-May 13, 2013-
3:00 -- BREAKING NEWS: A Philadelphia jury convicts abortionist Kermit Gosnell on three counts of First Dgree Murder. Plus, the latest on the Asheville water lawsuit.
4:00 -- The Mayor of Asheville says she never got a written $57 million proposal from the Metropolitan Sewerage District. Except she actually did.
5:00 -- The IRS is trouble for targeting Tea Party groups starting back in 2010.
-May 14, 2013-
3:00 -- Buncombe County Commissioners really, really, really care about what you think about their proposal to give $18 million to an un-named business. But they say we'll be happy!
4:00 -- WLOS has a story on how the Buncombe County School district has a history of not getting the required permits for work.
5:00 -- More on the WLOS story. Plus, Scott Hamilton, President & CEO of AdvantageWest, joins us to talk about a bill in the NC Senate that would strip the organization of $1 million in state funding.
-May 15, 2013-
3:00 -- Dr. Terry Stoops joins us to talk about a Henderson County classroom exam that used a partisan editorial to teach English to 4th graders. Plus, dissention at AB Tech over the new building.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress drop by to chat about the latest edition on news stands today.
5:00 -- Jane Bilello, Chairman of the Asheville Tea Party, joins us to talk about how her group may have been targeted by the IRS in a national campaign of intimidation.
-May 16, 2013-
3:00 -- Scandalamnia! IRS, Benghazi, and the AP phone records - has President Obama stopped the political bleeding?
4:00 -- More Scandalmania.
4:30 -- NC State Treasurer Janet Cowell drops by the studio to chat about unclaimed property you might have, plus will the City of Asheville see a downgrade of its bond rating if the water system gets merged into MSD?
5:00 -- Scandalmania! Plus trivia.
-May 17, 2013-
3:00 -- As Pete predicted it took a year for John Edwards to kick off his "comeback" tour. Plus, Jeff Greiner, Gerald Kummerlow and Simone Seitz join us to about an upcoming Zipline event to raise money for a local autism agency. Details are here.
4:00 -- Protesters rally for education. Pete suggests stop crying about funding until schools quit wasting money, like the "sweet" deal given to outgoing Asheville City Schools Superintendent Allen Johnson. Then, more on the Buncombe Co. Schools permit scandal.
5:00 -- More on the permits story. Plus, Susan Myrick from Civitas joins us to talk about the latest in a series of investigative reports looking at the incestuous relationship between the Board of Elections and the leftwing group Democracy NC.
Well, hello, kitty!
My wife's mom died a week ago Friday. She'd been hospitalized with a fever after undergoing a chemotherapy treatment for cancer. She got pneumonia and died within a few days. Her name was Betty.
The grieving process was made easier by the fact that Betty and her husband, Tom, had made all the arrangements for their funerals in 1988 - from the funeral home to the cemetary. Everything was decided and paid for long ago.
It was a gift to their daughters and to themselves.
Tom did not have to worry about how to pay for services now. He'd already bought them at a time when they cost about 25% as much as they do today, and while he was better able to afford them.
He told me he'd made monthly payments for about 5 years. He said it gave him peace of mind.
Last week, I saw an article at the Blue Ridge Now website about how the aging population in our nation is ill-prepared for their future needs.
A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found two-thirds say they've done little to no planning.
In fact, 3 in 10 would rather not think about getting older at all.
Not only is our society in denial, but we're also thinking the burden will fall upon someone else.
The poll found most people expect family to step up if they need long-term care — even though 6 in 10 haven't talked with loved ones about the possibility and how they'd like it to work.
This is also interesting given the breakdown of the American family over the recent decades.
With an estimated 70% of people over the age of 65 needing some sort of long-term care, it's obvious we're heading for a pretty rude awakening.
Growing up, my family cared for two of my grandparents. Being the caregiver for an elderly family member can put a lot of stress on the rest of the family. What begins as helping out around Grandpa's house can suddenly turn into feedings, bathings, and administration of medicine. Not everyone is cut out to be a health care provider - especially when there are emotions involved.
As America ages, people need to talk with their loved ones about wills, living wills, funeral services, and long-term care.
I know my family has.
Just a cat and his vacuum.