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For Goodness Sake by Christina de
Oregon Supported Living Program
Like other non-profit agencies in
Passage of Measure 30 will allow our organization to continue providing basic services. If we want to put “high quality” back into our programs we will have to become successful fundraisers in very competitive market. If Measure 30 fails, there is the possibility we will be unable to continue providing even basic services for some of our clients, many of whom are frail, aging and without immediate family to help them.
Regardless of appearance, Measure 30 is not a referendum on government “tax and spend.” It is a referendum on whether or not we want government to act as a “helping hand” on our behalf. The hand required to care for the sick, aged, and disabled. The hand that educated our children, police our communities and provides for the greater good. Big Business is all about the bottom line. Government is the bottom line.
For Goodness Sake, Vote Yes on Measure 30
Last month -- Secretary of State Bill Bradbury announced that enough valid petition signatures were gathered from registered voters to force a public vote on House Bill 2152. The petition had 118,273 valid signatures -- more than twice the required 50,420 signatures.
The vote -- Measure 30 will be the subject of a special statewide vote Feb. 3. Ballots will be mailed next month.
At issue -- Oregonians will decide the fate of House Bill 2152, the state Legislature's plan to increase taxes to fund state programs and services.
About the tax plan -- HB 2152 would impose a three-year personal income tax surcharge of 1 percent to 9 percent depending on the taxpayer's income; increase the $10 corporate minimum income tax to $250 or more; change other tax provisions; restrict the elderly medical expense deduction based on age and income; reduce or eliminate the discount for early payment of property taxes; extend the 10-cent-per-pack cigarette tax through 2005; and avoid $544.6 million in budget cuts to education, health care, senior services and public safety.
Ballot title -- Enacts temporary personal income tax surcharge; increases, changes corporate, other taxes; avoids specific budget cuts.
A yes vote -- Enacts temporary personal income tax surcharge; increases corporate minimum tax, makes other corporate, income, property, cigarette tax increases, changes, avoids specific budget cuts.
A no vote -- Retains existing personal income, corporate and other tax laws; triggers $544.6 million in budget cuts to education, health care, senior services, public safety.
Tax foes -- Russ Walker, the Northwest director of Citizens for a Sound Economy, was the chief petitioner for the referendum. He also is the spokesman for the Taxpayer Defense Fund, the opposition campaign group. The tax plan also is opposed by the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, the Oregon Taxpayers Union, leaders of the Libertarian and Republican parties and many Republican legislators.
Tax backers -- Our Oregon Coalition, a coalition which includes labor unions, educators, social service advocates and their clients and some religious leaders. The tax plan also is backed by the governor, many Democratic legislators and some Republican legislators.
What's next -- The deadline to submit voters' pamphlet arguments is Friday. Pamphlets will be mailed Jan. 7-9. The voter registration deadline for the election is Jan. 13.
In the mail -- Ballots will be mailed Dec. 20 to long-term absent electors (overseas and military) and Jan. 5 to out-of-state electors. Ballots for most Oregonians will be mailed Jan. 16-20.
Voting deadline -- Ballots for Measure 30 must be returned by 8 p.m. on Feb. 3.
who disagree with us,
though, believe that the Legislature's small, temporary income tax
surcharge will siphon from taxpayers' pockets money that is needed to
reinvigorate the economy. On the surface, the argument is appealing.
But the actual effects of repealing the budget are far more likely to
hurt than help the state, as shown in an analysis by the
of Measure 30, which requires a "yes" vote to support the Legislature's
budget, would drain more than $1.9 billion from
cuts implemented if Measure 30 fails would drain $282 million in
additional federal matching funds from
Measure 30 succeeds, $120 million in reduced federal income taxes, due
to the deductibility of state income taxes on federal income taxes,
would be available for
A no vote would cause a new, large imbalance in the 2003-05 state general fund. This would be beyond $790 million of cuts legislators designated if voters exercised a veto. This would require a special session of the Legislature to slash an extra $248 million from the existing budget -- damping down any fire in the economic revival.
brief, the small tax increase is much better for the
Failure of Measure 30 will drain over $1.9 billion from Oregon’s economy compared to only $347 million if it succeeds.
Budget cuts that will be implemented if Measure 30 fails will drain $282 million in federal matching funds from Oregon’s economy over the next three years.
If Measure 30 succeeds, $120 million in reduced federal income taxes, due to the deductibility of state income taxes on federal income taxes, would be available for Oregon’s economy.
Oregon’s balanced budget… What’s the value for our dollar?
Up to 85,000 Oregonians, including many seniors, could lose Oregon Health Plan coverage, driving up health insurance premiums for all of us
Children’s day care, adult mental health, assisted living facilities, and services for people with physical disabilities face potentially devastating cuts
Smokers will continue to contribute to tobacco-related healthcare costs through a 10-cent cigarette surtax
Those who make less, pay less – the plan is progressive, so as income goes down, so does the amount paid
Questions? Want to get involved?
