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26 Jul

Public Transit Is Necessary, But Getting Worse

Posted in Issues on 26.07.15 by Merlyn

ptinThe question is no longer whether Rosa Parks can sit at the front of the bus. It’s whether she gets to ride the bus at all. Although more overt racial discrimination in public transportation has given way, inadequate transit services affect many people’s access to work, recreation and health services. And because of the high costs of owning and driving a car, private automobile transportation is often not an affordable option.

Federal policy has heavily favored automobile use, with $205 billion provided by the Highway Trust Fund for state road projects since 1956, compared to only $50 billion for mass transit over the past 30 years. Highway investments provide less direct benefit to the poor: In 1990 half of the households without access to a car earned less than $10,000 (78 percent of the households without access to a car earned less than $20,000), while … Read the rest

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23 Jul

What Time is It? Time for SLEEP!

Posted in Issues on 23.07.15 by Merlyn

remediesforsnoringWhen people say there are a lot of things out there on the market that are designed to help you stop snoring, they aren’t kidding. There are a lot of interesting and strange devices that have been developed to combat this sleep-killer. If you or someone you share your house with snores you definitely understand the disruption snoring can cause on your home.

There are a variety of reasons for snoring but the major culprit is the fact that the muscles in your mouth and throat over-relax and can cause the irritating sound. Your tongue may be too relaxed while you sleep which can cause it to fall to the back of your mouth and cut off your airway. This coupled with the muscles in your actual airway relaxing too much and loosening and you’ve got a recipe for super snoring.

If you start looking into devices to help you stop snoring you are going to come across a plethora of interesting things. There are nasal strips and cones, a strap that is designed to basically keep your mouth completely closed, a ring and a wristband. These are some of the odd-ball devices you will find along with the more streamlined and readily accepted mouthpieces that are out there.

We’re going to talk about one of the more unique devices which is the wristband. Depending on which particular brand you go with this device can vary in size but is generally the size of a modern smartphone that you strap to your wrist. There are some that are smaller, but again that depends on which particular one you purchase.

The idea behind the wristband is pretty simple: it shocks you while you sleep. That’s right, this device that you are going to willingly strap to your body is going to send small electrical shocks into your body to keep you from snoring. Different devices will track how you sleep in different ways. For example some wristbands are equipped with a small microphone and if it detects you snoring, it will shock you. Some of them are equipped with sensors that are supposed to monitor your sleeping habits and when you snore, it shocks you.

Funny thing, there are other fantastic remedies for snoring.

The shocks are not meant to be painful nor are they meant to actually wake you up. They are designed to disturb you just enough

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05 Oct

Is “Ice” Still An Issue?

Posted in Issues on 05.10.14 by Merlyn

iisaiTwenty years ago, it was “speed.” Today, there’s “ice.” What are they? What is the difference? Is “ice” safer, more dangerous, or just different?

Both are methamphetamines. First, let’s look at what the drug is, chemically. Methamphetamine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It acts on the brain, causing feelings of alertness and well-being. These feelings are the “high,” the reason some start taking this type of drug and become addicted to it. In addition, methamphetamine can cause a physical dependence, which is why people continue to take it to prevent withdrawal from the drug.

The feelings from “ice” are very much the same as those from crack cocaine, another CNS stimulant. But how those feelings come about is different. When a nerve acts, chemicals, called neurotransmitters, are released from one nerve cell and move to the next cell. The neurotransmitters transfer the … Read the rest

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11 Jun

Cities Make Sustainability A Priority

Posted in Issues on 11.06.14 by Merlyn

cmsyWhen Richard Morgan first conceived of a program to teach carpentry skills to at-risk youth, he didn’t intend for it to be a cutting edge environmental project. Through the American Institute for Learning, an adult education center in Austin, Texas, where Morgan works, he hoped to set up a cabinet shop that would serve as an apprenticeship program.

But when the city’s Environmental and Conservation Services Department heard of Morgan’s plans, it suggested an environmental spin. Why not build energy-efficient, sustainable housing for low-income people? Morgan was intrigued, and the result is Casa Verde, a model “green” construction program that has multiple benefits for low-in-come people.

A three-bedroom “sustainable” house was built last year as a pilot project and sold to a low-in-come family for $40,000. With its successful completion, Casa Verde received funding both as a HUD YouthBuild program and an AmeriCorps programRead the rest

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06 Jun

Bullying: Not Going Away

Posted in Issues on 06.06.14 by Merlyn

bngaIt’s been a season of horror stories. And these stories of violence aren’t set in a dark alley at midnight … but in the halls and classrooms of America’s schools.

In Bethel, Alaska, a 16-year-old boy shoots and kills the school principal–and a classmate who had teased him.

In Pearl, Mississippi, a 16-year-old high school sophomore pulls a rifle on a crowd of classmates and opens fire. Two students are killed in the attack and seven others are wounded. Police arrest the boy, Luke Woodham, as he tries to drive away. Days later, five other students at the high school are arrested; police say they may have known in advance about Woodham’s plans.

In Paducah, Kentucky, a tall, thin freshman named Michael Carneal tells a curious teacher that the four guns he has rolled up in an old blanket are “a poster for my science … Read the rest

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24 May

Run From UV. Now!

Posted in Issues on 24.05.14 by Merlyn

uvrMarci was athletic. An avid volleyball player, the fairskinned blond spent hours outside playing her favorite sport and getting well-tanned at the same time. At age 21, she noticed a mole on her back that had changed. She went to see Dr. Tina Hieken, and she was diagnosed with skin cancer. In 1993 she had a melanoma removed from her back. Today, says Dr. Hieken, a surgical oncologist from Skokie, Illinois, “Marci doesn’t go out into the sun in the middle of the day, she wears a T-shirt when she plays volleyball, and unlike the time prior to her diagnosis, she wears sunscreen.”

Marci has had no recurrence of skin cancer in the last five years, but as Dr. Hieken points out, her case is evidence that “we are seeing skin cancers developing at an earlier and earlier age; it is not just a disease … Read the rest

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08 May

Is 911 A Joke In Your Town?

Posted in Issues on 08.05.14 by Merlyn

911jiytEver notice how the bad news finds its way into the headlines and onto the TV news? Perhaps you’ve heard stories about people who called 911–the emergency telephone number–and then were put on hold or had difficulty receiving emergency care.

However, in the vast majority of cases, 911 is a real lifesaver. It connects people to emergency medical care and fire and police services in the quickest, most efficient way possible.

Consider the case of high school freshman Bobby Kaurin.

Bobby Kaurin will never forget December 16, 1997. That’s the day he helped save the life of his friend Micky McKee by keeping cool in an emergency–and by dialing 911.

The two boys were skateboarding inside a large drainage pipe near their Lakewood, Colorado, neighborhood, when Micky–who wasn’t wearing a helmet–fell headfirst down a 12-foot-deep drain.

“After he fell, I said, `Micky, can you hear … Read the rest

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