The actor of M * A * S * H ​​reflects on career, on activism | Local news

GREENSBURG – Mike Farrell has left his mark in the history of television by playing the chap. Affectively pragmatic and often hilarious BJ Hunnicutt on M * A * S * H, and attributes part of that success to the opportunity to forge a second career as a humanitarian.

Above all, the work of the actor and social activist showed him the “fundamental dignity” in each person and led him to the conclusion that, universally, people seek – and should receive – love, attention and respect.

Farrell chaired the Greensburg Community High School Spring School in Chautauqua recalling his role in a valuable television series, the path he took to become an actor and his efforts to trot the globe to provide humanitarian aid.

John Pratt, GCHS teacher and main organizer of Chautauqua, said it took more than two years and 40 emails before the stars brought Farrell to the properly aligned Tree City, but the result seemed more than worth the wait. for a sizeable crowd in the school auditorium Thursday night.

That group heard about behind the scenes hijackings from the beloved drama comedy that ran for 11 seasons on CBS, how the cast became “a family” and kept in touch after the end of the series in 1983 and how M * A * S * H ​​has challenged television conventions and has been welcomed by audiences around the world.

“What has become has been a social phenomenon, not only in the United States but around the world,” said Farrell of the Emmy-winning series.

Farrell recalled a trip to Southeast Asia during his time on the show where he was greeted and thanked because the series spoke of “peace and ways of stopping the war”.

M * A * S * H ​​was a comedy-drama centered on the exploits of doctors and army officers in an army mobile surgical hospital in South Korea during the Korean War. At the time he was unique among the series in that he laughed skillfully in balance with realistic war scenarios collected from the authentic experiences of the Korean conflict and the Vietnam war.

The stars of the series have seen the show become a cultural milestone worldwide, although initially Farrell feared that his casting might be the ruin of the series.

“I feared it would pile up,” he said. “I would be known as the man who killed M * A * S * H.”

When he arrived on the set he was warmly welcomed by Gary Burghoff (Radar O’Reilly) and other cast members, who would have had a lifelong affection for each other long after the broadcast of the final episode. . In a few moments he knew he was far from being the “intruder” he feared he might be.

“It was just one after the other; they really made me feel welcome,” he said.

Farrell took on the role of Hunnicutt after the start of the Wayne Rogers series, which had played “Trapper” captain John McIntyre for the show’s first three seasons. Rogers’ character was popular with the public and worked so well with Alan Alda’s lewd captain. “Hawkeye” Pierce Farrell was initially suspicious that he would play the same character, or at least one written in a similar way.

When it was announced that he would play a character with strong personal beliefs that also represented loyalty to the marriage, Farrell was relieved and immediately at home.

Numerous cast changes did little to slow the show’s momentum, and as the series continued as hits and accolades, Farrell and other staff members found joy in the ability to write and direct episodes while modeling their characters when they deemed it appropriate. .

But the experience also shaped Mike Farrell’s life and his fame in the high-profile series helped him to weight important social causes around the world.

“I’m a better person for being on the show because of the things we talked about, the way we were able to deal with the problems …” observed Farrell.

Prior to the series, Farrell was already active as a humanitarian, but thanks to his notoriety with the show and his work with Concern America, he was able to help with rescue efforts in Rwanda, Somalia and Central America, among others.

“I have been allowed to experience the world that has expanded the sense of what is possible for a person,” said the guest.

Through that “extraordinary experience” Farrell saw the ability to recover the human spirit and learned that people from all walks of life “deserve to be honored regardless of how they behaved”.

Pratt said at the beginning that Chautauqua was founded on “celebrating diversity and greatness in each of us”, and Farrell praised the program for his work in enabling a small Hoosier community to listen to views from very people. outside the U.S. Midwest.

“It was really a very moving experience,” he said.

In particular, he indicated a group of religious leaders who spoke earlier in the day. Farrell called the program “quite wonderful”.

“It’s really about believing there’s something better we can do,” said Farrell.

The actor and activist also formulated several questions from the audience and detailed a variety of amusing anecdotes.

In one case, he convinced the stage members to suspend Alda’s bicycle far above the set, unbeknownst to the baffled star. In another, he and the other members were receiving a practical joke in a restaurant that left them a little embarrassed in the presence of the legendary director Sir Richard Attenborough.

Farrell had also once repainted David Ogden Stiers’ dressing room in orange and purple – or “salmon and puce” in the words of the prankster, who played Major Charles Emerson Winchester III from 1977 to 1983.

Farrell expressed his affection for his costars, most notably the late Harry Morgan and William Christopher.

He called the former “just a dear, dear man”.

