News & Notes September 23, 2010

Our house was hit by lightening in last night’s thunderstorm and fried my desktop while I was writing an article.  I’ve been busy all day getting our contractor out to survey the damage.  I’m leaving for Santa Fe (driving now instead of flying) and need to get this done before departing.  Luckily we have a rubber roof on this flat area where it hit and there’s no risk of water damage.  The internet line is damaged, I’m assuming the surge went through the ethernet cable, and the electrical system will also need to be examined for damage.  The strike hit about four feet from where I was sitting writing about Keystone Progress suing Tom Corbett, does this mean he has connections in low places?  I’ll try and get that article written yet.

The health insurance reform law is now taking effect six months after signing.  No insurance company can now drop you because you get sick, because you have pre-existing conditions, etc.  Many of the key provisions of the bill are going to help many people who desperately need assistance with these low lifes.

The House passed a small business jobs bill today.  From the White House:

The small business jobs bill passed today will help provide loans and cut taxes for millions of small business owners without adding a dime to our nation’s deficit.  After months of partisan obstruction and needless delay, I’m grateful that Democrats and a few Republicans came together to support this common-sense plan to put Americans back to work.  I look forward to signing the bill on Monday.

4 thoughts on “News & Notes September 23, 2010”

  1. being 20/20…but in order to save your electronic equipment…invest about $30 in a good surge protector…my house got hit last year and we didnt lose a thing….except for the toaster over…which shouldnt have been plugged in…as my wife reminded me :)    

    just a thought

  2. The only real way to protect electronics during a thunderstorm is to unplug it.

    In my days as a tv repairman I always stressed this to customers. Also you must unplug both the power cord and cable connector or in this case ethernet connector.

    Your homeowners insurance should pay for the damage after your deductible is met. Hope you’re back in operation soon. Good luck.  

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