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Is Poverty Among Older Americans Undercounted?

Posted on 05/24/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPoverty levels are much higher for older Americans when you factor in how much they need to spend on health care, the Census Bureau has found. While 9 percent or so of all Americans 65 and older were below the official poverty threshold in 2011 ($10,788 for an individual), 15 percent were below an alternative threshold that takes into account spending on health care. The alternative measure also takes into account variations in the cost of living, taxes, whether a …

Thanks, Internet, for the Memories

Posted on 05/23/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyAge UK, a British organization that strives to help older people get more out of digital technology, is hoping to win financial support from Google’s Global Impact Challenge for what could be a revolutionary idea. It wants to help thousands of people in Great Britain reminisce about their past via the Internet, as a way of teaching them about the value of being online and how it can improve their lives and decrease feelings of isolation. And although the project isn’t …

All the Lonely People

Posted on 05/22/2013 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI received word the other day that a long-time acquaintance had died. We had worked together in the beginning years of my newspaper career, and while we hadn’t been that close, he nonetheless had represented a link in a circle of friends that was growing smaller every year. I was losing my history. Join the discussion: Grief and Loss — How do you cope? We were a hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking, fun-loving bunch back then, not eating right or exercising or generally …

Saturday Mail Service: Myths and Realities

Posted on 02/7/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsLet’s cut through the rain, snow and heat over the U.S. Postal Service’s big announcement this week and figure out what’s really going on. Let’s start with three basic facts: The Postal Service isn’t funded by tax dollars. It’s been hemorrhaging money for a long time. It lost nearly $16 billion last year. Myth: The Postal Service is canceling all Saturday delivery. Reality: The Postal Service announced that it’s ending “mail delivery” to street addresses on Saturdays but will continue …

When Everything Hurts and Everything Glows

Posted on 01/1/2013 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeIt’s 2014, and everything on my poor old body is hurting. Even the dawning of a new and beautiful day over our L.A. mountain village of Topanga is so bright and intense that the glare hurts my eyes. I can feel it in back of my pupils and down the sides of my face, a sensation that makes me want to rub and scratch. I hate scratching. I told my wife Cinelli that this might happen if I cleaned the …

Hope Among Devastation

Posted on 11/2/2012 by | Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

Home & Family | VolunteeringNews reports have captured the magnitude of the devastation left by “superstorm” Sandy.  The impact continues to increase as word begins to spread of personal loss and tragedy.  A dire tale that I fear will grow worse in the coming days and weeks: 109 fatalities Public transportation systems severely damaged A lack of power has prevented those impacted from being able to access gasoline, food and other necessities Much is needed and less is available What inspires me are the …