Tag Archives: government

Annie Enters Politics


So Peter Cahan and I sat in the office of Beata Karpinska, ARISE’s director of advocacy, and had this conference call with attorney David Knight in the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Civil Rights.  I told David story after story of … Continue reading

Posted in activism, advocacy, disability, disability rights, God, Government Services, Power, power wheelchairs, Powerlessness, Transportation, Values | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in activism, advocacy, disability, disability rights, Government Services, Medicaid, Onondaga County, political corruption, Poverty, Republican Party, Values | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Continued Letter to Rural Metro, and Consequences


(And oh, by the way, I have recently instituted a new personal policy that I will never keep a driver waiting for more than fifteen minutes.  My salvation is in Christ, not American medicine, and if the doctor is late, … Continue reading

Posted in activism, advocacy, Medicaid, Onondaga County, Poverty, Power, Powerlessness, Values | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in activism, advocacy, Depression, disability, Government Services, Medicaid, Onondaga County, Power, Powerlessness, Values | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Shakedown (Part I)


I was twenty-seven years old in 1974 when my fiancé, a Marine Corps fighter pilot, died when his plane crashed.  Absent a future with Bob, I thought that I should do something serious and responsible about my circumstances, so I took … Continue reading

Posted in Fraud, Government Services, Power, Powerlessness, Values | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Who’s Afraid of the Idiots in Government?


So the new home health aide hours that Onondaga County has authorized—“effective immediately,” which was on Monday, August 20—are to go on the call-out list, which consists of about eight agencies that have contracted to serve poor people.  John, the … Continue reading

Posted in activism, advocacy, American medical industry, disability, disability rights, Government Services, Health Care, Humor, Medicaid, Medical care, Poverty, Power, Values | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Water Doesn’t Flow Up


Anne: You are right, that the problem devolves into a political concern. However, it’s not simply a matter of “hierarchies,” but the way in which the struggle to overcome that polity emerges. Complaining about the abuses of the system is … Continue reading

Posted in activism, advocacy, disability rights, Government Services, Medicaid, Power, Powerlessness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Welfare, Racism and the Post-Standard (Part I)


I used to read the Post-Standard on line at Syracuse.com, and I read the comments after the stories.  Today there is a story about a 15-year-old who got into a fight at the mall and was arrested for having a sawed-off … Continue reading

Posted in Fraud, Government Services, Medicaid, Poverty, Power, Powerlessness, Values | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

PUSH BACK


Because I am disabled I was eligible for a Supplemental Needs Trust from my mother’s estate.  Her bequest to me had to go through five lawyers and a judge and, in the process, took ten percent of the inheritance (my … Continue reading

Posted in activism, disability rights, Government Services, Medicaid, Power, Powerlessness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Gives You the Authority? (Part II)


Nine days later, I wake up to the realization that neither Greg Allen nor Notchaca has followed up, so I call Notchaca.  She tells me that she called Heidi at DOH and Heidi said she would take care of it; she … Continue reading

Posted in activism, advocacy, Fraud, Government Services, Medicaid, Poverty, Power | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments