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Editor’s Column – September 2018

Summer is moving out fast. Hope you’re enjoying the last few days of warm, sunny weather. They all seem more treasured in September than they did in July. I guess that’s like so many things in life: when they become rare, and we can see their end coming, we treasure them all the more. Good news ...

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Editor’s Column – July 2018

I’m writing this on a perfect summer morning, but there haven’t been too many of them so far this year. It’s been a long, hot summer and it’s only July. Maybe the weather seems worse because the news in healthcare legislation has also been so rough this summer. We’ve had some difficult cuts in services and ...

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Editor’s Column – March 2018

This month's column is difficult for me to write because it’s an early job ad. Access Press has been a dominant part of my life for many years. I'll be turning 65 in a few months (I know; how did that happen?), and I think it's time for Access Press to hit the “refresh button.” ...

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Editor’s Column – January 2018

As you all know, we’ve had a dangerously cold couple weeks. I hope everyone stayed safe and had no unforeseen incidents. Most of us who have lived here for some time know the serious risks of being caught off-guard in extreme frigid weather. Getting stuck on a snow-blocked curb cut, an un-shoveled sidewalk or slippery ...

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Editor’s Column – August 2017

Over the last month we have had some pretty senseless legislative plans being deliberated in Washington concerning the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Sen. John McCain (R – Arizona) made sure that he came to a Senate hearing very shortly after major surgery, so that he could vote in favor of discussing the ...

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Editor’s Column – July 2017

It's been rather stressful recently for just about everybody in the disability community after the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed in the House in May, after a delay on its vote. The Senate version, which was brought to the table on June 22, is said to be even worse than the House bill, and ...

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Editor’s Column – May 2017

Ok, too much to talk about on the political front, but I can’t resist one weather-related question: When will warm summer days come and stay for more than three days? The Minnesota Legislature is doing their best to heat things up. On April 28, our legislators came up with new funding targets -- in general, a ...

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Editor’s Column – December 2016

As the year wraps up, I’ve got a few things I’d like to look back on and people I’d like to recognize. First off, there’s Cliff Poetz, the 2016 Charlie Smith Award winner. We had a great celebration last month recapping his advocacy work. Charlie Larkin, retired director of the Institute on Community Integration, introduced ...

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Editor’s Column – June 2016

Editor’s Column – June 2016 The 2016 Minnesota legislative session was a disappointment. It does not seem like anything was voted into law that will be helpful to Minnesota’s senior population, disability community, working poor or other disenfranchised groups. Oh, there was a little funding for staffing at the state hospital and a few other mental health provisions that were needed and positive, but our legislators could ...

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Editor’s Column – May 2016

There is a crisis in the disability community and it has been going on for years. About ten years ago, I got an email from someone with a significant disability who said that his staffing issues were getting out of control, and he wasn’t sure how much longer he could go on. This person was ...

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Editor’s Column – January 2016

This month we’re following our commentary in the December issue on physician-assisted suicide with another one, also by a knowledgeable, persuasive critical thinker and renowned disability advocate. This topic has been controversial in the disability community, and among the general public, for a long time. In my lifetime, I’ve followed the Karen Ann Quinlan case in 1975, then Dr. Jack Kevorkian in ...

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Editor’s Column – August 2014

No need to talk about the weather this month: it’s been pretty perfect. Besides, there’s just too much else going on. There were several landmark anniversaries in the last few weeks. First was the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I spent Sunday, July 26, with many friends, colleagues and allies at the Minnesota History Center at a celebration ...

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Editor’s Column – May 2015

I’m wearing a short sleeve shirt today for the first time this season. I’m sitting in my office with the window open, too, and am very comfortable. Summer warmth has officially begun. I hope it sticks around. The end of the 2015 legislative session is around the corner. The gavel will fall to end the session ...

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Editor’s Column – April 2015

I was certainly ready for spring, and during mid-March was thinking about putting away the winter blankets, the winter clothes and lounging in the nice sunny warmth. Why not? We had that great streak of June temps, even one day at 84°, and then “BANG,” we were reminded again that we live in Minnesota where cold temperatures are just a ...

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Editor’s column – March 2015

Here’s something exciting to offer in this last month of winter. We have a new option for reading Access Press. Now, in our new E-Edition, you can view the paper just as it looks on the news stand at your local drop site. With the support of IMED Mobility, we are offering this as a ...

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Editor’s Column – February 2015

Governor Dayton’s budget was released earlier this month. It included some positive signs. The governor is willing to increase funding for mental health and for children with autism. “We must continue to improve services and support for people with disabilities,” said Dayton, in issuing an order to continue the Olmstead Sub-Cabinet. He expressed his confidence in Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner of the Minnesota Housing ...

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Editor’s Column – October 2014

All the signs of the upcoming winter are here: chilly nights, trees turning colors, leaves falling, school kids wearing long pants and hooded jackets. In our house, we brought up our winter clothes, took down the short-sleeved shirts and unpacked the winter blankets. The dog is enjoying being outside more, and the cat is starting ...

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Editor’s Column – May 2014

Access Press will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, starting with this issue. This milestone anniversary is truly a tribute to the Minnesota disability community. It is the strong sense of community that has kept the paper flourishing over the years. There have been many ups and downs, steps forward and a couple steps backward, but ...

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Editor’s Column – January 2014

As we look ahead to 2014, I want to thank everyone for your financial generosity this past year to Access Press. Also, I want to thank everyone for your confidence in Access Press’ work to get the news to you as soon as it happens. It’s our goal at Access Press to keep you informed ...

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Editor’s Column – July 2012

I hope everyone managed to stay cool and have a safe Fourth of July. Those of us with spinal cord injuries are here to spread the news on the results of carelessness during so many of our summer activities. Have fun, but be careful, and stay safe. The recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Health ...

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