SENIOR BEACON NEWSPAPER JUNE 2020

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GOOD EATS. Annabelle Ross, RN, hands out meals during the drive-through meal distribution at Southern Colorado Family Medicine in Pueblo.

WHILE CENTURA Health - St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center CEO Mike Cafasso has been grateful for the support in the way of pizza, sub-sandwiches and other meals and treats that have been donated to hospital caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, he thought maybe the hospital should help others in need the next time a donation was lined up. So, when Fuel Denver Frontlines – a group of chefs from the Denver area who have made it their mission to feed frontline caregivers in hospitals – came calling with a donation of 300 meals to St. Mary-Corwin, Cafasso had an idea. He asked associates at Pueblo’s Southern Colorado Family Medicine, a clinic known for going outside its walls to help patients through community outreach, to distribute the meals to

clinic patients who were most in need. “When this came about, I just thought it was an opportunity,” Cafasso said. “We thought we might be able to provide for patients, as well.” Karla Aguero, Community Health Advocate at SCFM, took it from there. With the help of Chantalle Trujillo-Navarrete and Abril Torres, Aguero worked on May 13 to identify patients who might benefit the most from a chef-prepared meal for up to six. Then, on the morning of May 14, the trio started calling patients to let them know about the meal distribution at SCFM planned for later that afternoon. By the time the truck from Fuel Denver Frontlines arrived at the clinic, volunteers had set up a drive-up dis-

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JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE RACES

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE CAVE JAMES R. GRASSO Former Chief Cook & Bottle Washer

FROM THE INTERNET: Came across the following on the Internet the other day and thought you all would get a kick out of it. Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected, and is frequently humorous. Winston Churchill loved them. 1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it. 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you..... but it's still on my list. 3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong. 5. We never really grow up...... we only learn how to act in public. 6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left. 7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. 8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism,To steal from many is research. 9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you. 10. In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency notify" I answered "a doctor." 11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut,

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and still think they are sexy. 12. I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure. 13. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target. 14. You're never too old to learn something stupid. 15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. 16. I'm supposed to respect my elders but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now. A couple things are on my mind. I understand and appreciate all that's been done to reduce the numbers of COVID-19 deaths but I don't think it was right for them to pick and choose who stay open and who should close their doors. This is not a police state and I believe that we should have been allowed to pick and choose on our own. I know I'll get blow-back but I was especially miffed at the closing of the churches of all denominations. What happened to church and state. I do like how DJT handled it. He made general statements as the information came in and then gave the states the right to do what they wanted. A federal ban would have set a disastrous precendent. I have always wondered how the end game will work with this. Some day a Governor God will say, "Tomorrow everything can go back to normal." Who would believe that? You mean that 11:59 pm on June 15 restrictions will still be in place but at midnight COVID-19 will be gone? So how does this end? Any guesses? As I write restaurants are opening with restrictions but will they close again if there is a spike in deaths? How do they know if the restaurant is where said "spike" originated? It's the same for hair salons, saloons in general, Kohls and the churches. I do know that it will take years for people to trust that their fellows aren't carrying some disease and they'll spread it. Will our society's fabric be forever torn or ripped asunder? I've watched the national news media make the COVID-19 problem a

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NEWS

When To Sell .... THE OTHER WEEK a really good client asked “How do you know when to sell?” That’s a basic, important question with a million different answers. You might be a short-term stock trader, a long-term mutual fund buyer or somewhere in between. You might prefer individual stocks, funds, options or even futures. Who you are as an investor matters to this answer. Let’s say you’re an investor like my clients. You want to preserve your money, grow some, diversify and, yet, still profit from opportunities. So that means you have a diverse portfolio of mutual funds and maybe a few individual stocks and bonds. THE MOST BASIC SALE This one is an easy answer but it’s not often done or done haphazardly. You should always sell gains. Whether it’s a stock or fund you should do this. For example, you’ve invested $10,000 into a fund and it’s now worth eleven. You sell this $1,000 gain and RONALD S. PHILLIPS

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leave it in cash or reinvest. This is so important! I’ve seen the market take away gains too many times. Someone gets attached to an investment and bam! That investment, sector or market drops and the gain has evaporated. Very sad story. Don’t let it be yours. When you sell that gain you’ve taken some risk off of the table as well as some profit. Plus, you haven’t given up the growth potential. This has worked really well for a real estate fund I’ve used for clients. Since the depressionary real estate lows of 2008-09 this fund has produced gains year after year. We just keep selling off small chunks of this REIT fund and find a better use for the money. Selling gains also means you’re regularly rebalancing your portfolio. No single position or area is getting overweighted. This helps avoid heated markets and bubbles. Yet let’s you still profit from market momentum. ALWAYS SELL GAINS?! Okay, there’s always an exception, right? If you have an investment that you own, it’s gone up and you’re trying to add exposure then you

probably wouldn’t sell the gain. Let’s say you’re futzing with your portfolio allocation and you need four percent more into that category that has already risen. There you have an exception. SELLING A CHUNK There are definitely times to sell an entire sector, country or investment position. Recently, we’ve been exiting natural gas (a losing position), coal (a moderate win) and entire countries due to slowness, volatility and bad economics (Russia, UK, and Spain). SELLING THE WHOLE ENCHILADA Folks tend to sell entire portfolios for several reasons. They might have a gut feeling to exit the market for risk concerns. Or want to completely rework their allocation due to a life event. I had a wonderful client who exited everything right before 2008. No reason whatsoever except a gut instinct. This gentleman served in and survived World War 2 so his gut led him well, apparently. Another wonderful client went to a 100% bond/cash portfolio before this drop we had to around 18,300 for the Dow. The secure bonds went up nicely

(we sold gains) and the cash, of course, maintained full value. The trick here is knowing when to get back in and not miss the short-term upswing in the markets. For that reason, I rarely suggest fully exiting. OTHER SALE TIMES A popular method and time to sell is when an investment has hit a certain price level. You can place stop-loss orders that do this automatically. So you might put an order in to sell XYZ Stock at $8.50 when you bought it for ten dollars. This way you’ve secured a maximum loss of just fifteen percent, managing risk. This works on gains, too. Taking the same stock from above. You auto-sell at $20. This locks in your gain, giving you a 100 percent profit before the market can drop again. Happy investing and keep those gains rolling! Written on 06-01-2020 Ronald S. Phillips is a Pueblo native and an independent financial advisor. Order a free copy of his book Investing To Win by leaving a message at (719) 220-3005. Visit RetireIQ.com or email RonPhillipsAdvisor@gmail.com

