Senior Beacon newspaper February 2022

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Beacon FEBRUARY 2021

Vol. 41:1

Established February 1982

"If You're 50 Or Over You Should Read It!" 481 Consecutive Months!

Medicare Owes Beneficiaries a Refund

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Medicare beneficiaries may have grounds to ask for a refund on a portion of their 2022 Part B premiums, according to The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). “It appears that Medicare is overcharging 57 million older and disabled beneficiaries for their Part B coverage this year,” says Mary Johnson, a Medicare, and Social Security policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League. The increase in Part B premiums in 2022, which covers the cost of doctors and outpatient services, is the highest increase dollar-wise in program history. The base monthly premium increased from $148.50

in 2021 to $170.10 effective this month. About half of that $21.60 per month increase has been attributed to a pricey, and controversial, new Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm. Aduhelm which must be administered intravenously in a doctor’s office or outpatient clinic is covered by Part B. Prior to the premium announcement last fall, Medicare Trustees estimated in their annual report that the 2022 premium would increase from $148.50 to $158.50, but said their estimate did not include the potential costs of Aduhelm. The Part B premium for 2022 was set last fall when Aduhelm was priced at $56,000 per patient. But ▶ SEE COLA, PAGE 21

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since then, Aduhelm manufacturer Biogen has cut the price by almost half, to $28,200. The automatic deductions from Social Security benefits for Medicare Part B premiums — which have already started — were based on the cost when Aduhelm was $56,000. In addition, the likelihood that many Medicare patients will be prescribed Aduhelm in 2022 “is very low,” Johnson points out. Medicare officials have said that it is proposing to restrict coverage of the new drug to patients who are participating in approved clinical trials. “We believe those trials are essential to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of Aduhelm in treating Alzheimer’s,” says Johnson. “Medicare beneficiaries and their families need to know whether the benefits of this drug out - weigh its significant side effects, which can include swelling and bleeding in the brain,” Johnson says. Those trials will take some time to set up, and Medicare will not even finalize its coverage deter-

mination for Aduhelm until later this spring. Thus, the number of patients who will actually have access to the drug appears to be quite limited in 2022,” Johnson points out. “This is why The Senior Citizens League feels that the 2022 Part B premium was set too high, and that Medicare should lower the Part B premium, perhaps by as much $11.60 per month,” Johnson says. “All consumers are struggling with high inflation, and an extra $11.60 per month might, for example, cover a co-pay on a needed prescription drug actually being taken by a Medicare beneficiary,” Johnson says. The Senior Citizens League is urging Medicare, the Social Security Administration, and Congress to ensure that the savings generated from the lower Aduhelm price, and the new coverage determination are quickly passed along to Part B beneficiaries before the end of this year. Visit for more information.



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School Choice Champions Kids (NAPSI) —I remember one specific day in first grade like it was yesterday. It was the day when my teacher saw me hesitate as I started to read aloud to the class. “You can do it,” she told me, as I slowly started speaking. Lo and behold, she was right. I could do it! Her nudge of inspiration changed my life. Reading isn’t every kid’s passion—some prefer physical science, videography, foreign languages, or global affairs. Whatever their passion may be, a caring teacher and the right learning fit can help children discover their interests and their talents. That’s what school choice, and National School Choice Week (Jan. 23-29), is about: Championing how wonderful it is that kids have different talents and celebrating the different learning environments that inspire them. Fortunately, there are many school choices available across America. They include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online public schools, and homeschooling. Unfortunately, parents often aren’t always provided clear information about those choices.

To help, during School Choice Week, school leaders, parents, and students speak up about the schools and scholarships they love, spreading information and community support so more kids can find the right learning environment for them. While the pandemic has been a catalyst for parents to try new learning options, there are many more opportunities to be shared. You can join the national conversation by visiting or using #schoolchoice on social media. Those who celebrate the Week reflect America’s diverse school offerings. Some participants teach at or attend traditional public schools. Some love their neighborhood school and some use open enrollment to attend a public school outside their “zone.” Some participants have chosen public charter or public magnet schools, which are free to attend and offer specialized opportunities, such as bilingual programs or STEM tracks. Others have found homes at private schools steeped in religious tradition. Still others attend flexible online schools, free in most states, or have chosen homeschooling or a

learning pod. If the idea of so much choice in K-12 education seems novel, a quick look around reveals that choice is a profoundly important part of all areas of American life. We value choice and self-determination in what food we eat, religious beliefs we hold, college we go to, and vehicle we buy. When it comes to the education of the next generation, wouldn’t we want to expand learning opportunities and allow families the right to self-determination? Perhaps the biggest reason to celebrate school choice, however, just requires a look toward our kids. School choice champions kids, reflecting how they need different learning methods, styles and contexts to discover their


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talents and academic strengths and be inspired for life. Every kid deserves that. This School Choice Week, I hope you will spread the good news about the different options that exist and help put kids where they belong — at the heart of education. You can do it!

