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Tech Careers

These are Tech Times

Are you tech savvy? Do you have a curious mind that likes to figure things out? If yes, then read on.

There are many considerations when choosing the right career path. Income and employment rate are usually the chief concerns. However, aside from the annual salary and obvious benefits of a job, it’s important to consider whether the position will mesh with your personality type and your preferred style of living. The smartest advice has always been to find something you’re passionate about so that it will hold your interest.

Professionals tend to produce best results and maintain better moods when they’re able to stay fully engaged at work, without losing enthusiasm. If you’re the type who often finds yourself fiddling with gadgets and software, one of the following career avenues might be a good fit for you.

1. Electrical Engineer

Many people who wish to become scientists complete their journey by earning a master of science in electrical engineering due to the broad range of topics covered in this field of study. After graduating from an online MSEE program like the one at New Jersey Institute of Technology, you’ll have the credentials needed to make entry into dozens of industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, materials and metals, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, utilities, consumer goods, transportation, and many others.

2. Computer Programmer

If you enjoy fixing and using computers, a job as a computer programmer, web designer, graphic designer, or game developer might suit you well. In addition to high-paying salaries, the jobs also offer low unemployment rates and the promise of an increasing number of job openings. Although the pay is the most attractive benefit of this profession for most people, if you’re a techie chances are you’ll also enjoy the challenges involved.

3. Server Administrator

As businesses become increasingly reliant on online data storage and transmission, there will be an inevitable increase in demand for tech oriented people that are capable of properly maintaining and administering web servers. The web hosting industry has been continually expanding since its inception, as the number of websites online grows year after year. As a server administrator you’ll have the opportunity to play a prestigious and important role in a company, while also receiving one of the best salaries on the payroll.

4. IT Security Specialist

With cyber-attacks making headlines, it’s no wonder that the internet security industry is in need of bright young tech minds. As we approach 2020 and beyond, the seriousness of cyber threats will reach a new level, making IT security specialists pivotal employees in demand for all of the top corporations.

Challenging Yourself to Become a Master of Your Craft

If your frustrated with your current options, and looking for a tech related field that will keep your mind active and provide enough challenges to hold your interest, these four options are all paths to fulfilling careers for someone who enjoys refining and utilizing their technical skills on an ongoing basis. If you’re up to the task, the result of pursuing a degree in one of these fields could be a lengthy and lucrative career that you’ll be proud of. There’s a lot to be said for job security in tech fields offering competitive salaries and future growth.

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substance abuse

Increasing Demand for Substance Abuse Nurses

Drug addicts need lots of physical care and counseling while recovering from their addiction. Many go to rehabilitation centers after they’ve spent years failing to kick on their own. Substance abuse nurses provide the loving care and support that addicts need to learn to live without drugs. If you’re interested in pursuing this career path, you must first obtain the relevant academic qualifications and experience. Read on and learn the education requirements and job description of a substance abuse nurse.

Job Description

Substance abuse nurses provide medical care to patients suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Patients can suffer from intense pain and other symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and insomnia after withdrawing from drugs. Nurses administer pain medication and other drugs to relieve patients of the withdrawal symptoms.

Nurses also counsel recovering drug addicts to help them overcome the psychological issues that led to drug abuse. Without counseling and moral support, many patients go back to substance abuse after treatment. Hence, nurses have an opportunity to help patients overcome addiction and learn to prevent relapse in the future.

Education and Training

Drug addiction is a physical and mental condition. Substance abuse nurses require general medical training and specialized training in handling drug addiction. You must be a registered nurse to work as a substance abuse nurse, which means graduating from a nursing program. You can then take this knowledge further by registering for the University of South Dakota RN to BSN online degree.

After completing your education, you will take a national licensing exam to obtain your license. You may need to take additional tests depending on the rules and regulations in your state. The next step after obtaining your license is to work as a general nurse practitioner for at least three years or 4,000 hours to obtain a certificate. Alternatively, you can gain at least two years’ experience as a substance abuse nurse and get your certificate.