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"sensation" and not news and they've done it with an eye toward this year's election. Everything is skewed toward what DJT has, or has not, done; negatively! They tried for four years to impeach DJT until it became a side-show. They are a sorry lot with no hope of redemption. It's nothing new. I recall the day after Katrina hit the media purposely went into black neighborhoods to get griping about how bad GWB was and all they could find was positive responses. Well, the turnabout was 180 degrees the next day and forever after but the citizens remember and so do I. Remember, totalitarian socialism always starts with the takeover of the press. Keep a keen eye. Finally, with the age of our readers in the older population it is hoped that we all remember the good with the bad of our life experiences which gives us the wisdom, hopefully to turn our eyes heavenward and clean up our collective acts. He is there and watching. That's my belief anyway and even if I'm 99% wrong wouldn't it be smart to be in the 1% just in case I'm right! Godspeed to you and yours.


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June 1: Stuffed bell pepper, baby baker potatoes, cauliflower, carrot raisin salad, spiced peaches June 2: Salmon burger with lettuce and tomato, cream of mushroom soup, broccoli slaw, banana June 3: Lasagna roll with marinara, broccoli, ww roll, tossed salad with raspberry vinaigrette, tropical fruit June 4: Chicken mole, Bahama vegetable blend, Spanish rice, black bean corn salad, orange, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting June 5: BBQ beef sandwich, seasoned pinto beans, coleslaw, tropical fruit June 8: Beef tips, penne pasta, brussel sprouts, 3 bean salad, applesauce June 9: Lemon pepper chicken wild and brown rice, peas, beet and onion salad, orange June 10: BLT sandwich, black bean lentil soup, pasta vegetable salad, spiced peaches June 11: Yankee pot roast with gravy, baked potato medley, maple glazed carrots and apple June 12: Cod Tuscany, baby bakers, broccoli, banana, high fiber cookie June 15: Baked ziti with sausage and marinara, Bahama vegetables, Caesar salad, orange, raisin nut cup June 16: Chicken carbonara, broccoli, green bean salad, spiced peaches, oatmeal raisin cook-

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ie June 17: Hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion, carrots, coleslaw, dice pear June 18: Roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, California vegetables, ww bread, apple June 19: Stuffed pasta shells with meat sauce, green beans, carrot raisin salad, garlic bread stick, pear June 22: Chicken tacos with sour cream, cheese and salsa southwestern black beans, orange June 23: Sweet and sour pork, jasmine rice, Asian vegetables, applesauce, high fiber cookie June 24: Beef chili with cheese, baked potato with sour cream, tosses salad with chickpeas, orange June 25: Smothered pork chop with onions and peppers, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, tropical fruit salad, high fiber cookie June 26: Manicotti, Bahama vegetables, sunflower broccoli salad, apple, raisin nut cup June 29: Seasoned baked salmon, brown rice pilaf, broccoli, pear, cherry cobbler June 30: Broccoli stuffed chicken breast, green beans, sweet potatoes, pineapple tidbits, high fiber cookie

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◀ FROM MEALS, PAGE 1 tribution site and cars were lined up eager to accept the meals, which featured rigatoni with zucchini and cherry tomatoes, herb-roasted chicken, broccoli and beverages. Fuel Denver Frontlines is focused on creating balanced, nutritious meals with a focus on natural foods. “I think it was great because a lot of our patients are low income. They wouldn’t have the luxury of receiving these chef-prepared meals any other way,” Aguero said. A team of volunteers came out to help with the setup and unloading the truck, including associates from security, food services, facilities, clinic associates, and physicians and nurses. The distribution itself took place over two days, May 14 and 15. “We just had a lot of very appreciative patients,” Aguero said. Aguero said she and other clinic associates were just thankful to see their patients, many of whom haven’t been in the clinic The St. Mary-Corwin Health Foundation worked to secure the Fuel Denver Frontlines meal donations, which are made possible by a gift from the Tuchman Family Foundation. The Gustamo Group, which includes Park Burger, Homegrown Tap & Dough and Birdcall restaurants, are partners in the effort. “It was very rewarding. It was a positive amid all this craziness that has been happening for the last couple of months,” Aguero said.


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SRDA JUNE 2020 CALENDAR Special information from Pueblo’s SRDA (Plus)

Recreation Department is currently CLOSED due to Covid - 19. All information provided depends on when SRDA reopens, which includes Matter of Balance. Also, all outside activity start up, like AARP -Taxes and Driver Safety classes will be determined by their national office.

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MANY STORES IN the area are offering a separate time for senior only shopping to assist in keeping one of the most vulnerable populations protected from the spread of COVID-19. At this time, information for senior only shopping is as follows: Albertson’s Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 – 9 AM Dollar General, 1245 Spruce Every day, 8 – 9 AM Dollar General, W. 18th Street Sundays, 8 – 9 AM Dollar General, 1502 Troy Every day, 8 –9 AM Dollar General, 609 Pueblo Boulevard Thursdays, 12 – 1 PM; All other days, 8 –9 AM Dollar General, 1610 Santa Fe Every day, 8 – 9 AM

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Everybody has a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in Pueblo Sam’s Club Thursdays, 7 – 9 AM Save-A-Lot Every day, 7 – 8 AM Target Every day, 8 – 9 AM Walmart; South, North, Pueblo West, Neighborhood Market Every day 6 -7 AM All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at Pueblo’s Joint Information Center. Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is answering questions 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday, 719-583-4444.   Everybody has a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in Pueblo by: ■ Minimize social activities and

being physically close to other people. ■ Do not go to the emergency room unless medically necessary. ■ Wash your hands with soap regularly. ■ Cough or sneeze into elbow or tissue. ■ Stay home when you’re sick. ■ Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with sick people. ■ Clean surfaces frequently touched. Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19: www.puebloemergency.info Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444.

