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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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Under Cover of Darkness: Corruption in Onondaga County Government (Part III)


At this point I was so sick that I was going to doctors several times a week—pulmonary, nephrology, neurology, psychiatry (this is making me nuts), physical therapy and nutrition—I’m locked in the damn system, trying to get healthy, and I … Continue reading

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Medicaid Transportation: Second Verse, No Chorus (Part II)


Annie Goes to the Legislature   “Here’s one way this plays out,” I say.  “All the hospitals are reporting that a couple times a week each one has to keep a patient overnight because they can’t get Medicaid transportation to discharge … Continue reading

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Medicaid Transportation: Second Verse, No Chorus (Part I)


Annie Goes to the Legislature               I arrive in the Onondaga County Legislature’s chambers around 2:00 p.m., wherein Chief Deputy County Attorney Lori Tarolli introduces herself.  We are supposed to meet before the Legislature joins session at 2:30 p.m.  … Continue reading

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Camel Hair Coat Meets Poor Sick Folk (Part II)


            So I climb into my wheelchair—still without socks—and go downstairs where I meet Tom Buckel in the lobby.  He is tall, slender and obviously very fit—which is totally out of place in this building of 175 people who are all elderly … Continue reading

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Camel Hair Coat Meets Poor Sick Folk (Part I)


[See also “Behind the Locked Doors of Inpatient Psychiatry.”  Today at Hutchings Psychiatric Center we meet Dr. James Megna, currently director of inpatient psychiatry at Upstate Medical Center.  http://behindthelockeddoors.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/hutchings-psychiatric-center-notes-from-a-hospitalization-part-ii/]             Yesterday I finally met with Tom Buckel, the man, healthy, … Continue reading

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Really Scary Testimony from Your County Legislature


If you don’t like the medical care you’re receiving in Central New York, you have but one place to look for the problem:  “About 75% of the doctors in this region are from Upstate Medical University . . .” The … Continue reading

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