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  1. Nope. Carrying or Displaying a Handgun in Texas Although Texas still issues licenses to carry handgun, you no longer need a permit to carry a handgun in most places, unless you are younger than 21 or can't legally have any gun. However, it is still a crime in Texas to display a handgun on purpose in a public place, in another person's plain view, unless the gun is holstered. It's also illegal to carry a handgun under the following circumstances: if you've been convicted of a certain type of violent crime within the past five years if you are legally prohibited from possessing any firearm (as discussed below) if you're intoxicated and aren't on your property, in your car or boat, or directly en route to your car or boat (or the private property, car, or boat or someone else who has given you consent to be there); or in certain places where guns are restricted (more on that below). (Tex. Penal Code §§ 46.02 (2021).) Texas and Federal Restrictions on Gun Possession Under Texas law, it's illegal to possess a gun if you've been convicted of a felony or any domestic violence crime, but only for a five-year period after release from incarceration. Federal prohibitions on gun purchases and possession apply to a broader group of people than Texas restrictions, including those who: have been convicted of a felony (any crime with a potential punishment of more than one year in prison) or a domestic violence misdemeanor, regardless of the release date from incarceration are subject to a domestic violence restraining order (issued after notice and a hearing) are in the country illegally or under a nonimmigrant visa have been dishonorably discharged from the military have fled to avoid arrest or punishment for a crime, or use controlled drugs illegally. (Tex. Penal Code § 46.04, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) (2021).) Places in Texas Where It's Illegal to Carry a Gun It's a crime to have any guns in certain Texas locations, including: schools, school buses, and anywhere school activities are taking place (but see special rules for handguns at colleges and universities, discussed below) wherever sporting events are being held (whether professional, school, or interscholastic) at businesses that get more than half of their income from on-premises sale of alcohol at hospitals and nursing homes at polling places during elections or early voting in court buildings or offices, and at racetracks. Violations are either a third-degree felony or a Class A misdemeanor, depending on the location. (Tex. Penal Code § 46.03 (2021).) Special Texas Rules for Handguns on College Campuses Texas law specifically allows license holders to carry concealed handguns on post-secondary school campuses, except on portions of the campuses of private institutions that have established rules prohibiting concealed handguns in certain areas, as long as the schools have posted proper notices about the prohibition. It's also a crime for a license holder to carry a handgun openly (even in a holster) on the premises of any institution of higher education that has prohibited open carry and has posted proper notices. (Tex. Penal Code § 46.03 (2021).)
  2. I read an article about a woman whose insurance company wouldn't cover the colonoscopy she had following suspicious results from a Cologuard test. Usually, a colonoscopy is a screening test that's covered 100% by one's insurance company. The other kind is diagnostic (like that second-look mammogram) and is subject to deductibles. YMMV, but it's something to keep in mind.
  3. Though the Texas Supreme Court on Sunday sided with the governor about prohibiting local mask mandates, the Paris school district (about 100 miles NE of Dallas) is going forward by integrating masks into its general dress code. https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-district-makes-masks-part-054645876.html Other districts are simply defying his order. I thought the wording of the directive was interesting, since they aren't including masks to mitigate Covid specifically. 🙂 "For health reasons, masks are required for all employees and students to mitigate flu, cold, pandemic, and any other communicable diseases" — will be revisited at every monthly trustee meeting and could be changed later, The Paris News newspaper reported.
  4. My district -- I'm a teacher -- has encouraged masks, but hasn't require them because our governor prohibited it. Our county judge sued Gov Abbott, and a district court judge ruled that local leaders are permitted to issue mask mandates. So this afternoon, the county judge issued a mask mandate for Dallas county that includes businesses, schools, and government buildings. Masks will be mandatory in my district beginning tomorrow. Our governor and the AG are fighting this. We'll see...
