Archive for ‘family’

December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays to All!!

I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Joyous Kwanzaa, a wonderous Winter Solstice and a Happy Festivas!!

Best wishes to all of you for a great New Year!!

And for the kids, or those who are still a kid at heart, follow Santa’s trip around the globe on NORAD’s Santa Tracker.

Here’s a few Santa sightings so far….

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November 21, 2012

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October 24, 2012

Daily Scoop: Gender Gap in Election Coverage

 

 

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May 28, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Red Dad, Blue Son

For any of you who’ve had politics come between you and your family this article is one I’m sure many of us can relate to. Sit down, read it through, take a deep breath and think about picking up the phone.  

My dad is conservative. I’m not. For our relationship to survive, we had to stop talking politics.

April 21, 2012

Do We Still Need Earth Day?

This is the first Earth Day I have made an effort to take part in its celebration. My regular readers may find this a bit odd given the topics about which I opine. As an educated environmental scientist not taking part in the annual April 22ndobservance in some capacity may well be seen as dipping a toe into the pool of heresy. Perhaps it is. But then again I tend to be Earth Day-ish everyday.

April 16, 2012

The Daily Scoop: For Most, Choice of Stay-at-Home Mom Is No Luxury

By Susan Saulny

The layoff notice was not a complete surprise. At the shipping center in Denver where Jeanine Maez filled mail orders, the trend had been toward paperless transactions.

But how Mrs. Maez reacted to being unemployed in 2004 was a revelation, even to herself: she decided not to look for a new job in favor of staying home full time with her five children, the youngest of whom, a son, is 11.

“The years of ‘winging it’ with my husband in terms of taking care of the kids had been too hard, and I was tired,” she said. “And my youngest son, who is autistic, needed his mama.”

To make ends meet, Mrs. Maez, 44, sold her car, paid off her credit card debt and disciplined herself to spend more modestly on clothes and household goods. Her husband, a private investigator, took a second job selling insurance. “Whatever it takes to make a buck,” she said. “My sweet honey struggles a lot to make it work for us.”

April 1, 2012

Monterey Bay’s Amazing Visitor

 

In the early morning hours of this, the first day of April, a rare visitor to Monterey Bay invited himself into one of the open sea exhibits of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Affectionately, dubbed “Artie”, by the volunteer staff who arrived early this morning to opened the aquarium, was truly a sight to behold.

We haven’t been treated to such a magnificent sight as this in the entire 20 years I’ve been on staff here. said long time volunteer Harold Mackleroy.  

It is anticipated Artie will remain here throughout the day before he moves on to parts unknown. So everyone who can, is encouraged to join the Aquarium and the entire Monterey Bay community in welcoming this elegant visitor to the area and share with them  this once in a lifetime event.

March 12, 2012

The Daily Scoop: What the Frack is in That Water?

Environmentalists have repeatedly pressed regulators to compel oil and gas companies to report what chemicals they use in the drilling and fracking process. Drilling companies add these chemicals to perform particular functions (for example, to prevent corrosion or give the fluid the right consistency), or leave them in because they’re too expensive to remove. According to a 2011 congressional report, many of the chemicals used can pose a serious health risk. No one knows the exact makeup of the frack mixture, drilling muds and other stuff used at well sites (which change from well to well), but this list breaks down the main ingredients revealed so far. Click on the chemical name for more detailed information.
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March 8, 2012

The Daily Scoop: 1 in 5 US families struggle to pay medical bills; half say can’t pay a cent

ATLANTA — A survey shows 1 in 5 Americans say their families are having trouble paying their medical bills. Worse, half of those who are struggling say they are unable to pay a single dime toward those debts.

The survey of 52,000 people was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from January through June of last year. It’s the first time the government agency has looked at the issue in such a comprehensive way.

Peter Cunningham, who studies the issue for an independent health policy research group, says it may be the largest such study ever done on the matter.

Lower-income people struggled the most. They were three times more likely to have difficulty paying their medical bills over the past year.

March 7, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Wisconsin Bill-Single Mothers Contribute to Child Abuse

In Wisconsin, a state senator has introduced a bill aimed at penalizing single mothers by calling their unmarried status a contributing factor in child abuse and neglect.

Senate Bill 507, introduced by Republican Senator Glenn Grothman, moves to amend existing state law by “requiring the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”

The bill would require educational and public awareness campaigns held by the board to emphasize that not being married is abusive and neglectful of children, and to underscore “the role of fathers in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect.”

Saying that people “make fun of old-fashioned families,” Grothman — who has never been married and has no children — criticized social workers for not agreeing that children should only be raised by two married biological parents, and told a state Senate committee that he hopes the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention board, of which he’s a member, could “publicize something that’s politically incorrect but has to be said in our society.”

In “How The United States and The State of Wisconsin Are Working to Encourage Single Motherhood and Discouraging Children in 2-Parent Families,” he wrote that the government urges women not to get married by making programs like low-income housing assistance, school choice, WIC, tax credits, and food stamps more attractive than marriage.

His solution? Restrict the types of foods that can be purchased with food stamps, make Section 8 housing more cramped and limit the value of assets owned living there to $2,000, and eliminate school choice, among other things.
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