Amil Zola

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  • in reply to: Halachically okay to be liberal? #1696667
    Amil Zola
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    Avi I agree with you 100%. Unfortunately this isn’t a situation that will be quickly turned around. Work requirements (for women and men) will help change things in the long run. In the meantime without adequate secular/vocational education may of these folks will need assistance. In cases like KY, it’s unlikely that chessed will be able to support their needs once TANF is reduced or timed out.

    Joseph, I’m not going to chase your strawmen.

    Good shabbos to all.

    in reply to: Halachically okay to be liberal? #1696330
    Amil Zola
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    Joseph those republicans that are for the poor will be suggesting cuts in SNAP, cuts in TANF and a 6 child limit, cuts in HUD section 8 funding and cuts in WIC, cuts in SSDI, and limiting support for special needs individuals, cuts in medicaid for children and adults. These cuts would prove disastrous to many in the frum community who depend on these public benefits for survival.

    in reply to: Halachically okay to be liberal? #1696297
    Amil Zola
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    Is it halachically okay to be a Libertarian? A Green? An independent?

    in reply to: Tom Sawyer Parties: Good or bad? #1686220
    Amil Zola
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    Why bother? Why not just ask friends to help for a work party? It happens a lot where I come from and it helps build community.

    in reply to: A Solution: Finding Shidduchim (aka “Shidduch Crisis”) #1685791
    Amil Zola
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    Rebbitzen etc (aka troll) even though the rabbis in Lkwd said that the schools wouldn’t open until all girls were place they still do. You are a rather inept troll, I suggest a new career path.

    in reply to: What Wearing a White Shirt says about you as a working man. #1685742
    Amil Zola
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    Growing up, when my father wore a white shirt it meant it was Shabbos or he was going to sit shiva.

    in reply to: Guns #1683063
    Amil Zola
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    I grew up with guns, both handguns and long guns. I had a carry permit for many years when I need it and spent many hours and $ on the range to sharpen my skills. It would take a rather skilled combat shooter to step up in an active shooting situation and take out the criminal without wounding innocents. When one trains for a carry permit you learn not to shoot unless you have a clear shot. For a civilian in a situation with elevated adrenaline levels this may be impossible. Defensive shooting comes with other drawbacks. How does LE accurately determine who the good guy with a guy is in a matter of a split second. Combat veterans may have these skills. Non combat veterans may not. Headlines show us the number of LE who react too quickly and erroneously when it comes to shooting civilians.

    FWIW I no longer need to have a carry permit and keep a classic Rossi .22 single shot long barrel for target shooting.

    in reply to: To have them read Tolkien or not… #1681455
    Amil Zola
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    Tolkiens works deal with those universal topics of good vs evil,love, death, bravery, loyalty, internal conflict cast in the style of a traditional epic. As a parent you may want to choose some book club notes on the specific volume he’s reading, read along and use the discussion points to explore those greater themes.

    in reply to: Liberty Health Shares #1681005
    Amil Zola
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    Samaritan and most of the older xtian health shares do require a person to give up their HIPPA rights. These are the health shares where the membership pays the patient directly after charges are acrucced. Health shares have been around for a very long time, they are not new, but primarily focused on certain xtian sects, the RCC, Methodists and Mennonites have health shares that were established many many years ago.

    in reply to: Liberty Health Shares #1680854
    Amil Zola
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    Remember too that you health shares do not abide by HIPA. It is necessary for them to share your medical information with the membership.

    Amil Zola
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    Joseph, I’m an American with an excellent secular education. There has yet to be a theocracy that hasn’t violated basic human rights.

    Amil Zola
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    Ah a theocracy. Yup that sure will solve the vax issues.

    in reply to: Do illegal immigrants pose a health risk as they are unvaccinated. #1679880
    Amil Zola
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    Hmm I wonder if frum women always ascertain that their cleaning woman are legally in the US and vaxxed.

    Amil Zola
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    I’m with CTL on this. It seems my evening entertainment lately is city meetings for the same reason CTL states. I guess it’s hard for folks who live in big cities to understand a person’s interest in local govt. Small town govt allows us as individuals to organize and impact those issues that are important to us. Right now budgets are an issue since we’ll be having a vote on a police and fire levy in May. And city planning and development is always important to me. Locally we have been able to provide for limited growth while still attracting ‘clean’ industry to town. Some developers are interested building large rental blocks for the university students and attempting to work around affordable housing mandates.

