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What Medicare does (and doesn't) cover
Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor's offices, and other healthcare settings. But it doesn't cover everything, and it's useful to know what is and isn't included.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Education's 'big data' problem - and how to fix it
Every year, American public schools spend $2.2 billion replacing teachers who drop out of the profession.

But the true cost to the system is even bigger. When teachers stick with their jobs, they build up valuable experience and improve their instructional techniques. When they leave, that valuable experience vanishes.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Champions of Change for Agriculture' set a high bar
WASHINGTON - "Ordinary people doing extraordinary things." This fitting phrase was offered by President Barack Obama to describe the 15 men and women who were recently named by the White House as "Champions of Change" for Agriculture. These champions include farmers, business leaders, lawyers, scientists and FFA members from across the nation whose innovation and dedication is building a bridge to the next generation of farming and ranching.


Friday, August 15, 2014

No one holds a candle to Joel
Near the beach where I grew up in South Jersey, there lived a guy named Joel Fogel. He was a legend. Those who didn't know him, knew of him.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Lovelock Row
One of my favorite writers of all time has to be John Steinbeck. One of the books he wrote was titled "Cannery Row." If you think back quite a few years ago you may well have read it. It was full of amusing twists of fate, colorful characters and the ups and downs of day to day life. The reason I bring up this book is, the characters and plot are so much like modern day life in Lovelock, Nev. You could almost call our little town "Lovelock Row."
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Imlay school yard fun
LINDEN, Texas - The year of 1942 was a good year for Imlay, Nev. The Second World War was raging, and it was peaceful in Imlay, except for a minor conflict that was ongoing. I was in the fifth grade, and my best buddy in town was Dale Austin, a tall sixth grader. Dale's folks were Fred and Ruth Austin, store clerks at Burke's mercantile store. Mrs. Austin was very protective of Dale, because he had a rheumatic heart. She constantly reminded him about that.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

No one holds a candle to Joel
Near the beach where I grew up in South Jersey, there lived a guy named Joel Fogel. He was a legend. Those who didn't know him, knew of him.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pencils and Pens
I do not remember ever being without a cup full of pens and pencils. There are writing instruments in every room of our house, in all the nooks and crannies of our vehicles, in the garage, storage sheds. Usually paper too, but if not, there is always your hand to write on. It is better to write on your hand with a pen instead of a pencil. Ever try to write a phone number on your hand with a pencil. Can't be done. In those instances you need to write on your sleeve or pants or yes even your shoe. (If you are still able to bend into a stance that brings your shoe up to your pencil.) But the optimum is to have pen or pencil and paper at finger tips when needed.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How ObamaCare will kill job-based plans
Americans aren't all that optimistic about ObamaCare, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll: Fifty-seven percent say the law isn't working as planned.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Planners need common sense
We need common (or uncommon) sense in Winnemucca as much as nationally, so today let's look at some local issues.


Friday, August 8, 2014

News doesn't change much, so what's new?
Every day we turn on the television and hear about all the wars in the Middle East. Life is bad in the Middle East. Take your pick of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and currently Israel and the Gaza strip. We aren't hearing good news from any of those places. So what's new?


Friday, August 8, 2014

A place to hang my hat
In the cool early morning I set out for a walk down the street. There is no activity in this sleeping desert town except for an occasional cat or dog. I get "Don't come too close. I'm guarding my territory", barks as I walk by front yards. Gradually, the birds awake and greet the day with their morning song. Even the freeway is quiet except, once in a while, a plop a plop of tiers as an occasional car goes by. Soon the sky brightens and the sun peaks above the horizon. Another day is dawning in the Nevada Desert.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Jody
LINDEN, Texas - The phone rang early one Saturday morning at my home in Reno in 1963, and when I answered, the caller said, "I'm at the Fallon Naval Air Station now. Can you come out for a couple hours and see me?" Boy, did I jump at that opportunity to see my nephew; my mothers oldest grandchild, Joe Eddie Crosswhite Jr. When Joe Jr. was very young, our family started calling him "Jody." We called him that until the terrible day he died.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Medicare & Medicaid: the nation's anti-poverty initiative
In 1965, almost half of America's seniors had no health insurance. For the men and women who survived two World Wars and the Great Depression, retirement often meant insecurity and hopelessness. Our nation's seniors reached their most medically vulnerable years with few, and sometimes no health care options. That's why, after decades of failed attempts to right this wrong, the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid wasn't just health care reform, it was a turning point in our nation's history.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Do you listen or hear
Our minds are amazing globs of gray stuff. Specifically I refer to little piece of glob that can recall a voice. As you sit there, think of someone, anyone, regular guy you know or have known or someone famous, doesn't matter. Now as you picture them can you hear their voice too? I can. It's spooky that those voices live in our heads. I can still hear the Wicked Witch of the West cackling, "I'll get you my pretty." I can hear Ronald Regan say, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." I can hear my high school sewing teacher telling us new wanna-be seamstresses she would be able to tell if we sewed over the top of a straight pen. How can our minds do that? But my mind is not the question of the day, it is however, sometimes questionable...


Tuesday, August 5, 2014


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