To put it lightly, the world today is in shambles, at least as far as America’s youth are concerned. Did you know that somewhere around nine million people, from 12 years of age or older, are using illicit drugs other than marijuana? It’s only getting worse; in fact, that is merely the tip of the … More A Matter of Discipline — The Problem with Today’s Youth
The Gilded Age of American history was dubbed so by Mark Twain in 1873, when he wrote “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today” with Charles Dudley. The novel satirized and became synonymous with greed, graft, conspicuous consumption, and corruption by public officials. The book was so titled because of Twain’s perception that the pretty … More A Return to the Gilded Age?
In a year where the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement garners all the noise the press can muster, did a report on human trafficking get a nip and tuck from the State Department in order to facilitate negotiations? Certain nations got a facelift, possibly by design, despite evidence that they did little, nothing, or went … More Toothless and Spineless: Where is the Will to End Human Trafficking?
The Golden Rule. We learned it in kindergarten. Somehow, it seems to have turned from doing unto others as you would want them to do unto you, and into whoever has the gold makes the rules and can do unto anyone as they please without consequence. In a world where making enough to stay housed … More Relearning the Golden Rule
America’s romance with guns has less to do with history than and advertising and political machinations, and it is killing more people than most in the Unites States understand. In 2014 alone, there have been 294 mass shootings as of October 1 – the 274th day of the year. Gun violence has claimed about 50 … More The United States of Dodge City
Birth control is not a recent invention; it’s been around for thousands of years, dating back to the first condoms made from animal bladders and half lemons inserted in the vagina prior to intercourse. Breast feeding has typically been cited as a method of natural birth control, as has periodic abstinence based on a woman’s … More Trust Women: Parenthood and Planning
The history of disseminating information is an old one, and for much of the history of civilization, the ability to disseminate that information and to understand it was the province of the privileged and powerful. Johannes Gutenberg’s 1440 invention of the printing press in conjunction with movable type to create a printing process was a … More Our Gutenberg Moment
While Bill Gate’s recent opinion piece in MarketWatchfocuses on the farmers in developing nations, the answer to this question is “everyone.” Mr. Gates argues that farmers in developed nations have the technology and governmental support to manage these risks, but the impacts of climate change that begin with farmers resonate much further than the fields. … More Who Suffers From the Impacts of Climate Change?
Pregnancy should be a time of joy and anticipation, but for Erika and Stephen Jones it is a time that is also laden with heartbreak. At just eighteen weeks into her pregnancy, the Joneses learned that little Abigail had Down’s syndrome. This would be difficult enough for any parent, but at her week 30 ultrasound … More The Smallest Patients: Pediatric Cancer and How to Help