    Amil Zola
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    It depends on where you live. Some cities require developers to have x amount of properties built for affordable housing. Other areas depend on your housing authority and how they fund housing programs, private investors/owners can build multiple units as affordable housing and have them exclusively rented to lower income individuals and families.. These contracts are finite.

    in reply to: the demise of a normal sleeping schedule⚰️🛌🗓️ #1673634
    Amil Zola
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    Englishspeaking, perhaps you should concern yourself with issues that impact you. My sleep schedule is mine, it suits my life and lifestyle. Years ago it was determined by my work schedule. If someone can keep their job after repeatedly arriving an hour late what concern of it is yours? Sure if you are depending on them taking their shift before you leave well that’s an issue to take up with management. The science of sleep has taught us many things since you were growing up in the 80s. We’ve learned that biologically teens have different sleep schedules, ergo public schools being responsive and delaying start times. We’ve also learned that parents ‘sleep training’ children can have long term impacts on how they sleep as adults.

    Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and acknowledge the things you can control and the things you can’t. It may help you to sleep better.

    in reply to: Simple portable space heater #1673017
    Amil Zola
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    I’m with DovidBT regarding oil filled radiators. They are safe and economical and come in a variety of from minis to large. FWIW spend the extra $$ on a DiLonghi, if you must cut costs get a Pelonis. Do not use extension cords with them.

    in reply to: Why wear sunscreen in winter? #1668968
    Amil Zola
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    RebYidd23 sunburn is a way of our dermis coping with over exposure to the suns rays. Most skin damage from the sun may occur years after exposure. Just google sun damaged skin.

    in reply to: Why wear sunscreen in winter? #1668617
    Amil Zola
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    UV index of 6-7 would require sunscreen. The index numbers are usually available on the NWS online weather report for your area. It is possible to have UV ratings of 6-7 on cloudy or overcast days. Believe it or not in some parts of the country that have winter weather people do participate in outdoor activities and do not spend all of their free time indoors.

    in reply to: Who benefits from the shutdown? #1668141
    Amil Zola
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    Joseph, the furloughed are not legally entitled to collect unemployment. If you have a job you cannot collect unemployment. That’s why a change in the law is necessary. So what these people and others will get paid in the end. Many will have lost their medical benefits, some their homes or living spaces, some their vehicles. Some won’t be able to pay for medicines that are critically needed for their children or spouses. Naturally since SNAP is out of money applying will do little to help them. Food banks are getting maxed out.

    In the meantime there are no USDA food inspections, the mechanics and technicians who certify that a plane is safe enough to fly are off the job. Critical medical research programs will be out of money. Some small towns are looking at thousands of people without income and that trickle down hurts businesses.

    It will be interesting to hear what’s actually happening in towns like Lkwd and Palm Tree where there is a large population of people dependant on federal programs who have run out of money.

    So who is benefitting?

    “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.”

    in reply to: Who benefits from the shutdown? #1668143
    Amil Zola
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    Waiting maybe months to a year to get paid is a good thing? Seriously we’re not talking people with executive incomes having salaries deferred, we’re talking working class people. Some of whom, based on their jobs and conditions of employment may not moonlight with second jobs. Some IRS workers who have been called back to work without pay, are concerned about having money to pay for gas to get to work. There are families who in another 30 days will be losing their medical insurance. Some of these workers have families who have critical medical needs.

    I can’t see how Americans benefit without food inspections at the manufacturing or import level. Or how flyers benefit when the safety inspectors who are required to certify a plane for flight have been furloughed.

    Certainly the people living in cities like Lkwd and PalmTree who have high levels of dependence on national programs aren’t benefiting. They may have gotten their February SNAP benefits early but those payments are the last until the shutdown is over. How many property owners in Monsey, Lkwd, or Palmtree depend on Section 8 Voucher $ to make their mortgage payments? It’s illegal for them to ask their renters to make up the difference. Emergency heating subsidies will be greatly reduced because those programs will no long receive federal funds. WIC is vital to many pregnant women, no more benefits for those women and children.

    BTW few states pay unemployment to workers who are furloughed. Naturally if they are paid, those monies advance must be repaid when they receive their back pay.

    in reply to: Who benefits from the shutdown? #1668116
    Amil Zola
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    “The only beneficiaries are the non-essential employees, who get paid without having to come to work.” Factually incorrect, non essential employees who are furloughed are not getting paid during the shutdown. Even the furloughed non essential IRS employees being called back will not be getting paid. Several states are working to ensure that furloughed individuals can collect unemployment.

    in reply to: Shidduchim for singles with mental health issues #1665684
    Amil Zola
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    Joseph I asked you first and cited my own examples. Now it’s time for you to discuss and support your own possit.

