Help on Healthcare
I want to thank The Express for your support of the Medicare information meeting held with Arden Edwards a HIICAP counselor at the Village Hall this past Wednesday evening. Between 50 and 60 people attended the meeting and were guided through the changes and complexities of their Medicare options. We are extremely lucky to have Mrs. Edwards as a resource in the village to help those using Medicare understand their choices. However it is important to realize that this meeting was only a beginning.
Medicare, Medicare Advantage (HMO or PPO), supplemental health insurance and pharmaceutical insurance plans are not easy to understand. Mrs. Edwards is available to help those needing assistance or further understanding by appointment that can be arranged through the village office (725-0222).
Last night’s meeting was a start in what the Board of Trustees hopes is a more comprehensive plan to provide information and human services into the village. Over the next several weeks I will be developing a list of questions seniors should ask when deciding what coverage to choose. All of this is in the hope that we can make something complicated more accessible and cost effective.
In the future we hope to develop ways of letting our residents know what is available from the county, state, and federal government in home help, long term healthcare, nutrition, fitness, etc. It seems that the word “sustainable” is in vogue at the moment. I think of Wednesday’s meeting as part of what will become the Sustainable Health Component of our village. It began with senior health insurance but the intention is for it to filter down to all ages from infancy on up. There are many resources in the village that remain underdeveloped. Fighting Chance for example is a privately funded cancer counseling facility that is both excellent and still not known by many residents. I welcome suggestions for seminars, service ideas and approaches to the health and fitness of us all.
Thank you once again for your support in Kathryn Menu’s leading article and your editorial.
Level the Field
It’s a sad day when one entity has the power to level the playing field and make a situation fair for all. But chooses not to.
How disappointing it is not to be able to counter Ms. Mann without fear of retaliation.
You should be ashamed of yourself. There are many parents who are fuming about this.
I used to buy your paper. I will enjoy picking it up reading the very few things worth looking at (remember when) and placing back on the rack.
Dog in Danger
I went to see the ocean after the latest Nor’easter. The sea was ferocious on Saturday morning and afternoon. I was alarmed to find two men on the beach with a chocolate Lab. There was hardly a beach left for them to stand on. One was throwing a toy on a rope into the surf for the dog to fetch. There were a handful of spectators safely on the dunes. I looked to a couple nearby and said, “I am in disbelief.” The couple standing next to me was in agreement. We all watched in horror. I approached the two men and said, “There are dangerous rip tides out there.” The owner replied, “The dog knows what he is doing.” The two laughed and continued. I think I made the situation worse, because the younger fellow threw the toy further into the surf.
?I went to my car to get my cell phone. It is a new phone and I had yet to learn how to use the video feature. I called the Southampton police only to be informed there was nothing they could do, because dogs are permitted on the beach after Labor Day. If the owners chose to put their dog’s life at risk it was their decision. According to the dispatcher there is no law against the activity described on the beach. I asked to speak with Animal Control and was told they were off for the weekend. I guess if I called and reported an adult with a child in the surf they would have sent an officer.
Suffolk SPCA is investigating.
To my good friend, Bill Jones (hisletter, “Less Thana Thousand Words,” The Express, November 19, 2009) I say “Touché. But, good heavens, find some other topic than national health care on which to practice penitential writing. I am well and hope you also are.”
Unions Are a Blemish
I have to say I felt a little embarrassed for the teachers of Sag Harbor Elemenatary School at the Veteran’s Day celebration last week.
There they sat wearing their petty protest tee-shirts while honoring those that served our country.
Our veterans served, worked and sacrificed for our country without a contract, without guaranteed raises and certainly did not ask to be paid extra for days they came to work which could have been used as sick days.
Hail tour veterans, thank you! You risked your lives to protect our way of life. And you were paid half of what our teachers are paid.
Maybe unions of all kinds, not just teachers, will wake up and realize what our veterans have done makes our country great. The way our unions are acting are a blemish on our great country.
Managing Genetically Modified Foods
I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Kathleen Furey for organizing the event “GM Foods and You” held in the Avram Auditorium of Stony Brook University at Southampton on November 19, 2009. I would further like to extend my thanks to the panelists (including Steve Storch- Halsey’s Green Thumb Organic Farm, Linda Stasiak- Holistic Esthetician and Certified Holistic Health teacher, Eileen Weilbacher- Certified Holistic Health Counselor, Matthew Doris- Food Service Director, Tuckahoe School District, Dr. James Quigley-faculty member Stony Brook Southampton: Environmental Design, Policy and Planning ; Political Science and Bob DeLuca- President of the Group for the East End), who contributed their time and expertise to a question and answer period following Ms. Furey’s screening of Marie-Monique Robin’s documentary “The World According to Monsanto.” These members of the faculty and community did a great service to the Southampton student body and the greater Long Island population by so generously sharing their knowledge concerning the matters addressed in Ms. Furey’s presentation.
The controversies surrounding Monsanto and their production of GM (genetically modified) foods and products are of great concern, not only locally, but to the citizens of the United States and the world at large. It is only through advocacy and the spread of information that we are able to make the changes necessary ensuring that we retain sovereignty over our consumables and other products that we come into contact with every day. Currently, in the United States, there is no law mandating that GM foods need to be labeled as such. I don’t know about you, but I would certainly like to have a choice as to whether or not I put something in my body, or my child’s, that has been biologically manipulated in a laboratory.
Thank you Ms. Furey for standing up to the giants and working towards a day when, perhaps, we will truly know exactly what we are eating! More information on GM foods and what you need to know about them is available at www.cleanfoodearth.blogspot.com and www.responsibletechnology.org.
SUNY Stony Brook at Southampton