The photo of the day is at the very bottom of this post. Above it are my responses to some of the emails I received this weekend.

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FROM GLENNA
What are your ideas on how to handle these problems? Homelessness, Border control, Immigration, Healthcare. Thank you Dennis! You are a diamond among the rocks!!!!

DML: LOL.  You must have read my emails yesterday when I said I was thirsty for someone to ask me questions about things that matter versus political nonsense.   I am happy to have someone listen and follow through, but you have asked me to write a bible in one sitting.  LOL.  How about this, how about I give you short answers for the 4 massive topics you requested all at once, and then in the future perhaps we take one at a time?

HOMELESSNESS:  Unlike the Great Depression when people went homeless because there was no jobs to be had, the epidemic of homelessness today stems to the lack of affordable housing.  Rents and mortgages are too high, and when adding in the cost of living it is impossible for most Americans to pay for a roof above their head and live a normal, healthy life.  To fix this is no easy task, and for the sake of brevity I will give two quick solutions.  (1) I think we need to raise the minimum wage as it is not coinciding with the rise in living costs.  Wages for all Americans need to rise, and soon, or the homeless rate will increase.  (2) In addition, we have to lower the costs of living in America.  There are ways to do this, which I outline in my upcoming film on homelessness.  But one quick solution is to lower the amount of $ we give in foreign aid, and use it to lower the the costs of public education.  For example, if the US government is not going to deport illegal aliens, then they should foot the bill.  It is ridiculous for the homeowner to pay the bill via property taxes.  Thus, allow school districts to bill the Federal Gov. for each student who is illegally in the country attending school.  This will lower property taxes which is mainly how schools are paid for.

BORDER CONTROL / IMMIGRATION:  I’ve combined these because my solution is the same for both.  We have to eliminate the incentive for people to come to America illegally, and to stay in America illegally.  We must cut off the jobs magnet.  We must stop giving out free-bees to immigrants both legal and illegal.  Our immigration system must be based on merit, not on family reunification.  If you are coming to the US legally, you must demonstrate the ability to pay for yourself long term.  And all of your immediately family members must apply at the same time you are, or else they will not be admitted at a later date unless they apply on their own — separate from the original immigrant’s application.  In other words, no chain migration.   If we don’t want a full family for whatever reason on day 1, we shouldn’t want them on day 501.

HEALTHCARE:  This is a huge topic, so I will simply say it starts with three things.  (1) Change the mentality to preventive care versus treatment care.  (2) Cross state lines to increase competition from insurers.  (3) Offer more clinic based centers versus hospitals for cold and flu visits.

FROM BILL
I just bought the DVDs yesterday. Traveling for the next couple weeks. Do you have them available to steam while my wife and I are on the road?

DML: Bill, thanks for the support.  We do not have them streaming, but in the 2019 we will include streaming as a new offer for watching our films.  Thanks!

FROM SHIRLEY
I came across this story and thought it would be a good story to run…
Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam, other than he had been shot by a sniper. However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.

A few years ago, Ann Margaret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to Sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o’clock for the 7:30 signing.

When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a parking garage. Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted.

Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those
shows meant to lonely GI’s so far from home.. Ann Margaret came out looking as
beautiful as ever and, as second in line, it was soon Richard’s turn.

He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo. When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it. Richard said, “I understand. I just wanted her to see it.”

She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, “This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for ‘my gentlemen.” With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him. She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them. There weren’t too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear. She then posed for pictures and acted as if he were the only one there.

That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet. I’ll never forget Ann Margaret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband.

Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if he’d like to talk about it, my big, strong husband broke down in tears.. ”That’s the first time anyone ever thanked
me for my time in the Army,” he said.

I now make it a point to say ‘Thank you’ to every person I come across who served in our Armed Forces. Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country.

If you’d like to pass on this story, feel free to do so. Perhaps it will help others to become aware of how important it is to acknowledge the contribution our service people make.

DML: Your photo is the photo of the day.

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