    in reply to: Shidduchim for singles with mental health issues #1665526
    Amil Zola
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    What are moderate mental health issues? Depression that has been treated, OCD that is being treated, phobias that are being treated, ADHD that is being treated, high functioning people with Autism, eating disorders that are being treated? Can you please clarify.

    in reply to: Who’s going to be the one to lose out #1664084
    Amil Zola
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    AbbaS are you claiming that the Jews living in Palmtree and Willy are Dems? Both those areas have the highest number of public benefit recipients in the country?

    in reply to: Have you ever met a woman who doesn’t want to have her own children? #1662167
    Amil Zola
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    “Obviously women who feel that way about something so unbelievable personal aren’t going to bare their souls here, a…, let alone anonymous …” It happens every week on frum women only closed forums. Of course non Jewish women are able to discuss this publicly if that is their choice, for the frum it must be in an anonymous context.

    in reply to: Can president Trump save his presidency? #1662165
    Amil Zola
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    It seems to me that’s up to Vlad.

    in reply to: 66% of Muslims in the US are Democrats #1661649
    Amil Zola
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    1, I wonder what kind of contact you have with American Muslims? I live in a town with a small mosque and a Muslim community that is mostly comprised of immigrants, some are my neighbors, some were coworkers before my retirement. As a child of immigrants I often talk with my Muslim neighbors and colleagues about their family’s stories of immigration and motivation for coming to America. Each and everyone have different stories but all include the desire to share our values and participate in our democracy. Naturally my opinions are based on personal experience and are anecdotal.

    in reply to: The Southern Wall #1661059
    Amil Zola
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    Heath, as I’ve stated in my post, I wrote my opinion. In no way was my post intended to be persuasive. Carry on.

    in reply to: The Southern Wall #1660865
    Amil Zola
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    I don’t support the wall, especially now since the presidents numbers on crimes by immigrants, illegal drug flow into the US ports conflicts with those of American agencies. If he has different sources than ICE, Customs, the FBI etc he should really state where he got those numbers. There has been no true analysis of why this money is best spent on a wall rather than tracking down the large numbers of people who have overstayed visas, or providing the USCG with more funds to combat smuggling of humans and narcotics. Frankly I find it absurd that the president now wants the US citizens to fund a campaign promise he failed at and is now denying he ever made. A comprehensive solution to illegal entry also needs to address the plight of the dreamers. I also think a wall doesn’t address solving labor issues on this side of the border. We need a new humane edition of the old bracero program to ensure there is labor sufficient to pick our crops, clean our swimming pools, hang our drywall and clean our houses. (Limited for the sake of brevity.)

    Just a few reasons why I don’t support the wall. In no way is this post meant to be persuasive just MHO as to why I as an independent am against it.

    in reply to: Who’s going to be the one to lose out #1659122
    Amil Zola
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    She has already extended the invitation.

    in reply to: Who’s going to be the one to lose out #1659112
    Amil Zola
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    She has already issued the formal invitation.

    in reply to: How Will The New Minimum Wage Laws Affect “Cleaning Help” #1655372
    Amil Zola
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    The minimum wage increase impacts those who are paying their domestic help on the books. As to needing domestic help, if you are a family with two working parents and many children it just makes sense to hire domestic help.

    in reply to: Let’s Register Our Children To Public School #1646317
    Amil Zola
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    Joseph, I defer to your knowledge of the RCC schools, with my own personal reservations.

    in reply to: Let’s Register Our Children To Public School #1646264
    Amil Zola
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    Actually Joseph it is only members of a superintendents group that are protesting this. The Archbishop will have to buy in. So far no word on what his position is. In the past RCC schools (at least in NY and NJ) had powerful academic programs with high graduation rates, high college entry numbers and some very fine basketball teams.

    in reply to: Let’s Register Our Children To Public School #1644862
    Amil Zola
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    And threatening to bankrupt a public schools system is not going to elicit a favorable public response.

    in reply to: Voting Democrat #1644578
    Amil Zola
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    Boccamaggid, The intent of my post was informational. I don’t engage in these emotional debates. I provided factual info on the amount of $ given to Israel the last year President Obama was in office.

    in reply to: can someone explain to me the criminal justice proposal? #1644174
    Amil Zola
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    This will limit sentences for nonviolent crimes such as drug possession (not manufacturing or sales of larger quantities). It is also directed at white collar financial crimes, sentences will be shortened or eliminated. It will also eliminate 10 year mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes, domestic violence, possession and transport of weapons of mass destruction, Sections 202 thru 212 are already addressed in prior legislation, rules, policies and procedures. Some argue it may impact sentencing under RICO. Congress dot gov has the full text of S.1917 for those that would prefer to read the actual bill rather than rely on the interpretation of others.