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‘LIGHT FOR THE JOURNEY’

JAN MCLAUGHLIN

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ENCROACHING DARKNESS

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an you feel it? A dark cloud settling over us - making breathing difficult. What is it? It is not a virus. Fear porn

permeates the airwaves of mainstream media, television, radio, internet, and especially social media. “You better do this, or you will die. And if you don’t do it you will cause someone else to die.” These are nothing more than threats from the enemy. An attempt to control the masses. Has it worked? Have you, like me, yielded to “house arrest” without asking questions? Just yielded? I find it embarrassing how easily I fell into the trap. Is this a test to see how effortlessly the masses are manipulated by fear? Liquor stores, marijuana dispensaries and even abortion clinics are deemed “essential” and yet we are forbidden to attend church. With great concern for our country, my family and friends, I am anger about this. A few moments of prayer bring calm to my storm. Look up. Find the purpose. In the beginning of this virus chaos, I was concerned because my husband and I have major health issues. We were extra cautious using masks and gloves. In fact, I stayed home as Rick grocery shopped once or twice a week. I cleaned all the groceries with alcohol or Clorox before bringing them inside. Concerned the mail could be contaminated, I baked it in the convection oven at 150 for 10 or 15 minutes. Then there was the day I forgot to switch the knob to convection and microwaved the mail for 15 minutes.

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I realized my mistake when I smelled smoke. Barely in time to prevent a fire, I grabbed the smoking mail and rushed it outside. OOPS! It is not a good idea to microwave your mail. After constant fear messages for weeks, the opposite message began to immerge. Reality set in as I saw how the world had been manipulated and controlled. I was furious with the perpetrators. Mentioning names is unnecessary. You know them. Telling myself they are just tools in the devil’s hands did not bring peace, yet I was certain of my presumption. My daily devotions are from the book of Daniel. As I also read Hosea, Joel, Amos and the rest, the picture in these Scriptures of the state of the world then revealed the world today. And then there is Revelation. Daniel’s prophecy and the revelation of Jesus Christ reported by John fit together hand in hand. My anger turned to excitement. No longer did I consider these evil people stirring the mess, contributing to the chaos, and stoking the fires of fear as tools in the devil’s hands. Clearly, they are puppets in God’s hands doing His bidding to set the stage for all that is to come. What an exciting time to be alive. Do I have concerns for my children and grandchildren and even great grandchildren? Of course. Rick and I pray and believe for their salvation and protection trusting God for the answers. This has been an amazing learning experience. I have learned ominous truths about vaccines that I would not have otherwise known. Some cause unprecedented health risks and problems with long-term health issues. Some contain fetal tissue from aborted babies. I will not get a flu vaccine this year. This certainly is not an edict for anyone else. However, for myself I will trust the Lord and rely on Him to protect me. The agenda behind the vaccines is quite disturbing, and some horrifying. When you are invited to “drink Kool-Aid,” someone is trying to convince you it is for your good and the good of society. If you refuse to drink, you are the bad person and you may cause the death of others. Remember the story of Jim Jones and the Kool-Aid? Would a forced vaccine be less evil? Of course, many stand in line to receive their vaccination, convinced it is for their good, oblivious to the hidden agenda. The Nazis had a phrase that covered all the abuses of the state. “Fȕr ihre Sicherheit!” “It’s for your safety!” Conservative commentators tell us repeatedly that the proposed solution is more dangerous than the problem. What kills people is ignorance. “. . . my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6a NIV). Who would believe that a handful of people could control the entire world population? And yet, it just happened. We are living proof. As I suggested before, perhaps this was a test. What is next? Will the world populace buckle as we did over the last few months? Or will we stand against the rising tide of evil and make our Christian views known? A Christian’s mission is to share the message of truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If the signs of the times are becoming clear, we may not have much longer to share that truth and hope that only Jesus can give. For years, I thought I was a Christian because I had been baptized twice and had two church memberships. One night the Lord made it clear that my baptism certificates and church memberships are pieces of paper, not tickets to heaven and I was on my way to hell without a relationship with Jesus. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. He purchased my redemption with His blood on the cross. My name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. My security in Christ is sealed. Is yours? Repel the encroaching darkness with the light of Christ dwelling inside you.

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ANCIENT FAERIE LORE: FAERIE HERBS AND POTIONS

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

Regardless of one's belief or skepticism in this magical faerie realm, contemporary herbs play a significant role in these tales of folklore. Wild thyme gathered from the hillsides of the 'little people' enables the wearer access into their hallowed kingdom. Although a common remedy for human aging, when placed under a pillow will ensure that nightmares are nonexistent. During the nineteenth century and while used to enact spells the wood sorrel's enchanted properties encourage the nickname 'faerie bells.' The charm plant referred to as mystic mug wort must be positioned in shoes to guarantee a safe excursion, while people in the Isle of Mann wear it proudly around their necks. This incredible plant is also a favorite of mermaids. Rue is known to send British and Persian faerie's powerless. Also when grasping handfuls of rue, or ensuring it hangs from one's neck, a mere mortal can physically escape from the shadows, and faeries in

flight will instantly vanish. So strong is the common herb. Faerie ills and evil spirits are frustrated by ground ivy, another reliable ally of susceptible individuals. Commonly known as the shamrock, the clover plant has supernatural powers. Three being the charmed number, of leaves that is. It is considered sacred. Make a wish while holding a four leaved clover then place it in your hat, or around your neck. Visions of faeries immediately appear. By keeping the clover nearby surreal apparitions of faerie enchantment appear. When discovered accidently, without a doubt the odd leaved shamrocks embrace extreme potency. Some scholars believe that pixie folklore is, in fact, based

on a real, ancient race of people who lived in or near the south of England. The Pict tribe, famous for their blue war paint, are often referred to as real life pixies. However the theory is undermined by the fact that the Scottish tribe was located a distance away from Devon and Cornwall. Other scholars believe that a race of pigmy people might have lived on the islands off the coast of southern England. Whatever your reflections, know that well educated people, from popular academies hold a reliable interest in faerie lore. Refrain from searching for and picking them in certain pixie realms in Devonshire/England. These lands are considered special by the small folk, faeries and pixies alike. So much information should illuminate all unearthly possibilities within the mortal consciousness, enhancing spiritual auras, and awakening the senses.


