SARATOGA SPRINGS – The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County is accepting applications for area students seeking to attend a conference on public policy. [Read more…]
Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people to peacefully assemble and to petition the government for the redress of grievances. — 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States [Read more…]
Since my letter that I submitted last week to the Journal regarding the lack of action by the current Village Board on the proposed “big box” development just outside the Village of Ballston Spa I have received many comments. I wanted to address some of those comments. [Read more…]
As Will Rogers famously said, “All I know is what I read in the papers.”
It also looks like it will be a rough time for retirees.
Doctors, like lawyers, accountants, and other independent professionals, used to value their independence. Doctors held to the belief that they and the patient were the best judges of appropriate treatment and saw outside interference as anathema. Physicians’ medical judgment was subject to the ethics, training, experience of their profession, and the needs of the patient. These could only be protected if the profession and the professional was independent.
Back when Medicare was being introduced, the American medical establishment was so jealous of its independence that they vociferously opposed the program as being “socialized medicine.” So doctors — and patients — wound up being victims not of socialized medicine, but, hilariously, of “capitalized medicine,” that is, the medical insurance industry. When the issue came up again during the early Clinton years, the resistance from the “independent” professionals and the medical establishment, through their employees in the Republicrat congress, gave us — and them — “managed care.” Now our physicians and hospitals cannot function without the approval of the insurance corporations. No longer driven by their professional standards and the needs of the patient, they depend on bureaucratic approval for almost everything they do, from the treatments authorized to the time spent actually talking — never mind listening — to their customer/consumer/patients.
We all know that medical costs are outrageously high; from the cost of necessary prescriptions to the high cost of bedpans to the incredible costs of the most routine hospitalization. It’s as bad as the Pentagon payment inflation.
Our Government is trying to curb these costs by not paying so much for some Medicare services. If you’ve looked at your medical/medicare billing statements you can easily see that these costs must be curbed. In response, one of our local insurance providers, MVP, soon likely to be followed by others, is raising its premiums and cutting some services for Medicare retirees’ supplemental policies, policies sold, I expect, as promising full services at affordable rates. This will allow costs to remain inflated and customers/consumers/patients to give less for more.
If the American medical establishment had not been so quick to see “socialism” in a single payer national health plan, our Country might have had a rational health care delivery system — a fair one, dare I say it, a healthy one — that delivered appropriate basic medical care to all those who need it, answerable not to accountants, shareholders and corporate interests but to the members of the voting public.
You remember them. They’re us.
SARATOGA COUNTY — Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III has been appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as a Member of the Commission on Forensic Science.
The 14-member Commission is empowered to develop minimum standards and a program of accreditation for all forensic laboratories in New York State. Accreditation of a forensic DNA laboratory is granted through the seven-member DNA Subcommittee, which also advises the Commission on any matter related to the implementation of scientific controls and quality assurance procedures for the performance of forensic DNA analysis. [Read more…]
BY ASHLEY LUCAS
Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth surprised some council members, Tuesday, Dec. 27 when she announced the appointment of Melisa Bentley to the position of deputy supervisor.
“It’s just very surprising to me to learn [of the appointment] tonight,” said Councilman Timothy Szczepaniak.
Bentley, 37, who grew up in the town, and has lived here for 23 years, will replace George Seymour.
Her term began Saturday, Jan. 1.
“I’m appalled about that decision,” Szczepaniak said. “We don’t know if there is any experience.”
When board members paused to question the appointment, Southworth said, “she is my deputy, so she will stand.”
Bentley works as a warranty administrator for Leonard Bus Sales in Mechanicville. She said she decided to accept the opportunity when Southworth asked if she would help.
Southworth’s husband, Pat Southworth said his wife’s decision adds a “fresh perspective” to the board. He said the appointment “increases participation” in town government, and gives others an opportunity to become involved.
Bentley said she lives with her boyfriend on Goode Street in Ballston, but would not name her boyfriend. In a search of www.whitepages.com, Bentley has the same address as Councilman Jeremy Knight.
“We need to get more people involved,” Bentley said. She said that she had not regularly attended board meetings, but since attending realizes why it is important for residents to see the process.
“If you come here you know why,” Bentley, said referring to why the town makes certain decisions.
Why is the US Tax Code so long and convoluted?
People. That is the short answer. Originally it was 13 pages, but then they started adding pages to it because the Government likes money. But politicians like to get votes too, so for almost every new tax there is an exemption or qualification that helps the career politicians say something nice to their constituents and try to get sent back to Washington for another term.
The US Tax Code is so convoluted that one of the smartest and most insightful men ever, Albert Einstein said “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”