Friday, October 16, 2009

4 Lane US 169 - When??

Ok, I admit, ODOT has been patching US 169 or whoever does this - the road from Talala to at least Nowata is just one great big patch now. Recently they've had to patch the patches and in some places, like closer to Nowata the road is only patched along the side, which makes for a very large rut along the side of the road, not sure if they'll do more on that.

However, they've done nothing for the large bumps in the road. For those of you that have not been on a sorta country two lane road in Oklahoma, I mean some small towns here don't even have paved roads to them, anyway, on those bumps, just image doing 60 miles an hour in a mall parking lot with speed bumps - no kidding - about ever 10 to 15 feet along this road is a speed bump - not to mention as you get closer to Nowata the bumps get bigger. I've already had to have the wheel bearings on one wheel replaced and the next bill goes to the Oklahoma Legislature for this - you don't want to fix the roads, then pay the repair bills for driving on them!!

It's the big 16 wheeler trucks that run up and down this road constantly, sometimes you'll meet 3 or more right in a row and they almost blow you off the road! Think of what it will be like with the ice and snow we get in this area!

I know this road can be made drivable - no speed bumps from Talala to Tulsa! So just DO it!

Indian Health Care...Believe it when you see it!

What about Dental!!

Indian Health Care Improvement Act is introduced today
Written by Tim Johnson's Office Thursday, 15 October 2009 17:51

The Act would permanently reauthorize Indian health care programs
http://nativetimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2512:indian-health-care-improvement-act-is-introduced-today&catid=51&Itemid=27

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today joined with Chairman Byron Dorgan (D-ND) to introduce the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) of 2009, which would improve health care services throughout Indian Country. Johnson is an original co-sponsor of the bill.

“The grave reality is that the six counties in the nation with the lowest life expectancy are tribal counties in South Dakota. As the national debate focuses on health care, we should take this time to also spotlight the need to improve native health care,” Johnson said. “We not only have a treaty responsibility, but a moral duty to improve the lives of all American Indians in our country, and this bill will help us live up to these commitments.”

This legislation would permanently reauthorize Indian health care programs. The legislation, originally authorized in 1976 and last reauthorized in 1992, provides health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives to help fulfill the U.S. Government’s treaty and trust responsibilities to Indian Country.

The last IHCIA expired at the end of Fiscal Year 2001. While the government has still appropriated money for Indian health programs since the previous law expired, this legislation would apply standards to ensure the modernization and improvement of health care in Indian Country.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Indians are 550 percent more likely to die from alcoholism and 200 percent more likely to die from diabetes than other groups of people.

“Prevention and early detection are paramount for effective treatment,” continued Johnson. “This bill will not fix everything, but it will do a lot to address the major deficiencies in health care in Indian Country.”

For a section-by-section summary of this bill, it will be available at Senator Johnson’s website: http://johnson.senate.gov.