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Desperate Measures
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Posted April 14, 2010


On April 10, I read a news brief. The dateline was Chicago and the clip said two men had been arrested on charges of conspiring to rob a suburban Chicago bank. Thirty years ago, Joseph "Jerry" Scalise, now 73, and Arthur Rachel, now 71, had been convicted of London’s $3.6 million Marlborough diamond robbery.

They were taken into custody Thursday, along with 69-year-old Robert Pullia after months of FBI surveillance showed they were planning to rob the First National Bank of LaGrange.

Call me cynical, but I’m betting one or both of them suffers an affliction not covered by Medicare and they figured this was a way to have medical expenses taken care of. The scenario reminded me of an old movie with Lee Strassberg and a couple other older actors, whose names I can’t recall, though one may have been Art Carney.

I’m just saying...maybe we should look into this whole health care reform issue before being too poor to have coverage becomes a criminal act.

JoAnn Dalgard

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