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In our opinion: Heroes of 2011

Published: Sunday, Jan. 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Given the aging population of the country, entitlement programs for the elderly pose one of the greatest long-term threats to the nation's finances. Most proposals to reform entitlements, however, have been cast as blunt weapons in Washington's partisan bickering. It is a breath of much needed fresh air to have Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Republican House Budget Chair Paul Ryan reach across the aisle and present a thoughtful plan to provide seniors with a medical safety net that gives them options for their Medicare coverage while reigning in Medicare costs. The Wyden-Ryan plan would give seniors the choice of maintaining current Medicare benefits or choosing new private, but carefully protected health plan options. Both Wyden and Ryan recognize that time is running out for effective solutions to this looming fiscal crisis and hope that their hybrid approach will help break the partisan logjam that stands in the way of addressing and solving it.
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awsomeron
Waianae, HI

Happy New Year.

That Picture of the Airman and his wife just says all. They give prizes for such Shots.

Coming back can be a long slow process. A work in progress so to speak. I am more concerned now with the repeated exposure to many Tours of Duty and not enough Dwell Time.

Also people do not realize that direct Combat or exposure to Combat is not always a vital factor in the overall situation. Those in support roles (all jobs must be filled and performed).are subject to the same dangers, the greater or lesser of the degree does not matter that much. Plus survivor guilt.

When the plane lands and you desembark and come through and great your loved ones a New Clock Starts. My experiences are pre 9/11 now you greet your loved ones in the baggage claim area. In Hawaii they come into Hickham and the Unit comes out into an Hangger and after a formation and that welcome home talk, then you get to greet your loved ones.

Also the seperation from loved one during prime years. Familys are destroyed and potential is destroyed.

This couple has a good shot at success.

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