“We all thought of him as a friend and a surrogate father,” he said.

Farrell is also not an avid observer of M * A * S * H, since the show “remains in memory” for him and is a reminder of special people.

“It’s hard [to watch] because these people meant a lot, “he said,” rest in my mind and heart. “

After spending several years playing an imaginary character in a very real environment, Farrell was also asked to comment on the current diplomatic tension between the United States and North Korea.

The actor asked for diplomacy and care in peacefully resolving the situation, which has intensified in recent weeks.

He indicated that care is at the heart of all good deeds and that some of the best moments in his life have come from helping others.

“The joy in my life comes from all these experiences and the opportunity to come out and share some with people like you,” he said to the crowd.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdailynews.com

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Actual costs or 10% standard abatement: what rules in 2017?


Actual costs or 10% standard abatement: what rules in 2017?

Professional costs (travel and meals) are deductible from income tax either on a lump sum basis or for their exact amount. We are talking about real costs. How to choose between the two deduction methods?

The pre-filled declaration forms have already been in your mailboxes for more than 15 days and the online declaration service is accessible since April 12. While nearly 2.4 million taxpayers have declared their income remotely, perhaps you have not yet tackled it. In this case, and if you are an employee, you will notice that the tax administration has applied for you a flat rate reduction of 10% on your income tax, for your professional expenses. Travel, meal or training costs … all employees are entitled to it, up to a limit of 12,183 euros (in 2017). The reduction is automatically calculated on the basis of the declared income. But if your expenses actually borne exceed this threshold, you can decide to declare your professional expenses for their real amount. However, you will lose the benefit of the 10% flat-rate allowance.

To be deductible, your expenses must be essential for your professional activity and must be paid during the year of collection of the taxable income (in 2016 for your 2017 tax). They can also only concern certain expenses. The sums spent on travel between home and the office, meal expenses, professional travel or training costs when these are at your expense are therefore deductible. Are also eligible for the abatement of real costs expenses related to the rental of professional premises, when the employer does not make them available to employees. Finally, certain charges for professional equipment, such as clothing specific to the profession (work overalls, blouse, uniform, etc.), can be deducted from tax if they are payable by you.
In order to calculate your transport costs between your home and your work, which are often the most important in the base of professional costs, the tax administration puts at your disposal a kilometric fee schedule. You must then report the total amounts on your form n ° 2042, in boxes 1AK to 1DK. You must also detail all of your expenses to the taxman on an explanatory note which you will attach to your declaration form. If you do not need to attach your supporting documents, you must keep them for at least 3 years. A period during which the tax administration may request them. So keep all invoices, receipts, etc.

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First tax return: the right steps


First tax return: the right steps

This year 2017 may be the year of your first tax return. Online or paper-based procedures, contact persons to contact in the event of a problem …

[Mis à jour le 14 avril 2017 à 16h18] In France, a person who collects income must, in one way or another, declare it to the tax authorities. If you worked in 2016 and are over the age of 18, you must complete a tax return personal. Only adult children under the age of 21 or students under the age of 25 who are still attached to their parents’ tax household can do without the declarative stage.
In all other cases, you cannot dispense with it. Even if you think you are non-taxable because you only received small amounts in 2016. Even if your income does not reach the first tranche of the income tax schedule, you must report.
Firstly, because, without declaring, you will never receive your notice of non-taxation. This document is essential for obtaining a tax credit or other devices, such as exemption from housing tax. Second, it is always possible to make an estimation error. Even small, your income can be taxed. Sometimes a few euros. Failure to report could then expose you to a tax adjustment, and you would be good at paying late interest. In summary, it is better to comply with the constraint and make a declaration.

The first declaration is theoretically made on paper. But it is possible to operate it online, under certain conditions. To do this, you must be at least 20 years old. You will also need some information. Each year, during the month of April, the tax authorities send a letter to each declarant. For some, the mail includes the pre-filled declaration form 2042. For others, it is a letter indicating the steps to be taken to connect to his particular space. There are therefore the three identifiers essential for connection, namely the tax number, the online access number and the tax reference income (“0” in your case, since this is your first declaration and you were up to ‘then non-taxable). Without this information, you will not be able to connect to your personal space. It will therefore be necessary to make a paper declaration if you have not received such a letter (but you will be able to declare online the following year, once the first tax assessment – or non-taxation notice – obtained).
In the event that you have not received any mail, that is to say that you do not have the pre-filled form or your identifiers, you will have to take matters into your own hands. In this case, go to the nearest public finance center and request a printout of the form 2042. You can also download it from the official tax site.