Smaller than average baby brains that grow very rapidly in the first year of life are seen as key to the development of autism.
Small head circumference at birth, followed by a sudden and
excessive increase in head circumference during the first year of life,
has been linked to development of autism by researchers at the
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and
Children’s Hospital and Health Center, San Diego. Autism spectrum
disorder occurs in one out of every 160 children and is among the more
common and serious of neurological disorders of early
childhood. More story
Other similar links here.
I wanted to send out this email to ask for your assistance. I just got off the phone with Dr. Bernard Rimland with the Autism Research Institute (ARI). We have been discussing the plans for the Autism Solution Center, Inc., as well as public education about the issues at hand involving biomedical
treatment, that are being grossly misrepresented in many arenas of autism.
"Literally thousands of formerly autistic children have contacted ARI to thank them for help in bringing about their child's recovery.", says Rimland. We need to draw together approx. 5,000 of these articulate
individuals, who have seen tremendous progress in their children with
autism, through biomedical intervention.
Dr. Rimland is starting a media campaign called "Autism IS Treatable", and will be sending out press releases inviting the national media to see the children, talk with the parents, their teachers, and their doctors. We want to get the truth out, and need parents to be involved to make this happen.
If you have a child who has seen dramatic recovery through biomedical intervention, and you would be willing to talk to the media about your story, please let me know. We are putting together a list now, for this
campaign in 2004. Please also spread the word, as Dr. Rimland is hoping for 5,000 individuals to participate. We need to let as many people know as possible.
We have also added a sign-up list to our website today at www.autismsolutioncenter.com/signup If your name is not on the list and you would like to participate, email me at laura@autismsolutioncentercom and ask to be added. We need your name, contact info, and the name/age of your child. We will only list your name on
the website listing. No other information about your child or contact info will be listed.
Thanks for your participation! There is much hope for our children, and it's time the world knows it!
Laura Corby, President
Autism Solution Center, Inc.
Please visit our new Autism Solution Center, Inc. Website and give us your feedback!
Green’s Bridgeway House clinic
is continuing in the new year. He is accepting
appointments for new and existing patients. Dr. Green is a DAN Practitioner from
Brown Bag Lunch - Open discussion with Dr. Green.. to
group on biological treatments for autism that are safe and inexpensive treatments to use at home. Question and
answer discussion led by Dr. John Green
Please bring your lunch and join us.
FMI call Patricia Wigney (541) 345-0805
The Listening Program.
Way M.Ed will be speaking to Bridgeway
The Listening Program by Advanced Brain Technoligies. The Listening
program (TLP) is an auditory Stimulation
method which is used to train auditory skills needed to effectively
learn and communicate. TLP is based on the theories, clinical
music background of Alexander Tomatis, M.D. and others.
TLP stimulates the vestibulocochhlear system with high-quality full frequency range auditory stimulation. TLP uses scientific filtering and bursting of specific frequencies at optimal times to stimulate the auditory system. We invite you to join us to learn more about this exciting therapy option.
Other Parents through Education and
Support Team (H.O.P.E.S.) is a new service that BH is proud to bring to
Autism community. Do you remember when your child was first diagnosed?
Regardless of whether the label was PDD NOS, Aspergers, or Autism you
felt confused, alone, angry and without hope. Friends and family didn’t
know how to respond to you, or your child. Your Doctors may not have
much information about effective treatments. They may have even
suggested institutionalization, medication, or
sterilization for you or your child. The
educational system seemed a maze....BH is receiving several calls each
from parents in that same familiar spot.
Please join us in forming a team of trained individuals to help guide
support parents in a difficult time. No experience, other than your
necessary! Informational meeting will be led by Patricia Wigney,
Jan . 29th 2004
Dr. Bove N.D.
Bove , N.D. will talk about the benefits
of naturopathic medicine for individuals with autistic spectrum
naturopathic approach includes addressing toxicity issues, including
the use of herbs and nutritional medicine to help heal the gut, and
allergens from the diet. Dr. Bove will present highlights form the
DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) conference in
Dr. Jennifer Reid N.D.
Dr. Reid will be offering
services at BH starting in Feb 2004. This is great news to her current
patients. She will be seeing patients on one Sat. per month at BH. Dr
currently is in practice at Columbia
River Natural Medicine. 226 West Historic
Bridgeway House has rescheduled the New Years Eve Benefit Dance with the Sugarbeats to
Bridgeway house is pleased to offer this wonderful family opportunity. Please bring your favorite dish to share and your family to enjoy an evening of friends, food and music. We will be hosting this event on a monthly basis. Please join us! Donations warmly accepted.
