In my coverage of the Fitchburg July 4th Parade I had the chance to interview Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas as she marched.

In addition to her answer on the Swatting letter (she knew nothing about it) there was some news made concerning Obamacare

DaTechGuy: The president’s healthcare plan has been upheld as constitutional will you be campaigning on support for that plan?

Congresswoman Tsongas: Absolutely, I’ve been a strong supporter for it from the outset. We need to provide adequate healthcare for the millions of Americans who do not have it and we need to work very hard at bringing down the cost so that we can all afford to buy the insurance we need.

In an election where the result is going to decide if Obamacare remains the law of the land, this position, and props to her for not equivocating on it, could make a big difference come November.

Just to remind you Scott Brown won Fitchburg with 58.9% of the vote vs Coakley’s 39.9%. That 19 POINTS out of 9461 votes cast.

If I’m Nikki Tsongas, I’d be spending an awful lot of time here over the next 4 months.


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The talk of the day is the story of a lifeguard who went to the aid of a drowning man and the blacklash against the company who fired him for abandoning his post:

As lifeguards are paid and trained to do, Tomas Lopez rushed down the beach to rescue a drowning man — and then got fired for it.

The problem: Lopez stepped out of the beach zone his company is paid to patrol, a supervisor said Tuesday.

At least two other lifeguards have quit in protest.

“What was he supposed to do? Watch a man drown?” asked one, Szilard Janko.

It is of course axiomatic that he MUST go to the aid of anyone who requests it. This however puts the company in a quandary.

When he left his post he placed ever other person he is paid to protect at risk and don’t think for one moment that he and the company would have been sued if anything had happened while he was gone.

Still the company has no business telling a lifeguard: “You can’t help a drowning man.” It’s not only wrong it’s STUPID! A smart company would have had another solution and it’s actually pretty obvious.

Don’t go after the lifeguard, Go after idiot who decided to swim in the “swim at your own risk” area because nobody was going to tell HIM where he can go.

If I was the company I’d bill the guy for the rescue and for the portion of the liability insurance for that day because it was his carelessness that put everyone at risk.

And if I’m the city and/or the company I’d replace the. “Swim at your own risk” with the following:

“Unprotected area: Any person swimming in this area requiring aid services will be charged a $300 plus costs and assumes any liability due to the absence of personal from the protected area. Swim at your financial risk!

People tend to discount physical risk as they somehow tend to think they are immortal but when it comes to financial risk they take it seriously.

This way the blame and the costs go to the person who deserves it and not to the lifeguards who are, guarding lives.


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