Complete your first return

For a first declaration, you will necessarily ask yourself a few questions, hesitate on the boxes to fill in, especially if you have received income of different natures (wages, property income …). In this case, first take the time to read the notice attached to the declaration form. And if you want more explicit information, you can always contact the nearest public finance center to your home. There are hotlines where tax inspectors explain all the right steps to follow. Do not hesitate to consult them. They are used to responding to people who, like you, are blocking on a stage of their reporting. A service is also available by phone, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., excluding holidays on 0 810 467 687 (average cost of 6 euro cents per minute, plus the cost of a local call).

Declaration forms are in the mailboxes


Declaration forms are in the mailboxes

That’s it: the 2017 income tax hour has come. Since this week, taxpayers have received mail from the tax administration allowing them to file their 2016 income tax return.

[Mis à jour le 14 avril 2017 à 10h55] Each year, in April, the tax return In mailboxes … Since the beginning of the week, French taxpayers have received the long-awaited (or feared …) mail from the tax authorities. Like every year, it makes your task easier by sending you your pre-filled form n ° 2042. You therefore a priori have only a few changes to make on your declaration. The document has four pages. The first concerns the information relating to the identity of the taxable person: surname (s), first name (s), date of birth, address, etc. There is also a box corresponding to the contribution to public broadcasting. It should also be noted that this box is to be checked if you do not have a television at 1st January 2016. On the second page is indicated the situation of the tax household (marital status, dependents, attachment of adult children, etc.). The third part of the form is certainly the most important. This is devoted to the income you received in 2016: wages, salaries, pensions, annuities, movable capital, property income, etc. On the fourth and last page are indicated the deductible expenses (alimony, retirement savings, etc.)

The income declaration form is accompanied by an explanatory note. This describes how to calculate its family quotient, details the scale of mileage charges, expresses the standard abatement of 10% for business expenses and the deduction of actual costs. A novelty is also mentioned: the 2042 RICI form appears. It replaces 2042 QE and is used to declare renovation work on the house giving entitlement to a tax credit, the donations to associations, expenses related to the employment of a person at home, etc. All taxpayers are likely to receive the declaration form by post, including those who made their declaration online last year. They do not have to feel obligated to complete it on paper, they can completely declare despite receiving the paper document. The only constraint: respect the reporting deadlines, which differ according to the mode (paper or online) and the department of residence of the taxable person.

New 50 euro note: what differences with the old one?


New 50 euro note: what differences with the old one?

The new version of the 50-euro note was put into circulation yesterday in the 19 countries of the euro zone. What does the new ticket look like?

[Mis à jour le 5 avril 2017 à 10h52] It had never been changed. After the cuts of 5, 10 and 20 euros, whose “Europe” series had been launched between 2013 and 2015, it is the turn of the 50 euros note to get a makeover. The new series was released yesterday, Tuesday April 4, 2017. The new version changes little appearance. On the other hand, it presents innovative security signs, protecting it a little more from falsification. The 50-euro note is the most used in Europe, with more than 9 billion denominations in circulation. It also represents 45% of the total volume of euro banknotes. In France, it represents only 20% of the banknotes in circulation and only comes in third position, behind the values ​​10 and 20 euros.
No replacement for first series tickets is to be expected. They will continue to be issued in parallel with the new series and will be gradually replaced, while supplies last. Your old tickets will therefore keep their full value without any deadline. The Europe series of 100 and 200 euro banknotes will be issued in early 2019.

To view the before / after versions of the 50 euro note, move the bar located in the middle of the image below:

New tickets to limit counterfeiting

The new cut of 50 euros remains substantially similar to the old. It keeps the same dimensions and the same orange color. On the other hand, it is endowed with innovative signs, aimed at increasing safety. Like the other banknotes of the Europe series, the 50 euro note is printed on a paper covered with a thin protective coating, making the touch a little different from the old versions. Similarly, the ticket has bands printed in relief on its left and right borders, intended for the visually impaired. In terms of graphics, the banknote also changes appearance. A watermark, only visible in transparency, as well as a window visible on the holographic strip let glimpse the portrait of Europe, a deity of Greek mythology. The “emerald number”, observable in the lower left corner and indicating the face value of the ticket, changes from blue to green by the effect of light moving up and down.

These new security features aim to limit the counterfeiting of euro banknotes. In the second half of 2016, 353 000 counterfeit notes had been withdrawn from circulation. Among them, 80.3% were denominations of 20 and 50 euros. The production and circulation of new series therefore aims to prevent the falsification of banknotes. Or at least to seriously complicate the task. Be aware that there are also several methods to locate a counterfeit ticket. Different techniques allow you to easily authenticate a ticket by touching it, tilting it or simply observing it.

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