  5. I'm praying for your boy and your family -- so sorry he is sick.
  6. The NFL let its players know about league vaccine policy today: https://www.yahoo.com/sports/nfl-cardinals-de-andre-hopkins-nfl-vaccine-policy-making-me-question-my-future-in-the-nfl-222155154.html "In a memo to teams on Thursday shared by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the NFL laid out what the consequences will be for teams that experience breakouts caused by or among unvaccinated players. The NFL will no longer be bending over backward to postpone and reschedule games if one of those breakouts occurs. Teams will be forced to forfeit if the game has to be cancelled, and players on both teams won't get paid."
  7. A favorite about people who choose not to see truth -- from my late father, whom I'm missing these days: "Don't confuse me with the facts. My mind's made up."
  8. That's a quote in itself! I love it!
  9. From Dallas County (Texas) Health and Human Service yesterday: 58% of residents over the age of twelve have had at least one dose. 43% are fully vaccinated. We really don't go out much. We mask at church, and mostly do that outdoors, anyway. I subsitute taught this past year and may take a full-time position this coming year. The school district will encourage, but not require masks. I'm not crazy about our low numbers, but I try to do what I can to protect my family and let the rest go.
  10. "If you truly wish your child to study Torah, study it yourself in their presence. They will follow your example. Otherwise they will not themselves study Torah, but will simply instruct their children to do so." Rabbi Menahem Mendel of Kotsk
  11. Please don't quote. A dad from our homeschool co-op is very ill right now. He was sick at home and went via ambulance to the hospital. This was in late June. His Covid journey has been eerily similar to so many others I've read about. One day he seemed better. The next day he was about to crash and they let his family in to say goodbye. Today he rallied, but now his O2 levels are in the 80s again. He's sedated and still on a ventilator. His wife, who is truly a lovely woman, asks on FB for prayer. She shares his ups and downs. I feel for her -- it is just horrible and so sad. I strongly suspect this man was not immunized. It's just a guess. If he had taken the vaccine, what are the odds that he would be this ill? Wouldn't his wife be complaining that he had been vaccinated and shouldn't be so sick? But instead of urging the many who are following their story and praying for her husband and family to be vaccinated, she is now saying his current condition isn't even Covid related. His troubles are a result of the treatments. He doesn't even have Covid anymore. I don't really have a point here. I just don't understand people anymore. Of course, I would never argue with her. It would be too unkind. Besides, where would I even start?
  12. I think, early on, that the big health insurance companies were waiving cost-sharing for Covid treatment (or what I would call co-pays). This was interesting: https://www.wbtv.com/2021/05/03/good-question-does-your-insurance-cover-hospital-bills-long-covid-hospitalization-stays/ Research by FAIR Health has found the average cost for a hospital stay for COVID ranges from $51,000 to $78,000. As for who pays, it really depends. In a study released in November, it found that 88 percent of people with insurance had policies that waived payments during the pandemic. But, nothing lasts forever. All of these hospital and treatment waivers were voluntary so insurance companies can lift those whenever they choose. That’s what some of them are doing now. For example, Anthem stopped its waivers in January. Aetna’s expired in February. United Health stopped at the end of March. So it really comes down to who your provider is. ADVER
  13. Decongestant pill or nasal spray can help if there's pressure. Prescription level dose of ibuprofen for pain (800 mg for an adult -- ask a pharmacist for advice on this).
  14. I agree. Dying peacefully in one's sleep is the "good death" most people say they want. I'm sorry this is happening.
  15. Ftr, I'm not 100% in favor of all Dr. Emanuel wrote in his essay - I'm much too conservative to agree with an Emanuel on most things, lol. I shared it as an alternative to the idea of assisted suicide (which I believe is morally wrong)... as food for thought. His words upset a lot of folks (still are, evidently!) and came back to haunt him when President Biden tapped him to serve on the WH Covid Task Force. Though I don't agree with all he said, I wasn't offended because he was writing about his own observations and plans, and I found it to be an interesting perspective. In my experience with my parents, mil, and two uncles, people who wish to continue with all manner of medical treatment up until they draw that final breath will have little trouble finding someone to give them what they want (in urban areas, anyway). And that is as it should be.