Once you gain the relevant work experience, you will sit for the certification exam and become a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN). The certified enables you to access well-paying jobs in any medical institution that treats drug addicts.

Potential Employers

Substance abuse nurses work in a variety of different medical institutions that treat addicts. The professionals can work in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, psychiatric wards, and mental health centers. You can also find a job at methadone clinics and treatment centers. The increase in the number of drug addicts every year continues to lead to an increase in the demand for specialized medical practitioners. Due to the demand you are likely to find a good job after obtaining the basic requirements. Prepare to treat drug addicts of all ages including teenagers and the elderly. You can start support groups in your community or offer individualized counseling to help more people overcome drug addiction.

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Your Librarian Still Matters

When asked to conjure up the image of a public library, most people think of books. For hundreds of years, books were the beating heart of libraries. However, libraries have had to move with the times—they’ve been evolving in the digital world and adapting to the changing needs of cultures and societies. These days, the books in a library are only one aspect of a greater whole and these institutions now offer limitless amounts of informative, educational, historical and cultural documents in various media formats—as well as community centered programs and initiatives.

The rise of the digital age and the evolution of libraries have increased the variety of roles available to librarians. Although it is still a vital role for librarians to connect people to the vast amount of information that is available, it’s also the job of the modern librarian to offer guidance and use their fine-tuned knowledge to aid library users. Librarians are highly educated and passionate about helping the community and it’s a job with with a valuable service that deserves respect.

Librarians Aren’t Just on the Frontline

Although customer service is an integral part of librarianship there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes that library users might not have realized. It is the librarians who are in charge of selecting the books and media documents that are made available to the public and to create bibliographic records so that is possible for library users to find what they need in the library catalogues. Libraries now offer some resources online which require constant maintenance by staff members and librarians are often trained educators—thanks to the excellent online MMLIS programs available—they are able to educate the public, for example teaching people digital literacy’s such as how to stay safe online.

Libraries are Integral to Communities

Librarians interact with members of society on a daily basis and therefore they are often the first people to recognize local community needs. Because of this, it is often libraries that bring social needs to the attention of the local government or social agencies and then partner with these organizations to help bring about positive change.

It is often the programs and activities hosted at public libraries, such as baby story-times and book clubs, which connect people who would not normally associate with each other. These sessions can also be crucial in helping people who might be going through tough or difficult situations, for instance first time mothers or children who are new to the area, to get support from their community and make new connections.

Libraries are the “People’s University”

As education becomes increasingly expensive, it is liberating to know that public libraries continue to be a free source of educational and informative opportunities for everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Many libraries present classes and offer discussion programs which are open to anyone who wishes to attend and there are even remote access opportunities so that those who can’t get to a library can still access the library’s resources. Many esteemed educational establishments, including the University of Southern California, offer budding future librarians the chance to embark on first-rate library science degrees so that they can lead successful and rewarding careers educating future generations and helping to make communities stronger.

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NYC March

This essay was written for NY City Woman by Sally Wendkos Olds, my activist mother. We both voted for Hillary Clinton and were crushed when the impossible happened and Trump won the election. We both read the horrifying news about the Russian hacking and we both took our outrage and upset to the marches. Mom attended the Women’s March in NYC; I went to Washington, D.C. Among the many causes my Mom fought/fights for are the Women’s Movement and the Civil Rights Movement. Thank you for setting the great example to rise up for what is right. Donald Trump is #NotMyPresident and #ImStillWithHer.

The Women’s March in New York City • January 21, 2017 by Sally Wendkos Olds

A wire clothes hanger bearing the stark message “Never Again.” The woman marching next to me saw this sign and confided that her mother had nearly bled to death after the self-administered abortion of what would have been her fourth child, one she could not take care of.

“My Life Matters.” A heart-wrenching sign carried by a small African-American boy riding on his father’s shoulders. His message is more important than ever in the months and years ahead.

“Putin’s Poodle.” Donald Trump’s head on the body of a dog. What does the election of this man mean to the independence of our nation?

The signs held aloft during the marches in cities and towns across the United States and in nations around the globe were many and creative and inspiring — and emphasized why we — millions of us — were marching on the day after the inauguration of the least qualified person ever elected president of our country.

