SWC’s Fast Five

It’s 2021 – finally! And we’re starting the year off with the sublime and the ridiculous – talking faucets, government sugar haters, transparency on hospital charges, the vaccine that’s coming anytime now and the words to that song you always mess up.

So, here’s this week’s Fast Five:

1 Should auld acquaintance be forgot, something something…

Despite efforts to belt the tune every New Year’s Eve, few people seem to actually know the words. Here’s what you should have been singing last night.

2 Buzz kill for toddlers – no cake for you!

The first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers, released Tuesday, recommend feeding only breast milk for at least six months and no added sugar for children under age 2. In other news, the same dietary guideline report said, “Lowering the (two drink per day) limit for men would likely be socially, religiously or culturally unacceptable to many…” Huh.

3 It’s coming, just not as fast as we’d like. Here’s the why on the vaccine slow roll.

Holidays, staffing shortages and other logistical problems in clinics across the country have put the campaign to vaccinate the United States against Covid-19 far behind schedule in its third week.

4 The impenetrable pricing behind what hospitals charge goes public.

Major hospital operators say they will comply with new rules to make public their prices for medical procedures starting January 1, exposing previously secret market rates.

5 For your house next year, open shelves are over but your cabinet doors won’t have handles so, good luck with that

This article is for people with too much time and money. That’s you, right? Right. So, get out your wallet and start talking to your faucet.