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Friday, January 18, 2019

Lessons from a broken toe

By Janet Lindsay Take my advice: Do not break your toe. You might think, “I have ten toes. What difference does it make if one gets...

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The snake and I By Janice Lindsay (Photo Janice Lindsay, Photo Submitted) We’ve often had garter snakes in our garage, but we never had one as bold...

Cranky consumer lady speaks up

By Janice Lindsay Cranky Consumer Lady buys two nifty stainless steel water bottles with plastic sports caps from a popular outdoors-oriented catalogue company. She keeps one...

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By Janice Lindsay (Photo Janice Lindsay, Photo Submitted) Sound the alarm. Or not. Uh, oh. We had a crack in our downstairs bathtub. Correction: I thought we had...

Monstrous races

By Janice Lindsay “We never saw those people, we don’t know them, we’ve never been where they live, they’ve never been here, so obviously they...

Viewpoint by Janice Lindsay

Visit the past. Its safer. For this column, I delve into the past. I need a vacation from the present, which I find a...

Medicaid: Through the eye of a needle

State officials announced in late August that they had removed 205,000 people from Massachusetts' Medicaid rolls, as part of a check to make sure that “everyone enrolled in MassHealth is eligible for it.” Everyone on MassHealth has to be redetermined every year. To get on MassHealth, and to stay on MassHealth, is not an easy task. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a poor elder to enter the rolls of Medicaid. That's the gospel according to MassHealth.
Janice Lindsay

Machines say, ‘Make my day.’

Mechanical objects aren’t necessarily terrifying; it’s just that some of us might have been more comfortable in a slightly less technological century. For me, the...

Foreclosing on seniors

My friend Bob is 73 years old. He lives alone with his dog Moxie in a small town in western Massachusetts. For all his adult life, Bob has worked as a builder and carpenter. When things were going well, Bob had a construction crew that could repair anything from roofs to basements. Bob can no longer climb up ladders, or exert himself. His gait is unsteady, and he has survived a bout of cancer that doctors said would kill him years ago. His income now is $16,000 a year from Social Security, which puts him about 133 percent over the federal poverty level.

State adds 5-year freeze on nursing home construction

By Al Norman Don’t expect to see any new nursing homes built in Massachusetts in the near future. That’s the word from the Massachusetts Public Health...
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