Everyone Has A Heart

December 14, 2012

This Saturday….

 

 

 

December 15th

 

 

Will be our 27th year….

 

 

For the Haddon Holiday Heart Run.

 

 

 

 

We have been thru

 

 

Snow…..

 

 

Sleet…..

 

 

Rain…..

 

 

Biting Cold….

 

 

Unexpected warmth….

 

 

 

Yet each year

 

 

The diehard runners

 

 

Keep coming back

 

 

 

When we setup this race

 

 

27 years ago

 

 

That was our intention

 

 

 

 

If you are a runner

 

 

There are a slew of races

 

 

You may choose from

 

 

 

 

Beginning in April

 

 

Right on thru Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

Christmas is where we saw our opportunity

 

 

 

Let’s have a Holiday Heart Run

 

 

Right before Christmas

 

 

 

 

You will only find

 

 

The truly diehard runners participating

 

 

 

 

 

Depending on the weather

 

 

We have had anywhere from

 

 

250 up to 400+ runners

 

 

Each year

 

 

 

 

 

Santa always shows up

 

 

 

 

His little elf……

 

 

Bernie Parent

 

 

Has been our

 

 

Honorary Chairman

 

 

For the last 10 years

 

 

 

 

This year we have…….

 

 

A special surprise

 

 

At the finish line.

 

 

 

You will have to be there to find out

 

 

 

 

I’m not tellin…..

 

 

 

 

Over the last 26 years

 

 

Our Haddon Holiday Heart Run

 

 

Has raised well over

 

 

$300,000

 

 

For the American Heart Association

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a few facts you may not be aware of….

 

 

 

 

Did You Know That…..

 

 

 

“More than 2,200 Americans die

 

Of cardiovascular diseases each day

 

 

 

 

That’s one person every 39 seconds.

 

 

 

 

On average, someone in the United States

 

 

 

 

Has a stroke every 40 seconds

 

 

 

 

And a stroke-related death occurs

 

 

About every four minutes.”

 

 

 

 

Those are shocking numbers

 

 

 

 

Thru the Haddon Holiday Heart Run

 

 

We look to raise awareness

 

 

 

All dollars benefit

 

 

The American Heart Association’s

 

 

Research and Education Programs

 

 

 

 

Since 1949, the American Heart Association

 

 

Has spent more than $3.4 billion…..

 

 

Second only to the federal government….

 

 

On research to increase our knowledge

 

 

 

About cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

 

 

 

 

Would you like to join us Saturday?

 

 

 

I have included a link below

 

 

To sign up for the run

 

 

Register online:

www.HaddonHeartRun.com

 

 

 

If you are not able to participate

 

 

Maybe you would like to make a donation

 

 

 

The link also includes a tab

 

 

For you

 

 

 

 

 

You may donate from $10 up to $100

 

 

 

There is even a spot available

 

 

To write in your own amount

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has a Heart

 

 

 

 

Your donation will help us

 

 

 

As we work to find a cure

 

 

 

 

Every Day is a Gift

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10 Ways to Help VOIP Quality

December 10, 2012

The past three or four years have seen hosted VoIP application come of age. It is estimated that sometime in 2013 VoIP will outpace tradition voice services in call volume.

Choosing a VoIP provider requires a few considerations. Most important should be the quality of the service provider. You want to begin by looking at the service provider you choose today: do they know voice? Do they know data? How much experience do they have in delivering VoIP? Like choosing any vendor, if they don’t ask questions about your network be wary.

Here are the top ten problems to avoid to make your experience a better one.

1. YOUR INTERNAL NETWORK

Call quality can suffer if your network isn’t configured correctly; particularly if you’re routing both data and voice over the same internal network. The solution is to use a VLAN capable switch that is properly configured. In addition many of these VLAN capable switches also have POE (power over Ethernet) built in so each individual phones does not need to be plugged into an electrical outlet.

2. LATENCY

In a network, latency equals delay. The delay is how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another. It can also be the gap of time between when a call participant speaks and the time the other party hears. There are several types of latency that can affect voice quality. A high- quality VoIP router and prioritizing VoIP traffic over your network can address some latency. Many VOIP providers will also include and manage that equipment for optimum service. HBS highly recommends this practice.

3. BAD CUSTOMER EQUIPMENT

Sometimes equipment just goes bad. If your business uses its internet connection for both voice (VOIP) and data, you’ll need a router that prioritizes VoIP traffic. Without a VoIP-priority router, downloading a large file while you’re on a call can make call quality spotty. cory communications recommends this equipment be provided and managed by your VOIP provider..

