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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 26, 2013 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. ili!!iiiii::i!i!!; JOHN QUINCY ADAMS DATE OF BIRTH: July i I, 1767 DATE OF DEATH: February 23, 1848 PLACE OF BIRTH: In a part of Braintree, Massachusetts (which is now Quincy, Massachusetts PLACE OF DEATH: Capitol Building, Washington, DC WIFE: Louisa PRFIDENT: 1825-1829 Our next C.E.O., was another Bay Stater, This number six was the son, and number two was the pater; As a State Senator, he was jast mediocre, They classified him, as quite a big joker. While attending Harvard, he kept up his guard, As they chased him around, "The Square" and "The Yard;" In the U.S. Senate his talent, started to show, When he helped word the doctrine, of James Monroe. His inaugural address, laid out wishin' Domestic improvements, would be his first mission; Then one year later, for those with the smarts, He called for more programs, in science and arts. Another of his bills, which lhad some success, Although it caused, a great bitterness; Favored Northern businesses, of our young nation, They called it "The Tariff, Of Abomination." His liberal ideas, were cause for concern, Especially in the South, he made slave owners bum; Alienated his friends, through over ambition, They say he evolved, as a poor politician. LoUisa C. Adams, was Join Quincy's wife, She was plagued with ill health for a part of her life; A gracious First Lady, who uore ornate crowns, And when entertaining she wore, Jery fashionable gowns. Every two weeks, she 19sted a party, As First Ladies go, she wc6 quite a smarty; Mothered three little ladies, md one little lass, Died in D.C., but was btrted in Mass. Res Publica by David Tnmull Pray for America NATIONAL DAYOF PRAYF00 The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint reso- lution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Tru- man. The observance of the National Day of Prayer is founded on the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and can be celebrated by all Americans. Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 2 " in observance of the 62 nd annual National Day of Prayer. Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for America and its leadership. This year's theme, "Pray for America," is based on Matthew 12:21 which reminds us that, "In His name the nations will put their hope." There are nearly 20 events scheduled throughout the Commonwealth, including one to be held at the State House in Boston on Thursday, May 2 d from Noon to i:00 pm in the Gardner Auditorium. Days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress des- ignated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called for such a day. Officially, the NDP was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Truman. Congress and President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the Na- tional Day of Prayer. MassHealth Paid $9 Million in Unallowable and Excessive Drug Tests State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today announced an audit of MassHealth, which found thousands of unallow- able and unnecessary drug tests that are costing the Commonwealth millions of dollars annually in Medicaid expenses. MassHealth, with expendi- tures of over $11 billion, pro- vides access to healthcare services for approximately 1.3 million eligible low- and moderate-income individu- als annually. MassHealth pays for drug tests as long as the tests are ordered by a physician who is actively treating the member and is being requested for a medi- eally necessary reason. In FY 2012, MassHealth paid for more than 839,000 drug tests costing the program $18 million. Today's audit report found millions of dol- lars spent on excessive drug testing and tests that were not being used for diagnosis, treatment, or other medi- cally necessary reasons. "Medical testing should only be performed when there is medical necessity," said Auditor Bump. "Clearly millions of dollars has been spent on drug tests that have done little to help addicts in recovery but much to in- crease revenues for testing companies." Contrary to guidelines set by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the audit found MassHealth members being tested at a high frequency -- every day or every other day -- for pe- riods sometimes exceeding a year. During a three-year period, 6,282 MassHealth members received more than the recommended eight tests per month, for a total cost of $24.3 million. The report says MassHealth could have saved approxi- mately $7.8 million in the same period had it more (Continued on Page 15) WELLSMERE MONUMENTS 3841 WASHINGTON STREET ROSLINDALE (AT FOREST HILLS MBTA STATION) WWW.WELLSMERE.COM 617-524-6648 LATE APPOINTMENTS AND IN HOME VISITS AVAILABLE and times listed above, : ! !i  i:!i!i:ziiii!iiiiiiiii!ii!iziiiiiiiii!!!iiiii!iziiiiii!!!i!ii   ; i:i:::zz:  ,  :  ::.:;    i i  i  i iii!ii!!iiiiiiiliiiii!!ii]iiiii!!iii:!i;  ; Our representative will be available to: Accept payments. (Check or money order only-no cash, p/ease.) Process elderly or disabled persons discount forms. Arrange payment plans for delinquent accounts. Resolve billing or service complaints. Review water consumption data for your property. Explain BW$C customer programs. Need more information? 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