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16B---July 24, 2003 The Cuba Free Press 1-------.-- Elderly protection bill will benefit seniors It's never an easy decision to place a loved one in a nursing home. There are several cir- cumstances that leave individuals no other choice but to utilize the round the clock care nursing homes provide, but with that decision comes the agonizing worry of whether or not a loved one is being cared for in the best possible way. Fortunately, most nursing homes provide great quality care, and their caregivers treat residents as if they were their own family. However, there are still some that jeopardize res- idents' well- being and do not give them the respect and dignity they deserve. 150th Dist. Rep. w Frank Barnitz Homes who harbor neglect or abuse must pay for their actions. Senate Bill 556, passed by both chambers and signed into law by the governor, creates the Senior Care and Protection Act. The act aims at holding nursing homes accountable for neg- lect or abuse by giving the state more authority to fine homes or revoke their licenses. Homes providing quality care should not be punished, and should be rewarded for their constant attempt to provide excellent care. Under the act, regulators are given the opportunity to reward those homes by inspecting them less often--once a year, instead of twice. This measure intends to stop operators or employees who have violations in other states from moving into Missouri and repeating the same acts. It requires out-of-state owners applying for an operating license to pass a background check. It also mandates nation- wide criminal background checks for every per- son who applies for a job in a nursing home an. has not lived in Missouri for the last five years. The act creates criminal penalties for any owner or administrator who conceals abuse or neglect by increasing the charge for those who are found guilty to a Class D felony. Previously, the state did not have mandatory investigations for unlicensed residential care facilities that violate regulations. The state made every effort to investigate these viola- tions, but under this act the state is now required to investigate every unlicensed resi- dential facility when a serious violation is reported. The bill also increases information available to state inspectors investigating nursing homes for violations and elder abuse. It mandates every death that occurs in a nursing to be reported to the coroner before moving the deceased to a funeral home. The act creates a system to allow for anonymous complaints of nursing home violations. It also includes a pro- vision that protects nursing home employees who report abuse or neglect, so that they will be encouraged to come forward and report the violations without fearing repercussions from the employer. If you would like to speak to me about any legislation or issue, I would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact me at my Jefferson City office at (573) 751-2801, or my home at (573) 729-2572. You can also e-mail me at: 1 Huzzah Creek Notes By Jerry Wilson, Site Administrator Dillard Mill State Historic Site On the other hand... According to scientists about one out of each 10 humans are born left-handed. No one knows why these people favor the left hand and the other ninety per cent of us favor the right. One suggestion is that those who were born right-handed were better able to protect the left side of their bodies, where the heart is, with their weaker hand and attack enemies with their stronger right hand. Thus they were more able to survive better and have more children who would largely inherit this trait and so on. This theory sounds good until you notice that many other mammals also seem to be pre- dominantly right-handed. If you watch your dog or cat you will find most of them favoring their right paws when it comes to manipulating things. When Fido moves a bone r around to get a better grip on it he will usually use his right paw and when Puss slaps Fido up the side of the head the cat will usu- ally use its right paw. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that DNA itself winds in a right hand spiral. My mother was a left-hander and she often remarked on how hard it was to find simple tools such as a pair of scissors that were made for a left-hander. She was an adamant fisher- man but had' to struggle for years with fishing reels with the i i i i handle on the wrong side for her. While today it is still a right- handed world businessmen have finally realized that there is a substantial market for 'left- handed' products. Two good examples are the left-handed pencil and the left- handed coffee cup. Throughout history being left- handed had its ups and downs. Left-handed swordsmen were feared in the past for the same reason that left-handed baseball pitchers are saught after today. They come at you from an unfa- miliar angle. In Scotland there was a clan named Kerr that were supposed- ly all left handed. It was more likely that they trained all their men to fight left-handed to give them an advantage in battle. To this day in Scotland to refer to someone as Kerr-handed means left-handed. On the down side in many cul- tures being left-handed put you in danger of being thought to be in league with the devil. He was left-handed you know. In the last judgment all the sheep (good people) will be on the right hand of GOd and all the goats (bad peo- ple) will be on the left. Those on the right will go to heaven and those on the left will go into eternal damnation. The devil always lurked just over your left shoulder and ifyo.u spilled the salt you would be unlucky unless you picked it up with your right hand and threw it over your left shoulder into the devil's face. Joan of Arc was condemned as i i . II II II I I I a witch because among other things she was left-handed. It is no coincidence that all Christian rituals are preformed with the right hand and the right hand is always raised when you take all legal oaths. The Eskimos were suspicious of anyone left-handed as a poten- tial sorcerer. The left hand is considered unclean in the Islamic and East Indian cultures because that is the hand you are supposed use to clear after going to the bathroom. The right hand is for eating. Makes sense to me. On the other hand a great number of the world's great geniuses seem to have been left- handed. Both Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were left handed as well as Beethoven, Ben Franklin, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. But so was Adolph Hitler. At least 20 percent of the members of the high IQ society, Mensa, are left-handed. Perhaps being left-handed forces people to 'think outside the box' so to say. For whatever reason 'lefties' often seem to see things from another angle or to dance to a slightly different drummer than do we righties. They say the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. So maybe the lefties are the only ones in their right minds. That's all for now from the banks of the beautiful Huzzah Creek which has both a left and a right bank. i SATURDAY AUGUST 2, 2003 10:00A.M. To be auctioned off is the estate of the late Earl L. Vaughn, donated items, and other consigners will be selling items as well. Auction will be held at the Leasburg Assembly of God Church, located off 1-44 on Hwy. H, on the right just inside the city limits of Leasburg- across from the city park. SOME OF THE ITEMS TO BE AUCTIONED OFF: Color console television - Washer & Dryer Set - Handmade crocheted & knitted items - Other handmade craft items, craft books, and supplies -Microwave ovens - dishes - pots and pans - glassware - wall decorations and pictures - several pairs of lamps - old dresser - old china cabinet - chests of drawers - 3 pc. Set of window and end tables -encyclopedia set - wooden coffee tables - bed linens - furniture- Swag lamps - wooden window shutters -Tools - Christmas items - Ceramics - Flower pots - Wooden Patio furniture & cushions - Knick-Knacks - Record player - Baskets - Flower arrangements - Pair of marble based lamps - board games and puzzles - plus much more, with more items to be added SALE IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE LEASBURG ASSEMBLY OF GOD'S MEN'S GROUP. BARBEQUE, DESSERTS, AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE. TERMS: Cash or checks with proper I.D, - Not responsible fgr accidents - ALL ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE ON DAY OF SALE TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ALL PRINTED MATERIALS i I illl The Crawford County Fair hosted bullriding on Saturday night of the fair. Come join ual Vacation IBible 00chool -t. s, 6, 7 Cuba United Methodist Church 903 W. Washington 6:00 p.m. to :30 p.m. " Age 2-102 l l cfP: Dickey Blto Jk Dickey B.u 246 S. Service Rd., Sullivan Phone 468-661 OPEN: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 4