4. JITTER

Jitter is the variations in the delay of packets that are received by the user. Packets are sent in a continuous stream, spaced evenly apart. Problems like network congestion, improper queuing, varied packet delays, or configuration errors, can make this steady stream choppy.

You can compensate for the jitter with a router or Edge devices that receive a Real-Time

5. FAULTY WIRING MAY NOT BE YOUR FAULT.

Your facility has a demarcation point where the public switched telephone network connects to on-premises wiring. Your demarcation point can usually be identified as a network interface box installed by the telephone network. Legacy telephone systems used a cabling that was called CAT 3. Most of today’s cabling uses CAT 5 or higher. Both computer networks and VOIP telephones operate using CAT 5. Using the correct equipment allows you to share one connection for each user. Proper wiring insures the best quality of service.

6. PROBLEMS WITH ETHERNET SWITCHES AND HUBS

Having a local area network which contains hubs could lead to bad call quality. It’s best if each phone has a straight home run connection to your 100 Base-T VLAN capable POE ( Power over Ethernet ) switch. If your facility has multiple Ethernet switches for sharing single wiring drops, call quality will suffer. These scenarios should be discussed as part of the discovery process when looking into Hosted VOIP. Hutchinson Business Solutions can help your organization access these potential hazards.

7. POOR QUALITY OR INADEQUATE INTERNET CONNECTION

Your internet service provider may be optimized for web surfing rather than VoIP phone service. The transportation of voice packets requires particular internet protocols that your internet service may not provide. For businesses that have up to 10 phones in use at any given time, cable high speed internet generally offer “business class” service that is configured for VoIP traffic. Please note the only true way to get guaranteed quality of service with a guarantee in writing from the service provider is to purchase your new Hosted VOIP service from a provider that can provide end to end connectivity using T-1 or higher.

8. ECHOES DURING CALLS

We’ve all had the notorious phone-echo. Believe it or not this is common. The guilty party is usually on the end of the person who does not hear the echo. In addition low-quality handsets can be the cause. The easy fix may be as easy as turning down your hand set volume.

9. CRACKLING SOUNDS DURING CALLS

Crackling is usually a wiring or hardware with either the handset or headset or the device’s cord. If this occurs see if it’s affecting all of the phones or just one. If it’s just one try the cord first. Your phone may simply not be connected properly. If not, there are more serious wiring issues at hand.

10. SILENCE AND ” ELECTRONIC ” SOUNDING VOICES

If a call participant experiences periods of silence or voices that sound “robotic,” the cause is generally packet loss. This is usually caused by insufficient internet bandwidth. You need around 100kbps in both directions to prevent packet loss and ensure good VoIP calls. Ensure that your internet connection has adequate bandwidth for your business’s calls and level of network usage. HBS highly recommends that, when you operate above 10 phones, a T-1 connection to the carrier will go a long way to insure Quality of Service.

 

For more information about Hosted VOIP or any other telecommunications and cloud services please contact us at           george@hbsadvantage.com

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One Step….Two Step

December 5, 2012

Does everyone know how to do….

 

 

 

The one step….. two step?

 

 

 

Tim Geithner presented the….

 

 

Democratic

 

Reach for the sky

 

Fiscal cliff solution

 

 

 

That landed like a lead balloon

 

 

 

It was the same offer from 2011

 

 

 

I guess it took them a long time

 

 

To come up with that?

 

 

 

The Republicans huddled and….

 

 

Went to their files

 

 

And pulled out their proposal

 

 

From…..

 

 

2011.

 

 

 

That is what I call progress

 

 

 

 

It has been 1 month since

 

 

 

The presidential election….

 

 

 

 

And these are my sins….

 

 

 

 

We are still back in 2011.

 

 

 

 

I have been reading a lot about this topic

 

 

Since Finance is my bag

 

 

 

 

Nobody wants to pay more taxes….

 

 

 

 

But the Government cannot

 

 

Continue to spend

 

 

 

33% more than they take in.