Mr. Campanella is president of National School Choice Week and the author of The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child


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How to Tap Into the Benefits of Using Pen and Paper

(STATEPOINT) February is International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo) -- a challenge to handwrite a piece of correspondence each day of the month -- meaning there’s no better time to tap into the power of the handwritten word. “With our many digital forms of communication, we have gained immediacy but lost intimacy,” says Ariann Langsam, vice president of marketing for Pilot Pen, whose background is in biology and neuroscience. “But handwriting is scientifically proven to solidify both cognitive connections needed for learning and comprehension, as well as emotional connections between individuals. We can make a powerful impact on the lives of others by connecting through the written word, and there are neurological and social benefits that keep writing by hand relevant not only during International Correspondence Writing Month, but all year long.” It’s Good for the Soul In an era when digital devices and social media seem to dominate how we connect with loved ones, the art of letter writing has become rare. But sitting down to

write correspondence by hand can be a much more personal way to connect than modern modes of communication. A recent study conducted by Pilot Corporation of America reinforced the emotional social benefits that come from putting pen to paper. A remarkable nine out of 10 respondents perceived cards with handwritten messages as more thoughtful and heartfelt than cards with printed messages. Even more respondents (92%) shared that they have saved handwritten cards or letters from a loved one as a cherished keepsake. When asked what emotions they felt when receiving a handwritten card, respondents reported they felt “appreciated,” “touched,” “cared for,” and “recognized”. We could all use a bit more of these feelings. This month, consider taking a few minutes to send a handwritten note to a loved one or friend. It’s Good for the Brain The benefits of handwriting are firmly grounded in principles of learning and memory. For children, learning to handwrite letters plays a role in fostering the transition to literacy. Mounting evidence suggests that handwriting practice, particularly in preschool and early

elementary school, may provide children an advantage in learning this vital skill. Writing by hand serves students well beyond those early years. Researchers at Princeton and UCLA discovered that college students who took handwritten notes outperformed students who typed their notes. The study authors believe this is because typing notes lends itself to taking down information word-by-word. Taking notes by hand, however, required students to think more deeply about the lecture content and be judicious in what they wrote down. You may no longer be in school yourself, however you still likely need to record information. Whether it’s instructions from your boss, recommendations from your

doctor, or thoughts before book club, consider jotting things down by hand to help you better synthesize information. Make it Count To impress your pen pals during the month of correspondence and make your InCoWriMo challenge a success, you’ll need to gather some supplies: stationery, envelopes, stamps and a trusty pen. To take on a month-long writing challenge, Pilot suggests the G2, America’s number one selling, longest-lasting gel ink pen. You’ll be able to glide well beyond 28 days of penning handwritten letters, taking notes, tackling to-do lists and anything else that comes across your desk. For tools and inspiration, visit From the classroom to correspondence and beyond, rediscover the art of handwriting and make a bigger impact by putting down the digital device and picking up a pen.

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hree steaming pecan pies cooled on the stove. I wiped my eyes and picked up the phone to call my proofreader for this monthly column. I told her I had just taken the pies out of the oven and wiped my eyes again. Because of past chemo infusions my tear ducts are clogged with scar tissue and

cannot drain properly even after two surgical procedures to open them. “Oooo!” she exclaimed. “Pecan pies! Yum.” “Why don’t you come over and have a piece of pie with me?” “Oh, I probably couldn’t eat it. I have to watch what I eat.” Knowing of my friend’s food constraints, and that she is fully aware of my constant watering eyes, I said, “I tell you what! I will trade with you for one day! I will take your food restrictions and you can have my clogged tear ducts. For just one day, you can eat pecan pie, brownies and anything you want all day and all the while you are eating you will have to wipe tears. I will have clear eyes with normal tear ducts and complain about not being able to eat the things I would like.” “Oh!” she retorted. “You’re such a smartie!” We all have at least one thorn. My friend’s thorn is food allergies and restrictions. Mine, for one, is clogged tear ducts. What is yours? The Apostle Paul spoke of the thorn in his flesh which was also an eye problem. Yet after asking the Father three times to remove it the answer was, “My grace is sufficient for you.” Now if God’s grace is sufficient for the Apostle Paul it is surely sufficient for us. Consider

this: is there someone you know with whom you would trade thorns with? Even for one day? Early this morning a text from a sweet friend in Arkansas interrupted my reading. I have been praying with her for her daughter who was in a horrible automobile accident in 2015. Her broken body and limitations are unspeakable. She has flatlined many times and stopped breathing more times than my friend can count. She is currently on life support in intensive care after just having a permanent pacemaker implanted. At 4:30 this morning she received a call from the pulmonologist she hasn’t met. He advised the girl’s mother to remove her life support. My friend was heartbroken and stunned. I called and we prayed at length for God’s wisdom regarding the decision. What we heard from the Lord was ‘wait’ and her heart was flooded with His peace. Her son confirmed the answer. She wants the Father’s will but doesn’t want to rush ahead of Him. She felt great relief at the simple word, wait. Within minutes she called to tell me a neighbor had called and told her that she had heard that life support had been shut off and the girl was gone. Frantic, my friend tried to call the hospital with no success. We prayed again. When she finally reached the hospital, there was no change. Her daughter was still alive and on life support. The devil will do anything to rob our peace. Within minutes my friend’s peace had dissipated. Thorns come in different packages. What is yours? I visited with a wonderful couple this week. The husband shared about childhood pain from which he still suffers. Honestly, I believe the ma-

