Laura Hillier, RIP



“On January 20, 2016, 18-year old Laura Hillier slipped away surrounded by her family while waiting for a stem cell transplant to treat her acute myeloid leukemia.  But Laura did not die because of a lack of bone marrow donors since multiple matching donors had been identified six months earlier.  Rather Laura was on the waiting list for a hospital bed–and enduring debilitating chemotherapy treatments in the meantime.  You see, Laura had the misfortune of living in Canada where the government-run system of “free” medical care has produced an acute shortage of hospital beds for transplant patients.”

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A Weed Grows in Tucson

By Jack Perry


“Once in a while, you see a small thing that perfectly illustrates the bigger problems as a whole. When my wife and I first moved here to Tucson (Yeah, I know, my bio isn’t updated, I’m working on it), we started getting people coming to the door offering landscaping services. I’m somewhat puzzled because I’m thinking, we’re in a desert here. What’re they going to do, move rocks around in the sand we call a front yard?”

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