Archives for 2018

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]