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When school doesn't feel safe, facing facts helps
Tue May 21, 2013
Thank you for a reasoned approach. Wish there'd been a little more of this type discussion after Newtown. We live in a culture of fear, fueled in large part by 24-hour media coverage. Fear is unproductive. As for basements/safe rooms, these are not easy to retrofit, not always effective, and not che …
Larry Page's damaged vocal cords: Treatment comes with trade-offs
Wed May 15, 2013
It's news because "at least 5 percent of Americans have experienced paralysis of a vocal cord", and this is an opportunity to provide information. Hoarseness after an infection that doesn't go away in a few days should probably be checked. Unfortunately, most doctors don't think about this possibili …
Tiny sip of beer enough to trigger dopamine release
Mon Apr 15, 2013
Not a surprise. Think Pavlov did this experiment roughly a hundred years ago. It's why realtors putout fresh backed goods at an open house. Aroma (and taste is tied to smell) trigger memory. My question would be whether someone who has no experience with beer would have the same dopamine reaction? I …
Marriage debate revives questions about high court role as social change-maker
Fri Mar 29, 2013
Getting rid of "marriage" at the government level really is the best answer. But there are two separate issues in the "marriage" debate. The first is the social. It does not matter if everything could be equal in civil unions, the same-sex community wants the WORD marriage. Even as the list of "ben …
High school football star with autism denied extra year of eligibility
Thu Mar 14, 2013
This young man, no matter how compelling his story, would be a physically mature, athletically skilled, 19, 20 and possibly 21 years old, playing against students who are 14-18 years old. As a parent, I'd be concerned. No matter how heartbreaking, the state has to consider the needs of all the athle …
Strong support continues for minimum wage
Thu Mar 7, 2013
When I started work, minimum wage was $2.10, a McDonalds burger was 19 cents. Gas was never over $.50 a gallon. 1972. So I've been there and done that more than once. Raising minimum wage, provided you keep your job, gives only a slight reprieve until the prices catch back up. And they will catch ba …
Smart jocks: Fit kids do better on math, reading tests
Thu Feb 28, 2013
Karate, hiking - this is exactly the type of activity shown to give a boost. The article said noting about traditional, organized sports - which may or may not contribute to aerobic fitness.
Surprise side effect: New specs may fix color blindness
Fri Feb 22, 2013
Not new. Color deficient son had a pair of ColorMax lenses over 10 years ago. The difference in what he could discern with and without the lenses was rather amazing (although the sensory overload was quiet uncomfortable). However, the lenses do not allow someone who is color deficient to see the sam …
Half of world food goes to waste, global study says
Thu Jan 10, 2013
Good idea - it can be part of an system called permaculture. Great commercial example close by raises veggies/cattle/hogs/chickens and produces meat/milk/cheese/butter. Whey and excess veggies go to the hogs, manure fertilizes, etc. Not a new system. Granddad did the same thing as a subsistence farm …
Teachers, other government workers become growing face of union fights
Wed Dec 19, 2012
Public workers do not charge what the market will bear. The market has no say. Part of the problem it the disconnect between those who negotiate the contracts - and often, as elected officials, have a vested interest in courting the favor of the workers - and those who actually pay the bills.
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