jority of men and women in prison have been terribly abused as children. I believe this is one of the biggest reasons prisons are full. You know the saying. The abused become abusers and hurt people hurt people. I have seen this in my own family. For the most part, fathers are not godly role models. To hear a man, confess that his father treated his animals better than he treated his own son is heartbreaking. Parents can inflict wounds that are rarely healed. Scars have a tendency to make children to strike out even after they are older. Most of the time, they don’t know why they are so angry. Only the Lord Jesus can heal such wounds. Physical thorns are sometimes easier to deal with than internal emotional thorns such as scars from childhood. However, God’s grace is sufficient for all of them. What is your thorn? Whatever it is, the answer is Jesus. Sometimes He helps us around the storm and other times He walks through the storm with us. Other times He carries us. When we are going through trials and feeling desperately alone, God is with us. Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Remember Daniel in the lion’s den? God was with them. When we follow of Christ, He walks with us and the thorn, whatever it is, is tended by our Father. He is working out His amazing plan for each of us. “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later” (Romans 8:18 NLT). I ran across this poem by a woman who was incarcerated in Florida. Notice her pain turns to joy as she expresses her heart in this poem entitled Draw Near.






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Finding Help To Live Independently In Your Home DENVER, CO—In the United States, nine out of ten older adults want to continue to live independently, preferably in their own home. Continuing to live in one’s own home is dependent on many things. If you want to age in place, you should consider making your home older adult friendly. This might include installing technology devices to make your home more like a “smart home” with voice and smart phone supports such as doorbells with videos, lights that turn on with a voice command, and a robot vacuum cleaner. Other changes might include remodeling bathrooms, moving laundry facilities to the main floor, installing ramps, and rearranging kitchen gadgets and cooking utensils. The Colorado Gerontological Society is offering a series of educational programs to offer tips and help to older adults who want to continue to age in place and live independently in their home. You can register at to attend the free zoom sessions throughout 2022. Recordings are also available on our YouTube channel. Older adults who want to age in place, also need to consider what services can be provided by family and friends. Some older adults have family members in Colorado who may be able to provide support, especially with the law that was recently approved by Colorado voters. The Colorado Family Medical Leave Program will start in 2024. Family members can take up to 12 weeks off work and be reimbursed up to 90% of their wages for a portion of the leave to provide care and support to an older family member. The employee is guaranteed employment with the company without losing their position, salary, and benefits. Many older adults may often find themselves looking for help from home care agencies. A Class A home health agency provides skilled care such as nursing services, therapy, and medical supports. These services are usually paid for by Medicare and may require a three-day hospital stay. A Class B home care agency can provide help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, shopping, cooking, and cleaning. These services are usually paid for privately. Depending on income and need, Medicaid may pay for these services through the Home and Community Based Services program. Finding reputable agencies that are affordable and provide services in your area can be challenging. The Society offers a searchable database, the Housing and Home Care Locator, at By using the online Locator, a statewide comprehensive listing of all licensed facilities, can help you narrow your search. A print copy of the Colorado Senior Resource Guidebook will be available later this year in local libraries. To talk with a counselor, order a Guidebook, or for help in navigating the website

or the YouTube channel, call 303-3333482 or 1-855-293-6911 (toll free) or 1-866-880-4777 (Spanish). Eileen Doherty, MS is the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society. Her areas of expertise include management and administration of nonprofit organizations, education and training on issues related to older adults, advocacy and policy development on senior issues, and clinical practice in working with seniors and families to manage their lives in the later years. She has been the Director of the Society since 1982. She teaches Nonprofit Management for Fort Hays State University.


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Government at Work

In the United Kingdom, as of Jan. 29, flouting a new highway code rule will cost you up to 1,000 pounds, the Mirror reported. The rule requires someone inside a car to open the door with the hand farthest from the door, employing a technique known as the Dutch Reach. In other words, if you're driving (on the right side of the car), you would use your left hand to reach around and open the car door. (The technique is borrowed from the Netherlands, thus the name.) Rule 239 reads: "This will make you turn your head to look over your shoulder. You are then more likely to avoid causing injury to cyclists or motorcyclists passing you on the road, or to people on the pavement." If a person in a car injures someone by opening with the wrong hand, a fine will be levied. Cycling UK estimates that more than 500 people are injured every year by car doors.

Wait, What?

Cameron Newsom, 42, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was treated for stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma on her tongue in 2013, the New York Post report-

ed. Removing the tumor meant also removing part of her tongue, which doctors replaced with skin and muscle taken from her thigh. Through all of her experiences in treating the cancer, she said, "The weirdest part ... was when I felt a rough texture on the 'thigh' part of my tongue -- and when I looked in the mirror, it had started growing leg hair!" Newsom had to learn to speak again and still finds eating a challenge, but she's back to being a gymnastics coach, even with her fuzzy tongue.

