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Mackinac Island, Michigan has 27 degrees with snow.  New York City is 36 and rain same in Philadelphia 36 and rain, Boston 34 and snow,  Chicago 24 and snow, 7° in Denver with snow, 3° in Minneapolis.

81 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under mostly clear skies
73 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.07 inches
Wind is from East at 14 MPH

National Weather Service: Some sunshine with a thunderstorm or two possible this afternoon. 80 F. Winds E at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 30%. 50% overnight. Some drying of the air mass will occur today and only partly cloudy skies with isolated showers are forecast. Breezy to windy conditions are expected. Offshore seas will reach nine feet and winds will average 25 knots (28 miles per hour).

Cruise Ship News  Norwegian Gem, Carnival Valor, Adventure of the Seas at Havensight Dock
Maasdam at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
On St. Croix the Jewel of the Seas is coming to Frederiksted

More news first this: 8AM - Discount Travel & Ace Sea Chest  9AM –Ace Sea Chest
At the top of the news on December 9 Monday

Here is a new idea.  A group of residents have proposed a new plan for health care plan in the Virgin Islands that would replace traditional medical insurance with a single-payer system.  They unveiled their plans last week on St. Croix.  The plan would involve all residents, with or without jobs and cover the cost of everyone’s medical care.  The idea is to have a system where everybody is in, and nobody is out.  Their opinion is the private medical insurance has made a divided world adding costs that do not need to be there.

The plan would establish a US Virgin Islands health and wellness authority, which would manage the health care system under the management of commissioners.

Physicians will receive a fair reimbursement for their services and will be paid promptly and in full. No more uncompensated care. No more uncollectible co-pays. Doctors will also have the satisfaction of knowing they can provide whatever services their patients require without regard for the patient’s ability to pay. No co-pays. No deductibles. No caps. No forms. You are covered. Your family is covered. Your friends are covered. Everybody in, nobody out.

How do they pay for this?  Our elders will still receive their Medicare benefits. Our Medicaid program under Obamacare will be expanded to cover more of the working poor. 55% of the funds required to cover those eligible for Medicaid will come from Washington.  How are the rest of us paid for?

They want to add three new taxes dedicated to healthcare and get rid of the gross recepits tax. They propose a 5% sales tax, a 5% health tax on all employees and the 10% payroll tax instead of insurance premiums.  They point to Vermont where a similar system is in place and it works just fine. The proponents of this new system say it will boost the economy, since everyone is covered, fewer days lost to illness and new business will not have health insurance looming as a huge expense.

Senators who heard about the plan said they were excited by it and Delegate Doctor Donna Christensen, issued a statement in support of the proposal.  The planners note the doctors are leaving our islands, the hospitals are underfunded and lots of people have no insurance.  Their plan is to solve all the problems in one fell swoop.  You can read the details at their website www.VIhealthcare.org

The Daily News was first to point out that Schneider hospital had a problem with medical waste.  Now they are reporting that the hospital is in full compliance.  Chief Executive Officer Bernard Wheatley received the hospitals amended notice of compliance from DPNR on Thursday.  The hospital bought additional trailers and fixed their medical waste storage freezer.  Now everything is 100  percent okay.

HOVENSA raised the price for gasoline at their wholesale rack.  Regular gas is up by three cents per gallon premium gas and diesel up by two cents per gallon.  Right now gasoline dealers are paying $3.17 per gallon for regular $3.64 per gallon for premium and $3.48 per gallon for diesel. That’s t  he wholesale price.

We told you last week about the new maps regarding tsunami awareness.  Those maps are now available at http://www.governordejongh.com/

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Coming up this evening there is a free health workshop at the Frenchtown community center.  That's this evening from 6 pm to 8:30 PM.  Officer Allan Hayes will be demonstrating the art of healing with the rubbing technique for which he is so well known.  And Brother Wade will be demonstrating how to make chlorophyll and how to use chlorophyll in a healthy way. You'll learn how to make the liquid form of chlorophyll and how to use it for a variety of health ailments. That's on Monday, December 9 from six p.m. to 8:30 at the Frenchtown community center.

Our virtue of the week  is tolerance. Being tolerant is accepting differences.  You don’t expect others to think, look, speak or act just like you.  You are free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams.  Tolerance is also accepting things you wish were different with patience and flexibility.
You are practicing tolerance when you…
*   Build unity with others who are different from you
*   Are free of prejudice
*   Make others feel included by reaching out in friendliness
*   Don’t complain about things that cannot be changed
*   Change yourself instead of trying to change others
*   Accept people the way they are, faults and all

Affirmation:
I am tolerant. I appreciate differences.  I overlook people’s faults.  I accept with good grace the things I cannot change.

Finally, this former police officer Christopher Howell is leading a campaign to ensure that every police officer has it trauma kit close at hand, that will stop the bleeding.  If they get shot.  Two out of three police officers who died in the line of duty, die from blood loss, not the bullet wound itself.  Howl learned about the kits at a conference , and one of these kits saved his life when he was shot and bleeding badly.  Now he is leaving Project triage to get 1000 kits to fully supplied the Police Department and all peace officers territory wide with bleed out kits.  $50 buys one kit.  It fits into a pocket and the officers bullet proof vest.  For more information go to www.Projecttriage.org and soon you'll be able to donate online.  Let's save our police officers lives.

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