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NEWS OF THE WEIRD

SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL Government In Action In 2013, Chad Dearth of Overland Park, Kansas, purchased his dream car, a 1964 Chevy Impala, and got an "antique" license plate for it. Since then, he has sold the car and moved to a new neighborhood, but earlier this year he received word that seven to 10 collection letters a day were arriving at his old address from state turnpike authorities up and down the East Coast. That's when Dearth learned that Kansas is one of a few states that assign identical numbers to different categories of specialty license plates, and his old antique plate number matched the number on a commercial semi truck -- the one photographed by one of the authorities demanding payment for toll violations. Lee Ann Phelps, vehicle services manager for the Kansas Department of Revenue, told Fox4 she doesn't know why the state uses identical numbers, but there are about 625,000 plates in the

state that share a number. Kansas has issued a new license for the truck, but in the meantime, the bills continue. Dearth most recently got a letter from the Delaware Turnpike Authority seeking $479. [Fox4, 5/27/2020] Green Eggs, No Ham A.K. Shihabudheen of Malappuram, India, and his wife cracked an egg from one of their chickens about nine months ago and were surprised to see a dark green yolk, rather than the standard yellow. "All the eggs which the hen laid ... were this kind," Shihabudheen told The News Minute, "and so we started to incubate the eggs. Out of the six chicks which hatched from these eggs, a few have started to lay eggs and those yolks are also green in color." The eggs taste like other eggs and cause no health problems, the family said. Experts from Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University suspect the feed

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given to the birds may be behind the phenomenon, according to Dr. S. Sankaralingam, but Shihabudheen says he gives all his birds the same feed. [The News Minute, 5/15/2020] Monkey Business Egyptian talk show host Lobna Asal abruptly fled the studio mid-interview on May 27 after being attacked by the monkey brought to the set by her interview subject, actor Ibrahim El-Samman, United Press International reported. Appearing on Egyptian channel Al Hayat, the monkey co-starred with El-Samman on his latest project, and at first settled in Asal's lap for several minutes, calmly listening to the conversation, but then jumped down and attacked her legs. As she ran off, another person arrived to wrangle the primate. [United Press International, 5/27/2020] Another Job Threatened Massachusetts-based Boston Dynamics has partnered with the New Zealand robotics company Rocos to develop a robotic dog, Spot, to herd sheep. "The age of autonomous robots is upon us," Rocos chief executive David Inggs told United Press International. The dog can be controlled remotely as it guides sheep through mountainous and difficult terrain, according to the company. "It just needs to walk with intent toward the sheep and they seem to respond," said Richard Stinear, Rocos chief technology officer. In other words, they act like sheep. [United Press International, 5/22/2020] Bird Brain Security agencies in India thought they may have captured a Pakistani spy after villagers in Manyari, a border town in the disputed region of Kashmir, delivered the courier to police, but the mole wasn't a mole at all; it was a pigeon. According to Sky News, Kathua Police Superintendent Shailendra Mishra said the bird flew into a home on May 24 and a "ring was seen attached to one of its legs with some numbers on it ... Some called it a coded message." Authorities are trying to decipher the message, as pigeons have been used for espionage in the disputed region in the past. Meanwhile, the BBC reports that a Pakistani man named Habibullah is claiming the pigeon is his, and the number on the ring is his mobile phone number. Habibullah, who lives just a few miles from the India/Pakistan border, has asked for the pigeon's return and told local media India should "refrain from victimizing innocent birds." [Sky News, 5/26/2020] [BBC, 5/27/2020] The Allure of Junk Food

-- San Diego police responding to a burglar alarm at a Wells Fargo bank in Chollas View, California, around 3:30 a.m. on May 27, found a broken window by the bank's drive-thru. Alarm company personnel told officers surveillance cameras showed a man inside the bank's break room, using the microwave. Police gained entry to the bank and arrested the unnamed man, who told KGTV he had gone into the bank only to warm up his Hot Pockets. Asked if the Hot Pockets were worth the arrest, the man said, "Hell yeah it was worth it." [KGTV, 5/27/2020] -- City Parks and Recreation employee Zach Morris was cleaning up storm damage in Wynne, Arkansas, at the city's sports complex on May 24 when he noticed that someone had broken into the concession stand. "The whole place was just looted," Morris told WREG. The stand had been fully stocked for games scheduled before COVID-19 lockdowns began, and thieves helped themselves to drinks and candy, even taking the time to prepare nachos and popcorn before they left. Police are hoping the culprits will confess. "The right thing to do is take responsibility for the mistakes you made," Morris said. [WREG, 5/25/2020] Latest Sightings UFO hunter Scott Waring discovered what he believes to be the "entrance to an alien base" on Earth on May 13 by studying Google Earth. According to the Mirror, Waring said the base doesn't fit in with its surroundings on a "small and uninhabited island in Indonesia" and "aliens would love to have a hidden base" in such a secluded location. Using a Google Earth tool, he measured the opening, which is about 66 feet across -- big enough, he said, to "get a lot of alien ships in there." One commenter on Waring's YouTube channel praised his finding: "My gut tells me this is 100% legit. Good job man!" [Mirror, 5/20/2020] Florida Police in Miramar, Florida, are still trying to identify a man who was caught on surveillance video ransacking Miramar High School on May 25. The suspect spent nearly 24 hours destroying computers, painting graffiti on the walls and flooding areas of the school, the Miami Herald reported -- all while stark naked, except for headphones. School officials put the cost of the damages at about $100,000. [Miami Herald, 5/26/2020] It's a Mystery Folks in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, have been


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NEWS OF THE WEIRD

SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL hearing odd, loud banging noises at all hours over the past few weeks. "We're all hearing it and it's interrupting our sleep," Heather Donily told the CBC. "There's a sense of panic when you first hear it." Most people believe the noises are "bear bangers" -- noisy flares used to scare bears away in the wilderness -- and police are investigating, but Councilman Pete Fry has concerns: "Bear bangers actually do have the potential to cause harm. ... If they're being indiscriminately used throughout the city ... somebody might actually get hurt." [CBC, 5/28/2020] Rebellion Served Cold An unnamed ice cream shop in Hong Kong is offering tear gas-flavored ice cream in support of the region's pro-democracy movement,

reports the Associated Press. The shop's owner explained he wanted "to make a flavor that reminds people that they still have to persist in the protest movement and don't lose their passion." "It tastes like tear gas," said customer Anita Wong. "It feels difficult to breathe at first, and it's really pungent and irritating. It makes me want to drink a lot of water immediately." The owner tried several different combinations to achieve the flavor and found that black pepper came the closest. Before coronavirus restrictions, he said the store was selling 20 to 30 scoops per day. [Associated Press, 5/14/2020] Just Funny University of Arizona wildlife biol-