It's a Living

Xavier Long, 20, of Yerkwood, Alabama, has discovered a way to profit from human jealousy and insecurity, the Daily Mail reported. Suspicious partners pay Long to flirt on social media with their loved ones as a loyalty test, and Long rakes in the proceeds: In one week alone, he made over $2,000. Long said he receives about 100 requests for help every day and charges a minimum of $10. If a woman he's paid to flirt with gives him any of her personal contact information, he considers her a "fail." "I'm helping people, so I feel like it's a good thing in a way,"

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Long said. "Doing these tests has allowed me to stop working a 9-to5 job." When Pigs Swim Veteran surfer Ingrid Seiple was catching a wave on Dec. 18 off Oahu, Hawaii, when she saw something floating like a log in the water, KITV reported. She at first thought it was a Hawaiian monk seal, but, she said, "That's when I realized it was a pig, and it saw me. It started swimming toward me as fast as it could! It was very close and getting closer. I pushed the board between the pig and I and it bit my board." Seiple thinks the wild boar was chased into the ocean by hunting dogs. "It looked like it had an injury on its face," she said. Seiple escaped the boar without harm, but no word on the pig's condition.

Don't See That Every Day

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Family Values

Teacher Kerry Lyn Caviasca, 36, of Watertown, Connecticut, was arrested on Jan. 15 and charged with two counts of risk of injury to a child and second-degree reckless endangerment, WFSB-TV reported, stemming from an incident in November. According to the arrest warrant, Caviasca's ex-husband informed police that she had left their two children, both under age 12, home alone for two days while she went on vacation to Florida with her boyfriend. When the father checked one of the children's phones, he saw texts between the child and Caviasca, including exchanges about what they should eat, to which she replied, "Just eat candy." She also instructed them to stay in the basement so they wouldn't be seen. The children told police they were alone in the house, except for their dog.

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SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL fenders will have to clean funeral parlors to give them the experience of being close to death. In January, 11 drunk drivers spent hours cleaning a mortuary, refrigeration unit and crematorium. "I had never been close to death, and it felt disturbing," one offender said. When they were finished, they reportedly expressed their deep remorse and said they wouldn't drive drunk again.

Mistaken Identity

Police were called to investigate on Jan. 15 after a motorist on the M11 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, spotted what they believed were the sneakered feet of a dead person rolled up in a carpet in another car. A law enforcement spokesperson explained, however, that the feet belonged to "a mannequin dressed as Prince Charming

who was on his way to a themed birthday! Thankfully, this was a false alarm." Metro News reported that the driver was advised to "avoid such circumstances occurring again."

Undignified Death

Newsweek reported that a man in Spain perished on Jan. 20 while he was working in an agricultural warehouse. The unnamed 34-yearold was buried when a large quantity of carrots fell on him, emergency services said. The man died at the scene.

When in Doubt, Use the Pork

A Jack Russell terrier named Millie, who slipped out of her leash and became stranded on mudflats near Hampshire, England, was lured to safety with the most reliable of baits: a sausage.


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Officials began a rescue mission when it seemed Millie might be swept out to sea, but their efforts failed for four days, the Guardian reported on Jan. 20. But one of the rescuers thought of dangling a sausage from a drone and flying it over her. "It was a crazy idea," said Chris Taylor, chair of the Denmead Drone Search and Rescue team. "If we hadn't got her away from that area the tide would have come in and she would have been at risk of drowning. The sausages were the last resort." Millie's owner, Emma Oakes, confirmed that Millie "really likes food and she'll eat anything you give her ... but she much prefers sausages."


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ing to make us to think they’re a bunch of pederasts? Our media could not be less interested in Jeffrey Epstein’s child molestation ring and, with the sole exception of the Palm Beach Police Department, every arm of government has bent over backward to bury the case. (Who says our media and government can’t work together?) The jury’s courageous

delivery last week of five “guilty” verdicts against Epstein’s pimp, Ghislaine Maxwell, was a sort of reverse jury nullification. The U.S. attorney’s office — the prosecution — did everything it could to get an acquittal, but the jurors defied them. As for media coverage, did you even know that the FBI found Epstein’s cache of sex tapes labeled “(name of underage girl) + (name of VIP)” — and then lost them? Immediately after Epstein’s arrest at Teterboro Airport in July 2019, the FBI executed a search warrant on his New York mansion. Following a daylong search, agents discovered a hidden safe in the closet of a fifth-floor dressing room, used a saw to break into it, and found an enormous collection of photos of naked girls, and CDs of the girls apparently having sex with influential men. Then, the agents left — abandoning the photos and CDs, with Epstein’s employees free to wander about the place. As Kelly Maguire, FBI special agent in charge of the search, explained during Maxwell’s trial, they only had a warrant to search the house, but not to remove evidence — evidence at the heart of the entire sex trafficking scheme. It didn’t occur to Maguire to

