Yesterday I attended a Town Meeting with Congressman Rick Larsen. The two main topics of interest were H1N1 flu (we are no longer using the "S" word) and the plans for economic recovery. Roger Case, MD, Health Officer, Island County Public Health, said that H1N1 is likely already on Whidbey Island. The good news is that while it is readily transmitted, most cases are relatively mild, and those who get it now will be immune to the virus in next year's flu season. Wash your hands, cover your cough, etc. and go to http://www.cdc.gov/ for the latest and best information.
Congressman Larsen discussed a variety of economic recovery strategies currently being employed at federal, state and local levels. He mentioned that dollar-for-dollar, increasing food stamp benefits is the single best form of economic stimulus. That’s because the help the federal government gives to needy people is spent almost immediately. Mark Zandi of Moody’s Economy.com has noted that $1 in food stamps generates $1.73 in increased economic activity—better than any other stimulus investment.
Investing in people pays off, and your local library is a great resource for economic recovery. You'll find a wealth of information for job seekers, people in transition, and small business owners. The library also has resources to help children learn, budget-friendy entertainment such as books and events, and free wireless and Internet access for all. Mary