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Why the fuss over Sinclair statement?

first_imgSinclair’s statement mentions “… the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories …” and adds, “The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.” Continuing, the Sinclair statement notes that some media outlets publish fake stories without checking facts first, which gives a platform to some media members to espouse personal bias. Sinclair emphasizes that it’s their responsibility to pursue and report the truth and that they believe “… truth is neither politically ‘left nor right.’ ” So, where’s the controversy? Even a group of 16 political scientists and legal scholars in an essay published in the March 2018 edition of “Science” magazine (as referenced in the March 8issue of “The Atlantic”) acknowledges, “The rise of fake news highlights the erosion of long-standing institutional bulwarks against misinformation in the internet age.” Their research underscores Sinclair’s stated commitment to factual, responsible reporting.Finally, the writer uses his correspondence as a partisan departure to attack President Trump’s tweets. Yet, nowhere in Sinclair’s apolitical statement are conservative or liberal beliefs addressed.Neither WRGB nor Liz Bishop are deserving of the writer’s criticism. Could it be that the writer’s tirade is in search of a controversy?Jim RogersNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re April 20 letter, “Shame on WRGB for selling out,” chastised WRGB and anchor Liz Bishop for reading an on-air statement from station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group. This letter captured my attention and led me to look up Sinclair’s supposedly objectionable statement, which subsequently left me perplexed as to the writer’s outrage.last_img read more

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Advocates and Organizations Share Their Support for Wolf Administration’s Plan to Create Department of Health and Human Services (Round-Up)

first_img Budget News,  Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Round-Up,  The Blog Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced that his administration will consolidate the Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS) to create the Department of Health and Human Services.“This new department will streamline government and allow the commonwealth to deliver more effective services to seniors, individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, and those suffering from a substance use disorder as well as promote the health and well-being of all Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Over the past several months, I have worked closely with these four departments to break down silos and reimagine how we deliver critical services that will provide treatment to those suffering from substance use disorder, ensure children are receiving high quality services, and expand community-based opportunities for seniors. The creation of a new, unified Department of Health and Human Services will not result in any program cuts for Pennsylvanians, but will dramatically improve our ability to deliver services that will improve lives.“The four state agencies that will merge to create the Department of Health and Human Services have the same core mission: to improve public health and quality of life for all residents of the commonwealth. Currently, these agencies serve similar, and sometimes overlapping, populations. The creation of a Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services will promote more collaboration and service delivery, enhance program effectiveness, and eliminate duplicative processes.Advocates and organizations from the health and human service fields have voiced their support of the creation of this new department.Take a look at the comments below: Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Advocates and Organizations Share Their Support for Wolf Administration’s Plan to Create Department of Health and Human Services (Round-Up) By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability(PAR) is a nonprofit organization that represents home and community-based service providers in Pennsylvania. PAR members provide services and supports to tens of thousands of individuals in Pennsylvania with autism and/or intellectual disability.“We support the proposed merger as it presents an opportunity for the Commonwealth to achieve efficiencies and savings that in turn can be invested in the provision of quality care and services for the people we support and the workforce who supports them,” said Shirley Walker, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual DisabilityPennsylvania Health Care Association(PHCA) is a statewide advocacy organization for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable older residents and their providers of care. Members comprise for-profit, nonprofit and government providers.“We support the Administration’s proposal to create a Department of Health and Human Services,” said W. Russell McDaid, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. “The agencies that Administration is proposing to merge have a wide range of responsibilities, including administering the state’s $20-plus billion Medicaid program, containing funding for nursing facility care; distributing aid to programs for the disabled; managing services for older Pennsylvanians through the lottery fund; licensing and surveying skilled nursing facilities and licensing and inspecting assisted living residences and personal care homes. This proposal will allow the state’s regulatory agencies and the Medicaid program to work in unison to develop policies that positively impact nursing home residents and direct care workers creating efficiencies that will hopefully ensure that even more resources are provided at a resident’s bedside, where they are needed the most, while continuing to make certain that Pennsylvania’s seniors and individuals with disabilities continue to receive quality care.”Center for Health Care Strategies(CHCS) is a nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans.“Consolidation of Health and Human Services departments is good public policy,” said Secretary Estelle Richman, Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.. “It supports better client services, assures that policy and operations are in sync, and focuses attention on gaps in policy and services, thus enhancing outcomes and assuring dollars are allocated and spent effectively and efficiently.”Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates(PPA) works in partnership with the three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, the state public affairs office in Harrisburg, works to achieve maximum public, governmental and media support for reproductive health care – including family planning – by developing, implementing and facilitating a statewide strategy.“Since his first day in office, Gov. Wolf has promised to create a ‘government that works’ by promoting collaboration, streamlining the delivery of services to save limited state resources, and preserving access to the programs that Pennsylvanians need to get healthy and stay healthy,” Sari Stevens, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. “This consolidation fulfills that promise. The governor long has been a champion for family planning and other health and wellness programs that benefit women. Those issues remain a priority here. We’re confident in the governor’s approach and look forward to working with the administration to realize their commitments.”SEIU Healthcare PennsylvaniaThe state’s largest and fastest growing union of nurses and healthcare workers, uniting nearly 45,000 nurses, professional and technical employees, direct care workers, and service employees in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home and community-based services, and State facilities across the Commonwealth. SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania members are committed to improving the lives of healthcare workers and ensuring quality care and healthy communities for all Pennsylvanians.“Since day one, Governor Wolf has prioritized responsible, efficient use of our public tax dollars to the benefit of all Pennsylvanians. His newly created Department of Health and Human Services will further streamline the delivery of services to our state’s most vulnerable citizens while reducing unnecessary spending,” said Matt Yarnell, President of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania. “We are confident the creation of the new Department of Health and Human Services will not result in any program cuts for Pennsylvanians, but will dramatically improve the ability of providers and consumers to deliver and receive services that will improve lives.”Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania(MHAPA) is a nonprofit organization that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Commonwealth, works on behalf of the mental health of its citizens, instilling principles that facilitate recovery and resiliency of individuals and their families, through advocacy, education, and public policy.“In a difficult funding environment, it is far better to try something like this than to cut services,” said Sue Walther, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania.” [Post-Gazette, 1/30/17]Pennsylvania Partnerships for ChildrenA strong, effective and trusted voice to improve the health, education and well-being of children and youth in the Commonwealth.“Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, said any move that makes government operate more efficiently and hopefully makes it easier for families to access the services they need for kids is something her group is going to support. “We also will create efficiencies that make it easier for private sector providers to participate in our programs. In the long run, we think there’s a likelihood of economies of scale that help you save public resources and move them from [the operation of a department] to the delivery of services which is the goal.” [PennLive, 1/30/17]Arc of PennsylvaniaPromotes the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.“Maureen Cronin, executive director of The Arc of Pennsylvania, sees advantages gained by having a single state agency look at individuals and their family needs as a whole when it comes to addressing their service needs…. “…I just hope people have an open mind that there is really some amazing opportunities when you are all at the same table to look at people as a whole,’ Cronin said.” [PennLive, 1/30/17]center_img February 01, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter SHARE TWEETlast_img read more