leave a single agent behind to guard the CDs? How about the intern who just gets coffee? You’ll never guess what happened next. The CDs and photographs disappeared. By the time the FBI returned with a new warrant — four days later — to remove the CDs and photos, they were gone. Later, after a few phone calls, Epstein’s lawyer, Richard Kahn, “returned” the cache in two suitcases. I had no idea they were important! I was just tidying up! Were the videos tampered with? Were all of the photos returned? Who knows! This was testified to by Special Agent Maguire. That’s the last time I trust the lawyer of a pedophile! Boy, is my face red! Darn it! ... Oh well, what are you going to do? (Before moving on, let’s take a moment to honor the historic appointment of Kelly Maguire as FBI special agent. Another glass ceiling shattered!) How could any search warrant for Epstein’s residence fail to specify videos? The reason the tapes are kind of important is that it was perfectly clear — certainly by 2019 — that Epstein had no legitimate source of income to fund his Caligula lifestyle, and further, that he was farming out underage girls for sex to the rich and powerful — with hidden cameras running everywhere. It sure looked like his underage sex ring was a blackmail/kompromat operation. Obviously, the most important question is: On behalf of whom? The tapes of “(underage girl) + (important person)” would have gone a long way toward answering that. What did the search warrant specify, if not videos and photographs? If I didn’t know better, I might think that those in power don’t want us to know anything about Epstein’s sex-trafficking operation. As further evidence that there is ABSOLUTELY NO COVER-UP: The New York Times has never breathed a single word about the CDs lost in the FBI’s botched search. Nor has The Washington Post. Nor the Chicago Tribune. Nor the Los Angeles Times. Wait — I’ll make this easier: Here’s a list of all the major U.S. newspapers that did report on Maguire’s breathtaking revelation: 1) The Miami Herald 2) The New York Post The end. Oddly, media in the rest of the world seemed to find Maguire’s testimony about the vanishing CDs somewhat more newsworthy. The story of the missing

tapes was covered — repeatedly — in The Daily Telegraph (London), The Independent (United Kingdom), The Daily Mail (Ireland), Economic News (Russia) and the Daily Mail (U.K.), among others. The totally not-a-cover-up gets weirder and weirder. Epstein had vast wealth, and we still don’t know where it came from. Normally, the IRS is extremely curious about unexplained flows of riches. Did the IRS decide in this case, Well, he may be a committed and energetic pedophile, but as far as we know, he’s a conscientious taxpayer! Similarly, there are vague claims that he made his money from “investments.” The SEC wasn’t the least bit interested in finding out how he got this rich from secretive “investment” services? And this: Epstein spent decades aggressively cultivating powerful, important men, quite a few from foreign countries — evidently taping all their activities. Why wasn’t the CIA concerned? Couldn’t he have sold dirt on U.S. politicians to foreign intel agencies? Finally, it’s odd that our government wasn’t concerned about how much blackmail material Epstein had gathered on high-level U.S. officials. Doesn’t the FBI try to prevent that sort of situation? Or the Secret Service? How was it that all these agencies let Epstein keep up his activities for so long? There’s much more to this story.



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We reviewed our ruling class’s strange lack of interest in Jeffrey Epstein’s child molestation ring, in which so many of them played a part. The media cover-up is second only to the government cover-up, with prosecutors delivering loss after loss in cases they’ve been forced to bring (by the police and the public) against the child molester. Now we’ll look at the government’s long record of zealously trying NOT to unravel the case. Barry Krischer was the first prosecutor to let Epstein off for child molestation. The local police presented then-Palm Beach state attorney Krischer with bales of evidence. They had affidavits from dozens of witnesses: girls abused by the pederast, the women who recruited them, the butler who cleaned up sex toys after the “massages,” as well as records of Epstein’s molestation appointments, one delayed because of a victim’s “soccer practice.” Pretty much everything we know today about Epstein’s sex ring was unearthed by the Palm Beach Police back in 2005 and handed to Krischer on a silver platter. Five underage girls had given police sworn statements that Epstein had sexually abused them, backed by 17 other witnesses, but when Krischer brought the case to the grand jury, weirdly, he allowed only one of the girls to testify — and then attacked her on the stand! (Epstein’s attorneys had helpfully provided Krischer’s office with the girl’s posts on MySpace, where she talked about boys and drinking, the little harlot.) According to an extensive review by The Palm Beach Post, most of Krischer’s 2,800-page investigative file on the case consists of dirt against the teens — and against the police — given to him by Epstein’s lawyers. (Thanks, Epstein attorneys! Do we owe you anything?) The grand jurors, who’d been meticulously kept in the dark by Krischer, ended up voting only for a single charge of “solicitation of prostitution” against Epstein in 2006. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years’ probation. No jail time, no record as a sex offender — no criminal record whatsoever. According to Nexis, only one newspaper, The Palm Beach Post,

