Vol. 19 No. 3 Serving “Men In Transition” March 2012
Available at: www.mit.nealt.net
Meeting at the Rochester Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
Deadline for MIT MATTERS: 3/30/12
Tuesday weekly meetings
Programs for March 2012
Mar 6, Selections from the Best of the Rochester International Film Festival, presented by Neal
Mar 6, FIG, General discussion led by Stu Berger.
March 13th--Kurt Fay in doing a presentation about the performance of Yale and Harvard's
Mar 27, Chris Kawolsky from the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, Coordinator: Hans Susstrunk.
Programs for April 2012
Apr 3, Tammy Cohen, CFRE, Associate Executive Director,and Dave Pieramico, Associate Executive
Director for Finance and Administration, JCC of Greater Rochester, will make a presentation of the JCC
Budget, upcoming programs, facility improvements, and membership. Coordinator: Gerry Eggert.
April 10th--Bob Kravetz from Brighton Secutities will make a presentation "Smoothing out Volitility in
Today's Dynamic Markets".
Apr 17, Town of Brighton Supervisor, Bill Moehle, Coordinator: Gerry Eggert.
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him if you think that the supply needs
replenishment. A complete set of instructions &
the list of providers are available from Stu or at
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ARRANGE A TRADE IF YOUR DATE IS IN
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CONFLICT WITH YOUR PLANS.
Wayne Smith, Chairman
The Children’s Agenda – Dr. Jeff Kaczorowski
Mort Epstein (acting)
January 31, 2012
Lee Lang, Program Coordinator
Art Kuh Jokester
The Children’s Agenda is an advocacy organization
Neal Tobochnik, MIT Matters Editor
for children that does not run any programs of its
own. Instead it analyzes local, state, and federal
budgets for their impact on children and researches
evidence-based programs and policies. They have 3
fundamental goals: that children be born healthy, that
they be prepared to learn, and that they be prepared to
be adults. Although children are only 25% of the
BAGEL LIST: NOTE: Bagel Land in the 12 population, they are 100% of our future.
Corners Plaza (442-3080) is willing to slice and
deliver bagels at no charge, no tax. Make If you look at the statistics for Monroe County, they
arrangements and prepay. Suggested bagel are troubling: 22% of the children live in poverty,
selection is included in bagel procedure on line. child abuse is up 47% from 10 years ago, infant
mortality is higher than the US average and most
6- Mar Kornguth, Jay industrialized countries. Of 21 indicators, only 3
13-Mar Myers, Perry
showed positive change in the past decade. These
20-Mar Einbender, Larry
problems are persistent, yet preventable. A slide was
27- Mar Freeman, Chuck
shown comparing brain development in two 3-year-
3-Apr Fishman, Marv
olds, one from a home with stimulation and one from
10-Apr Vigoda, Abe (Passover)
a home without (other factors being roughly equal).
17-Apr Friedman, Al
The differences were striking.
24-Apr Potter Sheldon
1-May Lang, Lee
8-May Goldstein, Billy
The lesson from this is that we need to prioritize
15-May Schollnick, Arnie children by changing policies, shifting funding, and
22-May Buglion, Paul concentrating on what really works. The Agenda
29-May Waldman, Sam currently supports four of what they consider the best
evidence-based programs: Quality early childhood
Please be present at the meeting the week before day care; quality after-school programs; coping
your assigned date to pick up condiments and power (violence prevention); and Nurse-Family
utensils (or arrange for someone to pick it up for Partnerships in which a nurse is paired with a family
you). If you are unable to bring bagels on the during a child’s growth from birth to 2. Under Q&A,
assigned date, please arrange an exchange with he stated that the nurse is essential; this is not as
another member and notify the MIT "bagel effective with another helping professional.
chairman" Stu Berger preferably by e-mail at
email@example.com or by phone at 473-3603. In summary, what is needed is transformational
Remember that Mort Epstein (381-9865) change. He suggested this includes child impact
replenishes jam and peanut butter; please inform statements for proposed programs and policies, a
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youth master plan, an annual state of children report To wrap this up we can save a bundle if we use
card, evidence-based contract review, and technology out of the operating room like we do in
restructuring of the financing of children’s services. the operating room.