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ANN COULTER

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WE'RE ALL GOING crazy and running out of things to do during this endless shutdown. We’ve painted the dog, counted pavers in the backyard, and rearranged the spice rack alphabetically and also by color. What we really need right now is a new game! Herewith I present the Quarantine Game that I, Ann Coulter, have invented. The rules are simple. Imagine you’re the Democratic Party. You have a stellar opportunity to win the White House and also ensure that the opposition party never regains it as long as Homo sapiens walks the Earth. But in a series of developments too bizarre to recall (have they finished counting the ballots in Iowa yet?), you find yourself stuck with a 77-year-old candidate whose campaign is causing no excitement anywhere in the land, even in his own brain -- although, in fairness, Joe Biden is unaware that he’s running for president. You have 12 minutes to come up with at least two (2) answers to this question: What can you do to get your party out of this mess? Answers will be scored on rationale, probability and advantages. Think about it. Your opposition is Donald Trump. For all the reasons Republicans salivated over running against Hillary –- she was a repugnant human being, her every calculation was based on what was good for her and her family, scandals broke out whenever she was around, half the country already hated her -- you are salivating looking at Trump. Lest we forget, in Donald Trump

the Democrats have a man [partial list] ... -- who got into office and, the moment two people raised an objection to his fulfilling his campaign promises, said, OK, never mind! I’ll just tell my supporters I did it; -- who is more likely to adopt policy proposals from Kim Kardashian than the Angel Moms; -- who claimed to support gun rights, then mocked the NRA from the White House, while calling for absurd gun control measures (“take the guns first, go through due process second”); -- who won the presidency with zero Wall Street money, then immediately turned the keys of the kingdom over to Wall Street; -- who thinks his daughter, whose only skill is designing shoes (allegedly -- businessinsider.com/ ivanka-trump-accused-of-copying-shoe-designs-2017-6), is the perfect person to sit at a table with world leaders, including the German chancellor and British prime minister; -- who brings a special counsel on himself by going on Lester Holt’s show and seemingly announcing it was his decision to fire the FBI director because of the Russia investigation -- then blames Jeff Sessions; -- who created a fake Time magazine cover featuring himself to hang on the walls of his golf clubs (“DONALD TRUMP: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!”); -- who tweets Michael Moore conspiracy theories about Joe Scarborough killing his intern; -- who is a very coarse and vulgar person -- which could all be forgiven if only he had the little

voice in his head that said No, I owe these people. I promised them. I’ll pick up the phone and call congressional Republicans. So. Democrats have a real opportunity here. But again, you’re stuck with Biden. When I played the Quarantine Game, here were my answers: 1) Replace Biden and [unnamed female vice presidential candidate] with Corey Booker and Kamala Harris. Rationale: After hearing every six minutes on MSNBC that “the black vote is not monolithic!” apparently African Americans agreed this ONE TIME to make an exception and vote monolithically for Joe Biden. Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina said, We’re all voting for Biden, and black voters said, Yep, OK, done. Even in normal circumstances, the Democrats are a little too beholden to the Al Sharptons of the party. But after black voters hauled the creaky, hole-filled Biden campaign cratered at the bottom of the sea to the surface for some quick repairs, there had better be an African American on the ticket. How about two black Democrats? Likelihood: I am sublimely confident that if the Democrats think they are going to lose with Biden and get four more years of Trump, they’ll make the switch. Ask Robert Torricelli. Advantages: With two black candidates on the ticket, the media won’t have to whip up fake racist incidents like Ferguson to keep black voters interested. Together, Booker and Harris might even be able to stage a “Sister Souljah” moment to reassure backsliding white Democrats. 2) Don’t let the voters see Biden. Rationale: Have you seen Biden? Likelihood: Have you seen Biden? Advantages: It’s easy! Go all Kim Jong Un. We’ll call it the Kim Jong Joe Plan. Keep Biden in the bunker, and get a body double to do all his TV interviews and public appearances. With Biden wearing a black mask these days, all they'll need are the hair plugs.


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class created for mask making very soon afterwards. The world soon exploded with COVID-19 cases and cloth masks became a recommended necessity and now everyone wanted masks. Customers wanted to help their neighbors and began to bring in donated masks. Randy not only constructed the face masks, he also distributed them throughout Fremont and Pueblo County. First Stitches provided masks to the hospitals, assisted living facilities, Dept of Corrections, Fremont County offices, restaurants, homeless shelters and local businesses, without cost. The Smith’s even provided 300 to the state lottery department. Randy would deliver and porch drop to individuals who chose to stay at home for the duration. “The masks were donations and we never charged for them,” said Kim. Yes, some individuals left small tokens of appreciation but the Smith’s never promoted the masks for profit. Though the physical stores had to close their doors, the online store is what helped the Smith’s get through the Governor’s mandate. “People did not stop sewing,” says Kim.

“In fact, many people re-discovered their sewing machines during this time and they began making their own masks in addition to projects. As customers shopped within our online store, we were able to provide delivery and shipping for no charge. “We put a lot of miles on the van dropping off product and masks….” says Randy. “We also picked up, repaired and returned machines during this time.” As of late May, over 2,000 masks have been distributed and First Stitches will continue to give them out as long as they have them. We love our customers and their efforts to help others by making masks has been the beacon during this entire crisis. Now that our stores are open back up for business, customers can come in and get a donated mask. For more information to include address and contact information, please visit www.FirstStitches.com or call the stores at 719-285.-8088 or 719-225-8142.

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FOR A HEALTHIER YOU Ensure Home Is Safe For Frail Relatives DID YOU KNOW that falls are the primary cause of injury and hospitalization for older adults, and that half of those injured do not regain their former level of independence? Health- and LISA M. PETSCHE Medical social worker age-related and freelance writer changes that contribute to falls include decreased sensation in the feet, loss of strength, visual impairment, balance problems and the use of certain medications. Hazardous conditions in home environments are the other major cause of potentially serious spills. If guests to your home include frail relatives, extra planning and preparations are advisable, to help ensure their safety. Planning Ahead Before extending an invitation, determine if senior relatives have special needs or limitations. Then go through your home and the surrounding property to check for potential problem areas. Consider the following:

Is parking available close to the entrance? Are the driveway and walkways level and in good condition? Are entrances and interior doorways wide enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair? If a prospective guest uses one, find out the width and measure to be sure. Are all areas of your home that guests will need to access on one level? If not, are prospective guests able to navigate stairs? If entrance steps are the only barrier, look into renting a portable ramp from a medical supply store. Are porch steps and interior stairways in good repair, and do they have a non-skid surface? Are steps evenly spaced and moderate in height? Are there handrails – preferably on both sides – and are they secure? Is there adequate lighting throughout your home, including in hallways and stairwells? What about at entrances and along outdoor paths? If your home can’t accommodate an older relative’s needs, take them out to a restaurant that’s accessible. If you're organizing a family gathering that includes the person, consider another member’s home, a restaurant with a private dining room or a community space,