When we think about love and nursing care facility; someone you all it entails, we are reminded of the attend church with; someone who most beautiful love chapter in the is homeless; someone who has lost Bible – 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13. I their job, or someone you work reported at the time — or ever — would like to share part of that chap- with. And don’t forget the needs of your neighbor. Look for someone that Palm Beach prosecutor Krischer ter with you: “Though I speak with the tongues of to love. You won’t regret it! You will gave Epstein probation for his years men and of angels, but have not love, beblessed as much as those you of child abuse. I have become as sounding brass or a reach out to love. We need to see this clanging cymbal. And though I have demonstrated in our lives more than Epstein’s friends claimed he was the the gift of prophecy, and understand ever. Love is not always just a feeling; victim of a crusade by Palm Beach all mysteries and all knowledge, and it is reaching out to others with the Police Chief Michael Reiter, whom though I have all faith, so that I could love of Jesus to meet their needs. they called a “born-again nutcase.” remove mountains, but have not love, Sometimes that means letting go of Apparently, anyone who thinks prisI am nothing. And though I bestow preconceived ideas and truly looking on is appropriate for the mastermind all my goods to feed the poor, and at people with fresh eyes. of a massive child sex ring has gotta though I give my body to be burned, Remember, love is eternal, for God be “born-again.” (How does he feel but have not love, it profits me nothis Love. about teenage girls talking about boys ing. Love suffers long and is kind; love Have a Perfect Valentine’s Day in and drinking?) In fact, there’s no ev- does not envy; love does not parade our Father’s Perfect Love!! idence that Reiter is even a Christian self, is not puffed up; does not behave — other than the fact that he’s never itself rudely, does not seek its own, won an award from the ADL. is not provoked, thinks no evil; does Kay Owen-Larson is the co-founder (In 2018, the Anti-Defamation not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in and President of Crossroads Ministries and the founder of the Crossroads League gave a “Jurisprudence Award” the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all School of Chaplaincy. This year marks to … Barry Krischer! The award things. Love never fails…. ” her 59th year in ministry. praised him for “exemplifying the (1 Corinthians 13:1-8a). An author, speaker, teacher and pasprinciples upon which the Anti-DefThis chapter says it all! And every tor, she has a heart for the elderly and amation League was founded.” Hey, day we have the opportunity to put would like to see many of them come Jonathan Greenblatt, was Harvey this exhortation into practice. Reach to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ Weinstein out of town?) out in love to someone who is lonely; in their last days. At that point, the enraged Palm someone who is confined to a skilled Beach chief of police took his evidence to a completely separate law enforcement agency — the federal government, even though these were mostly state crimes. U.S. attorney Alex Acosta proceeded to make a deal with Epstein — with Krischer essentially operating as Epstein’s defense counsel — resulting in a plea only slightly tougher than Krischer’s pat on the head. According to journalist Vicky Ward, Acosta later defended this sweetheart deal to the Trump transition team, explaining: “I was told Epstein t "-- 13*7"5& 300.4 #"5)300.4 I-25 & GARDEN OF THE GODS ‘belonged to intellit */%*7*%6"- )&"5 $00-*/( gence’ and to leave it t Ȫ)063 $"3& alone.” t )064&,&&1*/( 4&37*$&4 Most recently, the t 0/Ȫ4*5& 4"-0/ #"3#&34)01 U.S. attorney’s office t '".*-: "5.041)&3& 8*5) Point of the Pines Gardens for the Southern "-- 5)& $0.'0354 0' )0.& District of New York brought a gentle 719-545-6222 719-265-0030 prosecution against 25 Epstein’s pimp and 330 Elkton Drive fellow child molester, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 Ghislaine Maxwell. Federal prosecutors R us



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Why Older Adults Should Set New Year’s Resolutions and Goals FIVE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR OLDER ADULTS IN 2022 DR. KENDRA ROBINSON

Guest Columnist & Doctor in Colorado Springs


new yearbrings new resolutions for many and those New Year’s resolutions could also lead to some health benefits. According to a report published in JAMA in 2019, “setting resolutions actually has practical value for older people and can impact their health positively providing a sense of purpose, which leads to better physical and mental health.”

Entering the new year can be a perfect time to start fresh and establish some new and perhaps healthier habits. According to the JAMA study,

creating new year’s resolutions and goals can offer older adults a purpose, which can not only extend their lives but may also result in fewer chronic conditions, less disability and reduced mortality. People who are already suffering from chronic conditions should set simple and realistic goals that are manageable with their health challenges.

Dr. Kendra Robison, Medical Director with Optum in Colorado Springs, explains that having a goal-oriented mindset can be beneficial. As a new year rolls out, Dr. Robison encourages everyone to keep the new year’s resolution and goal-setting tradition strong. Here are five achievable resolutions to kick off the new year on the right foot New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Older Adults to Promote a Healthy Life: 1. PURSUE AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE. Dr. Robison says staying active is a great goal to have every year. While some exercise opportunities have become limited due to the pandemic, it is still important to stay as active as possible. Adults can engage in resistance training at home, aerobics, yoga and walks around their neighborhood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular physical activity is vital for

healthy aging. Talk to your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level and ask about the type and amount of activity that may be best for you. You can also check out OptumCare’s wellness program that includes free online videos of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing activities.

