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More On Medicare - Affordable Care Act Benefitting Millions

Millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continued to experience lower costs on prescription drugs and improved benefits in 2012 because of the Affordable Care Act.

February 20, 2013 | David Sayen | Opinion


Marg-Ins - Love Lost ... And Found

More than a week past deadline, I finally have taken a few deep breaths and will try to get this column written. Typically, the 'Marg-Ins' column appears the first Wednesday of the month, which means it is running a week later than normal this time.

February 13, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Opinion


Practical Money Matters - Avoiding Tax Refund Identity Fraud

Many people file their income tax returns as early in the year as possible. Some are eager to claim their tax refund right away, while others are simply following their New Year's resolution not to procrastinate until midnight, April 15.

February 06, 2013 | Jason Alderman | Opinion


Rich In Thought - All The X's, L's, V's And I's

The Super Bowl Season is upon us as many of us gather for what is as close to an American holiday as it can get.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Opinion


Still Matters - The New Girl

Hello, Escalon, Oakdale, and Riverbank. I am the new girl at the Oakdale Leader office. You may have seen my name on a few different articles, pictures, or both in various issues. Or by now, you may have even met me in person.

January 23, 2013 | Virginia Still | Opinion


Community Corner - What's Growin' On ...

Happy New Year! We all survived the Mayan calendar apocalypse and the "Fiscal Cliff" - kind of started to remind me of the Y2K phenomenon 13 years ago.

January 16, 2013 | Tom Orvis | Opinion


Money Management - Five Tips On Assisted-Living Facilities

More than 1 million people nationwide live in assisted-living facilities, according to government estimates. There's no commonly accepted definition for these facilities, but they all offer some level of assistance to people who don't need full-time attention but who may need help with personal care, taking medications or other concerns.

January 09, 2013 | Bill Spaniel | Opinion


Stuff 'N Nonsense - A Graceful Exit

I have an issue with finality. At the end of every year, as everyone is celebrating the ball drop on a New Year, I'm lamenting the fact that I'll never be in that moment again - another year lost to time, never to experience again. In that second before the big calendar change, I panic just a little knowing that it's over. I'm happy to report that the panic doesn't last but I can always count on it because I hate endings.

December 26, 2012 | Kim Van | Opinion


Ramblings - This Scribbler Calls It Quits

Resigning from any job is bound to quicken the heartbeat but retiring from a career is downright frightening. I did just that at the end of November although I've been on medical leave since August.

December 19, 2012 | John Branch | Opinion


Money Management - Teach Kids about Sensible Spending

Have you talked to your children about the value of money and the importance of managing it wisely? All parents hope that their children will grow up to make prudent use of their money, yet few actually spend time talking to them about how to accomplish these goals, a new study has found.

December 12, 2012 | Bill Spaniel | Opinion


Marg-Ins - Keeping The Perspective

When you start adding it up, a column a month for 19-plus years working for The Oakdale Leader, The Escalon Times and The Riverbank News, I've probably covered about all there is - and some topics, more than once.

December 05, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Opinion


Get A Flu Shot - Not the Flu

Now is the time to protect yourself against the flu by getting your flu vaccine early, before flu season hits full force. Medicare covers the flu vaccination, along with many other preventive-health services.

November 28, 2012 | David Sayen | Opinion


Community Corner - Sending Out Holiday Wishes

Happy Holidays to our wonderful community! MOPS/MOMSNext would like to extend a warm wish for love, peace and togetherness during this holiday season. We here at MOPS/MOMSNext have been having a great time crafting, cooking, sharing meals and also listening to some amazing speakers. We recently went out into the community and attended our very first community block party put on by our local Center for Human Services. What a great and fun family outing! We met so many wonderful new people and were able to get our message out into the community and invite a lot of ...

November 21, 2012 | Erin Pearson | Opinion


Money Management - Four Tips For The New Retirement

A recent study found that 67 percent of middle-income baby boomers are expecting a retirement that is different from the one their parents enjoyed.

November 14, 2012 | Bill Spaniel | Opinion


Marg-Ins - Reaching Out

What a difference a month can make. Our columns here give us a chance to put down our 'reporter' or 'editor' labels and just be real people for a change. It provides us with an opportunity to offer an opinion, talk about something personal as opposed to writing a story about a football game or a council meeting.

November 07, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Opinion


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Good Behavior Close To Home

DEAR DIDI: I have a 5 year old Standard Poodle. We have taken many AKC classes and he always excels in a class environment. He ...

June 01, 2016 | By DIERDRA McELROY | Opinion


And The Winner Is…

Posted conspicuously on the wall in the living room next to the television set is a list. A list with a lot of names.

June 01, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Opinion


Charity Helps But It’s Not The Answer

I've been involved in benevolent projects for many years. Most of these efforts have been buying and distributing food and clothes for the very ...

May 25, 2016 | By GLENN MOLLETTE Guest Columnist | Opinion


Looking For A Nursing Home?

Are you looking for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one?

May 25, 2016 | By CATE KORTZEBORN Regional Administrator | Opinion


More On Medicare

The biggest news in Medicare for 2016 is the Part B premium. I'm happy to report that for most people with Medicare, the premium ...

December 23, 2015 | By DAVID SAYEN Regional Administrator | Opinion


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