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A tale of two visits to the dentist, American style

Health care disparities in America, Case No. 108,000,000: Two people go to the dentist on the same day. I am “Exhibit A,” fully insured. My friend is “Exhibit B,” on Medicaid. Exhibit A: Two hours before my appointment to get … Continue reading

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Refuse to accept ‘No’ from corporate giants — it can work

Happy endings are hard to come by in dealing with big business, but here’s one to share. It didn’t come easily, but it was worth it — to the tune of hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars. I had been fully … Continue reading

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November arrives, bag and baggage — and then some

November showed up at the front door this morning, and I had to let it in.¬†This year it brought more crap than usual. There’s the traditional baggage, of course — gray skies … more darkness … the furnace kicking on … Continue reading

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A man with a tin can, a street corner institution in Syracuse

You hear Gertis McDowell before you see him. The steady rhythm of coins shaking in his tin can gives him away before you spot him in his wheelchair on the street corner. Gertis ¬†is an institution in Syracuse, N.Y. He … Continue reading

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