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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... This CLASS Teaches Choice and Independence (By Larry Minnix and Connie Garner) A 65-year-old with high cholesterol and a 30-year- old accountant with an affinity for extreme sports may not appear to have much in common. But imagine if our elderly friend suffered a stroke, while the athlete had a surfing accident and wound up paralyzed. Both could continue leading productive lives. But they and their families would need assistance that they couldn't have predicted-perhaps someone to cook for them or drive them to work. Enter a new federal program called the CLASS Act, which will help elderly stroke victims, young adults living with disabilities, and others with similar conditions pay for the personal care they need. Short for Community Living Assistance Services and Supports, CLASS will fill a gaping hole in our system of caring for the elderly and disabled. Insurance does not cover many of the most daunting expenses faced by the elderly and those with disabilities-like transportation to and from work, meal delivery, or a home care aide to help with bathing and dressing. CLASS changes that, by providing cash benefits to those who participate. Imagine how a daily cash benefit could lighten the burden on an 80-year-old wife caring for her dementia-stricken husband. She could hire an aide for a few hours to take care of her spouse while she went to church or shopped for groceries. Or consider a young person who is paralyzed who wants to work but needs help getting dressed in the morning. He could use CLASS to hire a caregiver to come each morning and thereby avoid unemployment, isolation, and unnecessary dependence on government programs. The program is voluntary. Working people can choose to participate in CLASS. If so, the premiums are deducted from their paychecks. After they've paid into the system for five years, they become eligible for benefits. CLASS permits individuals who might otherwise end up in nursing homes to continue living independently in their communities-to the benefit of their psyches and their finances. Or, if they need assisted living or nursing home care, they can use their benefit to help pay for the setting of their choosing. Indeed, many older adults and people with disabilities have few options aside from checking into a nursing home, which Medicare does not cover. Long-term care insurance is a good option for a few, but many Americans can't cover the cost or don't qualify; because of pre-existing conditions. And several major insurers may soon stop offering it altogether. That forces people who can't pay for nursing care out of pocket to spend themselves into poverty and apply for Medicaid, the joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor. Medicaid covers nursing home care-but not all home-based care, in most cases, even if it's more cost-effective. CLASS helps fix this. Americans will no longer have to impoverish themselves to receive long-term care through Medicaid. Instead, they'll be able to purchase affordable long-term-care insurance that empowers them to choose the type of care that suits their unique needs. And by reducing the country's reliance on Medicaid to pay for long-term care, CLASS will deliver relief to state governments, many of which are struggling under the weight of their Medicaid obligations. Medicaid already spends more than $100 billion -- one-third of its total budget-on long-term services and supports. Such spending is expected to double within 15 years-and triple within 35 years. CLASS could help curb those rising expenses and limit Medicaid's role in the long-term care business so that it can focus its resources more directly on the poor. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded as much, writing that CLASS "would generate about $2 billion in savings . . . in the Medicaid program." Employers should also welcome the program. CLASS will allow them to offer a valuable benefit to their employees at no cost to the employer. All they have to do is let their employees sign up. As workers opt in, employers are likely to enjoy rising productivity and lower medical costs. One survey found that half of small businesses say they have been negatively affected by employees dealing with long-term care issues. Many workers are no doubt exhausted and less productive as a result of family caretaking obligations. Employees caring for an older relative are also more likely to report health problems such as depression, diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease. These issues cost employers an estimated $13.4 billion annually in additional healthcare costs. The CLASS Act will help Americans, help employers and will save tax dollars in so doing. Lawmakers should support its speedy implementation. Constance Garner, Ph.D., is the executive director and Larry Minnix is the chairman of Advance CLASS, a national advocacy organization dedicated to the implementation of a strong and vital long-term services and supports program. Ms. Garner is a former staffer of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Mr. Minnix is the president and CEO of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Clues ACROSS 1. Russian ruler (alt. sp.) 5. Cola brand 10. Scottish tax 14. Long-eared rabbit 15. Sir ___ Newton 16. Thin piece of wood 17. Shock treatment 18. Hokey 19. Frost a cake 20. Not Jr. 21. Companion animal 22. Expresses surprise 23. Locked boxes 26. Devil worship 30. Soak fibers in liquid 32. Tax advantage savings acct. 33. Young women's association 35. Green regions of desert 38. Picasso's mistress 42. Netherlands river 43. 