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Re: “Study finds most Medicaid beneficiaries already work or can't work; many of those out of work are in poor health

My mother in law is 85 and on both Medicare and Medicaid. She has severe health issues and has been supplied an aide. Under a system like this, I can only assume she'd lose her Medicaid assistance (how would she work?) -- and would likely have to enter a nursing home. Her situation is far from unique in Arkansas.

Which, do you suppose, is cheaper? How much more of a cost burden would she, and others like her, suddenly be in comparison to the relatively low cost of providing her an aide for a few hours a day, several days a week?

This must please the Mortons to no end.


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Posted by LFTS on 12/12/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “It's a great economy for Dollar General: More people too poor to shop at Walmart

A couple years ago, Walmart built a slew of Express stores in food deserts. I remember seeing them pop up as I traveled backroads. They closed as soon as they opened because of a CEO decision; some didn't even open.

Not long after, Dollar General did the same thing, and I recently saw my first one with a gas station, although I don't recall where it was, now.

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Posted by LFTS on 12/04/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Bringing Bach home

Well done! Thanks so much for this.

Posted by LFTS on 11/30/2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Judge could rule today on suit over grocery store wine sales

Other states have moved to the "package store" concept -- hard liquor in liquor stores; beer and wine sold in other places. When I've traveled to those states, it's been confusing and inconvenient. I rather *like* using a liquor store for all of my alcoholic purchases, and I like being able to ask them about recommendations and the like. Fat chance of getting that at a grocery store. My point being that if grocery stores manage to push hard enough on competition, we may end up with the package store concept HERE. (And by golly, our likker laws are weird ENOUGH without that, thanks.)

Also, I noticed at a nearby Walmart that the wines they've BEEN selling tend to be sweet wines. Dry wines likely don't sell as well, so they don't even bother, except for the random cabernet or merlot.

I live in a dry county (oh, horror of horrors!), so I'm likely to fill up a shopping cart when I'm at the liquor store. If the market shifts to selling wine predominantly through grocery stores, I'm afraid decent (and dry) wines will be that much harder to find.

While I'm no fan of protectionism, I also wonder how this change will affect Arkansas wineries. There have been some small independents popping up as of late, but on a recent visit to Wiederkehr, they appeared to be struggling.

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Posted by LFTS on 11/14/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Trump engages in junk science in defending end of birth control mandate

"implantation of a federalized egg"

These days, that seems incredibly accurate.

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Posted by LFTS on 10/11/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Earle firefighter suspended for saying NFL protestors should be shot

An indefinite suspension? The fire chief needs to seriously consider whether that Earle firefighter would respond appropriately to an emergency if it involves someone he thinks should be shot.

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Posted by LFTS on 09/26/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Blevins superintendent resigns after parent claims he pulled a gun during an agument

"McClure claims that Lee then pulled a gun. Lee and his attorney say it was a wallet."

Wait, I'm trying to picture this -- Superintendent is probably getting yelled at by an irate parent and the child is throwing rocks. Perhaps no one else is around and he "fears for his safety" (for sake of argument, except that school admins should know how to de-escalate issues with irate parents), so he whips out the best tool he has on him for self-defense... his wallet.

Good grief. The school board should be reviewing this matter and if he really *did* pull a weapon on a parent, they shouldn't be waiting until the end of a newly commenced school year to relieve him of his duties.

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Posted by LFTS on 09/12/2017 at 10:54 AM

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