9-1-1 is one of the most universally recognized numbers on the planet (other than 867-5309) and obviously the most frequently dialed. I was floored when I read in my local paper that they are considering charging insurance companies additional fees for people who call 9-1-1 for an ambulance, which in turn will make insurance rates go up. It's very rare, but I actually thought of Flavor Flav when he did the lead vocals on Public Enemy's 9-1-1's A Joke. I don't think it's a joke by a long shot, but I laughed out loud thinking, "What are they going to start charging for next? Air?”

I mean really, you pay for overall insurance coverage and if for some reason you do need immediate medical attention and have to call an ambulance, you are already charged for the ambulance ride itself (trust me, I've rode in one and I still have nightmares about the bill). To also have people pay for just dialing the number is ridiculous. I do understand the need for upgrades to service vehicles, etc., but quite a few of these items are already paid for via county, state and federal taxes. What would be unfortunate, if this additional fee is added, is that people are really going to think twice before dialing 9-1-1. With the economy the way it is, people are already literally choosing between food and gas. This charge could possibly put more lives in jeopardy. I know it may sound cliché, but when laws or changes surface in your town—get involved! Sometimes you can have a say on what comes out of your pocket—too bad the same can't be said for gas.

"Mankind can be divided in three categories: Those who are immovable, those who are movable and those who MOVE. Always be in the third category." - Anonymous

*I want to send much love to my beautiful sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrating 100 Years of Service this week! Skee-Wee my sorors!!!!