 

 

 

 

 

Raising the taxes from 35% to 39% for

 

 

The 2% highest earners

 

 

 

Is mostly symbolic

 

 

That does not mean they will actually

 

 

 

Be paying higher taxes

 

 

 

 

Without touching the deductions and loopholes

 

 

They will still be paying

 

 

14%

 

 

 

In order to increase revenue

 

 

 

You can’t just increase the rates

 

 

You have to close loopholes

 

 

 

 

That would bring in more revenue

 

 

 

 

Taxing the highest earning 2%

 

 

Will not solve the deficit issue

 

 

It only scratches at the surface

 

 

 

 

 

We are going to have to stick our heads

 

 

Into unchartered waters

 

 

 

 

When social security was started

 

 

The retirement age was 65 years old

 

 

 

 

The average life expectancy was

 

69 years old

 

 

 

The program was set up with the intention

 

 

 

That it had to provide benefits

 

On average for about 4 years

 

 

 

The average life expectancy today

 

 

Is 84 years old

 

 

 

 

That means that…..

 

 

Social Security is now expected

 

 

To cover

 

 

On average

 

 

 

A span of 19 years

 

 

 

 

Not…….4 years

 

 

 

 

Can you see why there

 

 

May be a problem

 

 

With this program

 

 

 

 

We all pay into it….

 

 

 

 

But as the boomers age

 

 

 

 

The support base diminishes

 

 

 

 

 

Where can we possibly look to

 

 

Save money in the budget

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s take a quick look at defense spending

 

 

 

 

1974

 

 

That was the last time we saw…

 

The defense budget under

 

 

$100 billion dollars

 

 

 

 

By the year 2000

 

 

The defense budget grew to

 

 

 

$372 billion dollars

 

 

 

 

That took 26 years

 

 

 

 

In a mere 12 years

 

 

 

 

2000 – 2012

 

 

 

The Defense Budget

 

 

Has more than doubled

 

 

 

And comes in at

 

 

 

$816 billion dollars

 

 

 

 

I think we can possibly find

 

 

 

Some savings there?

 

 

 

 

 

There has been a lot of talk about

 

 

Health Care

 

 

 

Currently the US spends

 

 

About 18% of GDP

 

 

On Healthcare

 

 

 

Other comparable nations spend

 

On average about 12%

 

 

 

A recent study by

 

 

Harvard Business Review states

 

 

 

 

“The proper goal for any health care delivery system

 

 

Is to improve the value delivered to patients.

 

 

 

Value in health care is measured

 

 

 

In terms of the patient outcomes

 

 

Achieved per dollar expended.

 

 

 

It is not the number of different services provided

 

 

Or the volume of services delivered that matters

 

 

But the value.

 

 

 

More care and more expensive care

 

 

Is not necessarily better care.”

 

 

 

 

Studies show that savings in Health Care cost

 

 

Can range from $700 billion to $1 Trillion dollars

 

 

 

Just by increasing the

 

 

Efficiencies of service.

 

 

 

 

These are just a couple examples

 

 

 

Every program should be reviewed

 

 

 

 

 

I believe there will be

 

 

A lot of finger pointing

 

 

While the Government works

 

 

Towards a solution

 

 

 

 

But it is in the best interest

 

 

Of all concerned

 

 

That a compromise

 

 

Is made

 

 

 

 

 

True saving can be found

 

 

In all programs

 

 

Without effecting

 

 

 

The integrity of any program

 

 

 

 

America is here for the long term

 

 

 

We just have to make smart decisions

 

 

 

To make sure we remain the

 

 

 

Beacon of light

 

 

 

That all other countries look

 

 

To emulate

As reported in The Hill 12/03/12 bt=y Russell Berman
House Republican leaders on Monday made a counteroffer to President Obama in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, proposing to cut $2.2 trillion with a combination of spending cuts, entitlement reforms and $800 billion in new tax revenue.

The leaders delivered the offer to the White House on Monday with a three-page letter signed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and four other senior House Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the party’s just-defeated vice presidential nominee.

The White House rejected the offer as insufficient in a statement released about two hours after Boehner made the offer public. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer in a statement said the GOP proposal was unbalanced on the key issue of taxes on wealthier households, and that it also lacked detail.

Republican officials said the offer was based on a proposal outlined by Erskine Bowles, who served as chief of staff to former President Clinton, in testimony last year before the congressional “supercommittee” on deficit reduction. That offer is distinct from the widely cited Simpson-Bowles deficit plan released two years ago.

 

The GOP offer is a response to Obama’s opening bid, which called for $1.6 trillion in tax increases and reducing the power of Congress to block an increase in the debt ceiling.

“What we are putting forward is a credible plan that deserves serious consideration by the White House,” Boehner told reporters in a brief appearance at the Capitol. He said he hoped the administration would respond in a timely manner.

He characterized it as a response to what he called the “la-la land” offer that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner presented to congressional leaders last week.

