Robin Roberts, who at 54 enjoys so much personal and professional success, has also overcome a great deal of adversity along the way.Cover of AARP The Magazine’s April/May IssueThe first to admit that she never dreamed she’d go so far, so fast, Roberts opens up in an emotional interview with AARP the Magazine, in which she reminisces about some of her most memorable experiences. In a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from the time she openly wept on-air while covering Hurricane Katrina to the day she returned to co-anchor ABC’s Good Morning America after her bone marrow transplant, the television broadcaster expresses fear and gratitude, happiness, and pride, as she talks about the path that led her to being the gutsy, go-for-it — but empathetic — woman she is today.The following are excerpts from the April/May issue of the AARP The Magazine cover story featuring Robin Roberts, available in homes today and online now at www.aarp.org/magazine.On looking forward after facing her life-threatening illnesses: ”I think of September 20, the date of my transplant, as my birthday more than my real birthday, on November 23. I don’t try to be like people who have had life-threatening illnesses and say, ‘Every day is a gift.’ But everything that happens from now on is lagniappe, as we say in the Gulf.”On returning to Good Morning America after her bone marrow transplant: ”Just the emotion of seeing people who I know didn’t think they were going to see me again. Some people were, like, why were you in such a hurry to get back? It wasn’t about being back on TV. It was about being back in life. I could’ve stayed longer in an isolated room, but I didn’t want life to continue to pass me by. I wanted to participate in life. Put me in, Coach. I’m ready to play.”On remembering the historic interview between her and President Barack Obama: ”Yes, for the president of the United States of America to change his stance on marriage equality, that was huge. And to be the person across from him asking that question! But see the little look on my face? I’m reacting to my producer on the side, who’s just held up one of those blue cards. I was guessing the sign was going to say, ‘You rock!’ Instead, it says, ‘Lipstick on teeth!’ As my mama used to say, ‘When you strut, you stumble.’”On openly weeping on air while covering the devastation of her hometown by Hurricane Katrina: ”Covering Hurricane Katrina was a real moment for me, personally and professionally. On the air, I broke down and cried when Charlie Gibson asked about my family. I had just found my mother and sister within the hour. They hadn’t been able to evacuate because my mom was ill. The family house was damaged, but they were fine. After the broadcast, I remember taking my earpiece out and thinking, ‘I don’t have a job anymore.’ Because it was a time when you didn’t show emotion like that.”On the day she honored both her father and the Tuskegee Airmen: ”Good Morning America had said to me, ‘If you could do anything, what would that be?’ My father was from the famed Tuskegee Airmen. I said, ‘I want to fly a plane like my dad did.’ Now, I didn’t mean I actually wanted to fly a plane that he flew! But we went back to Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, and this old thing comes chugging down the runway. I’m, like, ’I’m getting in that?’”On her friendship with Pat Summitt, Head Coach Emeritus for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols: ”Pat [Summitt] was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. I keep in touch, and she has more good days than not. I had always wanted to be a Lady Vol under her at the University of Tennessee, but, thinking about it, we probably wouldn’t have the friendship we have now if I’d been her player. I’ve got her back. And I love that she’s got a hashtag: #WeBackPat.”For the complete interview, along with behind the scenes video and images, click here.
Well, that was unexpected.It had been well over a calendar year, 427 days in fact, since the ArizonaCardinals won a game away from University of Phoenix Stadium.But a string of 11 straight road losses came to an end on Sunday with a 21-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.John Skelton, making his 2nd straight start at quarterback for the injuredKevin Kolb, threw three touchdown passes, including a 5-yard scoringstrike to Early Doucet with 1:53 remaining in the game to lift the Cardinalsto the victory. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share And when there was a chance to win a game by making a play, Skelton gotit done–an area where Kolb has failed four times this season.Of course, Kolb still has that contract, so there’s no way there will be aquarterback controversy with this team. When Kolb’s ready to go, the job ishis.And how about that defense? – The Cardinals defense did a nicejob against two of the league’s most dynamic offensive talents on Sunday.Michael Vick was average at best, throwing for 128 yards and 2 picks. Andeven though Vick ran for 79 yards, that yardage wasn’t a big factor in theball game. LeSean McCoy had 81 yards, but was held 22 yards under his seasonaverage. I’d call that a victory. Top Stories The Eagles last-ditch attempt to answer that score ended when A.JJefferson picked off a Michael Vick pass on 3rd down and 20 with just :33remaining.With the win, the Cardinals improve their record to 3-6 and notch back-to-back wins for the first time since beating Detroit and St. Louis in weeks 15and 16 back in 2009. And “The Dream Team”, err, I mean the Eagles fall to 3-6 and has droppedtwo straight.The Player of the Game – Two words. Larry Fitzgerald. One ofthe big story lines heading into this game was Fitz vs. the Eagles’secondary. No contest. Fitzgerald caught 7 balls for 146 yards and twotouchdowns, and made an unbelievable over-the-shoulder catch at thePhiladelphia one-yard line to set up Arizona’ go-ahead score.A little closer to a QB controversy -I’ll give John Skelton thismuch.He wins football games. Skelton did throw two crippling interceptions onSunday, one that was returned for a touchdown by Asante Samuel in the2nd quarter, and the other was a horrible throw that was picked off byNnamdi Asomugha deep in Cardinals’ territory that led to a 4th quarterfield goal that put Philly up 17-14.But Skelton obviously did some nice things too, including directing threetouchdown drives, all that were at least 84 yards in length. And he’s donea great job of targeting Fitzgerald more than Kolb had been. In Kolb’s lasttwo starts prior to his injury, Fitz had 15 balls thrown his way. In the lasttwo weeks, Skelton has thrown 25 to Fitzgerald.
Categories: Howrylak News,News Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy introduced legislation today that seeks to significantly lower the tax burden for retirees.“I came to Lansing with the desire to provide taxpayers in Troy and Clawson and across the state with tax relief,” Howrylak said. “The retirement income tax exclusion was eliminated several years ago and my goal is to significantly lessen the retiree tax burden.”In 2011, Michigan made several changes to the tax code, including eliminating the pension and retirement exemption. If enacted, Rep. Howrylak’s proposal will significantly increase the retirement income subtractions for both single and joint filers. As a result, this legislation will reduce the portion of one’s retirement income that is subject to state tax and lower the tax obligation for all Michigan retirees and seniors.“Most senior citizens are dependent on a fixed income and this policy change had a significant impact on their pocketbooks,” Howrylak said. “My bill will greatly reduce the tax burden placed on these hard-working citizens and allow them to keep more of their earned income during their retirement years.”This legislation is the reintroduction of House Bill 5801, which Howrylak authored in 2016.HB 4159 has been referred to the Tax Policy Committee for consideration.##### 02Feb Rep. Howrylak introduces bill to reduce taxes for retirees, seniors