Fake News. No, not what a certain temporary resident on Pennsylvania Avenue calls it (and being totally inaccurate about it)- but the honest to goodness malarkey. (Doesn’t that sound absolutely perfect?)
Gas is cheap. The economy is doing better. And, that means we are driving more often.
And, we’re probably driving more sloppily. Which is why last year, some 40,000 of us perished in auto crashes. After years of declining deaths, the trend has been reversed. Oh, sure, folks said the improving crash data was a result of better, safer cars. But, given last year’s data, I would venture that we’ve once again used correlation and not causation to reach (bad) conclusions.
The other weekend, I was talking with a friend about Parkinson’s Disease. One of our synagogue members is succumbing; during the discussion, my friend mentioned that his mom also suffered from the ailment. And, when I told him so did my grandfather, he mentioned how he was surprised that L-Dopa was the experimental treatment his mom tried- and that the doctor who was involved was at St. Barnabas in New York. To which I replied, he meant Dr. Bill Cooper- which blew him away. Because that was the name he was trying to draw up in his memory. It was pretty clear that we must have crossed paths some 47 years ago.
Since I was around 6 years old, I’ve been wearing glasses. Admittedly, a traumatic experience made them necessary. And, until my oldest was born, I was a four-eyed monster (with clip-on sunglass attachments, since they could never make prescription glasses that would solve my light aversion problems.)
No, this blog is not about a rock star nor an actor, but we all should recognize his passing. Dr. Robert Schattner (he was born Isaac, but changed his name, while he attended the University of Pennsylvania Dental School) died the 29th of January (the second day of Shvat in the Hebrew calendar), at the age of 91, due to kidney failure.
Boy, was I surprised. Here I am advising all of you (but especially my clients) of all the changes that happened to affect tax filings this year. And, I missed one. A big one.