The Speaker last spoke to Obama on Wednesday and indicated he did not plan to personally present his offer to the president. “I think the letter’s appropriate,” he said.

Boehner is scheduled to attend the White House holiday party on Monday evening. Asked if he might speak to Obama there, the Speaker smiled and replied: “I might run into him.”

The Republican counteroffer does not include an increase in the debt ceiling, but a GOP aide said the party remained open to negotiating additional borrowing authority for the Treasury before the end of the year. The nation is expected to reach its borrowing limit by mid-February at the latest.

Republican officials said their offer amounted to $4.6 trillion in deficit reduction when compared directly to the White House offer, which they emphasized was more than what the White House had put on the table.

In its own deficit plan, the White House counts legislation that has already been enacted, savings from future interest on the debt and savings from the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Republicans do not count those as new savings, so their offer amounts to $2.2 trillion in future deficit reduction.

The $800 billion in new tax revenue matches what Boehner offered Obama during their 2011 negotiations for a grand bargain. Republicans are keeping to their opposition to tax rate increases, and aides said Monday they believe that $800 billion can be raised from the wealthy through other means, which their offer does not specify.

Senior Republican aides argued that their offer represented a “fair middle ground” because, unlike the White House, they did not use their budget proposal as their opening bid. The House budget contains no revenue increases and included far-reaching changes to Medicare and Medicaid that Democrats consider non-starters.

“We’re not doing that today, because we don’t have time,” one top GOP aide said, speaking during a background briefing on the condition of anonymity.

Republicans have complained that the White House waited three weeks to present its offer to avoid the fiscal cliff at year’s end, which they panned as “not serious.”

In addition to the $800 billion in revenue, the Republicans are proposing $600 billion in health savings, $300 billion in savings from other mandatory spending and $300 billion in further cuts to discretionary spending.

The GOP is also proposing to raise $200 billion through changes to the way inflation is calculated for the purpose of determining benefits and tax policy across a range of programs, including $200 billion. The offer is consistent with a framework that leaders in both parties have agreed to: averting the looming tax hikes and spending cuts with a “down payment” of deficit reduction while settling on targets for tax and entitlement reform in 2013.

The Republican proposal does not specify what would be immediately enacted as a down payment, and aides said it could replace the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts that are set to begin taking effect next year, although it does not explicitly eliminate them.

While the offer only specifies targets for entitlement reform, aides said they would likely include means testing of Medicare and raising the age of eligibility, which they noted have been at the center of deficit reduction talks for years.

“It’s not as if we have had no conversations over the past few years,” an aide said.

Pfeiffer faulted the GOP for raising rates on the wealthy and sticking the middle class with the bill.

“Their plan includes nothing new and provides no details on which deductions they would eliminate, which loopholes they will close or which Medicare savings they would achieve,” Pfeiffer said.” While the President is willing to compromise to get a significant, balanced deal and believes that compromise is readily available to Congress, he is not willing to compromise on the principles of fairness and balance that include asking the wealthiest to pay higher rates.”

The House counteroffer drew immediate praise from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who issued a statement calling it a “good-faith effort to find common ground.”

“While the president hasn’t moved an inch away from his efforts to please his radical left-wing base, the Speaker has consistently shown a good-faith effort to find common ground and a realistic approach to solving the very real economic problems facing our country,” McConnell said. “If the president is serious about joining us in an effort to reduce the deficit and protect the economy, he’ll get off the campaign trail, drop the left-wing talking points, and instruct his staff to negotiate a solution in good faith based on actual written proposals. In short, he’ll begin doing what leaders do: Lead.”

The letter, sent by the full House leadership, along with Ryan, indicates Boehner has the full support of key players in his conference.

“This is by no means an adequate long-term solution, as resolving our long-term fiscal crisis will require fundamental entitlement reform,” the leaders wrote in their letter to Obama. “Indeed, the Bowles plan is exactly the kind of imperfect, but fair middle ground that allows us to avert the fiscal cliff without hurting our economy and destroying jobs. We believe it warrants immediate consideration.

“If you are agreeable to this framework,” they continue, “we are ready and eager to begin discussions about how to structure these reforms so that the American people can be confident that these targets will be reached.”

—This story was posted at 3 p.m. and last updated at 5:01 p.m.

 

Here is the full text of the GOP letter to Obama:

December 3, 2012 The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

After a status quo election in which both you and the Republican majority in the House were re-elected, the American people rightly expect both parties to come together on a fair middle ground and address the nation’s most pressing challenges.

