis­ease are far more reach­ing. A di­ag­no­sis of COPD, which in­cludes em­phy­sema and chronic bron­chi­tis, comes with many phys­i­cal and emo­tional chal­lenges that can af­fect the per­son’s fam­ily and cir­cle of friends. This Novem­ber, dur­ing COPD Aware­ness Month, we honor the mil­lions of Amer­i­can di­rectly and in­di­rectly af­fected by this dis­ease.

From chronic cough and short­ness of breath to fa­tigue and wheez­ing, it is dif­fi­cult to breathe with COPD and over time symp­toms and flare-ups worsen. But with a strong sup­port net­work, COPD can be man­aged so that in­di­vid­u­als can live full and ac­tive lives. In­cor­po­rate your physi­cian and care­giver into your sup­port team, and in­volve them in your COPD Man­age­ment Plan. Fam­ily and friends may not know how to help, but trust me — they want to! Al­low oth­ers to help with tasks around the house, and ask for help when you need it.

And the sup­port and un­der­stand­ing from oth­ers in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions can be hugely ben­e­fi­cial. Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion Bet­ter Breathers Clubs are in-per­son sup­port groups for in­di­vid­u­als with chronic lung dis­ease that give you the tools you need to live the best qual­ity of life you can. Find a Bet­ter Breathers Club near you at Lung.org/bet­ter­breathers.

To­gether, we can live health­ier and full lives.

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