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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...

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...