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Chloe Rhae, Patricia Rhae, COlette, Jennifer VanDyke

Chloe is a needed companion for Patricia Rhae.

Animals are needed by many people for therapy. Animals don’t judge. Animals provide companionship, acceptance,  unconditional love, emotional support and entertainment; yet, it’s more difficult than ever to find living quarters which will allow tenants to have an animal without a prescription outlining reasons as to why he or she may need a service animal. Some conditions, such as blindness, are quite obvious; however, what of mental or emotional conditions? What of the elderly people who are accustomed to having the ongoing companionship of their now deceased spouse? They too have emotional needs which must be met somehow because their lives are lacking that relationship. Elderly people often need various other prescriptions which may conflict with some anti-depressants or other psychiatric drugs meant to ease the pain of loss, not to mention the fact that the majority of elderly people are on fixed incomes and are forced to choose between buying food or medication.
It’s my belief that people who need service animals, especially elderly people, deserve a break. As a pet owner, I can personally attest  to the fact that I depend on my animals just as much as they depend on me. Additionally, provisioning for therapy animals such as veterinary expenses, leashes, treats, and food ought to be covered as a write-off  for people who are aged 60 or above. In the long run, the cost of  a therapy animal is considerably less than the cost of psychiatric care. Therapy animals have the potential to prolong independent living; thus, reducing the the problem of overcrowded nursing homes.
This could also increase the need for services of businesses designed to help with yard cleaning, pet grooming, and reduce the homeless animal population. It would also help reduce the homeless animal population. What do you think?

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Jennifer VanDyke

I began today with dreading the thought of going anywhere without my camera. I’m currently employed at a call center where, for security reasons, cell phones aren’t allowed on the call floor because so many of them have cameras. As a woman who spent $45,000+  five years earning my degree and building credentials, I have to say that I’m beginning to feel depressed.

As a person who thinks Democratically and seeing that things are changing in the United States, it was a natural idea for me to decide to contact a solar energy company as soon as I could get online and research it. Unfortunately, my computer crashed and was pronounced dead when emergency efforts to revive it had failed; therefore, I decided to go to my boyfriend’s house to use his computer.

As these thoughts were masticating within the folds of my brain, I did a face plant up the staircase outside of my residence. Of course, as I stood up I was sure to look around in hopes nobody saw such an embarrassing display, then dusted myself off  and proceeded to move forward.

Once I was able to access the Internet, I found a local solar installation specialist and phoned him with the hopes he would be interested in my skills. To my dismay, he informed me that he was interested in my skill set and he would be thrilled to consider me; however, he wasn’t hiring because banks aren’t loaning any money and grants are only available to a select few. In fact, people aren’t able to buy houses unless they have a substantial amount of money set aside for the purchase along with extremely good credit. Ouch!

It looks like I missed the “Great American Dream” while I was in school attempting to become part of  a socially responsible solution, which begins with an education. Just as elderly people on fixed incomes are faced to choose between paying for medications or buying groceries, many non-traditional  graduates such as myself are faced with buying groceries or paying student loans.

In the meantime, I will keep seeking better employment opportunities and throwing away all of these credit card offers claiming that the more I spend, the more “rewards” I’ll receive. Additionally, I want to know what’s being done to help America move toward renewable energy; therefore, my time off will be used to find answers. If you have any leads for me whatsoever, you’re welcome to leave links and comments. Thank you!