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remove them, since they're one of the most common causes of falls. Have non-skid slipper socks available if you wish guests to remove footwear at the door. Be aware, though, that some older folks may need to keep their shoes on to ensure proper support. During The Visit Keep lights on in all areas guests may need to access. Keep pets - especially high-energy kittens or puppies - in an area separate from the entertaining zone, so they don’t startle guests. Bear in mind that sleeping cats and dogs are also a tripping hazard. Reserve for senior guests some chairs that have arms; the higher and firmer the seat, the better. Be cautious about serving alcohol, which can impair balance. Lisa M. Petsche is a medical social worker and a freelance writer specializing in boomer and senior health matters. She has personal experience with elder care.


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There Is Something About Mary IN THE CATHOLIC Church, the month of May is the month we honor Mary as the Mother of Jesus and our Spiritual Mother. Those of us who had the opportunity to attend Catholic school would remember taking part in the “May crownREV. EDMUNDO VALERA ing” in the St. Paul the Apostle beginning Catholic Church of May. As prayers are said in unison and Marian Hymns are sung, a beautiful wreath of flowers festooned with white and blue ribbons was placed upon the head of the statue of Mary. It was a great honor to be chosen to crown Mary’s statue. However, many people do not quite understand the Catholic’s devotion to Mary. Some would go as far as to say that the ubiquitous presence of Mary’s statues in our churches smack of idolatry. In our defense, we do not worship any of the statuaries in our churches. They are merely reminders or

representations of Jesus as well as the holy women and men who led exemplary holy lives and are worthy of our devotion and emulation. We pray directly to Jesus, the Son of God. But sometimes we ask for the “intercessions” or “help” of Mary, keeping in mind that Jesus acquiesced to her request of turning water into wine when they both attended a family wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). This is proof to us that Mary can petition on behalf of others and Jesus would grant the favor. For truly, what son would refuse a mother’s plea? May is the height of the Spring Season, a time of year when nature comes alive after a winter hibernation - signaling a new beginning and a new birth. This reminds us of the new birth and new life that happened to humanity when Mary gave birth to the one who rescued us from our death to sin. You see, we don’t necessarily focus on Mary alone. Any reference to Mary would ultimately point to her Son. As we honor Mary during the month of May - a month that is always within the Easter Season - we are also celebrating Jesus’ springing back into life after three days in the tomb. In his resurrection from the

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There really is something about Mary. Over the centuries, Mary had apparitions in certain places around the world such as Fatima, Portugal; Lourdes, France; Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, etc. Skeptics are quick to say that these apparitions are nothing but hocus-pocus visions of Mary fanatics. It is our belief, however, that Mary goes where her children calls upon her for help. When plagues and pandemics ravaged most of Europe, quite a few of her images were invoked by the faithful and miraculous healings happened. Countless conversions also took place under her watch, which was the case when she appeared in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego on the hills of Tepeyac, Mexico. In 1965, Pope Paul VI wrote that the Catholic tradition of crowning Mary in May is a “moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world pay to the Queen of Heaven.” The crown symbol is attributed to Mary because she is the Mother of the Son of God, who is our Heavenly King. St. Pope John Paul II is also well-

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◀ FROM LIGHT, PAGE 6 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:1416 NIV). Not sure you have the light of Christ in you? The solution was not cheap. It cost Jesus His life. However, for you the solution is simple. “And it shall come to pass,

that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21 NIV). Speaking of the New Jerusalem, Jesus told us in Revelation 21:27, “Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty— but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” © 2020 Jan McLaughlin, all rights reserved. Jan McLaughlin is Director of Prayer For Prisoners International and can be reached by e-mail – Jan@ PrayerForPrisoners.org. or by phone 719-275-6971.

◀ FROM MARY, PAGE 14 known for his devotion to Mary and designated her as the Queen and Mother of all. In a recent visit to Naples in Italy, Pope Francis told his audience that in order to ensure that Jesus is at the center of their lives, they must request Mary to take them to her Son Jesus and reminded them that: “If you don’t love the mother, the mother will not give you the Son.” Happily, we are now allowed to publicly celebrate Sunday masses at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church - albeit with some State and Diocesan mandates and restrictions. Following a tradition that dates back to the 13th century, we begin our celebrations by

crowning a statue of Mary with fresh flowers while serenading her with a solemn Marian hymn. As a faith community, we are very thankful that an image of “Mary the Untier of Knots” will soon permanently grace our church here at St. Paul. The “knots” represent all the difficulties, challenges, and problems that we are facing in life - such as this virulent contagion of COVID-19 that continues to wreak havoc around the world. It is our hope and prayer that this virus’ deadly and knotty grip will soon be loosened with Mary’s intercession. Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother: Pray for us!

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REELING

SEQUEL PROVIDES DELIGHT FOR MUSIC LOVERS GALORE 'TROLLS WORLD TOUR' OFFERS MUSIC OF ALL GENRES -- EVEN YODELING BETTY JO TUCKER Pueblo award winning film critic

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music, music, music. What’s your favorite music genre? No matter what your answer, it probably gets a time to shine in this lively show – even yodeling. With Justin Timberlake serving as one of the musical producers again, you can bet on a variety of special exhibitions on screen. The only one not included is Disco. Timberlake also returns as the voice of cynical Branch, one of the main characters. Plus, Anna Kendrick comes back as Poppy, the happiest troll you will ever see. These two appealing characters anchor the sequel, but other colorful characters give them a run for their money here --particularly Queen Barb, voiced by Rachel Bloom, and Hickory/Prince D, voiced by Sam Rockwell. Adding to the fun are

George Clinton and Mary J. Blige as the Funk Music leaders, plus many more surprises. Marvelous singing and dancing take over the screen in this creative sequel, which makes me very happy – because, of course, I’m the world’s most avid movie musical fan. Poppy and Branch, back together. But they face more stormy weather. Poppy now wears the Pop Queen crown. And her friend Branch still wears a frown. He loves Poppy yet cannot say, for her Queen goals get in the way. Poppy learns of Trolls world-wide with different music their guide.

