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• The little volume then caught the attention of the • Beatrix Potter died in 1943, leaving over publishing firm of Frederick Warne, a company 4,000 acres of farms, cottages and herds to the of three brothers who agreed to publish it if National Trust, along with a delightful legacy Beatrix would re-draw the pictures in color. The that will entertain children for generations to firm released 8,000 copies of Peter in October, come. Many of her childhood sketches, letters, 1902, and it was an immediate success. It was and original watercolors are displayed in followed the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.  next year by The Tale of Squirrel N u t k i n and The ADVERTISING PROOF Tailor of Final Changes DUE: Wed., 4/17/13 5:00 p.m.. Gloucester, Please review carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Prices  Hours which had Contact your Tidbits representative immediately with changes or corrections. also first Office: 760-320-0997 Fax: 760-320-1630 been written as picture letters to Sun Eez Window Tinting the Moore 1/16th page, 4/c, 13x discount rate children. April 21, 2013  Volume 9: Issue #17 • Working with Norman Warne as her editor, the youngest of the publisher brothers, Potter published two or three little books each year. The simplicity of her stories, the loveable animal characters, the depiction of the rural CLIP AND SAVE English countryside and the quality of her • Rancho La Quinta • Big Horn • The Vintage • Indian Ridge • Palm Valley illustrations made her books extremely popular.

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Social Security Benefit Cuts Are Rare In last week’s column, I presented a brief history of Social Security by highlighting the major changes to the program brought about by annual amendments to the original Social Security law. Sometimes it was a dramatic change, such as the addition of the disability program in 1956. But most times, Social Security amendments introduce relatively modest reforms, such as the 1977 amendments that lowered the duration of marriage requirement for divorced women from 20 years to ten years. But the point I am getting at in today’s column is that almost without fail, every amendment to the original Social Security law expanded or increased outlays, or liberalized the rules allowing more folks to qualify for the program’s various benefits. What struck me is that in the almost 80 year history of the program, I can think of less than a half dozen times when Social Security benefits were actually reduced. Here is a brief overview of the Social Security cuts that have been made over the years. Student benefits Since the very earliest days of Social Security, the dependent minor children of a retired or deceased parent, and since the mid 1950s, the dependent minor children of a disabled parent, were eligible for monthly benefits on the parent’s Social Security record. Those benefits were paid until the child turned 18, but could continue beyond age 18 in two circumstances: 1) if the child was disabled, in which case they could continue for the rest of the child’s life, even into their adult years; and 2) if the child was still in school, in which case they would continue until age 22. In 1981, Congress decided to eliminate benefits to students over age 18. They reasoned that because so many other forms of government loans and grants were available to students, there was no need to further subsidize higher education through the Social Security program. Mother’s benefits curtailed Congress was looking for other ways to trim Social Security outlays in 1981, and widowed mothers and dependent wives/mothers of retired or disabled husbands with minor children ended up in their crosshairs. For decades, the law had prescribed that wives and widows of any age with young children in their care could receive monthly benefits (in addition to the benefits paid to their kids) as long as at least one of their children was eligible for benefits.

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But in 1981, they changed to law to say that benefits to the mother would end when the youngest child turned 16. They figured that once all the children were over age 16, the mother ought to be able to work, if necessary, to help support her family. (By the way, although these situations rarely occur, the same benefits, and the same cutbacks, also applied to widowed fathers and dependent stayat-home husbands with minor children.) Death benefit restrictions In the early days of Social Security, Congress offered a one-time death benefit to the family members of a taxpayer who died before having a chance to collect Social Security benefits. Over the years, this partial refund of Social Security taxes morphed into an official Social Security death benefit payable to the family members of anyone who died, even if he or she had been a Social Security beneficiary. Most people mistakenly referred to the one-time payment as a “burial benefit.” It never was meant to be that, especially considering that it was capped at $255 many years ago. As anyone who has ever planned a funeral knows, $255 would barely cover the cost of flowers, let alone all the other burial or cremation costs. Anyway, in yet another attempt to curtail Social Security expenditures, Congress in 1981 decided that the death benefit should be paid only to a widow or widower who was living with the deceased at the time of death or to any minor children. Benefits to prisoners suspended Prior to 1992, it was assumed that people getting Social Security had earned their benefits, so they were legally due their Social Security checks no matter where they lived. But in the early 1990s, Congress came under intense pressure to suspend monthly benefits to anyone in jail or prison. People felt that since prisoners were already getting their room and board paid for by the taxpayers, they didn’t need taxpayer-funded Social Security checks. Drug addicts and alcoholics There was a rash of news stories in the mid 1990s highlighting certain disabled people who were allegedly spending the proceeds of their Social Security disability checks on drugs and alcohol. Knuckling under the pressure to do something about this, Congress eventually passed a law that essentially denied such benefits to anyone whose only disabling

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Check Leapfrog Hospital Survey [www. leapfroggroup.org/cp] to compare either overall patient safety ratings or the safety of selected procedures at a hospital near you. Click the box on the left of each one you’re interested in, and at the bottom of the screen click on Compare. Also see Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org). Put in your ZIP code and the map will show the ratings of all the hospitals in your area. Of the ratings, “A” is the best. Scroll down and click on each hospital to find detailed information. The AARP article lists four ways to protect yourself against something bad happening in the hospital: 1) Check the hospital’s credentials at The Joint Commission (qualitycheck.org). 2) Ask questions, and you’ll have a better outcome. 3) Bring someone with you to watch and listen to what is going on around you. 4) Be persistent in demanding that standard procedures be followed. A hospital stay can be frightening, but choosing the best hospital may get you a better outcome.

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● On May 21, 1978, 21-year-old rookie golfer Nancy Lopez defeats her childhood hero, JoAnne Carner, on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Coca-ColaClassic in Jamesburg, N.J. The next year Lopez beat out 44-year-old Mickey Wright, to repeat as Coca-Cola champion. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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ANTIQUE -- OR -JUNQUE by Anne McCollam Creators News Service

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tles and a matching tray. They are all decorated with multi-colored delicate flowers and green leaves against a white background. I remember it always sat on my great-aunt’s antique walnut dresser, and it is in mint condition. Anything you can tell me about the vintage, maker and value of my set will be greatly appreciated.

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All Rights Reserved Answer the turn of the 20th centur y. Whereas stories like these seem to flesh FREE I am interested in finding their value out the old cliche of “it’s not how you start that mat760.320.0997 Fax: 760.320.1630 and perhaps a purchaser. ters, it’s how you finish,” a look at the performance All Rights Reserved of a team over the first month or so can usually Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish give you a pretty accurate feel for how they will fare writer who was born in 1850 and died in 1894. His throughout the season. books are classics, and he was a prolific writer. Sev The 1988 Baltimore Orioles began their eral of his most loved and read books include “Kidseason with 21 straight losses, the worst ever, and napped,” “Treasure Island,” “The Strange Case of they never came back into contention. 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