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Love bugs are really not that loving
5/23/2020 8:17:16 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Here in Florida, we have what people call "Love Bugs." I know exactly why they are called “Love Bugs,” but I am not fond of these little critters. Why don’t they just get a motel room? Being shut down at home for quite a while it is not that exciting. You can only be shut down for so long. On Tuesday, I needed to go across town for some quick business and office supplies. It would not take me long, and I would get back home in a short time. “Anything you want me to pick up while I’m out?” I queried...

A pandemic prayer for children and people everywhere
5/23/2020 8:16:22 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   OH I AM WHO I AM   Hear the cries of all Your children young and old everywhere during this scary pandemic Who are threatened and ravaged by a virus we cannot fully discern or know how to stop with confidence Who still daily face violence, poverty, racism, abuse, and neglect Are scared, profiled, arrested, and imprisoned by those in authority Ignored by those with power as they languish in crumbling schools and neighborhoods all over our nation and world Labeled often by some...

Lives lost: Brothers who survived Holocaust die weeks apart
5/23/2020 8:15:20 PM

By Vanessa Gera and Randy Herschaft NEW YORK (AP)—The brothers didn't have a chance to say goodbye. As young Polish Jews, each came out of World War II with scars that forever shaped how they viewed the world, and each other. One survived Auschwitz, a death march and starvation. The other endured cold and hunger in a Siberian labor camp, then nearly died in a pogrom back in Poland. Alexander and Joseph Feingold chose New York City as the place to start over. It is where they became architects, lived blocks from each other and lost their wives days apart. It was...

Medicaid providers at the end of the line for federal COVID funding
5/23/2020 7:45:37 PM

By Julie Rovner   Albuquerque, New Mexico—Casa de Salud, a nonprofit clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides primary medical care, opioid addiction services and non-Western therapies, including acupuncture and reiki, to a largely low-income population. And, like so many other health care providers that serve as a safety net, its revenue — and its future — are threatened by the COVID-19 epidemic. Casa de Salud clinicians, staff and health apprentices stand outside their clinic, socially distanced.(COURTESY OF ELIZABETH BOYCE/CASA DE...

My wife tells me that I am childish
5/21/2020 11:46:20 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard--I don't know all the rest of you, but this whole COVID-19 thing is starting to wear thin on me. I have good days and bad days like everyone else, but my wife says that sometimes I tend to act like a big baby just because I have had enough with this virus.   To be fair, I am no treat to be around sometimes when we are stuck at home, and as a guy who makes his living by asking questions, that can wear thin on Janis. One example of this was the discussion we had about coffee creamer the other day.    I...

White House recommends tests for all nursing home residents
5/15/2020 2:32:26 PM

By Darlene Superville and Bernard Condon   WASHINGTON (AP)—With deaths mounting at the nation’s nursing homes, the White House strongly recommended to governors Monday that all residents and staff at such facilities be tested for the coronavirus in the next two weeks. Why the government is not ordering testing at the the nation’s more than 15,000 nursing homes was unclear. Nor was it clear why it is being recommended now, more than two months after the nation’s first major outbreak at a nursing home outside of Seattle that eventually killed 43...

What Older Diabetics Should Know About Coronavirus
5/15/2020 2:21:14 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are both in our late sixties and have diabetes. We would like to find out if our diabetes increases our risk of getting the coronavirus. Concerned Diabetics   Dear Concerned, Currently, there’s not enough data to show that people with diabetes are more likely to get coronavirus (COVID-19) than the general population. But the problem for diabetics is, if you do happen to contract the virus, your chance of developing serious complications are much higher. This is especially true if your diabetes isn’t well-controlled....

Focus on nursing home workers amid continued virus outbreaks
5/15/2020 2:15:51 PM

By Amy Taxin   For nearly two months, many nursing homes nationwide have been on virtual lockdown. Families of residents are not allowed inside, vendors have to drop deliveries outside and the only people coming in and out are health care workers and assistants. Despite all that, the outbreaks continue—possibly spread by the same nursing home workers who are risking their lives to tend to some of society's most vulnerable. In response, many workers are significantly increasing their own vigilance, nursing homes are adding safety measures, and the testing of...

Californians buy mom flowers as virus restrictions ease
5/15/2020 2:10:09 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—As California takes baby steps toward reopening public spaces, families who'd been cooped up for nearly two months spent Mother's Day in parks and on trails with reminders to keep up social distancing practices. Moms in cars were lauded at a weekend drive-through parade where people waved signs and blew horns outside Saddleback Church in Orange County. In Bakersfield, residents of the Kern River Transitional Care nursing home lined up on a sidewalk as family members drove by to wish their loved ones a happy Mother's Day. Gov. Gavin Newsom last...

Sowing seeds of life and hope
5/15/2020 2:08:53 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Parenting is a call and a blessing that can be a challenge under any circumstances. This has been a season like no other, but this Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate all mothers (and fathers, teachers, and caregivers) who sow seeds of life and hope for the future and pray that they will be able to keep moving through their own uncertainties and challenges while loving and sustaining the children in their care. As parents our instinct is to protect even when we know we cannot. I worry about my children and grandchildren every day as they go...

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