2. EAT HEALTHY Dr. Robison recommends homecooked meals and healthy snacks. If you have allergies or conditions that require a special diet, talk to your doctor about your meal plan. Depending on how they are prepared, home-cooked meals can often have lower levels of sodium, sugar and fat when compared to meals at a restaurant. Check out OptumCare’s two minute tips on meal planning. 3. CHALLENGE YOUR BRAIN AND STIMULATE YOUR MIND. Dr. Robison states that it is important to practice a form of daily brain stimulation. According to the National Institute of Aging, age can cause changes to the brain size, vasculature and cognition. A healthy life, both physically and mentally, may be one of the best defenses against the changes of an aging brain. Completing crossword puzzles or playing games, such as chess, can be fun ways to keep your mind active while enjoying a new hobby.

4. STAY CONNECTED WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY A dose of time with family and friends can be very beneficial. The National Institute of Aging mentions that older people with strong social and community ties are more likely to live a longer life and cites research stating that being in isolation can contribute to high blood pressure. Dr. Robison recommends adults stay in touch with loved ones either virtually or safely (socially distanced) indoors or outdoors. If you are not familiar with video call or messaging apps, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about this technology that can help your family and friends stay more connected. 5. NURTURE AN INTEREST According to the National Institute of Aging, people who engage in activities or hobbies can feel happier and healthier. Learning new skills may also help increase cognitive function. Music, theater, dance and creative writing are just some ways that older adults may be able to help improve their wellbeing through hobbies. These specific interests may help with memory, boost self-esteem, reduce stress and increase social interactions. If you are looking for something new to learn, try this art exercise that you can do from your home to stimulate your brain and improve your mental health.


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lease don’t hate me for believing BEING THE RICARDOS is an awful film. After watching it, I couldn’t sleep all night. So I am worried about how Lucille Ball fans will feel watching this movie. It hit me hard, and I’m still upset. The movie deals with one bad week Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz faced while working on “I Love Lucy,” one of the most popular TV series back in the 1950s. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem play the entertainment power couple. Although we get to see what goes into making a TV episode,

Though too miscast to pass the test, two splendid actors do their best Kidman and Bardem try hard. But miss the boat by a long yard.

even right from the first table reading, the plot meanders and takes liberty with what actually happened. We also learn how excited Lucille was when offered the chance to co-star with Henry Fonda in “The Big Street” and how less than enthusiastic Desi felt about that. But the four major problems dealt with in this film include Walter Winchell’s news item about Lucille being a Communist, Desi’s infidelity; Lucille’s commanding behavior on the TV show; and how to handle her pregnancy in “I Love Lucy.” Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, a couple with showbiz pizzazz, are depicted in this movie that’s not a film pleasing to me.

To cover this, the scenes are blurred. Fuzzy faces my anger stirred. I still love Lucy, after all. Her comedy talent does not fall. Don’t look for laughs in this picture. No chuckles here, and that’s for sure. Strictly drama at what expense? A film like this seems an offense. At a June 9, 1954, session of the McCarthy Un-American Activities hearings, Boston lawyer Joseph Welch asked the Senator, “Have you no sense of decency?”

And that’s the question I would like to ask the filmmakers behind “Being the Ricardos.” Casting the usually wonderful Kidman as Lucille Ball is like asking Angelina Jolie to play Carol Burnett in a biopic. And putting Bardem, Oscar winner for his villainous role in “No Country for Old Men,” in the part of music man Desi Arnaz makes no sense at all. Also, did the people responsible for this project ever think of the Arnaz chil-

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HOW TO SHARPEN KNIVES So what’s the best method for maintaining knives? Many home chefs use a whetstone to sharpen knives periodically, as well as a honing steel on a more regular basis. However, this can be a time-consuming prospect and doing it properly is an acquired skill in and of itself. This is where new innovations can save you time and effort, and deliver better results. For example, Resharp, a knife-sharpening kiosk found in ACE Hard-

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GLEN VOLLMECKE Author: "Intermission a Place in Time."

Healing would begin almost immediately. This ritual continued for days, even weeks. Subsequently the 'power of the mind' is released whereas the afflicted person prays and meditates, while subjected to a very uncomfortable position on a cold slab of stone near the church.

Our stories switch around from folk lore, superstitions, to the occult, most of these are united in many ways. Yet be flexible, while ingesting these tales, please keep an open mind, and consider the recognizable relationship to the spiritual. Many certainties relate to the faerie realm, actualities were proven centuries before. The 'fountain of youth' remains to be accredited to the mind, as few appreciate its' possibilities. This series explores the saga of stones. You're probably thinking it an insanely boring subject… not so fast! Stone worship began with the Saxon monarchy, a pagan practice of worship. Connected to the occult and a prime subject during many ceremonies the Cannis stone still lays in an obsolete field next to the church of Llangan. A remote area in Wales this particular stone resembled a crude chair like sculpture, also its purpose was in connection with a nearby enchanted well called Ffynon Canna, now deserted. Certain traditions must be adhered to…those poor souls inflicted with severe illness and disease would first drink from the wells' water. Healing would begin almost immediately. This ritual contin-

