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Yes, It's December!!!

Holiday planning, Christmas, military, service men, service women, photography class at AHS, photos for deployed military. Fiscal cliff, Supreme court and "marriage."

So, let's begin with some seasonal questions. Have you bought your tree yet? How about your Xmas/holiday cards, yet? How are you doing with gift shopping? Yes, it's December. 

Just to let you all know, my answer is a big, resounding NO to all my questions! Maybe I'll do all these tasks this weekend!

Here is a suggestion for a gift certificate. The Attleboro adult education program will be starting a new series of sessions near the end of January. Photography will be one that I plan on coaching. That would probably be a good time to offer another introductory class to digital cameras.

Many lucky people will be receiving new digital cameras from Santa and still will not really know much, or anything, about all those buttons and menu functions. Whether it's a point and shoot or a $1,200 dollar interchangeable lens DSLR, many of the functions are the same. 

And then, how about features of good composition, using available light, using the built in flash—on sunny days, some basic posing guidelines for individuals or family groups?  Do your past snow pictures look a bit gray than a nice bright white? There is a reason for that.

Anyway, send me an e-mail if you or a loved one would be interested in the class:  shoppix@photo.net . Also, if you want a more advanced class, please also e-mail me and I could possibly run two classes. Classes run for six evenings (once per week) and I usually try to do an outdoor shoot on a Saturday or Sunday, as the weather allows. That is essentially a little "extra" from me.

It will for FREE! Yes, FREE. Any families of military serving overseas and not able to be home for the holidays? Would you like to have some professional portraits and/or candids taken to send to them? E-mal me today, again, atshoppix@photo.net . Perhaps a church or civic organization would like to organize a group get-together for this purpose. I will offer my time and digital files for FREE!

And, just in today's news ... the US Supreme Court is going to seriously consider taking a case regarding, well, I guess the definition of marriage!!!! Oh boy, that's going to be one heckuva battle, discussion and then some! What do I think??? Well, make a quick decision and get on with more important issues that our country faces. I don't care what they call it, unions between gays and lesbians, but let them join together legally, collect their taxes and get on with it. And make this "union" legal in all states, not just where the ceremony took place.

So, what do you think?? Send me your yeses and nos, or your wrath and "not so good wishes." Let's hear it. Start plucking away on you computers and sound off. While you're at it, sound off to our congressional folks and tell them to continue with the middle-class tax cuts. Make them permanent, raise taxes on the wealthy by eliminating many of the applicable deductions, and taxing all, yes all, their income! 

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Emcee of Seekonk December 12, 2012 at 06:27 PM
"...we...you and I...are the ones who have elected them." Speak for yourself, Mr. Hopkins. I vote in Massachusetts. I have no vote unless I vote blue as in Democrat. When a state sends a 35-year old with no political experience to congresss just because his name is Kennedy, we have a problem. Whether the kid is a Democrat or a Republican... we have a problem. When was the last time any reps reacted to what anyone here said or thought? When the only qualification for being a rep is being born into the correct family, where is the accountability going to come from? He's got the job for life. I'm expecting his twin brother to run for Senate if the job opens up. Won't that be cute.
Daniel F. Devine December 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM
My suggestion/advice is to vote the bums out at election time, ALL OF THEM, (from your local council person to the President of the U.S.). Keep voting them out untill we get it right! Also, their $alary & extensive benifits should be reduced.
Amy December 13, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Capital gains is money you earn through investments. The money you use to invest to get Capital gains has already been taxed. So, tax the money you earn, then tax the money you invest in, then tax the money you make. Then, when you die you need to pay taxes on the money you've been taxed on. Sorry kids, nothing left for you here, the Gvm't needs it more than you.
Richard W. Lunt December 28, 2012 at 05:14 PM
eliminating the multitude of deductions on individual income taxes will also lead to less consumer spending and less jobs created, any way you look at it, eliminating tax deductions is similar to an increase of individual income taxes. You're drinking the liberal cool aid Steve.
Steve Hopkins December 28, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Capital gains is new income - tax iyt!

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