(Enter off of 10th by driveway)
(541)345-0805 Main line
Phone hours MWF
Messages checked daily!
Autism Support Groups are offered for parents and other family members who want to meet with others in a supportive and informative environment. Support Groups are free of charge and are sponsored by the Arc of Lane County. Groups are currently offered for families of preschoolers with autism and aspergers and for families of teens and adults with autism or aspergers.
Meets the last Tuesday of every month at . Facilitated by: Valerie Alexander
Valerie Alexander has been working in the field of Early Childhood Special Education for the last 14 years, teaching for the Early Education Program preschool and training and supervising teachers. She has her masters degree in Special Education from the
*This group is Sign Language Interpreted. Meets the third Tuesday of every month at .
Dawn Stahlberg is an autism specialist who works in
One 2004, the most comprehensive conference on autism ever assembled,
will be held May 27 – 30, 2004, in Chicago. It is a conference for
parents and professionals for the care, treatment, and recovery of
children with autism. Our web site is http://AutismOne.org.
The conference organizers are themselves
parents of children with autism. Parents are, and must remain, the
driving force of our community. The issues are too sacred and the
stakes too high to delegate to outside interests.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2003 9 AM – 12 PM Parent Seminar
Advocates or Adversaries?
Understanding IEPs and Collaborating with Schools
Many parents find IEPs confusing and feel frustrated and powerless in IEP meetings. In this seminar especially designed for parents and guardians, we will focus on understanding the Individual Education Program, or IEP. We will also discuss how to interact positively with teachers, principals, and other school personnel to achieve legal, useful IEPs. The seminar will address the following topics:
How did IEPs get started?
How does a school decide if a student is eligible for an IEP?
What is the parent’s role in the IEP process?
What is the school responsible for in the IEP process?
What should a legal IEP include?
How can parents talk so the school will listen?
What is the school’s perspective on the IEP?
What are practical ways parents can prepare for successful IEP meetings?
$39 if registered by February 17th, 2003, $49 after February 17th, 2003
Location: Autism Training and Support, Inc., 1355B River Rd., Eugene, OR 97404
Questions? Call 689-2327
This seminar will be presented by Dr. Cindy Herr and Mary Ann Winter-Messiers. Dr. Herr coordinates the Secondary Special Education master’s program at the University of Oregon and is a well known author and expert on special education law and IEPs. Ms. Winter-Messiers also serves on the UO Secondary Special Education faculty and is the parent of a child with Autism. Both Cindy and Mary Ann have particular interest in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Most Comprehensive
Conference on Autism Ever Assembled
National Autism Association Newsletter
The National Autism Association Weekly E-Newsletter wants to hear your story.
How did you feel when your child was first diagnosed? Follow the link above...
Thimerosal is a mercury-based additive to vaccines that has potentially poisoned hundreds of thousands of American children. Faced with the prospect of thousands of lawsuits seeking compensation for the devastating injuries caused by thimerosal poisoning, the international pharmaceutical companies and their army of lobbyists are pushing a bill in Congress to wipe out the rights of children and their families to get legal relief. Rather than seek an answer in a fair court, these corporations have instructed Senator Frist to champion legislation that would refuse these children their day in court.
So....when Senator Frist et al go on and on about why there are only 5 companies making vaccines, this interview should be the rebuttal.....Teresa
Mr Gilmartin has his own take on the US Institute of Medicine report - it mentions barriers of yet another kind, according to him.
'What they said was - there're a couple of reasons why there are only five significant vaccine companies in the world. One of them is product liability, where vaccine manufacturers left the business over, say a 10 or 20-year period, because of the potential of product liability. And the US government basically settled that to some extent through legislation.
'But they also pointed out that with the government purchasing half the vaccines in the US, that had a negative impact on vaccine innovation, because it discouraged people from taking risk. The government was basically unwilling to provide a price that made the risk worthwhile. So they're really advocating getting the government out of the vaccine purchasing, and try to do that more through private insurance rather than have the government as a big purchaser. So they see government purchasing as a big barrier toward innovation, and it discourages a lot of new smaller companies from coming in.'
Click above for the whole story....
Autism One 2004, the most comprehensive conference on autism ever assembled, will be held May 27 – 30, 2004, in Chicago. It is a conference for parents and professionals for the care, treatment, and recovery of children with autism. Our web site is http://AutismOne.org.
The conference organizers are themselves parents of children with autism. Parents are, and must remain, the driving force of our community. The issues are too sacred and the stakes too high to delegate to outside interests.
Thanks for Listening.
January 14, 2004
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurobiological disorder of development. It causes problems with the way a person processes, uses and organizes information. ASD affects a person's abilities in Communication, Social Interaction and Sensory Processing. People with ASD may also have restricted, repetitive behavior, interests, and activities that can affect how they learn.