To that end, shortly after the election, we presented you with a balanced framework for averting the fiscal cliff by coupling spending cuts and reforms with new tax revenue.  We then welcomed Secretary Geithner to the Capitol on November 29 with every expectation that he would lay out a similarly reasonable path.

Regrettably, the proposal he outlined on behalf of your Administration contains very little in the way of common ground.   The proposal calls for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue, twice the amount you supported during the campaign.  The proposal also includes four times as much tax revenue as spending cuts, in stark contrast to the “balanced approach” on which you campaigned.  While administration officials are claiming that this proposal contains 2.5 dollars of spending cuts for each dollar in new revenue, counting as part of this ratio previously enacted savings – as if these were new spending reductions – only confuses the public debate.  What’s worse, the modest spending cuts in this offer are cancelled out by the additional ‘stimulus’ measures the Administration is requesting.  And, this proposal would remove any and all limits on federal borrowing.

We cannot in good conscience agree to this approach, which is neither balanced nor realistic.  If we were to take your Administration’s proposal at face value, then we would counter with the House-passed Budget Resolution.  It assumes an overhaul of our tax code with revenue remaining at historically normal levels and proposes structural reforms to preserve and protect the Nation’s entitlement programs, ensuring they are sustainable for the long-term rather than continuing to grow out of control.  Some of its key reforms include:

The House-passed Budget Resolution assumes enactment of structural Medicare reform that offers future beneficiaries guaranteed coverage options, including a traditional fee-for-service Medicare plan.  This proposal is based on recent bipartisan efforts and would provide greater support for the poor and the sick and less support for the wealthy.  We achieve these reforms in Medicare without affecting current seniors or those nearing retirement.  This would slow the projected explosive spending growth in this program and eventually maintain Medicare spending as a share of the economy at 4.75 percent, thus saving the program for future generations.

The House-passed Budget Resolution reforms Medicaid and provides states with greater flexibility to better deliver health security to beneficiaries, saving the federal government nearly $800 billion over 10 years.

Separate from savings in our proposal for the 2010 health care law, the House-passed Budget Resolution envisions hundreds of billions in savings in other mandatory spending, including reforms to Federal employee compensation and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. These reforms are, in our view, absolutely essential to addressing the true drivers of our debt, and we will continue to support and advance them.  At the same time, mindful of the status quo election and past exchanges on these questions, we recognize it would be counterproductive to publicly or privately propose entitlement reforms that you and the leaders of your party appear unwilling to support in the near-term.

With the fiscal cliff nearing, our priority remains finding a reasonable solution that can pass both the House and the Senate, and be signed into law in the next couple of weeks.  The best way to do this is by learning from and building on the bipartisan discussions that have occurred during this Congress, including the Biden Group, the Joint Select Committee, and our negotiations leading up to the Budget Control Act.

For instance, on November 1 of last year, Erskine Bowles, the co-chair of your debt commission, presented the Joint Select Committee with a middle ground approach that garnered praise from many fiscal watchdogs and nonpartisan experts.  He recommended that both parties agree to a balanced package that includes significant spending cuts as well as $800 billion in new revenue.

Notably, the new revenue in the Bowles plan would not be achieved through higher tax rates, which we continue to oppose and will not agree to in order to protect small businesses and our economy.  Instead, new revenue would be generated through pro-growth tax reform that closes special-interest loopholes and deductions while lowering rates.  On the spending side, the Bowles recommendation would cut more than $900 billion in mandatory spending and another $300 billion in discretionary spending.  These cuts would be over and above the spending reductions enacted in the Budget Control Act.

This is by no means an adequate long-term solution, as resolving our long-term fiscal crisis will require fundamental entitlement reform.  Indeed, the Bowles plan is exactly the kind of imperfect, but fair middle ground that allows us to avert the fiscal cliff without hurting our economy and destroying jobs.  We believe it warrants immediate consideration.

If you are agreeable to this framework, we are ready and eager to begin discussions about how to structure these reforms so that the American people can be confident that these targets will be reached.

Again, the American people expect their leaders to find fair middle ground to address the nation’s most pressing challenges.  To achieve that outcome, we respectfully request that you respond to this letter in a timely fashion and hope that you will refrain from any further action that would undermine good-faith efforts to reach a reasonable and equitable agreement in this critical matter.

Sincerely,

John Boehner, Speaker Eric Cantor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican Conference Chairman Dave Camp, Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means Paul Ryan, Committee on the Budget Fred Upton, Committee on Energy & Commerce