Dr. Kaczorowski passed out a report, “Decade of By Howard Davidson
Decline”, which can be obtained from the Children’s
Agenda, www.thechildrensagenda.org, (585) 256-
2620. You can also sign up on their web site to FIG MATTERS
receive occasional e-mails on children’s issues and
activities, including opportunities for taking timely Facilitators: Chuck Kaplan & Stu Berger
On Feb 7 a small group discussed the information
Reported by Neil Jaschik
that Joe Marchese presented in January. The bottom
line is that for the foreseeable future we will need to
COST OF US HEALTHCARE
become used to less return on investment on average
Howard Davidson gave a talk on the cost of US
than we have previously enjoyed. One ramification
Healthcare. The figures are not pretty. In 2010, $2,7 of this is that we will become more sensitive to fees
trillion was spent on healthcare, not care itself but that are charged by mutual companies, money
administrative services, insurance, and the like and if managers and brokerage houses.
stacked dollars bills into the air the miles would be Submitted by Stu Berger
170,000 in to the sky. If cost are not reined in we will
be will on the way to the moon by 2030. Future topics
Mar. 6 Discussion - led by Stu Berger
We spend $8,000 a person in health care cost. The
To be scheduled provided that there is sufficient
next closest country spends $5.100 a year and New
Zealand spends $3.100 a year. - Strategies to Help Reduce Taxes on
Retirement Income and Social Security
Savings can be accomplished in preventive care. We
Benefits with Required Minimum
can take steps to prevent falling, change driving Distributions
habits and work on smoking. Obesity which cost - Building the Bridge that will Preserve your
$200 billion a year has to be reined in. Diets, Legacy Assets
exercising and use of fat free spreads need to be used. - Risk Management Through your Retirement -
Creating Secure Income and Passing Assets
Another approach to controlling cost is to use On
bundled care. Take the power out of the hands of the
insurance companies. Have a consortium of Doctors, COMPUTER INTEREST GROUP
Hospitals and health care agencies take control of
health matters and use insurance companies for
billing and collecting fees only.
We need to look to those entities that are using “best
practices” and apply them to areas that are not using
such practices. The The Mayo Clinic, Johns
Hopkins, Intermountain Health System and the
Guthrie Clinic to name a few.
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From Art Kuh:
17. Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
The Philosophy of Ambiguity 18. If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he
has the right to remain silent?
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE PHILOSOPHY OF
19. Why do they put braille on the drive-through
AMBIGUITY, AS WELL AS THE
IDIOSYNCRASIES OF ENGLISH:
20. How do they get deer to cross the road only at
1. Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the
those road signs?
21. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
2. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.
22. One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk
3. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
about other people.
4. If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do
23. Does the little mermaid wear an algebra?
we still have monkeys and apes?
24. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy
5. The main reason that santa is so jolly is because he
knows where all the bad girls live.
25. How is it possible to have a civil war?
6. I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman,
26. If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest
"where's the self- help section?". She said if she told
me, it would defeat the purpose.
27. If you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you
7. What if there were no hypothetical questions?
still be hungry?
8. If a deaf child signs swear words, does his mother
28. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you
wash his hands with soap?
9. If someone with multiple personalities threatens to
29. Whose cruel idea was it for the word 'lisp' to have
kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
's' in it?
10. Is there another word for synonym?
30. Why are hemorrhoids called "hemorrhoids"
11. Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it
instead of "assteroids"?
31. Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at
12. What do you do when you see an endangered
animal eating an endangered plant?
32. Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?
13. If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his
33. If you spin an oriental person in a circle three
times, do they become disoriented?
14. Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
15. Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are
34. Can an atheist get insurance against acts of god?
they afraid someone will clean them?
16. If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or