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A Day in the Life of an Activist


It is 7:23 a.m. and the sun is rising over Syracuse; the temperature is zero. I always find zero a particularly dispiriting temperature, rather like a flat line on an EKG: everything has come to a halt; life is over. … Continue reading

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Homelessness


Abruptly, I decide to try the empty apartment where I still have a lease but no heat, lights, emergency telephone or furniture, except a bed. I leave the Crouse Hospital waiting room, go outside and wheel down the hill. The … Continue reading

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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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Antidepressants, Welfare, Medicaid and Celiac Disease


My kidneys are hurting since I started taking antidepressants Well, stop taking them, duh.  If the pain doesn’t go away, then go see a physician.  You might have a kidney infection that doesn’t have anything to do with the antidepressant, … Continue reading

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How I Got Off Welfare (Part I)


            I got off Welfare by becoming homeless.  The reality of life is that when you become poor then things start to unravel pretty fast.  You have no good options.             It was 1991.  I was too sick to work … Continue reading

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Welfare Isn’t Welfare Anymore


Temporary Assistance is the term used in New York State for public assistance (welfare) programs. Temporary Assistance provides families and individuals with short-term help while they work toward self-sufficiency. In New York State there are three financial assistance programs: Family Assistance … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Going Down (part II)


When I get outside, I see that it’s stopped raining (the restaurant was a dark windowless cave) so I decide to continue on my original path to the Thornden Park rose garden.  And what to do with the breakfast box?  … Continue reading

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