ued for days, even weeks. Subsequently the 'power of the mind' is released whereas the afflicted person prays and meditates, while subjected to a very uncomfortable position on a cold slab of stone near the church. These souls were either healed by ancient traditions or died trying. Faith regarding any problem usually is necessary. Either via a huge cold slab of rock, or by any other method…it's all in the power of the mind. Best to move forward than regress with thoughts of the impossible. Amazingly a multitude of stones/stories exist in our historic revelations. Many are associated to superstitions, others to divine religious rites. Many are incomprehensible to our uninvolved minds. The Cannis stone next to the ancient church was a test of faith to thousands of people, who knew that stones can 'speak.' Originally this boulder was founded by a titled American lady (Canna.) Endorsement of her choice of stone by the church prompted thousands of visitors each year. Most were sick but others were inquisitive. In the meantime previously whilst originally under construction, this church complete with rocks and materials was deposited elsewhere…to a changed location. Legend has it that Invisible hands, listened to the stones. They were told to

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sister was no snitch. She wouldn’t rat out any of Epstein’s fellow child molesters in exchange for a lighter sentence. Maxwell is facing up to 65 years in prison, and her brother has just admitted she can name names. Hello? SDNY? Any thoughts about applying some pressure? Unfortunately, these are the same prosecutors who just did everything in their power to blow the case against her. My prediction of their next conversation with Maxwell: This is our last offer: 30 hours of community service — and we’re not kidding! OK, 20 hours. Damn — you’re one tough negotiator. Most strange, the ink wasn’t dry on the guilty verdicts before one of the jurors ran to the press and announced that he’d lied on his juror questionnaire. Although he’d denied ever having been sexually molested, he had been! Not only that, but — hoo boy — did his experience with sex abuse sway the jurors during deliberations! The defense immediately moved for a mistrial and the chatty juror moved to a villa in the south of France he’s just inherited from an unknown relative. OK, the second part isn’t true (that I know of), but are you kidding me?? Are prosecutors even investigating any contact between Maxwell’s representatives and the jurors? Will he be tried for perjury? However this ends, once it’s over, we’ll never hear about Epstein again — unlike, say, Jan. 6, which we will never stop hearing about. If America got to vote, which story do you think they would find more interesting? Which story is more important? Doesn’t the public have a right to know how big Epstein’s sex/blackmail club was, who among America’s ruling elite were compromised, and to what end? COPYRIGHT 2022 ANN COULTER


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David M. Shribman is a North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize winner

IS BASEBALL DEAD? This may be the week baseball died. It isn’t even baseball season. Pitchers and catchers haven’t reported. The hopes of springtime are two months away, maybe more. But baseball may have died nonetheless over last weekend. It wasn’t because of all the strikeouts last year, though there were a lot. Nor was it because of the home runs, which seemed to multiply exponentially. Nor about the fielding shifts, which have gone from novelty to nonsense in the course of two seasons. Nor about the contract negotiations because, like everything else about the sport, they are slow. Nor about the price of a beer and a hot dog, which was stratospheric before we gave a moment’s thought to inflation. It was because of Joe Burrow, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen — and even Jimmy Garoppolo. Plus three placekickers who won games in the last moment. They all but killed baseball, or at least rendered its death assisted suicide. It was because the country was gripped by all four of those quarterbacks, and by some portion of the games they garlanded with their special courage and grit, games that had heroics, surprises and comebacks. The contests were dramatic, the players attractive, the unfolding of the games compelling. It was because the games, particularly the one in snowy Green Bay, were played in harmony with the weather, even when it was brutal — not delayed for hours while the concession stands remain open and

the tarpaulin is rolled up and then unrolled, and maybe up again. Overall, it was because of what happened while baseball slept. And because of how baseball has become a sleepy game whose onetime greatest attraction — that it had a rhythm all its own, happily out of sync with modern times, a game without a clock for a fan base just as happy to have time stand still — is becoming its death knell. I write this with sadness, having loved the old game since I was a boy, taking pleasure in its pace, seeing beauty in its paces, relishing visiting it in its various places — the Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field and Tiger Stadium of old, and the splendid new palaces of the game in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis. But it was ancient Fenway that grabbed me, the ballpark where I witnessed a no-hitter for my first game, a one-hitter for my first World Series, and countless frustrating afternoons (for that is when baseball should be played) when the ninth-place Red Sox lost even to the Washington Senators and Kansas City Athletics. I date myself, but then again, my love for the game is dated. I am not alone. My friend Jim Collins played college ball and then wrote one of the great books about the summer game, ranking with “The Summer Game” by Roger Angell. It was “The Last Best League,” about a summer in the Cape Cod League. And he told me this: “I’m an oldschool romantic baseball fan, and every year the game gets less romantic and less enchanting.” To be sure, football has flaws and, like its players, they are large: — The wild card games were clunkers, with two storied teams, the Steelers and Patriots, rolling over and dying. — The NFL overtime rule, which

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