3rd note 44. Cathode (abbr.) 45. Intercontinental ballistic missile 46. Literary language of Pakistan 47. Former Senator Spector 49. British thermal unit 50. Tell on 52. Indicates near 54. Wrestling point maneuver 57. Cavalry sword 60. Atomic number 13 61. Ad __, unplanned 63. 2001 Spielberg movie 64. Fiddler crabs 66. Tossed or Cobb 68. Million gallons per day (abbr.) 69. Precisely executed 71. A way to excuse 72. Small amount of residue 73. Counterweight 33. Freshwater fish of 74. Not relaxed N. America 75. Bog down 34. Not happy 36. The space above Clues DOWN the ground 1. Popular old board 37. Supplement with game difficulty 2. Wedge shaped 39. Play a role vertebrae (pl.) 40. __ Dhabi, Arabian 3. Fine or visual capital 4. Atomic #75 41. Reichsmark 5. PC graphics file 42.12th Greek letter format 48. Salve 6. Employee stock 51. In the year of Our ownership plan Lord 7. Muscular weaknesses 53. Note appended to 8. Mr. Claus a letter 9. Covered with ice 54. Verbally tease 10. Atomic #56 55. Dillenioid dicot 11. __ Lilly, drug genus company 56. Largest mammal 12. Securities firm 58. Showing keen Goldman __ interest 13. Diffused boiled water 59. 1st Homeland 24. Expunction 25. Point midway between S and E 27. Herbal tea 28. Accounts receivable 29. Windhoek is the capital 31. Fruit eaten as a vegetable Security Sec. Tom 62. Taxis 65. Swiss river 66. Posed for a portrait 67.. Small game cubes 68. Scan done with magnets 70. Atomic #52 72. Decimeter ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Environmental Services Ervin Mikkelson Essentia Health Graceville Ethel Anderson Eugene Nelson Eugene Von Esehen Evelyn Pendergast Farm Credit Services Farmers & Merchants State Bank Farmers Co-Op Elevator Farmers Co-Op Elevator Fay Webster FIRST English Lutheran Church Floyd Folkens Frances Beachem Frances Fridgen Francis Kvidera Frank Hoffman Fred Lockwood Gale May Gale Moore Galen Swihart Gary Alberts Gary Beachem Gary Carlson Gary Hoffman Gary Johnson Gary Knoll Gary PiUatzke Gary Spiekemeier Gary & Donna Speth Gary & Sharon Watkins Gayle Anderson Gen Strube Gene Anderson Gene Jacobson Gene Olson Gene Pillatzke Geneve Comero George Novak Gerald Cloos Geri Sue Ignace Germain Kunz Gerry Lillehaug Gerry Turbes Gertrude Rausch Glen Klefsaas Glenn Radermacher Gordon Gloege Gordon Lindquist Letters to the editor To the Editor: The issue I would like to address concerns the future of energy produced by the state of Minnesota and the opportunity it provides for budget saving measures. As a resident of Minnesota I see we need to drastically cut the current budget. A way we can do this is to incorporate the well known procedure of wind- power. Minnesota is currently responsible for electrical funding for 10 prisons, the state capital and state trooper facilities. Each proposed wind mill would last 20 years. This method will pay for itself in 10 years and the remaining 10 years would be cash free. On Feb. 18, 2011, Amy Klobuchar and the leader of the Minnesota Republican party stated "We sometimes have to spend money to save money". What better way to save money than investing in wind power? It will give us clean energy, electricity for the capital, l0 prisons and state trooper facilities. If the legislature could positively address this idea, Minnesota residents would profit. Rather than investing in environmentally harmful energy sources such as nuclear, why not invest in clean energy initiatives? It would help show the residents of Minnesota our legislators are prepared to be leaders in the clean energy solutions of the future. Supporters please call your legislators today. Sincerely, Dale Davies Plymouth ii!ii',iU::::i:?::i',i ' ! 'i',iiiiii 'iii :i!i!i !i i ' By JDK What in the world has happened, and is happening, to our nation's Court Sys- tem? What kind of thinking goes on in the minds of some of our nation's Judges? ls there any decency, common sense, or regard for human life, in their make-up? Here's why we ask! An ar- ticle in last Sunday s Mpls. Star-Tri- bune tells of the extreme agony and sleepless nights that a rural Wisconsin couple have endured since 197 5 ...when a man entered their home with a sawed-off shotgun, tied both of them up, and then raped the two of them. At the time, the victims were both only 23 years old, recently married, and their 3-year-old son was asleep upstairs. The rapist was caught shortly after- wards and pleaded guilty to the crimes, but has been in and out of prisons ever since, and not until this coming Friday, will he be tried by a "special" judicial panel in St. Paul to CONSIDER whether or not the man, John Rydberg, should be released from Civil Com- mitment after 18 years in a secure state facility." The item states that Rydberg has a "long criminal record." RE- ALLY, WHAT IS HAPPENING IN AMERICA THAT WE SHOULD HAVE SUCH A GOD-AWFUL, CARE-LESS JUDICIAL SYSTEM, filled with some Judges who, it seems, haven't the least bit of comprehension about right and wrong and little com- mon sense Judgement. Yet they are considered to be "the law" and many times "above the law!" The article in mention relates how the criminal, now 68, has had more than 90 ADMITTED sex offenses. Yet he is now being CONSIDERED for release. Even after one sex offense, such