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Rock Queen Barb wants to own them all. Poppy jumps to answer the call. The music battle then begins We can’t help hoping her side wins. Music styles of many kinds shine Pop music is a fave of mine. Country, classic and so-smooth jazz receive their moments of pizzazz. Bursts of color explode in scenes. Cute creatures dance joyful routines. “Trolls World Tour” wants to make us smile. That’s not been seen for quite a while. My only concern about this film involves the over-stimulation of toddlers with all the fast action and color extravaganza going on. Also, please don’t let the movie’s annoying raucous opening bother you. When the story gets underway, everything works. If you don’t like one type of music, chances are the next one covered might have you dancing and singing right along with the Trolls. Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. --- Plato (Released by Universal Pictures and rated “PG” by MPAA. Available now on Amazon Prime and Xfinity On Demand.)


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THE WELL-DRESSED GARDEN

The Butterfly Effect THE WORLD NEEDS pollinators, but pollinators need our help, too, and the easiest, most satisfying and beautiful way to come to the rescue of declining insect populations is to plant flowers. MARTY ROSS Freelance garden In a pot on journalist and a patio or on a syndicated gardening columnist sprawling country estate, you can make a big difference. It's not the size of a garden that matters, says Jared Barnes, a horticulture professor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and a champion of POLLINATORS. As populations of bees, butterlies, moths, beetles and other pollinators. pollinators recover, gardens turn itno naturally balanced ecosystems. "What if we all had pollinator plants in our yards?" he says. "What if everyone was doing this? If we are yuccafolium) is a North American all doing small things, it can have a native plant with bristly globedrastic impact." shaped flowers that stand 3 to 4 feet The ripple effect of gardening for tall in a garden. pollinators in a neighborhood, a They're native prairie plants, sturregion or across the country is prody and undemanding. "Everybody found, Barnes says. should have them," Barnes says -As populations of bees, butterflies, along with other tough but beautiful moths, beetles, and other pollinators perennials such as yarrow, mounrecover, gardens turn into naturally tain mint (Pycnanthemum), and balanced ecosystems. milkweed (Asclepias) for butterflies. They produce more flowers and A pollinator garden Barnes fruits -- and have fewer pests -- than designed on the Stephen F. Austin gardens intensively managed with campus includes these favorites, an arsenal of chemicals. planted together with salvias, lilies, Barnes' research and practices are coneflowers, alliums, goldenrods, backed -- not coincidentally -- by asters and other hard-working perthe enthusiastic anecdotal observaennials. tions of gardeners everywhere, and There's something blooming in by the numbers. the garden from spring through fall. The Xerces Society, which supIn his own garden at home, ports pollinator conservation Barnes is working on new flower around the world, notes that more beds modeled after best-practice than 85% of the world's flowering research on attracting monarch plants, including more than 100 butterflies. crops, depend on pollinators. The research takes as given that By restoring habitat and reducing milkweed plants are critical for the use of pesticides and herbicides, monarchs (they are the only food of gardeners can come to the rescue of monarch caterpillars and are exceldeclining insect populations, which lent nectar plants for monarch buthave an economic value of about $3 terflies and other pollinators), but it billion in the United States alone, also demonstrates that where these the Society says. plants are placed in a flower-bed deIn his presentations to garden sign has a direct effect on the ability Call us for a groups and garden designers, of butterflies to find them. Tour Today! Barnes does more than advocate For best results with monarchs, for pollinators: He emphasizes the milkweed should be planted around pleasures and rewards of gardening, the outside of a bed, not scattered, "the sense of wonder and awe that cottage-garden style, among the there is a world out there bigger and hurly-burly company of flowers like greater than all of us," he says. zinnias and tithonias, even though "It's a little miracle that we can these other plants are very attractive plant plants in our gardens and see to pollinators in general. butterflies. It's a wonderful thing for A border planting of milkweed will attract up to four times the all of us to participate in." number of monarch butterflies as Barnes' favorite pollinator plants gardens in which milkweeds are are easy to find in garden shops, mixed among other flowers, the reeasy to grow and naturally beautisearch shows. ful. Rattlesnake master (Eryngium

To make milkweeds even easier to see from butterfly level, don't let other plants flop over on them, Barnes says. Give every plant the space it needs, and make sure your planting design takes mature height into consideration. Butterflies, and especially monarchs, "are the poster child of this love-of-insects movement," Barnes says, and the drawing card for his presentations on pollinators. When you make your garden beds, flowerpots and kitchen garden pollinator friendly, you'll surely notice an increase in the number and diversity of butterflies in your yard. What you might not see are all the different bees and flies that also contribute to the business of pollinating flowers and fruit, but these tiny insects are there, and they are doing you and us all a world of good.

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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU

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Social Security Online Services Available DURING THIS TIME when our physical offices are closed to the public, you may wonder, “How can I get help from Social Security without visiting an office?” You can find the answer at www.ssa.gov/ onlineservices, which links you to some of our most popular online services. You can apply for retirement and disability benefits, appeal a decision, and do much more. Our newest my Social Security feature, Advance Designation, enables you to identify up to three people, in priority order, who you would like to serve as your potential representative payee in the event you ever need help managing your benefits. We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions at faq. ssa.gov/en-us/Topic/article/KA10039 to answer questions you may have about Advance Designation. You can also apply for Medicare online in less than 10 minutes with no forms to sign and often no required documentation. We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information. Visit www.ssa.gov/benefits/ medicare to apply for Medicare and find other important information. If you’re eligible for Medicare at age 65, your initial enrollment period begins three months before your 65th birthday and ends three months after that birthday. We’ve organized our Online Services webpage into four popular categories for easy navigation: Review Your Information. You

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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU Question: What are the rules for getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? I’m thinking about applying based on my disability. Answer: To be eligible to receive SSI benefits, you must be disabled, blind, or age 65 or older and have limited income and resources. Income is money you receive such as wages, Social Security benefits, and pensions. Income also includes the value of such things as food and shelter you receive from others. Resources are things you own such as real estate, bank accounts, cash, stocks, and bonds. You may be able to get SSI if your resources are worth no more than $2,000. A couple may be able to get SSI if they have resources worth no more than $3,000. Learn more by reading our publication, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs. Question: What are the limits on what I can own to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: You may be able to get SSI if your resources are worth no more than $2,000. A couple may be able to get SSI if they have resources worth no more than $3,000. Social Security counts real estate, bank accounts, cash, stocks, and bonds toward the limits on what you can own. If you own property you are trying to sell, you may be able to get SSI while trying to sell it. Social Security

