by Danny Cross
A citizen committee has determined that levy-funded
Hamilton County social-service agencies need to provide their services
with fewer resources, advising that property owners pay the same levy
rate despite decreases in property values that will reduce funding for
groups that help senior citizens and people with mental illnesses. The
decision by the 11-member committee will reportedly affect 30,000
residents who rely on such agencies to provide services such as meal
delivery and counseling. In order to keep funding level the levy would
have had to increase the cost for the owner of a $100,000 home by $6.
From The Enquirer: Bosses of the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio had
already agreed to live on less, but argued against some committee
• Raising the age criteria. Currently 9 percent of clients
are between 60 and 70 years old. An agency spokeswoman said that’s
because services are disability-based. Some “younger” seniors – those
suffering from strokes and early Alzheimer’s, for instance – have more
needs than older people.
• Requiring new clients to meet U.S. legal resident
requirements. According to the agency, screening for U.S. citizenship
would make the program ineligible to use Older Americans Act dollars, at
a cost of almost $1.2 million a year. The spokeswoman said all clients
live in the county.
Enquirer reporters Carrie Whitaker and Janice Morse
broke from traditional journalistic standard on Tuesday by reporting
the names of teenagers involved in an alleged theft and police chase.
The three girls, ages 16, 14 and 12, were identified by full name and as being from
Avondale and Pleasant Ridge. A follow up story on Wednesday reported two
of the girls being released from the hospital. It also included the
minors’ names and did not include a reporter’s byline.
Jean Schmidt sided with Democrats on an attempt to stop
Republicans from cutting even deeper the funding for the national food
stamp program. The legislation that passed will cut the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by more than $16 billion over 10
years. GOP lawmakers wanted it cut by $33 billion.
Iran put on a missile show on Friday, demonstrating the
accuracy of its long-range missiles and their ability to hit Western
bases and Israel.
Headline: “Wells Fargo Posts $4.6 Billion Profit, Up 17%.” Big ups, Wells Fargo!
Condoleezza Rice as Romney’s running mate? Sarah Palin says it’s a good idea.
A nearly complete skeleton of a human ancestor has been found in South Africa.