Short Answers to Questions

How did Kathy Urschel lose her sight and hearing?

Kath had a rare brain virus that took her sight and hearing on one side when she was about seven years old, and took it on the other side when she was around twenty-one.  She later got a cochlear implant in one ear, and a guide dog.

Urschel plane injury

If you mean airplane, she had no such injury.

Fat people on antidepressants

Fat people do not go on antidepressants.  Normal people go on antidepressants and become fat.  Virtually all antidepressants carry “weight gain” as a side effect but doctors never tell their patients.

How much welfare will an undocumented single mom get?

If by “undocumented” you mean foreign-born and in this country without legal status, the answer is “none.”

Are there more Hispanics on Food Stamps?

More than what?  By race, the number of people receiving Food Stamps in Onondaga County is (1) white, (2) African-American, (3) Hispanic.

Can men get Medicaid?

If they are poor, yes.

Can white people get welfare?

If they are poor, yes.

Are there more white or black people on welfare?


I can’t afford health insurance but I’m not on welfare

In Onondaga County, there are approximately 46,000 people receiving Medicaid (health insurance) who are not on Welfare.  Go apply.

Will Social Services give me more Food Stamps because I have celiac disease?

Under existing Dept. of Agriculture guidelines, no.

About annecwoodlen

I am a tenth generation American, descended from a family that has been working a farm that was deeded to us by William Penn. The country has changed around us but we have held true. I stand in my grandmother’s kitchen, look down the valley to her brother’s farm and see my great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Hannah standing on the porch. She is holding the baby, surrounded by four other children, and saying goodbye to her husband and oldest son who are going off to fight in the Revolutionary War. The war is twenty miles away and her husband will die fighting. We are not the Daughters of the American Revolution; we were its mothers. My father, Milton C. Woodlen, got his doctorate from Temple University in the 1940’s when—in his words—“a doctorate still meant something.” He became an education professor at West Chester State Teachers College, where my mother, Elizabeth Hope Copeland, had graduated. My mother raised four girls and one boy, of which I am the middle child. My parents are deceased and my siblings are estranged. My fiancé, Robert H. Dobrow, was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. In 1974, his plane crashed, his parachute did not open, and we buried him in a cemetery on Long Island. I could say a great deal about him, or nothing; there is no middle ground. I have loved other men; Bob was my soul mate. The single greatest determinate of who I am and what my life has been is that I inherited my father’s gene for bipolar disorder, type II. Associated with all bipolar disorders is executive dysfunction, a learning disability that interferes with the ability to sort and organize. Despite an I.Q. of 139, I failed twelve subjects and got expelled from high school and prep school. I attended Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College and got an associate’s degree after twenty-five years. I am nothing if not tenacious. Gifted with intelligence, constrained by disability, and compromised by depression, my employment was limited to entry level jobs. Being female in the 1960’s meant that I did office work—billing at the university library, calling out telegrams at Western Union, and filing papers at a law firm. During one decade, I worked at about a hundred different places as a temporary secretary. I worked for hospitals, banks, manufacturers and others, including the county government. I quit the District Attorney’s Office to manage a gas station; it was more honest work. After Bob’s death, I started taking antidepressants. Following doctor’s orders, I took them every day for twenty-six years. During that time, I attempted%2
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