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From Upstate Medical Center to Frank Kobliski


Taxpayer’s alert:  Michael Abbot, auditor for the State University of New York, states that when he got a complaint that Upstate Medical Center’s $50 million Institute for Human Performance had been sitting two-thirds empty since its construction in 2000, he … Continue reading

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Calling Washington


What Sally Johnston did was create a program whereby the client, i.e., the competent citizen, would hire, train, schedule and supervise the aide.  The program would be embedded in an Independent Living Organization, such as ARISE, which would do the … Continue reading

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From God to Linda McKeown–There’s a Trip


How do I know that God’s got my back? The first and biggest confirmation of this came about three years after I was diagnosed with nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, which is a rare form of kidney damage that is caused by bad doctors … Continue reading

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Congress, God and Antidepressants


I write about how to be an effective citizen in the United States.  Where’s God in all of that?  Congress has passed some Godly acts, including Social Security, Medicare and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  These are things that say “I … Continue reading

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Transportation: From Medicaid to Centro


The only significant consequence of my meeting with County Legislator Kathy Rapp was that my vendor stopped carrying me.  He started kicking my rides back to Medicaid dispatch and saying that he couldn’t provide service in the time frame requested, … Continue reading

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From Executive to Legislative


I talked to people.  I called up lots of offices and talked to all kinds of people.  What I learned was that all kinds of people were hot to trot to prosecute Medicaid recipients but nobody in the world was … Continue reading

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Shit from Albany


Speaking of “wrong” vendors—Medicaid dispatch appeared to be violating the vendors’ right to fair trade.  One vendor was talking to his lawyer about filing RICO charges against Wayne Freeman, et al.  RICO is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Law. … Continue reading

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Discovering Power


Kathy yelled “You’ve got to do something about this!  If she’s treating you this way then she’s treating everybody this way!  You are smart enough and strong enough to do something about it and you have to!”  All I knew … Continue reading

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Resume of an Activist


Anne C Woodlen Syracuse NY 13210                                                          “Perhaps when we face our maker, we will not be asked, ‘How many positions did you hold,’ but rather, ‘How many people did you help?’” ―Thomas S. Monson In 2001 I began the work … Continue reading

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Death of a Citizen; Birth of a Christian


In the homeless shelter, I was required to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD).  In July 1991 I was declared totally disabled and awarded SSD; with that came Medicare and Medicaid.  Transitional Living Services got me out of the shelter and … Continue reading

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