    in reply to: Voting Democrat #1643697
    Amil Zola
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    Bocca Maggid, point of information. Under President Obama the US gave Israel $38 Billion for defense , certainly more than enough to provide healthcare for all Americans. More was give for education and research There is another $3B in the current budget that had been previously committed by President Obama.

    in reply to: Hatzolah Billing Insurance #1642288
    Amil Zola
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    I’m not too familiar with Hatzolah. It appears that there are a massive number of volunteers across the tri state area. Who pays for their EMT training? I know in some smaller towns in my area, members are reimbursed back for the cost of their EMT training after 5 years of voluntary service (fixed number of hours over a 5 year period). Other areas do not reimburse.

    in reply to: Hatzolah Billing Insurance #1640682
    Amil Zola
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    Where I live many small towns have volunteer emergency services. Some of these groups are a set up as nonprofits and still bill ins. It doesn’t seem so different than Hatzolah in larger cities. Others that charge for services do not bill ins. companies but expect payment to be rendered by a responsible party and that party can then file for reimbursement from their carrier.

    in reply to: Who else is getting sick of YWN telling us what to think #1639352
    Amil Zola
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    I don’t think that your post shows evidence that YW is telling you what to think. A headline is something to catch the attention of a reader. Perhaps the real complaint is why YW seems to frequently use hyperbole in their headlines?

    in reply to: Hatzolah Billing Insurance #1639347
    Amil Zola
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    I think its great that there are other hatzolah that have been billing. They serve as a model for the Queens group. No sense reinventing the wheel if the billing model already exists.

    Medical necessity is a determining factor in whether an insurance company (if covered) or Medicaid will pay for transport. Health insurance policies that cover transport will not cover a home call for Yankey’s runny nose, or Ruth swallowing a penny. For Medicaid and Medicare patients the ambulance service must meet their ambulance requirements and certifications. Just something to think about.

    in reply to: Leaving children out of the education debate #1638045
    Amil Zola
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    Good on you RebYidd23. But it seems that in Jewish religious schools candy is a major motivator and I often wonder why. (Just getting back to my original analogy.)

    in reply to: Leaving children out of the education debate #1637459
    Amil Zola
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    There is a distinction between young adults and children. I certainly am not opposed to any young adult (or child for that matter) having an opinion. The question is do the adults react to that opinion and how? I’m sure if you promised some kids ice cream whenever they wanted it if they learned algebra many would agree with you. I’m not young but what I’ve noticed is secular education in certain Jewish schools is looked down upon. What can go wrong if you taught a teen how to figure out square footage? Or to use fractions? Or perhaps learn the constitution or how a bill becomes a law? To me there is no apparent evil in these subjects, and yes, many things can be used for evil. But IMHO, using good for evil purposes can be covered in religious studies.

    in reply to: Is it Mutar to celebrate Thanksgiving?!?!?!?!?!?! #1630260
    Amil Zola
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    Although I don’t stock up to the magnitude that CTL does, I do love my .99 Empire turkeys. I keep a couple of the small ones whole, bone out a couple and get a couple of the larger ones to break down. I have 4 boned out half breasts in the fridge that I will slice up and freeze later today. I also like boning out the thighs on the big birds and stuffing them with bulgar, mixed with fruits and nuts. I just assumed regardless of the holiday, frugal folks would stock up. They are great seasonal bargains.

    in reply to: Is it Mutar to celebrate Thanksgiving?!?!?!?!?!?! #1628819
    Amil Zola
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    My family celebrated it. I celebrate it. My tradition is to pickle my own corned beef, make fresh chrain and sauerkraut. Some years we will also have a small turkey or stuffed turkey breast and thighs. There is nothing wrong with being grateful and there is nothing stopping any of us from making our own family traditions for this day.

    in reply to: THREAD: Not for Anti-vaxxers #1625653
    Amil Zola
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    It’s a pity we can post links here. It’s a lot easier to debunk a position when you can refer to a primary source.

    in reply to: THREAD: Not for Anti-vaxxers #1625237
    Amil Zola
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    Add to that value Uncle Ben the number of children per each adult who voted.

    in reply to: How can the Lakewood township fix the local traffic problem? #1621719
    Amil Zola
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    I don’t think the township is ready to do what is necessary to fix the traffic problems in Lkwd. It would take at huge amount of $$ to do adequate traffic and flow surveys and then years of implementing improvements. That magnitude of change doesn’t take overnight. It will also require citizens to change mindsets, accept different modes of local transport, bicycles, small shuttles.

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