  16. Nope. I said earlier that I would chafe at such requirements in my private home. I do think they're not very pretty, but even if I added them to my downstairs bathroom, my house still wouldn't be very handicap accessible.
  17. Absolutely, but we were talking about requiring them in building codes for all private homes. To me that's too much intrusion into my life and my home. If we need them, or if my parents need them, we'll install them.
  18. Prolonging ones misery doesn't require crazy or heroic procedures. Inserting a pacemaker, a relatively simple, life-saving procedure, can add years to your life. Dh's aunt, who is 95, lives in assisted living, and has cognitive issues, had one inserted a year or so ago. It should keep her heart going for another decade, unless she dies of another cause. Unfortunately, she is likely to slide into further dementia and spend at least some of those years in a locked memory care unit. She is valued. She is loved. Her family probably thought they were doing the right thing in supporting this treatment, but I suspect they'll regret it later on. Hopefully, I'm wrong. Aggressive treatment of pneumonia will often keep a very old person alive, though his life afterward may require significant nursing and supervision.
  19. I'm sorry his article upset you and Murphy. I did mention that the title was a bit dramatic. I saw it as a dose of reality. This doctor writes of decision, for his own life, to forgo medical tests and procedures beginning in his mid-70s in hopes that he won't live out his days in "the dwindles".
  20. I'm an "older" mom, too. When I'm 75, my older child will be 40, and my younger child 37. Did you read the article? He didn't really say he wanted to die precisely at age 75, only that he planned to stop trying to extend his life around that time. I didn't see his views as being disgusting. "Let me be clear about my wish. I’m neither asking for more time than is likely nor foreshortening my life. Today I am, as far as my physician and I know, very healthy, with no chronic illness. I just climbed Kilimanjaro with two of my nephews. So I am not talking about bargaining with God to live to 75 because I have a terminal illness. Nor am I talking about waking up one morning 18 years from now and ending my life through euthanasia or suicide. Since the 1990s, I have actively opposed legalizing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. People who want to die in one of these ways tend to suffer not from unremitting pain but from depression, hopelessness, and fear of losing their dignity and control. The people they leave behind inevitably feel they have somehow failed. The answer to these symptoms is not ending a life but getting help. I have long argued that we should focus on giving all terminally ill people a good, compassionate death—not euthanasia or assisted suicide for a tiny minority." His point is, though we are loathe to admit it, people in the US are on-average, living longer but more debilitated lives. One could argue that your dh's grandmother, who you think could possibly live to be 100 in relatively good health, is probably cognitively debilitated. She isn't able, for whavever reason, to see the good sense in allowing her child to help her. Maybe she was always difficult, but it's likely she is worsening, and current choices aren't a result of vibrant, healthy old age. It sounds to me like all the care and social integration in the world wouldn't change her situation one little bit. Many, many elders are just like her - their utter refusal to allow their children/families to move them is extremely common. When bad things happen to these stubborn elders, their children are often left with a deep sense of guilt. @Laura Corin, I'm sorry I've totally hijacked your thread! 🙂
  21. I hate grab bars. I do think they're ugly. I have no problem with widing doors and zero-depth shower entries (if that's that right term). Again, it's usually a non-issue for those of us who've purchased existing homes that were built years ago.
  22. Alternatively, what about deciding to stop pursuing preventative and curative medical treatment? It's not a guarantee of an earlier, less prolonged death, but it might go a long way toward ending the dwindles. (Easy for me to talk about now...) The title of this article, by the way, is a little dramatic. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/10/why-i-hope-to-die-at-75/379329/
  23. Or they don't want to mess with it, or they won't face the fact that if they grow old and remain at home, they might need a more accessible living space. I chafe at the idea that I would be required to build handicap accessible bathrooms in my house if I don't want them. (Where I live, building codes like that only affect new builds.)
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