Day: June 14, 2013

Protecting against Medicare fraud

We’ve recently heard reports that a variation on an old scam is making the rounds. It sounds like this: (Ring, ring) Unsuspecting person who answers the phone:  Hello? Scammer who is calling:  Ma’am, I’m calling from Medicare. We’re about to send out national medical cards for the new Affordable Care Act.  So I just need to confirm your name, address and phone number.  Oh, and I need your Medicare and bank account number, too… This kind of scam pops up anytime there’s a big change in a government policy, or when a topic is in the news. Scammers use people’s uncertainty to try to get them to reveal personal information. From there, it’s not much of a leap to identity theft, with scammers using or selling your Medicare number, racking up bogus charges on your credit cards, opening new credit cards in your name, even taking out loans in your name. You can protect yourself. If you get a call asking for your information, hang up. It’s a scam. Government organizations and the legitimate groups you do business with have the information they need. They’ll never call to ask you for it. Today we have even more tools to stop fraud—including more law enforcement boots on the ground and more time in prison for criminals.  We’re also using state-of-the-art technology to spot fraud, similar to what your credit card company uses.  As a result, prosecution...

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‘Ma and pa’ boil over LID

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Delinquent taxes on two Keizer Station properties are a hot topic once again. In a letter dated June 4 to Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher, state Sen. Tim Knopp and Rep. Gene Whisnant wrote on behalf of their constituents, Timm and Linda Rawlins of Redmond. As mentioned in the Keizertimes in April 2011, the Rawlins have two properties situated between Volcanoes Stadium and the Bonneville Power Administration substation. At the time, both representatives from Rawlins Real Estate and developer Chuck Sides acknowledged Sides was responsible for making local improvement district (LID) payments. Sides was behind on payments at the time, a situation that has continued. “I want you to understand we are just ma and pa making a few thousand dollars,” Linda Rawlins said at the time. Reached at her business in Redmond Monday in regards to last week’s letter, Linda said, “I don’t know if I’m ready to talk about it today” and had no further comment. Read the letter from To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 14 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142...

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America’s shortest war was in Texas

By GENE H. McINTYRE Last week I wrote an article about what’s known to be our nation’s longest war (August, 1996 to the present time and counting), inviting, thereby, anyone interested to Name that War.  As a suggestion, I offered “Eternal War” as possibly the most appropriate label for that interminable conflict. On the lighter side, it may be uplifting to present a piece of obscure U.S. history by telling the story of the shortest war ever fought by the United States.  We know it to have lasted only one day and took place against a self-declared independent state located within the U.S. It happened in 1867 when the U.S. was suddenly up against a newly-established republic named the Free State of Van Zandt.  Here’s its story: Before declaring itself a free state and getting into a war, Van Zandt was just another county in then-sparsely populated east Texas.  The place and its inhabitants had been mainly ignored by occupying federal troops during and following the Civil War.  Nevertheless, many of the residents resented the very idea that they were under the rule of a Yankee military officer. In the summer of 1867 a number of male citizens gathered at Canton’s old brick courthouse on the town square.  They called a convention at which they produced a Declaration of Independence and then voted to secede from the state of...

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Boys basketball camp starts Monday, others to follow

  The McNary High School basketball programs are hosting summer camps for boys and girls the next two weeks. First up are the boys with a camp planned Monday, June 17, through Thursday, June 20. Incoming third through fifth graders will meet from 9 a.m. to noon and incoming sixth through eighth graders will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Camps will focus on developing fundamentals like footwork, shooting technique, passing and catching, dribbling and rebounding. Cost is $45 and includes a T-shirt. Girls camp, for incoming third through eighth graders, will meet Monday, June 24, through Thursday, June 27. Camps will focus on fundamentals like footwork, shooting, passing and dribbling with special instruction in areas like pivoting and screening, post moves, guard and wing play and moving the ball. Cost is $45 and includes a T-shirt. The Celtic cross country and soccer programs will host camps in August. Cross Country campers will leave at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, for Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon coast and return Friday, Aug. 9, at 4 p.m. Cost is $50 and includes transportation, camp fees, food and drink for the week. The primary focus is to teach training fundamentals and give each individual athlete the tools they need to become successful. Soccer camp for students in fourth through sixth grade will be held Aug. 5-8 at McNary from 5...

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