The Women’s Marches the day after the inauguration of Donald John Trump as President of the United States exceeded expectations in every way, in cities and towns across the United States and in nations whose citizens feared not only for our government but for theirs and for the world. Many more thousands of people took part than anyone had estimated (2.9 million in the U.S. alone), and more goodwill was shown, with one police officer in Manhattan saying on television there was not a single problem for all the hours that people were on the streets – other than handling traffic. Civility pervaded the streets throughout the day, even when the march was at a standstill because so many people joined from so many different directions.

The streets were filled for hours with citizens — and non-citizens — of every ethnicity, every color, every age from infants in arms to ancients in wheelchairs (and yes, many grandmothers and grandchildren). Many wore the ubiquitous “pussy hats” – hand-knitted pink hats with little ears — to hold up to ridicule President Donald Trump’s vulgar videotaped acknowledgment of his own sexual predations. A large contingent of men joined in the continual chanting with “Her body, her choice!”

My group, under the aegis of Eleanor’s Legacy (an organization inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt and dedicated to expanding the role of pro-choice women in government) met at 10 a.m. at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at the United Nations. Although it was impossible to hear the speakers during the two and a half hours we stood there before we were able to begin marching, they must have said good things because there were periodic shouts and waves. Despite impatient chants of “Let Us March!” there was no pushing or elbowing, and people were unfailingly courteous in stepping aside to let small groups of friends and family stay together.

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When I heard that women would be marching to protest the ascension to the presidency of the most unqualified person in our country’s history, I knew I wanted to be part of it. Why? When people asked me what good it would do, I could have quoted Mahatma Gandhi when he said “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it.”

Or I could have quoted Harry Belafonte who called the street march “one of the great weapons of a democracy.” I wanted to be part of a global statement to let this administration know how many worldwide were shocked by what this singularly unqualified president has been saying, the people he has been appointing to his cabinet, and what this council of governing know-nothings plan to do.

I had not marched for a long time – since demonstrating for civil rights in Chicago, pro-choice in Washington, anti-war on Long Island, and probably others I can’t remember. Did these marches bring about the Voting Rights Law and the Fair Housing Law, the Roe v. Wade decision, and other changes in government? Yes, they moved public opinion and reached Congress and the Supreme Court and eventually led to changes in the laws of our land.

So what will be the real impact of this march? Nothing unless people involved take it further. And this we must do. We must build democratic structures at local levels in red, blue and purple states. We must engage our young people and inspire them to become leaders. We must educate ourselves and be alert to any encroachment of power upon the rights of the people. We must support the organizations carrying on this work – Planned Parenthood, The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Coalition against Censorship, others fighting for a better world – with our efforts and our pocketbooks.

We need imagination, effort, and knowledge to do this. Donald Trump talked about returning the government to the people. We the people must do this ourselves for ourselves and our fellow citizens, since his promises as put into practice so far will take it away from us. What can we do? We need to organize at local levels, we need to fight the gerrymandering that has paralyzed forces for progress, we need to urge reformers to run for school boards, for city councils, for judgeships, for elective offices at the most basic levels. Only then will our country be able to reap the democratic rewards for the many, not the few.

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A story about a brave World War II (WII) Captain. Published by literary magazine, Meat for Tea.

My father, David Mark Olds (born David Moses Goldstein), was an Army Captain in WWII. He grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with so much anti-Semitism in the world that he changed his name.

Dad’s barrel chest expanded when he told battle stories: “The smell of rotted flesh” and “seeing corpses stacked like cordwood,” at Dachau. He stood taller when he said, “It was a just war. I was proud to fight.”

WWII Captain David Mark Olds (r)

I’d never seen my father cry until my older sister married a German. Like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Dad tried to accept his daughter’s choice to marry a non-Jew in the country he loathed. It pained him every time we visited her in the country he bravely defended against. Germans had murdered everyone in his family except his Russian parents who’d been sent to America, both at age 16.

