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Opinion: Hundreds of retired Major League players denied pensions because of union error
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Opinion: Hundreds of retired Major League players denied pensions because of union error

Biscuits pitcher J.D.
Martin talks about learning to be that rare pitching sight, a knuckleballer.
Stacy Long Six hundred forty four people who played Major League Baseball are being denied pensions by both the league and the union representing the current players, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, because of a error the union committed 38 years ago.
In order to avert a threatened 1980 Memorial Day Weekend walkout by the players, MLB made the following sweetheart offer to union representatives: going forward, all a post-1980 player would need to be eligible to buy into the league’s premium health insurance plan was one game day of service; all a post-1980 player would need for a benefit allowance was 43 game days of service.
According to the IRS, a current MLB retiree can receive a pension of up to $220,000.
The pre-1980 players alive at the time were each awarded payments of $625 per quarter, up to 16 quarters, for every 43 game days of service the man had.
Even though Forbes recently reported that the current players’ pension and welfare fund is valued at $2.7 billion, MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark — the first former player ever to serve as leader of the union — has never commented about these non-vested retirees, many of whom are filing for bankruptcy at advanced ages, having banks foreclose on their homes and are so sickly and poor that they cannot afford adequate health care coverage.
Patty Hilton lost her spouse only six months ago, on Sept. 17.
His widow perhaps put it best: the MLBPA “is a soul-crushing organization.” Unions are supposed to help hard working women and men in this country get a fair shake in life.
But the so-called MLBPA labor leader doesn’t seem to want to help anyone but himself — Clark receives a MLB pension and an annual salary of more than $2.1 million, including benefits, for being the head of the union.

Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame?
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Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame?

Crestview Hills mother Karen Ruf speaks about the loss of her son J.C. Ruf to teen suicide in October 2016.
The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate of increase was higher — 77%.
And while some adults can tune out the constant scroll of depressing social media posts, it is the rare teen who even tries.
There need to be more psychiatrists and they also need to be part of primary care clinics, Parks said.
Blacks do kill themselves Two African American preteen Washington charter school students killed themselves in the space of about two months recently, drawing attention to something not commonly thought of as a problem. “There’s been a lot of discussion about how suicide is potentially thought of as a white person’s issue,” says Craig Martin, global director of mental health and suicide prevention at the men’s health charity Movember Foundation.
When he got home, he talked to some friends at about 7:30 p.m. No one heard anything different in J.C.’s voice.
I regret it a lot.” Schmid’s son Tayler also left something on his phone.
A video suicide note that talked about the depressive thoughts he was having.