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I can never have too much ice cream
11/3/2021 5:48:41 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   It was one of those hectic weeks that flew by, and I didn’t know it until the end of the week. I had come to the point where I had enough. Enough is enough; let’s get on with life. You can’t get enough of some things in life, and then there are other things that you can have too much. If only we could choose one at our discretion. That evening supper was quite good, and I had, like always, stuffed myself. I don’t blame my over-eating on myself, rather on the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. If she were not such an...

A new chance for child care
10/27/2021 2:47:30 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   As Congress debates over critical early childhood investments, I am reminded of 1971 when earlier efforts to enact a comprehensive child care system were toppled by regressive politics and am determined not to allow our nation to repeat the mistakes of the past. Fifty years ago a national moral commitment to children and families almost became the law of the land for young children. What a different country we would be today had millions of children received the carefully conceived high-quality early childhood and...

I didn’t do it my way
10/27/2021 2:17:23 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   I don’t think I’ve learned very much during my life. I just bounce from day to day and take what comes. The one thing I did learn as I look back is, for the most part, I didn’t do it my way. I have learned that I don’t have to have everything my way. That was the first thing I learned as a husband. If I get everything my way, somebody in the house is not happy. Thinking along this line, a memory flashed back. I remember rushing my wife to the hospital to deliver our first baby. I’m not sure who was more nervous, the...

Californians urged to re-up for state-funded health insurance now
10/20/2021 6:28:40 PM

SACRAMENTO—During this historic COVID pandemic, more people than ever before signed up for health insurance through Covered California, the state agency that administers the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). With a record 1.6 million consumers now enrolled in brand-name health plans through Covered California, the agency recently announced that the renewal process is now underway for its current members for health coverage in 2022. The good news is that he vast majority of Covered California members will receive financial help, from the new American Rescue Plan, that will...

Green thumb versus black & blue thumb
10/20/2021 5:44:14 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   If you came to our parsonage, you would discover all over our property, plants and flowers. Just don’t ask me to identify what they are. I can tell a plant from a flower, but that’s as far as it goes with me. That is not true with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. She gets all the credit for all the plants and flowers on our property. She knows them all by name. Walking up to our house, you will see right next to the door a pineapple plant. I never knew exactly what it was, but my wife kept telling me it was a pineapple. Then this...

Merck asks FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill
10/13/2021 10:59:26 AM

By Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—Drugmaker Merck asked federal regulators Monday to authorize its pill for treating COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic. If cleared by the Food and Drug Administration—a decision that could come in a matter of weeks—it would be the first pill shown to treat the illness. All other FDA-backed treatments against COVID-19 require an IV or injection. An antiviral pill that people could take at home to reduce their symptoms and speed recovery could...

Advocates, lawmakers push hospitals to help more with bills
10/13/2021 10:50:58 AM

By Tom Murphy   Swamped with medical bills? The hospital that treated you may be able to help. Whether you learn about this before those bills wind up in debt collections is another matter. Medical bills often represent large, unexpected shocks that can crash personal budgets. Roughly 1 in 7 U.S. residents with a credit record has medical debt in collections, according to the nonprofit Urban Institute. Hospitals have ways to keep more people from joining those ranks. Those can include income-based discounts, payment plans, help finding health insurance or waiving a bill and...

Doctors grow frustrated over Covid-19 denial, misinformation
10/7/2021 12:54:41 PM

By Heather Hollingsworth   The COVID-19 patient's health was deteriorating quickly at a Michigan hospital, but he was having none of the doctor's diagnosis. Despite dangerously low oxygen levels, the unvaccinated man didn't think he was that sick and got so irate over a hospital policy forbidding his wife from being at his bedside that he threatened to walk out of the building. Dr. Matthew Trunsky didn’t hold back in his response: “You are welcome to leave, but you will be dead before you get to your car,’” he said. Such exchanges have...

10/7/2021 12:47:27 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   Some people believe in karma, but I don’t. I do believe that everything you do does have consequences. Recently, my truck was in the garage for about six weeks getting a new engine because the old engine had died. It was either get a new engine or a new truck. The engine was a lot cheaper. While my truck was in the shop, I used the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage’s van. Believe me when I say it was a challenge to drive that little van. I had no choice. Either borrow my wife’s van or walk. Then the day came when my truck was...

TV's Cartoonito aim: to help tots be 'best humans' possible
9/16/2021 10:24:39 PM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—It's a good time to be a preschooler with TV privileges. You can watch classics including “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,” always worth your attention. And you're the target audience for shows that take a new approach to helping you grow up while being entertained. Case in point: Cartoonito, a programming block of animated shows that debuts Monday on Cartoon Network and HBO Max. It was developed with what its producers call “humancentric learning” at is core. “It really is about leaning into our...