Upsetting — Wheel Tales of Willow City

upsetting-00 upsetting-01 upsetting-02 upsetting-03 upsetting-04 upsetting-05 upsetting-06 upsetting-07 upsetting-08 upsetting-09 upsetting-10I keep hearing about the polls for elections and what the percentages are. I see the numbers and having had a bit of formal education in statistics and probability understand what they are talking about. I’ll watch them predict one outcome or the other when there are only one or two percent difference between the two choices and I’ll think, “this could go either way.” Then after the votes are tallied I’ll hear them talking about the upset. This is even while the results are saying the two people running are 5 percent apart… or less.

It makes me wonder if the definition of “an upset” has changed.

(Note, I understand that the final results might be very different, but before they are in, while the results were still within 5%, they call it an upset. Of course the outcome of a political election can be very different from the popular vote.)


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Costs — Wheel Tales of Willow City

cost-00 cost-01 cost-02 cost-03 cost-04 cost-05 cost-06 cost-07 cost-08cost-09 cost-10 cost-11cost-12 cost-13 cost-featureThe medical coverage available to disabled people who are receiving a disability benefit or pension is pretty incredible. But, there are some holes in this sort of insurance coverage. When you are on a low fixed income, buying things like normal pain killers and multi-vitamins can really take a bite out of a modest grocery budget. Prepping for certain test procedures can require things like specialized laxatives that are necessary, but not covered. People with allergies can be left with large chunks bitten out of their budget.

It might not be as painful if the benefits brought people above the poverty line. Some places are good and they are at the poverty line. But others are needlessly behind. Then it’s a matter of buying groceries or going to the food-bank.

I think it is such small nit-picky things that lead people on disability to protest and ask for the benefit rates to be increased. At the same time they look ungrateful to the population.

Other than raising the rates in these places I don’t know of any solution other than perhaps providing some coverage for these things if they might be prescribed by a physician.


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Extra Fees — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Extra Fees 00Extra Fees 01Extra Fees 02Extra Fees 03Extra Fees 04Extra Fees 05Extra Fees 06Extra Fees 07Extra Fees 08Extra Fees 09Extra Fees 10Extra Fees 11Extra Fees 12Extra Fees 13I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

There is a move for utilities, other corporations, and organizations to start charging extra to have their bills mailed to the consumer. They are trying to promote access to the bills online. It saves the cost of printing and for paper to be sure, but there is a cost. There are people that don’t use computers. They have their own reasons, to be sure, but some have little choice.

There are people who have physical barriers to them using computers, tablets, and smart phones. They might have carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis, or other issues making it next to impossible to use keyboards, mice, or touch screens. The also might simply have problems understanding how to use new devices.

A $2 or $3 surcharge might not seem like much, but with it not being unusual to have 5 or more bills in the mail — $10, $15, or more can stress the fixed, low-income budget that many elderly or disabled have. For them, these new charges are like a form of discrimination.


This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit and check out their current project.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

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* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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