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Why would anyone give a hoot?

By Rosalie Tirella

The royal wedding. It’s tomorrow, and it’s a lot of make-believe and phoniness wrapped in taffeta. A total waste of time! And yet the world gawks and gawks! Amazing! We love famous people – even if they are famous for accomplishing nothing – or, as in the prince’s case, having had the good luck (or bad, depending on how you look at it) of popping out of the late Princess Di’s too tragic uterus.

America is (supposed to be) a meritocracy. We rejected all this royal pain in the ass stuff more than 200 years ago. And yet American tourists, along with other crazies, are supposed to converge on England and dump around $80 million in tourism bucks (according to NPR). What’s more, the Brits seem just as besotted. Reports say they are pleased as punch about the nuptuals; in surveys Brits say the royal wedding will get them out of the doldrums.

While I love Shakespeare, Ricky Gervais and Monty Python (cuz they’re brilliant), I don’t give a damn about the prince (is he the one who stupidly wore the Hitler outfit?). Thank you, but I prefer to get excited about England’s health care system: universal health care, which means all Brits – like everyone else in Western Europe, Canada and Cuba – get excellent care for nothing. If you are rich, poor, middle class, black, white, dying of cancer, struggling with a brain tumor, strong as an ox – your medical bills are ZERO. Nothing! No matter what your situation – no matter what your state of health. The Brits understand that sometimes WE matters more than ME. They, like the folks in France and Canada, have longer life expectencies than Americans. In fact, our health care systems are so fucked up that we rate way down the list – just above Slovenia. And guess what? A baby born in El Salvador has a greater chance of surviving than a baby born in Detroit, Michigan.

Pathetic.

So tomorrow, while the rest of the world oohs and ahhs over England’s royal couple and their wedding guests, gowns, gropes, grips and gripers, I will be toasting their health care system.

If America had universal health care, Worcester – along with every other city and town in America – would not be in the fix she’s in with her municipal unions and their ever skyrocketing health care costs. We would have branch libraries and art classes and free college for everyone!

England, here we come?

WCCA TV show now available on demand!

Soapbox Special Edition: To Run or Not To Run is now available on demand at http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/torunornottorun

This collaborative educational program, produced and presented as a public service, highlights important points of consideration which will be of value to anyone thinking about running for a local office. Panelists include: Worcester City Clerk David Rushford, educator Paul Lacava, former Worcester mayor and current host of the Levy Line, Jordan Levy. It is moderated by Mauro DePasquale, WCCA TV 13’s executive director.

“TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN” can be seen on WCCA TV public access/community television cable channel 13, in Worcester, and streaming in real time at http://www.wccatv.com on the following dates and times: Thursday, May 5th & 12th at 10 pm; Saturday, May 7th and 14th at 10 am; Sunday, May 8th and 15th at 8:30 pm. For further information contact Tracy Foley, programming, at 508-755-1880 ext. 10 or via email _tracy@wccatv.com _ .

Enjoy!

Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director
WCCA TV 13, The People’s Channel
Worcester

To run or not to run (for public office)

By Mauro DePasquale

Have you ever thought about running for public office but were unsure of the process or what it may take? Then this program is for you!

WCCA TV 13 Public Access/Community Television presents TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN: a Soapbox Special edition.

This collaborative educational program, produced and presented as a public service, highlights important points of consideration which will be of value to anyone thinking about running for a local office. Panelists include: Worcester City Clerk David Rushford, educator Paul Lacava, former Worcester mayor and current host of the Levy Line, Jordan Levy. It is moderated by me.

TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN can be seen on WCCA TV public access/ community television cable channel 13, in Worcester, and streaming in real time at http://www.wcctv.com on the following dates and times: Thursday, May 5th & 12th at 10 pm; Saturday, May 7th and 14th at 10 am; Sunday, May 8th and 15th at 8:30 pm.

This program will also be made available for on demand viewing at http://www.wccatv.com/video. For further information, please contact Tracy Foley, programming, at 508-755-1880 ext. 10 or via email tracy@wccatv.com

Thank you.

Mauro DePasquale is Executive Director of WCCA TV 13, “The People’s Channel” in downtown Worcester.