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In These Otsego Hills

November 21, 2012

Cuts here, there and everywhere ...

When we recently expressed our thoughts about Otsego County cuts at the Office for the Aging, we were encouraged to attend the upcoming county budget hearing, which is scheduled to take place at the county courthouse at 6 p.m. Nov. 28. And even though attending the hearing presents certain logistical issues for us, we are ever hopeful that we will be able to be there. And we certainly would encourage anyone who is concerned about the budget the county is considering to also try to be there to express his or her point of view.

We, of course, remain concerned about the decision, which seems to be at this point inevitable, to cut the coordinator of health insurance information services at the Office for the Aging. And in response to our concerns which we shared with the chair of the county board, we learned that it is hoped that the service of helping people navigate the Medicare system can be provided by the remaining employees. Additionally, there is some thought that a group of volunteers, as well area college students, could offer assistance to those trying to figure out their health insurance needs.

And while we applaud such thinking, we must admit that we are very happy that we were able to work this year, as we entered the Medicare maze, with the current coordinator of health insurance information services, Dave Polley. We only hope that we learned enough from him to feel comfortable making necessary decisions regarding our health insurance needs for 2014 and beyond. Although we must admit we remain somewhat dubious about our success.

And while it does not rise, at least from our perspective, to the issues facing the county, we were also somewhat dumbfounded by the news that the Twinkie is seemingly doomed as we have long known it. We hasten to point out that we do not actually eat Twinkies or any of the other Hostess products for that matter. But we do have very fond memories of Twinkies from our days of assisting with dramatic productions at the University-Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

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