This year, pre-election stress made me flee Manhattan for a week to be with my sister and nieces in their tiny rural town near Frankfurt. We spoke of ways the world had changed—a female running for president, a Jew as her Democratic runner-up.

We also spoke of America’s version of Hitler: Trump, the man who memorized Hitler’s speeches. Adolf shouted to crowds, “Make Germany great again!,” while here in my homeland, Trump changed only one word.

My father was a registered Democrat. He said, “People fought for your right to vote.” He taught me never to discriminate against any religion or skin color: “Most people secretly hold prejudices but you must always act with fairness.” Honesty and honor were my father’s signature attributes and he put family first.

It’s a dangerous time now for everyone. Right-wing politicians in Europe are all cheering. The polls said Hillary Clinton had an 85% chance of winning. If I cried to my father, “How could this be happening?,” Dad would’ve put his arms around me and said what he always did, “People lie in polls. They say what they think others want to hear. They tell the pollsters they read The New York Times, while they buy the New York Post.”

For years, he lamented what happened to the pure jazz radio station he was president of. There weren’t enough listeners to sell the advertising needed to keep it going. “People say they love pure jazz because they like to feel sophisticated. The truth is they only want commercial jazz.”

Perhaps that is a partial explanation for how off the media outlets were about this presidential race. Of course Trump is not Hitler and now that the world has seen the devastation such a demagogue can inflict, my Dad would tell me that I mustn’t fear the worst. “Worrying will wear you down to a frazzle,” he’d say.

“Always take the high road,” Dad said. He taught me to stand strong in the face of adversity. So now, if I appeal to my best self, I can summon optimism that our president-elect will grow into the office and be a more honorable president than he ever seemed as a candidate or reality TV star.

We must believe that Trump will not be able to undo all of the good that people like my father fought for.

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On this #WriterWednesday I am cheering myself up because 2016 was so bizarre. The weirdness weirded everybody I know out. Since my natural born tendency is to veer toward dark thoughts, I am making a conscious effort to exercise any positives I can think of. So, that said, I have made a list of publications that my articles appeared this past year. This is it, in alphabetical order. Writing is one of the things in life that makes me very happy. So here goes… #amwriting

Gratitude Jar

Not bad, eh? Let’s all raise the bar in 2017. I’m game. In other news, I stepped down from web design to keep writing full-time without having to lose sleep to keep up, I’ve been cured of Hepatitis C thanks to Obamacare, and deepened existing friendships while welcoming new ones. To stay positive in a year with a terrifying political landscape, I have begun a gratitude jar. I write something good that happened on a piece of paper on every single day and drop it into the jar. At the end of the year, I will be able to see 365 days with happiness in them — no matter what happens in the world at large.

And now, I must get back to work. I am adding the final touches to my 124th article for the The Fix, the largest addiction and recovery website. Thank you to my amazing writing mentor Susan Shapiro, American Society of Journalists & Authors, the amazing and supportive members in my weekly writing workshop, my wonderful editors and clients, and all of the amazing women in my private Facebook writing groups.

Here’s to a year of “YES”!

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Johnny Knoxville

In an exclusive interview, Johnny Knoxville (nee Philip John Clapp) opened up about his character in the hilarious, five-star film, “Elvis & Nixon.” The actor, who is from Knoxville, Tennessee, plays Sonny West, a friend to Elvis Presley, and member of what the 1960s press dubbed the “Memphis Mafia”—a nickname for Presley and his entourage.

The “Mafia” was made up of a group of friends and employees who worked as bodyguards and mastered tasks like scheduling, and “managing” Presley by ushering him around. They pay was good but the perks were better: brand new cars, beautiful houses, and the sparkle of being in Presley’s inner circle. They wore mohair suits, dark glasses, rode around in limos and carried concealed guns (legally via permits). Presley and his gang enjoyed the nickname, viewing it as an affectionate term.

Knoxville, best known for his gross-out gags in the “Jackass” movies, once told Conan O’Brien he hired a “really good genealogist.” Knoxville was told “In these rural mountain regions you come from, no one ever goes into the community and no one every leaves the community [and] it’s not uncommon that there’s inbreeding in those communities.” There was “a significant amount” of inbreeding in Knoxville’s family.

