6 Things Every American Needs And Deserves!

While, we have always, witnessed, partisan – politics, in some forms, in this nation, it seems, in recent memory, never, to the degree, we see it, today! When, this behavior, transforms itself, into, being, obstructionists, and, little, of consequence, seems to get achieved, and/ or, even, addressed, doesn’t that seem, to be, concerning, the quality future, the generations – to – follow, need and deserve? When nearly, every American, needs and deserves, certain things, and, politics, interferes, we must address this, sooner, rather than later! With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 6 specific things/ areas, which must be addressed, in a well – considered, timely manner.

1. Access to affordable medicine: Although,we like to pride – ourselves, on our health – care, system, the data, says something, different! In, nearly, every area/ analysis, we are, at – best, middle – of – the – road, in how we treat, the health of our people! Why are we, the only, major nation, where access to quality care, depends on one’s personal finances, etc? Why is the cost of prescription drugs, so much higher, than the rest – of – the – world? Why is medical/ health insurance, so costly, and limiting? Shouldn’t quality health care be a right, rather than, simply, a privilege, to the few? Continue reading

IRS announces Key Executive changes to implement the Taxpayer First Act

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today announced several key leadership appointments as work continues implementing major provisions of the Taxpayer First Act.

Douglas O’Donnell will serve as the new IRS Deputy Commissioner, Services and Enforcement. Among other leadership changes, Sunita Lough will be returning to serve as the IRS Commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division (TEGE).

These leadership changes are part of a larger effort underway at the IRS to continue work on the Taxpayer First Act, which includes work to reimagine the agency’s tax administration and work to improve taxpayer service and enforcement.

“I am proud of the dedicated and nimble leadership of the IRS, along with all the employees,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “As we emerge from the pandemic, our strong leadership team is making some changes to take on the important challenges ahead. Taxpayers need to see the IRS renewing the fight each day for the highest possible service and tax compliance.”

Sunita Lough has served as the IRS Deputy Commissioner, Services and Enforcement, since September 2019. She is returning to her prior position as Commissioner of TEGE, a role she previously held from 2014 to 2019. Continue reading

Reflections of Travel to the United States

As a four-decade Certified Travel Agent, international airline employee, researcher, writer, teacher, and photographer, travel, whether for pleasure or business purposes, has always been a significant and an integral part of my life. Some 400 trips to every portion of the globe, by means of road, rail, sea, and air, entailed destinations both mundane and exotic. This article focuses on those in the United States.

New York:
Originally accessed by Floyd Bennett Field–New York’s first municipal airport–Manhattan, experienced from the water with island-circling boat cruises, was channeled through its museum, theater, and restaurant arteries, and from the heights of its Empire State Building and no-longer existence World Trade Center. It became the threshold to its Lower-, Mid-, and Upper-Hudson Valleys, which were characterized by Bear Mountain, West Point, the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, the vintage aircraft Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, dinners in the Culinary Institute of America, plays at the Rhinebeck Center for the Performing Arts, and visits to the Hudson River School of Painters venues. Continue reading