Local Bailout!!

April 19, 2012


Leon Puissegur

Today I am wondering if I am even considered as a person in my own Parish of Washington Parish. I have to say this due to what is being done in this parish and probably all over the nation from the local level on up. I say this simply due to the fact that a Tax increase is going to be considered this Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Washington, Parish that should have not even been considered. I make that statement mainly because this tax increase is for the “operational Costs” of a hospital in my district. I hope you caught that, “operational costs”. Those are costs normally associated with the “PROFIT” of a business.

Now comes the fun part of this brief article, why should the Taxpayer of any parish, County, or State for that matter have to pay Taxes for the “operational costs” of any business? Just what does this mean? It means simply stated that the “operational costs’, those costs that are normally paid from the profits of the business will now be paid by the Tax payer, if this passes. I know, what is wrong with this if one uses the said business? Well, let me explain this a bit more. Let us say just for the purpose of debate that the big supermarket on the corner sees this business get taxes for the “operational costs” and seeing this this grocery then sees that it can also make the same request at the next meeting and hope for the people to unwittingly vote for them to take tax dollars and use that to “protect’ their profit. Is this even close to right?

Why should tax money from the pockets of people be used to hold the profits of any company up? No one should be forced to pay taxes so a business that is poorly run can keep nearly all their profits and run their “operational costs” on the backs of the people that pay to use that business! This will open the door to an even larger group that will then feel that if their business is beginning to fail all they have to do is get a tax increase from the people so that the business can keep all their profits to keep the business running even if it is doomed to failure due to bad business practices! This has become what I call the “Obama Syndrome” where if you feel you are failing, just get the people to pay more taxes and support your failed business, they are not that bright and will not vote in numbers large enough to stop from allowing your business to do this!

Just another small removal of freedom by the “Obama Syndrome”, one little step at a time until no one can afford any sort of property and the Government takes care of you and all you do! That is NOT freedom; that is SLAVERY!!!

slice of life

Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India) May 24, 2008 Colleen Braganza Hindustan Times NEW DELHI, India, May 24 — When advertising professional Nayantara Mehra joined a gym to lose some weight, the dietician there handed her a diet plan that Mehra looked at and gagged. No, she wasn’t against increasing her intake of fruits and vegetables and soups and all the healthy stuff that we all intend to eat but somehow never get down to doing. The diet plan had ample options for her meals. But there was one catch: she was banned from eating bread!

Now Mehra lived on bread. She loved it. In fact, she firmly believed that the best thing since sliced bread, was, well, sliced bread. She registered her protest with the dietician, who relented. Eat bread, but stick to brown or multi-grain bread, her dietician said.

Empty calories Most of us know by now that we must avoid white bread because it is made of nothing but pure, processed flour that has been stripped of anything remotely useful to our bodies, like fibre, wheat germ, bran and vitamins. As nutritionist Naini Setalvad says, white bread is just empty calories.

So it’s no wonder that bread is one of the first things we give up when we want to lose weight. “Commercial bread has maida, which is processed flour, and preservatives that make it fattening. So, when people are on a health programme, we do tell them to avoid bread for breakfast and opt for dalia, cereals and vegetables instead,” says nutritionist Dr Shikha Sharma.

Not only that. The commercial white bread that so many of us still dig into every morning contains additives to ensure it stays soft and white – chemicals our bodies can well do without. wholewheatbreadnow.com whole wheat bread

“There is a 3-4 day gap between the time commercially made bread leaves the factory to when it reaches your table. Because of that, bread manufacturers have to resort to additives to keep the bread soft and to ensure it lasts,” says Sharma.

RICH OFFERINGS But the truth is with more and more people short of time to cook proper meals, a sandwich is the best thing that can happen to them. “I don’t have the time to roll out chapattis for breakfast or dinner. It’s good enough that I have time to eat at all,” says Mehra.

But nutritionists believe all bread is not bad.

“In the end, though it’s always better to eat chapattis, I do not ask my clients to cut bread from their diet,” says Setalvad. She simply asks them to look for the right kind of bread.

“The best kind of bread to eat is rye, oat, ragi, whole wheat and multi-grain bread,” says Setalvad. This is because these breads are not made from refined, processed flour and therefore are more nutritious than white bread since they come intact with vitamins (vitamins B and E) and minerals (potassium and magnesium). These breads also contain a good amount of fibre that help you feel full for a longer period. wholewheatbreadnow.com whole wheat bread

But opting for whole wheat/brown bread is easier said than done, as Mehra found out to her dismay. She tried commercially produced brown bread but suspected that it wasn’t whole wheat bread but bread made of regular white flour with colour added to make it look brown. It turned out she was right.

“A lot of bread manufacturers add caramel colour to make ordinary bread brown… The problem is that the rules in India are not very strict and labelling is not given much importance. Fortunately, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is strengthening its rules,” says Kainaz Messman of Theobroma, a patisserie in Mumbai.

TAKE YOUR PICK But this doesn’t mean you cannot get authentic whole wheat bread and eat it too, says Dr Sharma. “There are many neighbourhood bakeries in every city that make lovely, authentic brown bread,” she says (see box).

That brings us to the sheer varieties of healthy breads available in stores across Mumbai and Delhi. The varieties are too many to document but here’s a rough guide.

Whole wheat bread: Depending on how reliable the manufacturer is, whole wheat bread is generally made of 100 per cent whole wheat – bran, wheat germ, vitamins, fibre and all. This bread is high in fibre, so it makes you feel full faster, making you eat less. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a few years ago showed that eating white bread could expand your waistline but those who ate whole grain foods, such as whole wheat bread, did not have the same gain in waist size.

Multi-grain bread: This bread is made of a mix of six or seven different grains like jowar, bajra, barley and soybean. “Some producers import their multi-grain mix, but we make our flour from scratch,” says Messman. She adds that multi-grain bread usually contains 20 per cent white flour for gluten, a protein that gives bread its shape and structure.

Oat/bran bread: These breads are also made of 80 per cent oats/bran and 20 per cent white flour, that is added for the gluten content. Hi-fibre bread: This is bread enriched with natural fibre from vegetables like carrots or beetroot – that accounts for its slightly sweet flavour.

The Hindustan Times is provided through HT Syndication, New Delhi.


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