Print Email Facebook Twitter Advertisement Waiting lists could be slashed – consultantTHE MID-WEST’S only consultant orthodontist wants immediate action taken by the government to address public waiting lists for children needing braces.Dr Ted McNamara of St Camillus Hospital, points out that recommendations made eight years can free up four-year waiting lists at little cost-if introduced.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Private treatment, he said, costs up to £4,000 – “which is a huge amount of money for most”.He alleged that there is a lot of obscene dental politics involved.“Politicians are afraid to take action on 2002 and 2005 reports from the Joint Oireachtais Committees on Health and Children, that made very good recommendations.“They found that certain practices are artificially blocking the system and creating longer waiting lists -these politicians need to have the courage to implement the changes recommended”. Dr McNamara has written to Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, and asked him to implement the recommendations.Biteback, a group of concerned parents who are working together for children in need of braces, also want the government to act.At the first public meeting on the issue last year, 300 parents with children on the HSE orthodontic waiting list turned up. Biteback secretary, Ursula Cosgrove, explained the situation to the Limerick Post:“We are frustrated with the long delays and want to hear from parents in the same situation. My child was on the list for orthodontic treatment for eight years”.The parent-run group is developing a website which will include an online petition.“We want our children taken off the waiting list and we need to get our current Minister for Health to act”.The issue, she added, is affecting hundreds of parents. “At present, they are visiting local health centres and being told the waiting list is three to four years, and that they are better off going private. A lot of parents aren’t even going on the waiting list, so if we have 1,100 and 1,200 children in the Mid West, that’s not a true reflection.“There are thousands of children in need of treatment”She said that internationally, 30% of children needed orthodontic treatment, which means that the correct figure for the Mid West could be around 6,000.“We would encourage parents to put their children on the waiting list to make it more accurate”.Biteback meet at Watchhouse Cross library on the first Thursday of every month.Anyone seeking more information can contact Biteback via email at [email protected] Linkedin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsParents bite back on orthodontic issuesBy admin – May 19, 2011 769 Previous articleMoney scams rampant in LimerickNext articleNews briefs admin
April 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News What court records should be posted online? Associate EditorIt’s fear of the “jammiesurfers” vs. adventurers of total access on the Internet frontier.That’s how Jonathan D. Kaney, Jr., general counsel for the First Amendment Foundation and vice chair of the legislature’s Study Committee on Public Records, summed up the debate about putting court records online.The most controversial recommendation of the committee’s final report, released February 15, calls for a two-year moratorium on “certain court records as determined by the Florida Supreme Court that are not part of the official record should not be accessible on the Internet.”And so, the issue of how best to balance privacy rights and public access to court records goes back to the Supreme Court for the appointment of yet another study group — the third one — to address the issue. The court has not yet taken any action, said spokesman Craig Waters.“Jammiesurfers” are those nosey souls who might want to check out titillating details of a neighbor’s divorce while anonymously clicking around on court clerk Web sites in the comfort of their own homes – but would never think of going down to the courthouse and publicly requesting the hard-copy file to rifle through page after page of documents.The judges on the study group, led by recommendations of Judge Jacqueline Griffin of the Fifth District Court of Appeal (who worked on the issue for the Judicial Management Council and was appointed by the chief justice to this legislative study committee), argued that court clerks are not screening their Web sites to be sure that information exempt under public information law is not included. For example, certain details in a juvenile’s record or family studies in a custody battle in family court should not wind up in cyberspace for the whole world to see. They are concerned by what Kaney describes as the “magnified effect of the Internet” — and the challenge to responsibly filter out the exempt material from the nonexempt.The court clerks on the study group, R.B. “Chips” Shore of Manatee County and Charlie Green from Lee County, don’t like the moratorium. Basically, their argument goes like this: We are clerks. We don’t create the court records. We are the custodians.“I’m a public information access person. I think it’s extremely beneficial to society to have an abundance of easy, accessible information. The moment you limit access to information, you form oligarchies or dictatorships,” Green told the Bonita Daily News.So on the day of reckoning, on the vote regarding the moratorium, it was four in favor of the judges who wanted restrictions on Internet access and four in favor of the clerks who wanted total access.All eyes turned to Kaney whose vote would break the tie on the most contentious issue that began as a permanent ban of court records on the Internet and ended in a compromise.To many people’s surprise, Kaney voted for the moratorium as a way to buy two-years time to do things thoughtfully and deliberately. He doesn’t want so much concern over the information getting into the “wrong hands” — like gruesome crime-scene photos showing up on Macabre.com — to mean they would throw the baby out with the bath water and have no Internet access of court records at all.“Why should we die on Internet Hill?” he asks.“I see it at two levels. From a public records advocacy point of view, where I come from, you’d like to think public means public and nothing is too public,” Kaney explained.“But I respect the privacy issue and that there should be some exemptions. When the legislature creates an exemption, that is the law. It will ruin public access if we don’t have exemptions. I tell my colleagues exemptions are our best friend, if done right.”Kaney said he also had a problem with the clerk’s proposal for users of the clerk’s Web site to have an ID password “to make sure you’re not the guy in the pj’s leering.”“I just can’t go along with selective access,” Kaney explained. “So Judge Griffin and I are temporary allies. She wants to do it never. I want two years. I think we can figure out a way to deal with exemptions and not turn Internet access into something handed out by 67 bureaucrats in 67 counties.”A court record needs to be equally accessible to judges, lawyers, and “Joe Sixpack,” Kaney argues.“My constituents — the board of the First Amendment Foundation made up of several editors — understood the distinction. We have not had an editorial blasting the moratorium,” Kaney said.He also takes issue with those who argue personal information should remain private.For example, he represented the media groups who did not want Dale Earnhardt’s autopsy photos exempt from public records.Thom Rumberger, chair of the Study Committee on Public Records who represented the Earnhardt family, argued to seal the records, which ultimately succeeded, because disclosure would inflict emotional trauma on the family of the deceased.As Kaney counters: “If we purify public records to prevent emotional trauma,” there go public records in a wide array of cases, including details in criminal case probable-cause affidavits.So now the big job of balancing privacy issues and public right to access issues is back at the Supreme Court.“What we want the court to do is tailor the moratorium so it deals with problematic categories of files, such as family law files or juvenile files,” Kaney said. “I know they will want input from the clerks before drafting an order on Internet restrictions.. . . This process needs to be a clear and open process.”To read the final report of the Study Committee on Public Records, go to the Web site for the governor, under Task Forces and Commissions: www.myflorida.com/myflorida/government/taskandcommissions/index.html What court records should be posted online?
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Bessie Lee Olds, age 84, passed away early Tuesday morning, September 17, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Wellington, KS.Â She worked as a cook at the Wellington High School for 16 years and retired in 1989.Bessie Lee Olds was born on April 17, 1929 in Cherryvale, KS to Cassious B. Lain and Elizabeth A. A. (Thompson) Lain.Bessie married Harry O. Olds on March 4, 1948 in Cherryvale, KS. Â They moved to Wellington in 1968. Â She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and quilting.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry; and two brothers.Survivors include one son, Terry Olds and his wife Kim of Wichita, KS, two daughters, Georgia Hauf of Bentonville, AK and Vicki Brown and her husband Jake of Wellington, KS; six grandchildren, Lori Cottrell, Derek Hauf, Richie Brown, Travis Brown, Jarrod Brown and Dustin Brown; 14 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.Private Family Services will be held at a later date.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 1:00 â€“ 8:00 P.M.Â The family will be present to greet friends from 6:00 â€“ 8:00 P.M.A memorial has been established with the Avenue of Flags in lieu of flowers.Â Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net