Over a decade ago, unwanted telemarketing calls plagued New Jersey. We remember sitting at home when a telemarketer would interrupt our family dinner. AARP fought for, and won, the adoption of the Do Not Call list, which became federal law.
Veterans Day 2011 may be behind us, but Americans are always eager to support those who have fought for our country and their families. No matter what you see on cable news, with all the divisive politics and both parties accusing the other of not loving America, most ordinary Americans love our country, and they are always ready to lend a hand.
Jerry Markon reported in the Washington Post recently that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will no longer be the primary recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ human trafficking grant funding. HHS made this decision despite the fact that USCCB received the highest grant proposal score and was recommended by career HHS staff.
Several homes on Rebecca Place in Elizabeth were severely damaged during an early morning fire on Nov. 2 that left 12 to 15 people searching for a new place to spend the night. The blaze gutted a two-and-a-half-story wood-frame home and damaged the roofs and top stories of neighboring homes.
You’ve probably noticed the proliferation of small solar panels mounted on utility and street light poles around this state we’re in.
We see the obvious price our military veterans paid—the time they spent far away from home and some of the physical injuries, such as lost limbs. What we don’t see are their psychological wounds. Sadly, these are more numerous than physical injuries, and they often cause greater suffering.
“It was nothing dramatic,” says Dr. Karl E. Blake of Wexford, Pennsylvania, retired surgeon and member of the World War II generation, “but it was important, and no one has written about it, at least that I’ve seen.”
It seems the term “Tall Ship” must have come from John Masefield’s poem, Sea Fever. My sea-faring Dad quoted that poem to me a hundred times, but he never sailed in a Tall Ship. Still, as a seafarer, he too felt the romance that whistled with the wind in the rigging.
Have I told you, I normally pick up articles from the newspaper to write about? I pay attention to news reports and T.V. and also ads that come in the mail. Can I tell you, I’m so loaded with come-ons from definite ones, that I call them personally or by return mail, especially, when begging for funds with those addressed to my deceased husband?
An alarming number of young people in our communities are intentionally abusing prescription medicines to get high. Prescription Drug Abuse affects the abuser, their families, their neighbors and their community. It affects all of us. This public health problem is not going away.