Compared to some doctors, I am an old one.
Our corner of Sullivan County is beautiful. Practically everywhere you turn there is a stream or a lake, stone walls abound with abundant trees and wildlife. This is the reason we bought our second home here and have invested in improving and upgrading it, and it’s the reason we love every minute we are able to spend here.
The United States has produced the greatest economic engine the world has ever known. As you probably already know, our system of production and market distribution is called Capitalism.
As Teamster Union representative for county employees, I can say that there is an even bigger problem our county faces besides the bottom-of-the barrel wages paid to county employees. That problem is the county’s exploding opioid epidemic.
Stewart Epstein is a retired sociology and social work professor who taught at West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University and SUNY-Brockport. He recently announced his 2020 candidacy for the U.S. Congress in western New York. He lives in Rochester, NY.
Simone Kraus is a New Jersey resident, who receives medical care in Orange County, NY and serves on the board of the LGBTQ+ advocacy organization TriVersity, which operates out of Milford, PA.
I’m often heard telling folks that it’s important we “take care of our own”—that we pay county employees a living wage that doesn’t require them to be lining up at our Social Services office just to put food on the family table, or, just as bad, taking their skills elsewhere. I’ve written about that topic in this very space.
There’s a crisis in America, but it’s not along our southern border.
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Twenty-one-year-old Emma Long’s step brother Anthony Resti passed away of an overdose December 16, 2014—one of roughly 47,000 people who died from drug overdoses in the U.S. that year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Since then, Pennsylvania has consistently been one of the most at-risk states for opioid addiction and overdose.