Editorial

Dear Mayor Ashcraft:
I am writing this as a public open letter because I think you owe the public an explanation of your actions described below.

Enclosed is enough funding to keep me informed by the Alameda Sun for several years or until rising sea levels transform our island into a saltine marsh or shoal, whichever comes first. I am not a pessimist, but were I to spend a little more, could I get survivor benefits for my subscription? I would like to leave something for my children.

Additionally, I take my summers on the shores of Hoboken, N.J., can I get same day delivery there? 

At Medicare, we understand people may have concerns about going to a doctor’s office during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Like so many Americans, Medicare beneficiaries are rightly observing social distancing guidelines to protect themselves and others from possible infection. We also recognize that beneficiaries still need checkups, prescription refills or other care from their doctors.

When clients come into my office for the first time, they fill out a brief form. One of the questions is “What is your goal for therapy?” In all of my years of practice, no one has said they want to be happy.

I can certainly appreciate and understand one wanting a lessening of pain, depression, anxiety or relationship struggles. I am not inferring that citing these as a goal is inappropriate. But I am aware that many do not think of happiness as a goal. 

Face coverings the new normal; maintaining physical distance, while maintaining social connections essential

By March 15, the seven public health officers from Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley had watched with alarm as COVID-19 spread through Wuhan, China, then devastated Italy where doctors were forced to ration ventilators. They knew they had to act quickly to avoid a similar outcome, so on March 16, they jointly issued the nation’s first shelter-in-place (SIP) order.

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