Fair Trade and Federal Regulations of Trade Imports: An Update

Thanks to the world wide web and international shipping, the world is our marketplace and our shopping mall. You can buy products from anywhere in the world at any time. However, that does not always mean it is a good idea. What quality are the products you are getting, and how are they produced? Was child or forced labor involved?… [Read more]

The Prevalence of Racism in Modern Medicine

It may be rather surprising for some to hear that the field of medicine is still riddled with issues of racism. Unfortunately, issues related to race still prevail both for people of color working within the medical system and for those seeking treatment by healthcare professionals. Although there have been a few steps taken to address the issue, it has not been enough.… [Read more]

Why We Need to Stop Criminalizing Marijuana

The prescription and use of medical marijuana is currently legal in 30 states, including our nation’s capital. It is also legal in some states to both grow and sell medical marijuana. Some states will only allow it to be cultivated, and others will allow it to be sold, but not grown. That still leaves 20 states where it’s completely illegal, in addition to federal laws against it.… [Read more]

How to Incorporate More Environmental Consciousness Into Your Life

With the recent emphasis on the reality of climate change, many people are looking for ways to incorporate environmental consciousness into their daily lives. If you want to cultivate a more sustainable lifestyle in the wake of the 2018 UN climate change convention, there are several small changes you can easily incorporate into your life.… [Read more]

How to say Happy Holidays in 468 Languages

TIt’s that time of the year again.  Are you prepared?

No, I don’t mean the time of year when the new Star Wars movie is going to be released (though I, personally, find that equally exciting).

It is what is collectively known as the “Holiday Season”.

What this entails can mean a different thing depending on where you are in the world.… [Read more]

Why American Hospitals Are Littered With Infections

Hospital-acquired infections continue to be a big problem in healthcare. Recent research notes that nearly 4 percent of patients receive a new infection while they’re hospitalized. Eleven percent of those infections become deadly.

“The simplest way to say this is that about 100,000 people die each year from infections we give them in the hospital,” Dr.… [Read more]

Worker-Investor Hybrid Companies and Co-Ops Can Help Reduce Partisan Outrage

Social media has become one of – if not the – most important source of news for many people; indeed, Pew Research found that 68% of Americans get their news from it at least occasionally. These outlets have proven their ability to disseminate a massive quantity of information, but the rise of social media’s information dominance has also led to far more insidious advertising, as well as an increased incentive for news and infotainment to rely on emotional and visceral appeals.… [Read more]

Tackling the Tricky Issue of Getting More Young People Involved in Politics

Whenever it’s time for a local, state, or national election, there is typically a substantial amount of discussion about whether young people who have recently become eligible to vote will exercise that right and go to the polls. Unfortunately, determining whether they will take that action is not a straightforward process for many reasons.

They Often Neglect to Register

One of the main problems hindering the potential for a strong youth vote in elections is that young Americans frequently don’t register to vote.… [Read more]

Storing Guns Safely is Essential

Consider this a public safety message: whether you are a gun collector, hunter, or own a couple of handguns for protection, it is important that your guns are stored safely. Hundreds of people die each year from accidental shootings, and unfortunately, many are children. There are several ways to keep your firearms secured and prevent a tragedy.… [Read more]

Income Disparities for the Elderly Affect their Health and Quality of Life

Economic conditions and income inequality in the United States have been a heavily debated topic over the past several decades, especially since the post-recession economy has further made the most wealthy in the U.S. more wealthy, and has drastically decimated the wealth of the middle class and the poor. Perhaps no other population has been affected more than the elderly, who have seen significant increases in financial inequality.… [Read more]

Boise, Idaho: The Blue City in a Decidedly Red State

Often, the political dilemma in the United States of America seems double-sided. The bipartisan system domineered by Democrats and Republicans has the potential to oversimplify the context of the political climate, making it seem like individuals and states are majorly one or the other.

However, as with any human issue, the truth is not painted in black and white.… [Read more]

Planning for How Tax Changes Will Affect You

Tax law changes relatively often. Major tax reform is rare, but rules and regulations, especially at the state level, have a tendency to fluctuate, and this can mean that you see slightly different results in your tax returns from year to year. For example, in 2018 a number of IRS filing changes took effect, including a much larger standard deduction and a lower mortgage interest deduction.… [Read more]

Protecting the Elderly From Scams & Financial Abuse

You hear the story over and over again: an elderly person scammed out of their retirement by a family member or acquaintance. As one of our more vulnerable groups, the elderly are constantly targeted by the predators of our society because they’re lonely or easy to confuse. It’s a sad state of affairs, especially among a people so easy to manipulate.… [Read more]

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion: An Update

Diversity has been a dialogue in the U.S. for decades. In 1920, women were given the right to vote nationally, after almost a century of protests for suffrage. Up until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, segregation was legal across the country, which held up standards of exclusion that permeated American culture across all classes.

This was a little over 50 years ago, and although we are getting closer to equal human rights, the effects of centuries of sexism and racism will continue to influence those in power for decades to come.… [Read more]

Have Urbanization and Gentrification Gone Too Far?

The classic American Dream is has become nearly unachievable in the modern U.S. With the dismantling of labor groups and unions, the idea that someone can work hard and live a comfortable life while supporting a family after learning a trade is far-fetched. Even those who obtain a college education and enter the workforce with a degree are saddled with unprecedented debt, crippling their long-term earning potential.… [Read more]

The Fight for Our Children’s Right to a Free and Equitable Education

Children are the future of our society. If we want smart, accomplished citizens who can make informed decisions, start wonderful businesses, and create a fantastic future, we need to invest in them. It doesn’t matter if that child is born to parents who are impacted by poverty or to parents who are wealthy and can afford a world-class education.… [Read more]

Navigating Justice-Based Career Options in Broken Systems

The desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves is part of the fundamental nature of humanity. Yet it has unfortunately fallen to the wayside in recent years, if the prison-industrial complex, conspicuous lack of affordable medical care, and flawed foster care system are any indication.

The good news for those who want to address inequality without perpetuating broken systems is that you have plenty of options for turning your passion for social justice into a lucrative career.… [Read more]

The Problems Afflicting American Prisons

America’s prisons are grappling with a bevy of severe problems.

There are too many inmates, not enough guards, and the recidivism rate is disturbingly high. Criminal justice reform is one of the rare bipartisan issues that everyone agrees on. It doesn’t matter if you believe that the police are arresting too many people or if you think that aren’t enough people behind bars.… [Read more]

Education is Key to Lowering Recidivism Rates

Each year, there are a number of incarcerated adults who transition from the correctional system in the United States, returning to their families and communities. While many are able to successfully reintegrate into their lives before entering prison or jail, there are a number of people who commit new crimes and are reincarcerated. For marginalized populations, this is a particularly prevalent issue.… [Read more]

4 Different Strains of Cannabis & Their Positive Medical Impacts

In spite of the fact that it technically remains illegal in the vast majority of the world, cannabis has most definitely gone mainstream. Even though it remains illegal at the US federal level, more than 30 states have already legalized medical cannabis use and another nine states plus the District of Columbia have laws that allow for recreational use.… [Read more]