Commentary

Wed
09
Jul

Healthy Families Build a Healthy Community

In a recent article in The Lancet titled Adolescence and the social determinants of health addresses the social factors that have the most influence on the total health of adolescence globally. The health of adolescence is strongly affected by social
factors at personal, family, community, and national levels 
 
Wed
09
Jul

America’s Birthday

Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America's upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country
America — and have long made "America" a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world
 
Wed
02
Jul

A Lame Duck Country?

Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama's recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another "lame duck" president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office.
 
Wed
02
Jul

Aggressive Behavior: The School Bully

Jessica became seriously depressed after months of harassment at school. After countless meetings between Jessica’s parents and school administrators and no relief, the family decided to move to another school district. The harassment continued until Jessica had enough and took her life 
 
Wed
25
Jun

Interesting Facts about Bullying

One out of four kids is being bullied in our schools. The word “bully” was first used in 1530 and originally applied to both genders and meant “sweetheart”. It is from the Dutch boel meaning “lover” or “brother”. Around the seventeenth century, the
term began to mean “fine fellow”, “blusterer”, and then “harasser of the weak”. 
 
Wed
25
Jun

A Bitter Aftertaste

The news from Iraq that Islamic terrorists have now taken over cities that American troops liberated during the Iraq war must have left an especially bitter aftertaste to Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or to a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with other traumas  to body or mind
 
Wed
11
Jun

“I Do Not Need Your Help”!

These are the words often heard in the home when a family member needs help. How many times have you heard these words spoken by a family member needing help? The help needed may be for several reasons: drugs dependence,
mental health, parenting, financial, or shelter
 
Wed
11
Jun

The Prisoner Swap Deal

People are arguing about what the United States got out of the deal that swapped five top level terrorist leaders for one American soldier who was, at best, absent from his post in a war zone. Soldiers who served in the same unit with him call him a deserter
 
Wed
04
Jun

What Is My Communication Style?

How many languages are spoken in the world? The Linguistic Society of America gives the following estimates as of 2010. In 1911 the Encyclopedia Britannica estimated there were 1000. As of 2009, a portion of the Bible had been translated into 2508 different languages. Also, in 2009, the Ethnologue has classified 6,909 distinct languages
 
Wed
04
Jun

Kangaroo Courts on Campus?

There seems to be a fullcourt press on to get colleges to "do something" about rape on campus. But there seems to be
remarkably little attention paid to two crucial facts: (1) rape is a crime and (2) colleges are not qualified to be law-enforcement institutions 
 

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