Archives for 2017

The Opioid Crisis Proves Failures in Current Leadership

Ex-DEA whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi recently shocked the nation during an interview with 60 Minutes in which he revealed that America’s opioid crisis exists and is “fueled by” the greedy actions of the pharmaceutical industry and Congress.

“His greatest ire is reserved for the distributors, some of them multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 companies. They are the middle-men that ship pain pills from manufacturers, like Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson, to drug stores all over the country,” explains 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker.… [Read more]

Polarized Nation: So…What Can We Do?

In a nation so polarized, there are outpourings of concern on social media and between friends during everyday life. It is natural for us to seek the like-mindedness of our friends and colleagues during these tumultuous times.

Carrying on this way can be comforting at first, but we have to consider the question, “what can we do to actually make a difference?” The United States is a democratic country.… [Read more]

5 Things That Will Cause Your Workers Comp Claim to Be Denied

The economy is holding up but that doesn’t mean you are. Are you financially protected? Did you sign up for all benefits to which you are entitled? Have you been involved in an accident at your workplace? An on the job injury can leave you feeling uncertain about the future, especially if you’re facing a long recovery.… [Read more]

Gender Pay Gap: Are Female Coaches Paid Less Than Their Male Counterparts?

Despite the 1972 Title IX legislation requiring equal pay in all educational institutions funded by the federal government, the gender pay gap in sports coaching seems to be widening, according to an article earlier this year by the Centre Daily. Not only do female coaches make less money, they also make up less and less of the athletic coaching staff at colleges across the country.… [Read more]

How Sustainable Energy is Impacting the World Right Now

It’s clear that building a sustainable future is more important than ever, especially in the aftermath of natural disasters across the world.

Extreme, deadly hurricanes (Irma, Harvey and Maria), and devastating fires have caused billions of dollars in damage, killed people, and uprooted many more. Climate change is not a potential harm that will impact us down the road — it’s happening all around us right now.… [Read more]

Real Estate Execs Should Not Be in Charge of the Needy

Buying entry-level housing is considered a safe play in the real-estate world because there will always be people who need homes. But what happens when the business play on cheap housing impacts those living below the poverty line? In affluent places like San Francisco, that is precisely what’s going on.

Wealthy executives have the investment know-how to spot a profitable housing investment, and recently, they’ve turned to non-profit housing operations as a source of income.… [Read more]

Our Prison System Is Broken and We Need to Fix It

One of the greatest novelists of the 19th century, Fyodor Dostoevsky, famously said that societies can be judged by the way prison populations are treated. This assertion begins to make sense when considering the prison systems of countries such as Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, where the humane treatment of inmates is often lauded by United Nations agencies and religious organizations.… [Read more]

How to Help a Troubled Family Member

In this era during which there is a daily barrage of troubling news, and reasons to feel concerned and fearful, many are feeling the weight of mental fatigue. While not always the case, many have family and friends who are there for them. When your close family member seems to be going down a dark path, however, you can feel lost and distressed.… [Read more]

The Aftermath of Hurricanes That We Don’t Always Think About

2017 has already delivered two hurricanes that made national news, and with weather patterns only expected to become more extreme, there’s a chance we’ll face more of the same before storm season ends.

Powerful winds and flood tides can leave local infrastructure in a sad state, and with the crumbling state of much of our country’s infrastructure as is, this is severely impactful.… [Read more]

How White-Collar Crime Affects More Than Just the Criminals

White collar crime prosecution has become a focus on many law enforcement agencies recently, especially since the recession and housing market collapse highlighted how pervasive and damaging this problem can be. White collar crime refers to any type of nonviolent and financially motivated crime, often committed by government and business professionals. These crimes can have a widespread impact, affecting more than just the perpetrators. … [Read more]