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A short-notice social justice appeal..
From the Center for Reproductive Rights:
Birth Control is Preventive Healthcare
At any moment now, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will make a potentially historic decision about whether American women will be given access to contraception without co-pay under the nation’s new healthcare law.
Reproductive freedom means being able to choose for ourselves whether or when to have children, so it is essential that Secretary Sebelius hear from you right now. Affordable access to birth control reduces unplanned pregnancy and empowers women to make decisions about their own lives. Please take action today [Click to fill out and send an email to Secretary Sebelius]
Request for advice from one of our community
I live in the US; I pay $750/month in rent.
I've been with very minimal (1-3 minutes) of hot water for five weeks now. (Also: possible problems with the outlets, and a ceiling fan that's dangerously unbalanced, among more minor concerns). The maintenance men came by a week and half ago (a month after I reported the problem) to "flush out the water heater". It tacked on maybe 40 seconds to the time it runs.
1. Is this . . . normal? How not normal is it? I don't have a good feel for how unacceptable this is; should I be mildly peeved? Outraged? Calling my lawyer?
2. Is it appropriate to ask for rent back? How much?
All I want is a hot shower that lasts more than 3 minutes, but this is being treated like a fairly trivial concern. Am I out of line in expecting hot water to be a major repair? Maybe it's not such a big thing for most Americans?
I don't want to be unfair, but I don't understand what's happening and can't get answers. With some reluctance, I'm taking formal steps to get it fixed, but I'd like to approach my management with a proposal for rent reduction next month, and have no idea where to start.
The Board Administration Team
(hapax, Kit Whitfield and mmy)