Monthly Archives: June 2011

Where Are the Children?


Three children are probably homeless and Onondaga County Child Welfare Protective Services won’t check on them. About a year ago, a husband and wife, their three children and their dog had a house and a car.  The husband was disabled, … Continue reading

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Anonymous Hatred and a Computer-Free Day


Today is my First Annual “Shaft” Rant against all the people and things I hate.  How many of your favorites are on my list? “Shaft” is one of my favorite movies because, in about ninety minutes, half the people in … Continue reading

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And That’s How You Deal With Depression


The secret in overcoming depression is action.  The trigger that turns on depression is the perception of powerlessness.  Turning off the trigger is a matter of acting with power.  When you are depressed then the chemicals in your brain become unbalanced.  … Continue reading

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It’s Called Free Speech (Part II)


[Continued from 6/15/11] Last night I asked Susan if she had ever before had any trouble with Medicaid. She wasn’t sure.  Upon further questioning, I learned that she’s not sure how long she’s been on Medicaid “this time”—she thinks it’s … Continue reading

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It’s Called Free Speech (Part I)


Mark Bertozzi just called me.  Who is Mark Bertozzi?  In that thing about the government “of, by  and for the people” he’s the “by” part.   Mark talked to me for four minutes.   Then, when I asked if he would listen to … Continue reading

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The Wisdom and Power of the People


“They” were Doctors Grace Healy and Warren Zeigler, professors in the Continuing Education Department of the School of Education at Syracuse University. “Us” was a hundred people who had selected ourselves to participate in something called a “civic literacy project” … Continue reading

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Doctors, Drugs and Why Bother?


(From 2002) What are you going to the doctor for?  What do you want, and what does the doctor want?  Is your doctor helping you live better?  Is your ability to be a happy, productive member of society improved because … Continue reading

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A Distinct Possibility


If all the government bureaucrats in the Monroe County Department of Human Services, NYS Department of Health, and NYS Office of the Medicaid Inspector General do not get their heads out of the their collective butts and make something righteous happen for … Continue reading

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Wayne Freeman’s At It Again


All you faithful readers will remember that Wayne Freeman is co-owner of Medical Answering Service (MAS).  MAS is a private company that has gotten contracts in several New York State counties to provide dispatch services for Medicaid transportation. Wayne Freeman … Continue reading

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Friendship: The Alternative to Guns


Amelia the Awesome is my home health aide—a job she tolerates in order to work her primary commitment:  Peace.  Peace is not a career path that pays well so, in addition to being peaceful and caring for me, she also … Continue reading

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