The 45-year-old actor is striking. He’s a lean 6’1” with a full head of almost-black hair. And has the chiseled face of a GQ cover. He walked in smiling and sure got a kick out of sharing behind-the-scenes pranks. On the off hours during the making of “Elvis & Nixon,” Alex Pettyfer—cast as fellow Memphis Mafia member, Jerry Schilling—apparently played along with Knoxville’s tomfoolery. But, Michael Shannon? Not so much.

Dorri Olds: Did you really set Alex Pettyfer’s foot on fire one night in a bar?

Johnny Knoxville: Accidentally, yeah, a few times.

A few times?


How does that happen?

I don’t know. We were drinking and I accidentally dropped 151 on his foot and then I accidentally bent down and lit it. He got me back good, though. Like, he doesn’t understand that you just pour a tiny bit, I mean I don’t want anyone to do this. Please don’t do this. But I just poured a tiny bit. He dumped a whole glass on me and [the fire] would not go out for a long time. I had to take my shoe off and throw it out the window and explain to him the nuances of doing something like that.

Was this at like three o’clock in the morning?

[Grins] Nah, nah. It wasn’t. You know, we got started pretty early. I mean we had to, we were in New Orleans.

What can you tell me about the character you played?

I play Sonny West. Sonny was working in an appliance store before Elvis asked him to work for him. To go from that, then move to Hollywood and be on set with Ann Margaret and be around all those movies Elvis was making and Sonny had roles in some of those movies. That really changed his life. I think Sonny was very committed to Elvis. The story is pretty crazy. Elvis just showing up at the White House one morning, with a gun, wanting to meet the President, and he wanted a badge to become a Federal agent at large. That’s so nuts.

Johnny Knoxville
Unrecognizable Johnny Knoxville in Elvis and Nixon.

How did you learn about Sonny? Did you speak with Jerry Schilling who worked as a consultant and executive producer on the film?

Yes. I got to sit down with Jerry Schilling in New Orleans. He was right there with Elvis all those years. I really cherish our meeting, and those drinks we drank, and just hearing all the stories.

Speaking about drinking, do you find it ironic that Elvis was so concerned about the youth of America on drugs when Elvis died from his addictions?

Yeah, I mean the story is just bananas. He brought guns to the White House. I guess his reasoning was, ‘If I get this badge, I can carry guns and pills,’ where ever he wanted.

Maybe Elvis felt like he wasn’t taking drugs because doctors had prescribed them.

Yeah, you know, the train of thought is a little skewed. I see the holes in the thinking.

What did you learn about Elvis that you hadn’t known?

I knew a little about the story of him visiting the White House before this film but I didn’t know the complete story and how crazy the truth of the story was. We didn’t have to do anything different to the story. We didn’t have to add anything because the reality of it was so completely nuts.

Yes, so ripe for humor.

It’s perfect for a movie. You just play it straight. We were true to the story and there’s the comedy. He’s doing karate in front of the President. One of the most stiff [sic] Presidents. Elvis goes in there dressed the way he was. It’s just too good watching Michael Shannon recreate those karate moves for Kevin Spacey as Nixon. I feel very fortunate to be in this movie just to watch those guys act. I mean they’re amazing.

What’s it like working with Michael Shannon? Many have said he keeps to himself. Is that true?

Well, he’s very focused and very intense. And that intensity, that energy, pervades the whole set. It gets everyone as focused as he is. He makes everyone better. I love the guy. I’ve done another movie with him and I absolutely love him, he’s such a character.

Which movie?

It was years ago. It’s called, “Grand Theft Parsons.” Michael is a good soul.

Did he take part in the setting-feet-on-fire thing?

No, we would do dinners. I have a different relationship with Michael than I do with Alex. Alex’s personality lends itself to me doing that to him but Michael and I, well, it’s situational how I go at people. I don’t go at Michael like that. I wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings. And, because he’s a really big guy. [Laughs]

What’s can you say about the Memphis Mafia?

