Monthly Archives: July 2011

Exit Screaming


An open letter to Dr. Peter Breggin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Breggin ).  I met Ginger and Peter Breggin at the Empathic Therapy conference in East Syracuse in April 2011.  He is the psychiatrist who has been most effectively outspoken against the damage done by … Continue reading

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Case Study of Confusion


This morning in the hospital around 11:00 a.m. I met with the physician assistant, a rather pleasant, intelligent young woman who was working as a fund raiser for an out-of-state nonprofit, then she changed her focus, came to a New York … Continue reading

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The Federal Policy for Dying


I started this blog a year ago at a time when my life expectancy looked pretty short.  “Notes in Passing” could have been interpreted as the notes I wrote while passing through life, or the notes of someone who was … Continue reading

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How to Act Like an American (Part V)


(Continued from July 24) So now we have Centro Executive Director Frank Kobliski and his special assistant, Betty Petri, working on fixing Call-a-Bus (CAB), while Manager Linda McKeown continues to run the day to day operation—which isn’t going all that well.  Every time I … Continue reading

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How to Act Like an American (Part IV)


(Continued from July 21) I got Frank Kobliski, executive director of Centro, to come to Public Transportation Advisory Council meetings at ARISE.  At the first meeting Frank attended, he learned that Linda McKeown, manager of Call-a-Bus (CAB), had a standing … Continue reading

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How to Act Like an American (Part III)


(Continued from July 19) Now here’s the frightening thing:  The only way I know to find out the rules for running Centro’s Call-a-Bus service is to talk to the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  Who else knows … Continue reading

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How to Act Like an American (Part II)


(Continued from July 18) Here’s what actually happened.  I called the FTA Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at their published phone number.  The number was answered by a machine.  It always is.  Now.  It didn’t used to be.  When I first established … Continue reading

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How to Act Like an American (Part I)


Ten days ago, I wrote to the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Civil Rights because they weren’t replying to phone calls.  My neighbor is in awe of me because, he says, he’s never known anyone who called Washington.  More’s the … Continue reading

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Bedbugs and Sharon Sherman


Letters to the Editor Post-Standard Clinton Square Syracuse, NY 13202 To the Editor: Last year two plagues were visited upon McCarthy Manor apartment building:  bedbugs and Sharon Sherman.  The story published by the Post-Standard on July 7 (“Syracuse tenants’ group … Continue reading

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Wilt the Stilt and Me


According to objective aptitude testing, intellectually I am in the top one or two percent of Americans.  So what does it mean to be smart?  I asked my psychologist and he detailed some of the differences between smart and stupid … Continue reading

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