Media Consolidation: Grabbing Control of America

  By Lynda Bryant-Work “Our founding fathers could not have foreseen that freedom of the press might eventually be threatened just as much by media consolidation as by government.” Marshall Herskovitz Relaxed media ownership over time has led to companies narrowing the depth of news information and opened the door to biased reporting of the news. Laws that were in place to prevent monopolies and consolidation of ownership, or media cross-ownership, have through the years, put five companies in charge of the national distribution of information presented to the public.…

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When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims

photo of prescription opioid bottles. Recently published opioid therapy clinical practice guideline aims to improve quality of care and patient safety when treating acute and chronic pain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

By Janice Barlow with Richard Cameron No one should doubt that we’re still in the midst of an opioid crisis and have been for the better part of a decade. The nature of the crisis, however, is not what you have been led to believe by mass media reports and federal authorities.  Opioid medications have been part of treatment regimens for several decades. But in recent years, the line between who needs them to alleviate chronic or acute pain and who wants them because of the pleasant side effects, has become…

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Here’s The Problem With Trump’s Trade War: Trade Deficits Aren’t Necessarily Bad

WPA poster titled First Foreign Trade Zone - artist Jack Rivolta. Produced 1937 during New Deal trade initiative.

by Tony Wyman Trade War Between Trump And Credible Economists You could hit an imported Chinese golf ball into a room full of economists and have a pretty good chance of not hitting one who agrees with President Trump‘s trade kerfuffle with China.  Why?  Because, unlike the president, most economists think trade deficits aren’t a bad thing.  In fact, some even think they are good. How can that be?  Doesn’t it make sense that we are losing against China if they are selling us more than we are selling them? …

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Trump’s New Tariffs Set To Drive Up Cost Of Living

By Lynda Work Canadian lumber tariffs imposed in 2017 are already having an impact on the housing and paper industries and the new steel tariffs will make the crunch even worse. Home prices are set to be driven up making it difficult for young buyers and even the middle-class buyer to purchase a property. The steel tariffs tack on 25 percent to steel, which is used in home foundations, floors and high-rise construction, and 10 percent for aluminum from foreign suppliers. The Trump administration levied tariffs of more than 20…

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Trade Wars: Rarely Won And Costly To Americans

Illustration of ocean cargo and the words, "Trade War"

by Lynda Bryant-Work “Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” So President Trump tweeted after announcing the United States would impose steep tariffs on imported. This after already imposing other tariffs that are directly affecting other American businesses and industry. But the Great Depression years would indicate that nothing could be farther from the truth. Trade wars are bad – call it the tariff trickle-down theory –  like real wars, they hurt people. Those who remember the last trade war or have even read about it know the damage…

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Flu Season Strategies To Beat Influenza Without Getting The Flu Vaccine

by Richard Cameron Competing Flu Vaccine Narratives Before we examine the controversy regarding the effectiveness of the annual flu vaccine and what alternatives are believed to be of value, let me issue the obligatory disclaimer. [This article is for informational purposes and not intended to dispense medical advice]. As a point of full disclosure, I personally have not received a flu vaccination for at least the past 35 years and perhaps none prior to that. During that period of time, I would say that I have experienced flu symptoms perhaps…

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Expecting the Unexpected: How Survivalists Prep

by J. Lee Many people consider survivalists who are also called preppers as those who wear tin foil hats. That is not a true assessment. It is never a waste of time to be prepared or to learn basic survival skills. The opinion of skeptics is of no surprise. Many prefer to take it one day at a time. They never think of scenarios when not being prepared could become a matter of life and death. They think crisis will never happen to them. I have had a survivalist mentality since…

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Nixing the F-Bomb in 2018

By Janice Barlow A NOTEWORTHY RESOLUTION for all upstanding people of faith and otherwise, would be to remove the offensive “f-bomb” from their vocabularies in the upcoming new year. However, this is much more difficult than one would believe; more difficult even, than a diet. Incorporating something as simple as a word into one’s everyday speech until it has become a habit is almost like breathing. People often say something without realizing that they have verbalized it. Take, for instance, the word “like“. As a teenager, I was reprimanded countless…

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Too Good To Fix: Why The Tax Bill Was Not Necessary Right Now

By Janice Barlow THE REPUBLICANS are celebrating a Christmas present of one of the most sweeping tax cuts in the history of the country. The biggest benefactors are corporations, whose tax rates were cut from 35 percent down to 21 percent, a slash of 40%. Other specific areas have been dramatically changed, such as a child tax credit increase from $1,000 to 2,000 (and from $1,000 to $1,400 for those who pay absolutely no taxes at all). However, the individual exemptions for each person in a household are totally gone…

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The Horrors of Puppy Mills; Please Adopt and Do Not Shop!

by J. Lee Puppy mills are a timely concern since many people are considering puppies as Christmas presents. Puppy mills are a year round concern, but more so now considering the holidays are upon us. Many people may have already visited pet stores unaware of where puppies might have come from. November 16, 2017, I wrote about pets who are abandoned after the holidays. For an incite to my thoughts about pets as presents you can read my story ‘Christmas, A Time for Joy? Yes – Except For Many Pets Given…

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