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“Pennsylvania food stamp program will trap people in poverty, critics say”

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This article found on Pennlive.com dated April 29, 2012 talks about the asset test for food stamps I’m not clear when exactly it’s going into effect, the article mentioned election day, but then it also said “next week” so I’m a little confused about the timing, but I know that this is something I’ve heard a little about, just not enough to say I really know much.

“Cuts to mental health care are mentally disturbing”

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This article found on TheDailyReview.com dated April 29, 2012 explains some of the history behind the statements about promises being broken by the Corbett administration.

“Project Vote: Voting Rights Organizations Begin Litigation to Enforce National Voter Registration Act in PA”

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This article found on the Project Vote website dated April 27, 2012  talks about a pre-litigation letter sent with regards to Pennsylvania’s failure to register low-income voters.  The article explains it much clearer.

“Mental-health Budget Cuts Loom in York and Adams Counties”

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article found on PennLive.com dated April 28, 2012 talks about how the proposed budget cuts won’t just mean that services will need to be cut, but also points out that jobs would be cut as well, unfortunately one of the areas that York and Adams counties are indicating could be cut would be their Peer specialists.

“Brotherly love — and sorrow”

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This article found on the Jewish Exponent website on April 3, 2012, talks about a documentary about one family’s struggle to cope with the mental illness of one family member.

“5th Annual Greater Philadelphia NAMI Walks for Mental Illness”

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This article talks about an upcoming NAMI Walk to be held on May 5, 2012 in Philly. The article is found on Phillyburbs.com with no date listed for publication, but I spotted it on April 26, 2012

MHA PA speaks out about Gov. Corbett’s proposed budget cuts

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Just because the dust has started to settle in the media with regards to Governor Corbett’s proposed 20% cut to MH/ID funding, doesn’t mean that there isn’t still reason for concern.  MHA-PA is encouraging folks to keep making themselves heard and keep raising questions and concerns about the proposed cuts by letting the Governor, and your state representatives know how you feel about the proposed cuts.  Keep in mind that people’s lives are at stake and that it isn’t just numbers on paper.

 

“Proposed state budget cuts would hit home: Corbett plan to cut funding for human services by 20% deemed ‘unprecedented.'”

Counties comprising the Lehigh Valley region o...

Counties comprising the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article found on The Morning Call website on April 20, 2012 talks about the impact of Corbett’s proposed budget cuts and what it could mean not only for specific programs in the Lehigh Valley, but also what a loss of these vital programs would mean to those who rely on those services.  There is also comments discussing the concerns of those at the county level who will be faced with having to figure out what to or not to cut and the feeling that they are left doing Corbett’s dirty work so to speak if his proposed budget is approved.

This is a lengthy article, but it has a lot packed into it and hits on many different perspectives.  It should be noted that while this article is specific to Allentown area, the concerns raised seem to be echoing across the entire Commonwealth.

Just a friendly reminder ….

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Women's Party Flag (Suffragist Movement) (Photo credit: Tony Fischer Photography)

Tomorrow is Tuesday, April 24, 2012 and for folks in Pennsylvania, it is the day of the primary election.  I was watching a movie called, “Iron Jawed Angels” and I think that Alice Paul made a lot of sense at one point when asked who she felt women should vote for if they got the vote.  Alice’s response was something to the effect of  ‘They can vote for whoever they want, I’m only interested in whether they have the right to vote not what they do with the vote once they have it’  I don’t recall the exact wording of that response, but that seems to be very close to what I recall so it’s not an exact quote, but rather a paraphrase.  There are still battles raging with regards to the ability to vote.  the new voter id bill is one such battle.  There are those who feel it’s “no big deal” to require photo ID to vote, while others point out that there are people who won’t be able to vote because of an inability to get an id because of cost or inability to get to the licensing center to get an id.   So, while I do have an id, I do know there are folks out there who don’t have one, and will be unable to have their vote count.  Fortunately in the primary this year they will probably be asking for id, but will be enforcing the id rules that have been in place prior to the voter id bill.  first time voters will need to show id, but anyone else will not be required.  there is speculation that there will be information handed out to voters explaining the new law to help prepare folks for the November election when the voter id law will be in full effect.

So, I’m asking that folks reading this get out and vote tomorrow, regardless of who you vote for, you will be able to say your voice counted.  I would also ask that if you know someone who may not have a photo id, that you talk to them and if they don’t have one, consider helping them through the process of getting one so they don’t lose the ability to vote.  This could be a shut-in, someone in a personal care home or nursing home, it could be someone you know who is low-income, could be the 18-year-old who doesn’t drive yet and hasn’t enrolled in college.  if you want to learn more about the voter id requirements, visit ….  http://www.votespa.com

“Anxiety Linked to Smarts in Brain Study”

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An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article from Philly.com dated April 18, 2012 talks about the possible link between generalized anxiety and intelligence

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