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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU For more information, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/spotlights/ spot-deeming.htm. Question: My child is disabled, but when I applied for SSI, I was told that my child was ineligible because my spouse and I earned too much money? Why does our income make my child ineligible? Answer: If a child is living with either their natural or adopted parents, then some of the income that the parents earn deems to the child. We use these amounts to determine whether or not your child meets the non-medical requirements for SSI. For more information regarding the deeming process, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/ spotlights/spot-deeming.htm. Question: My son receives SSI payments and I have to report my wages each month. How can I do that? Answer: There are multiple ways to report wages to the Social Security Administration. The easiest way to report wages if you have access to a smart phone is by using our SSI Mobile Wage Reporting (SSIMWR) app. This app can be downloaded and installed for free through the iTunes Store or Google Play, depending upon your device. Also, you may report wages through the SSI Telephone Wage Reporting (SSITWR) system. If you are interested in using either of these options, contact your local office to make sure you are eligible to report wages through these programs. If you cannot report through either the SSIMWR or the SSITWR, you may also mail, fax, or bring proof of your wages into your local Social Security office. For more information about wage reporting, please visit www. socialsecurity.gov/ssi/spotlights/spottelephone-wage.htm. Question: I’ve been receiving SSI for a few years and recently went back to work. My boss wants me to work full time and I feel like I can do the job, but I’m concerned about losing my Medicaid coverage. If my SSI payments stop due to my earnings, can I still keep my Medicaid? Answer: In most cases, Medicaid coverage will continue even if your earned income is too high to receive an SSI payment. In order to qualify for this coverage, the following provisions apply: • You are still blind or have a disability; and • You meet all the SSI eligibility requirements, except for the amount of your earnings; and • You were eligible to receive a regular SSI cash payment for at least one month before you became eligible under Section 1619 of the Social Security Act; and • You were eligible for Medicaid coverage in the month before you be-

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Pueblo COVID-19 Testing Sites Expand PUEBLO COUNTY'S community drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Colorado State Fairgrounds will be expanded to Fridays beginning May 22. The testing site, which opened in April, is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The site is open through May 29. “We are pleased to be able to add an extra two days to our testing schedule which will give us the ability to test up to an additional 500 people in our community,� said Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “Our goal is to get as many people tested as we can to not only let community members know if they are positive with COVID-19 but the results will give public health information on how widespread the virus is in Pueblo.� Since the drive-thru site opened April 22, there have been 2,417 people tested. The community drive-thru testing site is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the State Fairgrounds

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by: Follow the Governor’s Safer at Home order Wear a non-medical cloth face covering while out in public for necessary activities Minimize social activities and being physically close to other people Isolate yourself if you feel symptoms of shortness of breath, cough, temperature of 100.4 or higher, chills, headache, sore throat and new loss of smell or taste, call your medical provider before visiting them. Do not go to the emergency room unless medically necessary. Contact your health care provider Wash your hands with soap regularly. Cough or sneeze into elbow or tissue. Stay home when you’re sick. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with sick people. Clean surfaces frequently touched. Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19: At times the Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline may experience a high volume of calls, please be patient and remain on the line and the next available call taker will be with you.

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DAVID SHRIBMAN

Post-Gazette emeritus executive editor and a nationally syndicated columnist.

COVID-19 REVEALS DEEPER, MORE ENDURING TRAGEDY ABOUT AMERICA THE LAST SEVERAL

weeks have been hard, the last week perhaps the hardest. Feeling more confined than confident, Americans nonetheless itched to get out, on bike trails, amid neighborhood streets, in stores, at picnic groves, by the shore or lakeside. And it was at those venues -- trails, streets, stores, groves, shoreline and lakeside -- that it became clear to all of us that months into the COVID-19 calamity, we remain full of questions and bereft of answers. It became clear, too, that many of the questions we harbor -- maybe unexpressed but surely felt -- are vital questions about personal and public character, about the country’s resolve and national purpose. These uncertainties always have lain beneath the country’s surface, visible only a handful of times -- during the Revolution and the Civil War, to be

sure, but also during the two world wars and, vividly, during the Vietnam struggle. And in the civil rights era and again during Watergate. Otherwise we have lived on the relatively blank pages of history, those leaves in our human story that Hegel taught us were the happiest. But this season (and perhaps next, and the one after that), we are living in pages crowded with history. We know our grandchildren and their children will read about our great coronavirus challenge, just as we've learned about the Black Death. But we don’t know how they will view our answers to two elemental questions: Did this country have a united spirit and vision? We have not had one at every national turning point. Otherwise history would not linger on Shelburne, Nova Scotia, one of the first havens for Tories fleeing the Revolutionary colonies. Nor would there have been a Civil War, to say nothing of Reconstruction and more than a century’s struggle to redeem the “created equal" promise of the Declaration of Independence. Nor would we know of the famous exchange, probably apocryphal, between Emerson and Thoreau when the latter refused to pay taxes to support the Mexican War. And though there were dissenters to American involvement in both world conflagrations, the country basically held together, especially in World War II. It was then that Franklin Delano Roosevelt made this comment: "There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States -- every man, woman and child -- is in action, and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this

war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives, and in our daily tasks." These are words we are not hearing now, when even more than in FDR’s war, there is no distinction between battle front and home front -- only the war, conducted in every home where the term “shelter," with its ominous Cold War overtones, has become more a verb than a noun. If World War II reminded Americans of their common purpose, the virus war is reminding us of our divisions. The nation’s leaders are divided, Republican against Democrat. The victims of the virus are divided, with more in states that voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton than for Donald J. Trump. The deaths from the disease break down in economic and racial divisions, slamming the poor, the black and the brown harder than the white; African Americans, for example, account for about 1 in 7 people in Illinois, but nearly half the deaths in that state are among black people. Events such as this pandemic have an economic effect, to be sure. A team of scholars at the National Bureau of Economic Research examined 15 major pandemics from 1347 to 2009 where more than 100,000 people died. They found that the economic cost of these threats generally was distributed across the population, either, as they explained, "because the infection itself is widespread, or because trade and market integration -- in capital and/or labor markets -- eventually propagates the economic shock across the map." We have both these characteristics now, a widespread contagion and trade and market integration. But preliminary indications are that

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