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What to Know About Advance Care Planning in the Age of Coronavirus
6/4/2020 9:33:04 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, All this horrible coronavirus carnage got me thinking about my own end-of-life decisions if I were to get sick. Can you recommend some good resources that can help me create a living will or advance directive, or other pertinent documents? I’ve put it off long enough. Almost 70   Dear Almost, Creating a living will (also known as an advance directive) is one of those things most people plan to do, but rarely get around to actually doing. Only about one-third of Americans currently have one. But the cold hard reality of the novel coronavirus...

My thoughts are worth more than a penny
6/4/2020 9:24:33 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   I must admit that I do gravel a lot in thinking about my thoughts. It has been a habit of mine down through the years. Thinking is what really makes life worth living, or so I believe. My father had a saying whenever he saw me staring off into the distance, “A penny for your thoughts, son.” Then he would smile, and I knew he really was not interested in what I was thinking he was just trying to set some kind of trap for me. Fortunately, I never fell into that trap, whatever it was. Of course, at the time I could’ve used an extra...

Channel Islands Kayak Center drives away the pandemic blues
6/4/2020 9:18:13 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- As the State of California continues to battle back from COVID-19, one of the true pleasures people can take advantage of is an afternoon at the Channel Islands Kayak Center.   At this location, you can get out on the water, lose your mask, and enjoy the beautiful habitat living outside your back door, in Oxnard.   Social distancing rules are still in place, and when people start to get too close, owner Mike Lamm steps in and makes sure you stay safe.   "For the most part, once...

Council members, city officials’ residents and candidates speak about racism as George Floyd gets killed my a Minneapolis officer
6/4/2020 9:16:30 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com     Oxnard-- The City of Oxnard, like most of the rest of the country, took stock of itself on June 2 and asked how they go forward after a Minneapolis Policeman murdered George Floyd.   Murder and hatred rocked the United States as the death of Floyd touched off a wave of violence and bloodshed across the country.   Buildings were looted, damaged and burned to the ground, as many cities imposed curfews and called out the National Guard to restore order.   The murder touched off a...

Council relaxes restrictions on retail and restaurant locations
6/4/2020 9:13:16 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council voted unanimously to relax some restrictions on restaurants and retail locations during its June 2 meeting.   The order provides flexibility to restaurants with limited indoor seating and gives them the ability to expand into parking lots if they have the authority to do so.   The order also gives them the ability to conduct farmers' markets and helps retailers so that they can enhance customer engagement.   "It's basically reaching out of the...

6/2/2020 10:29:50 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- Sometimes, you have to think about editorials. When you're slightly off-center, like me, if you whip something up fast, it ends up with people kicking the wall and using profanity - no matter how true it may be.   I needed to clear my head. I took a walk to the candy store to buy some Twizzlers, so I could sit and chew on my next topic.   Then it struck me. This Friday is my 21st wedding anniversary, so I figured I would pass along some tips in these troubling times to make your marriage more...

Antiquated fees make a fee increase a necessary but hard pill to swallow
6/2/2020 10:26:51 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The story about Oxnard updating its existing fees and adopting new fees related to development impact fees, affordable housing in-lieu fees, and inclusionary housing ordinance amendments continues with Harris & Associates Senior Planner Alison Bouley reviewing the development impact fees in the city.   On a 6-1 vote, the Oxnard City Council accepted the changes in stages after extensive dialogue and debate.   Bouley has 20 years of experience working with development impact fees, and she...

And then it was silent no more
5/29/2020 12:50:12 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   During this time of exclusive lockdown, I and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage have grown accustomed to silence. Don’t get me wrong here. I do not object to noise as long as it’s the right kind of noise. However, I do have a good warm feeling about silence. What was that song? "The Sounds of Silence." Silence is wonderful and soothing, enabling me to sit back and enjoy a good read. There is nothing like reading a book, and from my point of view, I have not read a book unless I have read it ten times. If it is a good...

Savvy Senior - How to Find Health Insurance After a Job Loss
5/29/2020 12:28:45 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, Because of the coronavirus pandemic, I just got laid off from my job of 22 years and need to find health insurance until I can get another job or enroll in Medicare at age 65. What are my options? Scared to Death         Dear Scared, I’m very sorry about your job loss. It’s estimated that as many as 45 million Americans could lose their health insurance as businesses continue to lay off workers due to repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s where you can find health insurance coverage...

Do pneumonia vaccines protect seniors from coronavirus?
5/23/2020 8:19:13 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, Do currently offered vaccines against pneumonia provide seniors any protection against the coronavirus disease? I’ve always been bad about getting vaccinated, but this coronavirus pandemic is causing me to change my thinking. Pro-Vax Patty   Dear Patty, This is a great question. Because the coronavirus (COVID-19) attacks the lungs and respiratory system, many readers have asked whether the pneumonia vaccines, which are administered to millions of patients each year, might protect someone if they contract the coronavirus. But...

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