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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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Skip Two Steps and Listen


What follows is a treatise on governance that is relevant to all those who govern and those who are governed. It grew out of a meeting a week ago between county officials and people with disabilities. The county had established … Continue reading

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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

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Curing Depression, and Ain’t Payback a Bitch?


Several hundred of you have been following my problem with the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), so let’s use it as a teaching moment.  Follow the bouncing activist to learn how to effectively complain. I wrote up the story of how the … Continue reading

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The SPD That Can’t Do Anything Right


At 6:22 a.m. a car alarm started sounding outside my window—well, somewhere outside my window.  I live on the eighth floor, so it wasn’t directly outside my window.  Directly under my window is a Crouse Hospital parking lot.  If the … Continue reading

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The End of the Incident


In response to “The Incident” (https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/the-incident/ ) someone called “pro police” (propolice@aol.com ) commented:  “FYI, the Syracuse Community Review Board [sic] found that the Officer’s actions were appropriate in this incident. For those that do not know, the Syracuse CRB is … Continue reading

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Lights—and Everything Else—Out.


All the lights went out.  So did the air conditioners, computer, clock and music.  In the hall, the fire doors banged closed.  In HUD high-rise apartment buildings, that’s the sure sign of a building-wide power failure:  the fire doors are … Continue reading

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