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Memorial days

first_imgHey, I am age 58 with serious back and spinal problems. I receive steroid injections every three months (which is the maximum allowable dosage). My health care package cannot even remotely approach the health care that Dwight had. I often wonder, that being the case, is there a day coming sooner than later that I will enter the “hospice” reasonably healthy only to be carried out of the back door by the undertaker’s assistant and loaded into the hearse?The family of Dwight White does not appear to have been bamboozled either. According to a Feb. 2, 2010 Huffington Post article; “The family of former Pittsburgh Steeler Dwight White [filed a lawsuit against] the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and three doctors, claiming negligence contributed to his death. [According to Allegheny County court records] one of White’s doctors was out of town and another prescribed an over-the-counter medication when he weakened after being discharged from back surgery in May 2008. White’s wife took him to an emergency room when his condition worsened. A blood clot was diagnosed in his lung, and he died June 6, 2008, at UPMC Presbyterian hospital. White family attorney Art Schwarzwaelder [said]; “the athlete’s doctors missed chances to save his life.”Can you imagine how many lives of the poor and disenfranchised have been lost because a doctor refused to cancel a golfing date? I am afraid, really afraid that the premature mortality of I, and many others like me, is just a foregone conclusion. Does poverty almost equal certain death when seeking treatment in the hospitals of America? If it happened to Dwight White, well you get the picture.In May of 2008 a young man named Justin Jackson was shot and killed after he shot a K-9 police dog. According to police and eyewitness accounts, Jackson’s parents said their son was walking along Arlington Avenue near South 18th Street, in the Mount Oliver section adjacent to Pittsburgh when a police dog came after him. He fired at the dog and police shot at him, hitting him in the head. He died at the scene. Could I be in error or am I missing something? I was and continue to be under the impression that one can only be charged, tried, convicted sentenced and put to death after killing a human being, a human being! I am holding my own private vigil and march for peace for Dwight White and Justin Jackson. Why aren’t any parades being held for them?What about Flo Jo; young beautiful, super fine Flo Jo? On September 21, 1998, Florence Griffith-Joyner died in her sleep at the age of 38. The unexpected death was investigated by the sheriff-coroner’s office, which announced on Oct. 22 (over a month later) that the cause of death was suffocation during a severe epileptic seizure.Where is all of this great health care that the Tea Party has been raving about?Millions of young American men from WWI to Afghanistan, Libya and wherever the bell of freedom has tolled, have been naïve and misguided just like the rest of us when it comes to the reasoning of war and social injustice. The beaches and gutters of the streets of Europe ran with the blood of those fighting to sanctify and maintain the ideals of freedom, all the while on the home front American citizens have been placed in and continue to be confined to social and economic dungeons hidden far away from the light of prosperity.I cannot remove the images of some of the late great ones out of my head. My recollections and the information that I have regarding the past has morphed into pure torture. But there can be no honor without memories. All of the athletes and individuals that I now name have gone on to join the ancestors. Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson, Ernie Holmes, Florence Griffith Joyner, Arthur Ashe, Eugene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb, Steve Courson, Mike Webster, Joe Gilliam, Steve McNair, Chris Henry, Darrent Williams, Sean Taylor, Charles “Chuck” Tanner, Thomas Herrion, Reggie Lewis, Ernie Davis, Walter Payton, Hank Gathers, Len Bias. I know I missed many and for that I apologize but those who were not mentioned above will still be honored daily in our hearts, because memorial day is really memorial days.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected]­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) Hey guys and dolls you have to hang in there with me as far as this “piece of work” goes because this past memorial day, I was a piece of work. I need all of you who read these words to be my therapist this week. If I appear to be discombobulated as I vent then please consider this; looks are not deceiving. This is not a column about sports, but a reflection of life with sports being interwoven as part of the fabric. I woke up Sunday morning and my heart was extremely heavy as I thought about former Steelers defensive end Dwight White. How in the hell could anyone go to the hospital for a simple back ailment, have an operation, be cleared to go home; go home and then be readmitted for complications and then freakin’ die at age 58?last_img read more

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