a man, if he could even be called that, should not be put away for life, as that is far too lenient of a sentence and is not worth taxpayers money to keep him alive. Rather, he should receive a torturous punishment. The LOUSE deserves nothing better! And mind you if such a sentence were made mandatory for such crimes, we bet you'd find a HUGE decrease in sex violations, for if the criminal knows the conse- quences, he should be a better citizen! Several years ago, we heard a report on the Fox O'Reilly show that an Okla- homa man was tried and convicted of raping a 5-year-old girl and he was sentenced by the Judge on the case for only about 10 years in prison. UNBE- LIEVABLE!!! That a Judge with any common sense and regard for human life, would issue such a mild sentence. Did the Judge ever pause but one sec- ond to think the 5-year-old's life has been ruined?? And think of the ruina- tion over the past 36 years of the Wis- consin couple! The Trib story also reports Minnesota's Sex Offender Pro- gram "has confined more than 600 sex offenders...the most, per capita, in our nation!" And to think ifa man is tick- eted for speeding, or for a DWI, the Court will often throw the book at him. Wake up Judges ! Wake up to how you rule in your Courts. Wake up to the re- gard for Human Life! Wake up to what "law and order" is all about ..... namely protecting our society from the LOUSES !! Where, too, is the leader- ship desparately needed from our nation's administration? With the major unrest under- way by Middle East protestors trying to stay alive and oust their killer-dictators, Obama merely uses verbal condemna- tion. Why not support and urge the United Nations to use military force to rid the world of such mad men, thus saving the lives of thousands seeking freedom and security? Such mad-men dictators, it seems, only respect force by military action! Iraq's Hussein was ousted with military force, why shouldn't the other mad- men be treated the same, if human rights are to be cher- ished? Is it all a matter of pol- litics or fear of rising oil prices that military action is shunned?? Little did we expect a response from the recent bit and photo we ran re- cently of friend Vince Parker. But lo and behold, we got the following by e- mail, which we in turn pass on, as we know our readers enjoy his messages. He writes: "My picture and your com- ments about me in the recent "Odds and Ends" column were way too flat- tering. Handsome no! Cute maybe? When I saw the neck tie I was wearing, I was reminded of how I would tie a necktie only once, then slip it off and on my head as needed. In your article, you mentioned my class as being 1942. lwas in the class of 1943 when World War 11 came along.. I had to quit school and go to work for my dad at the Pioneer Meat Market. Later, I was able to join the class of 1944, but once again my school life was interrupted when I was called to go into the serv- ice. When I returned from the war and applied for college, I couldn't produce a high school diploma or any evidence that I had ever graduated. Thank good- ness Veteran's preference did the trick I really do like "The Independent" and read most everything: Arlo Janssen's "Humor From the Classroom" always gives me a chuckle; the Ortonville news keeps me posted on the Vi Han- son and the Phyllis Schluter gang. But, what I really like is the "Good Old Days" stories, especially the 70 year old stuff. Maybe, because I was a part of it." Keep the presses rolling." I'm with you Vince, on the "70-year-old" news-which surely indicates our age, me hitting the 81 mark come April! Another small worlder! Recently, while at Starkey Hearing Foundatin in the metro area getting a fix on one of our hearing aids, we began talking with a lady because, as we told her, "we love your beautiful white hair." We learned she was a native of Dawson. "Elaine Bergeson is my name," she said, "and this is my husband, Jerome." We quickly learned Jerome is a cousin to one of our long-time friends, Ray Bergeson, of Or- tonville. Elaine and Jerome also knew of Dawson native, Elwood Throndrud, long-time President of Ortonville's Nor- west Bank. In Dawson, of course, as we have known for years, Elwood goes by his nick-name of many years...BUMPY! A can of Hobo Soup is on its way to Elaine for her kindness in chatting with us. We have a very important safety suggestion for our State Highway Pa- trol that should have been in practice many years ago. Cur- rent policy, when a patrolman stops a driver breaking the law, is to pull the offender over right on the high- way...and the patrolman parls his car either in front or rear of the car he stopped. Often, the patrol car and the offender's car are taking up part of the main highway. THIS IS DANGER- OUS! To illustrate how dangerous this policy is...especially to the patrol- man...we cite the fact that within the past month, we understand that nearly a half-dozen patrolman have been in- jured by on-going traffic that doesn't pull over to the left.far enough. The solution to avoid any injury, of any type, to either the patrolman or driver being stopped IS FOR THE PATROL- MAN TO SGNAL THE OFFENDER TO PROCEED TO THE NEXT IN- TERSECTION AND PULL OFF THE HIGHWAY INTO THAT INTERSEC- TION. from whence, after the offender has stopped, the patrolman can proceed with his work. We can't understand why this simple procedure hasn't been the Dept. policy years ago!!!!! 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