Health and welfare

Emergency response or real long term economic development

In the wake of the tornado epidemic, people came out in droves to provide food and water and clear the initial destruction. What’s most important now is restoring a semblance of normalcy for those who’ve been displaced from their homes, lost their vehicles, or have no workplace left to go to. When re-homing households there Read More

Seal Team TV Show ambushes the VA

Let’s start out with two theorems: Health care in the US is mediocre at best. Expensive, reactive, with crappy outcomes. Unlike restaurant reviews, you can’t compare how well they took your appendix out. It’s a one shot deal, so your experience vs someone else’s isn’t a relevant measurement. A country where getting cancer also means Read More

Teaching teens to be “safe” in school?

Consider these facts: In 2015, a total of 229,715 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 22.3 per 1,000 women in this age group… Still, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate is substantially higher than in other western industrialized nations, and racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in teen birth rates persist… Read More

Mental health care gets a pink slip in Dayton

This story better have a happy ending. Right now, a 45 year old service disabled veteran with mental health problems is not in the VA getting treatment, he’s in Sheriff Phil Plummer’s hell hole of a jail. This is where people with misdemeanor crimes end up dead. This is a country that says collectively that Read More

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