Holiday scam calls are on the rise, according to the Director of the Bucks County Consumer Affairs Department.Mike Bannon says, ask questions when solicited for donations and be suspicious. Bannon adds, sometimes its best not to answer the call, but if you do pick up the phone.
“If you decide it’s some kind of criminal action, you can put a lock on that call if it’s Verizon, just push star-69. It will save that phone number and we can try to track that down.”
For more information on the non-pro-fits looking for donations, you can visit Charitywatch.com or go to Buckscounty.org to find more information.
Health.Gov and the loss of individual health plans for five million Americans continues to be a problem for the Obama Administration. Although more people have signed-up over the last week, more people need to access the site, according to Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey. He says an important date is on the way.
“November 30th is a hugely significant date because that’s the date the Administration has promised that most or in the order of 80 percent of folks will be able to access the website.”
Casey adds, Administration policy will help clean up the mess caused by the loss of individual insurance policies. Last Friday, the House passed the “Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013. 39 democrats voted for the measure.
Montgomery County State rep. Daylin Leach has co-sponsored a bill to help children who suffer from epilepsy with a less powerful form of medical marijuana. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana was unveiled on Monday by Leach, and Republican Senator Mike Folmer of Lebanon County.
“How can it be that we are willing to give children, highly toxic, highly addictive, highly damaging drugs which don’t work, but under Pennsylvania law they cannot get, non-addictive non-damaging, non-intoxicating, non-dangerous treatments, which show dramatic results.
Leach says, opposition to legalizing medicinal marijuana comes from the stigma of the word marijuana.
A defense contractor is moving out of Bucks County and taking more than a thousand jobs out of the local economy. Citing cuts in Federal spending, Lockheed Martin will close its Newtown Township facility. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick says, his office will work with the displaced employees, but not much could be done to impact the decision.
“Corporations from time to time take a look at the business contracts and models. They made a very difficult decision. It closes the Newtown office, which has been doing commercial satellite development.”
Lockheed Martin was in Newtown Township for 20 years, consolidating there, after closing facilities in Montgomery County and New Jersey.