I’m not sure that the people that were in the so-called Memphis Mafia like that term but that was something the press came up with for all of people in the inner circle of Elvis Presley—his bodyguards and people who worked for him but there was no mafia.

In the film, Colin Hanks, Tom Hank’s son, played “Bud” Krogh. Did you spend any time with Krogh who had worked in the White House under Nixon?

Yeah, he was on the set one day when we were all there. I was very glad I got to meet him.

Did he ever interrupt to say, “That’s not how it was.?

No he wouldn’t do that. There were a lot of questions asked of him and he was happy to tell you exactly what happened but he was not that type of person who would interrupt and say, “No, no, no.” Anyway, you just don’t interrupt Michael Shannon. But, yeah, Bud was very helpful and we were all a bit ecstatic to have him there.

And the director?

Liza Johnson’s a great director. I hope to work with her again. I like to shoot what’s on the page and then maybe have a take or two to play around and she would let me do that. It was a loose set.

Were you sorry to see any scenes get cut from the movie?

Some scenes got cut down but I don’t remember any scenes getting cut. I wish people could just see the dailies from Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon acting in the White House. They’re unbelievable. Maybe that’ll be a DVD extra. Spacey’s improvs are just so… it’s tough to keep a straight face.

Did you study Sonny to nail down the accent?

Well, I’m from Tennessee. I figured I knew how he talked. [Laughs] For a lot of his body language, though I sat down with Jerry Schilling and then I also looked at that photo in the White House and just how he was composed, how he held himself in the pictures. That helped a lot. It’s great when you have source material. Unfortunately, there’s no video of that day but there is video on him. You go on the world wide internet. It is a good tool. [Grins]


Elvis & Nixon” is rated R. 86 min. Comedy, history.

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In a recent study by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, the data compiled from the last five years under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was released. During this time, 939,000 New Yorkers have gained coverage. The rate of the uninsured has fallen by 40%, and there were many other benefits that started affecting New Yorkers the minute the new legislation was adopted. Here are some of the most profound effects the Affordable Healthcare Act has had on New York residents.

Employer Coverage

New Yorkers covered under their employers have seen valuable additions to their health care plans. One important area of improvement has been the lifetime and annual limits for the insured. Limits were used to cap the amount insurance companies paid toward medical expenses. Under the ACA, this is no longer allowed.

There is another important addition to employer coverage made by the ACA. Young adults under the age of 26 can now have continuous coverage under their parents’ insurance. Many young adults are now getting the care they need. Families have one less thing to worry about.


There was an expansion of the qualifications for Medicaid, which helped thousands of new families enroll. This probably had the greatest impact of the entire program. Some families could not afford reliable insurance or meet high premiums before the act. Now, more New Yorkers can receive care when they need it. This equates to saving 170 New York lives due to medical related deaths each year.


People covered by Medicare are receiving new benefits, too. 74% of New York seniors took advantage of the free preventative care option. They are enrolled in Medicare Plan B. That is 1,486,645 New York seniors. Preventative care includes wellness visits and cancer screening.

Individual Market

The rules of the ACA prohibit medical underwriting. This aspect of insurance coverage has now gone. This helps many with pre-existing conditions qualify for insurance. An estimated 8,616,234 New Yorkers have pre-existing conditions.

Funding is available to help people in their search for the best insurance premiums. Now, people can compare insurances plans before they buy. This helps them choose the best coverage for the price they can afford. It takes the guesswork out of choosing insurance.

Tax Credits

Tax credits are now available to individuals on private insurance programs. 123,830 New Yorkers receive tax credits. This averages $178 per month that can help offset the cost of insurance premiums.


All this data indicates that more people are able to use their insurance than in the past. Benefits in each bracket make healthcare more accessible to everyone. As more people continue to use health care services, more providers are needed. This is why there is currently a huge demand for online doctoral nursing programs and many nurse practitioners have decided to earn their MSN to DNP online through institutions such as Bradley University.

New Yorkers and the rest of the nation are waiting to see how the new administration will affect their benefits. However, they can expect more of the same for at least the next few years.

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