What’s in..,What’s out..,Giving meters, Healthcare, Free tuition, Homefront closes..

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What’s In… What’s Out

What’s In…

Providence Giving Meters… In an attempt to help the homeless in our city, Mayor Jorge Elorza has proposed a solution of “giving meters” in the city. 10 parking meters will be installed at various locations in the city to
take collection of monies to be donated to the homeless. The plan is to donate to agencies serving the homeless in Providence, and not individuals. Each meter will cost $1,000 to be installed. This is done in other large municipalities in the country. Only time will tell if it will work out here and how the money will be collected and distributed.

Free Tuition at CCRI… RI students are lining up to receive free tuition that was promised by Governor Raimondo in this year’s budget proposal.
It remains to be seen if all our students will be able to take advantage of
this proposal and just how it will work out in years to come. Let’s hope it is done fairly and equally for all.

Narragansett Town Beach…This must be one of the nicest beaches in Rhode Island. That’s why it’s so crowded and so hard to get a parking space. If only all our beaches had sand and water this clean. Yes, you pay
to park and you pay to get on the beach, too! I think beaches should be free to Rhode Islanders even if it is a town beach. A day at this beach could cost you a slight fortune if you are a family of 4 or 5.

What’s Out…

Beach Blanket Bingo… As I stated above, you have to pay to park at RI
state beaches. Thi
s should never be. Summer is such a short season and we should be able to enjoy our beaches for free. On top of that, the
parking is like a game of beach blanket bingo. You need to get there earlyin the morning to park and get a good spot on the beach. Only to find that someone comes along at 1pm and parks their blanket on top of yours
with their loud radio and cigar. It’s hot, it’s sticky, and I can’t believe the nerve of some people when they are at a public beach. Diapers on the sand, food, garbage thrown around on the sand and cigarette butts everywhere.
We are the Ocean State – but you would never know it by the way people treat our ocean. And, we’re paying for this. Just saying.

Healthcare… As I write this this week I become increasing aggravated
with
the way our seniors are treated in the healthcare system. Recently I have
seen the plight of our senior population who need healthcare in the hospital
and nursing homes and it is not pretty. Our elderly are treated like pawns when
they are sick. No one to advocate for those who have no family or who are alone.
And for those who have families who try to advocate for them, they are ignored
by the system. Our seniors work all their lives only to give their life savings to
nursing homes because we have a Medicaid system that doesn’t pay. We may live in the richest country in the world – but it sure is the cheapest. The next time you see your Congressman out having dinner and drinking the finest wine ask him if his healthcare includes coverage for long term illness or
rehabilitation after 20 days. Same question goes to the union representative
you vote for and pay dues to as a union member. When the bargaining is all
said and done, do you really have the health coverage you relied on all those years ago, when you started your job? I doubt it. Shame to the complacent individuals in this state and country. We could learn well from China, who treat their elderly with respect, something that is long gone from the American way.

Home front Health care services…abruptly closes. How can this happen? An agency serving over 500 homebound sick closes. Advocate Nicholas Oliver laid blame on the Governor, Assembly and the UHIP debacle for slowing down Medicaid payments. Those of us who have loved ones who depend on that care are outraged and discussed. The politicians in this state should pay as much attention to this as to their fundraising! Maybe then we could get some results!

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