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What Sad Statistic Do More than 20 Percent of American Children Share??? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 07 November 2014 14:31
4 Ways You Can Help Alleviate the Problem

While most Americans will worry about eating too much this holiday season, 16 million of our country’s children live in households that struggle to afford food, according to a 2012 report from the United States Department of Agriculture.

“We hear about ‘food insecurity’ quite a bit, especially after the 2008-09 economic crash, but I think most people don’t have a clear picture of what that means,” says Lois Brandt, a former Peace Corps volunteer and author of “Maddi’s Fridge,” (www.MaddisFridge.com), a children’s picture book that asks the question: what do you do if your best friend’s family doesn’t have enough food?

“Food insecurity means an empty refrigerator. Food insecurity means soda instead of milk. Food insecurity means a child coming to school hungry and unable to focus. Poverty may not look exactly the same in our country as it does in a war-torn region or a developing country, but it is affecting our children and their futures. Sometimes, working parents have to choose between rent and food, medicine and food, or gas and food.

Brandt suggests four things you can do to help prevent childhood hunger.

•  Support non-profit organizations like Feeding America (www.FeedingAmerica.org). Previously known as Second Harvest, Feeding America is a national network of food banks that feeds more that 37 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. It’s the nation’s leading organization for countering hunger and educating the public about this crisis.

“Public awareness is important,” Brandt says. “Many people simply do not know that we’re surrounded every day by hungry children.”

•  Talk to your children about childhood hunger and how they can help. “When I was a child I opened my best friend’s refrigerator to get a snack and was shocked to see it held almost nothing,” she says. “I didn’t know what to do.”

As an adult, Brandt says she’s amazed by the number of people who share with her their own stories of childhood food insecurity.

“Rather than sheltering your children from this sad fact of American life, talking to them about it can help nurture their compassion and empathy,” she says. “And there’s plenty they can do to help, from making posters to raise awareness, to organizing a food drive at school.”

Taking action teaches children that they do have the power and ability to change the world for the better.

•  Don’t make childhood hunger a political issue. Of course, childhood hunger doesn’t exist in a vacuum; issues like welfare, minimum wage, income inequality and access to health care – all of which are heavily politicized – surround the problem. Whatever your take on these topics, realize that no matter the decisions a parent has made in his or her lifetime, children are innocent and have no control of their family’s circumstances.

•  Volunteer with your family at a shelter or food pantry during the busy holiday season. While serving or cooking food for a holiday-themed meal at a shelter during Thanksgiving or Christmas does not solve the larger problem, it will affect every person whose life you touch that day. Your efforts and kind words can become a fond, lifelong memory for a child, or remind adults that others care and they’re not alone.

Volunteering also has personal benefits, not the least of which is knowing that, despite whatever problems you’re facing, you were able to help someone else.

About Lois Brandt

Lois Brandt is a children’s fiction writer whose work has appeared in Highlights and other fine children’s magazines. Her new book “Maddi’s Fridge,” (www.MaddisFridge.com), illustrated by Vin Vogel, is the first picture book to address child hunger in the United States. It was inspired by Brandt’s childhood memory of opening her friend’s refrigerator and finding only condiments and a lunch milk carton her friend had saved from school for her little brother. Ten percent of proceeds from sales of “Maddi’s Fridge” go to hunger solutions. Brandt, who holds an MFA from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.

 
IRS Impersonators Calling Iowa/Illinois Consumers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Better Business Bureau   
Friday, 07 November 2014 14:25

IRS impersonators are making their rounds throughout our service area. BBB is receiving numerous calls from consumers who are inquiring about the legitimacy of a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS.  The impersonator states that the IRS is pursuing a lawsuit against the consumer for “back taxes,” and they are demanding payment via prepaid money card or a wire transfer.

Those who don’t answer their phone are left with a threatening message to call them back at 202-864-1213. Scammers often target the elderly or immigrant population. Some of the threats include jail time, deportation or suspension of the victim’s business or driver’s license.

BBB offers the following tips to protect you from the IRS scam and others like it:

  • Don’t wire money to people you don’t know. The IRS will never ask for payment over the phone. Furthermore, they will never ask for payments by wire transfer or prepaid debit card.
  • Just hang up. Don’t engage in conversation with a scammer. A scam artist is often cunning. They may extract information from you the longer you engage in conversation with them.
  • Never give out your personal information. Caller ID spoofing makes it very easy for callers to pretend to be someone else. You should never give anyone your credit card, social security number or bank account information if they are soliciting you.
  • Call the IRS/ or company directly. If you owe taxes or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. An IRS employee will help you with payment issues. Verify legitimate phone numbers on company websites or in the phonebook.

 

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Why and how to understand ISIS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jan Oberg   
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:51

One can neither solve a conflict nor a problem - or get rid of it - without a proper understanding of its root courses and features. Just condemning ISIS because it is brutal brings us nowhere near a solution.

Understanding is necessary and doesn't mean legitimising or supporting.

Understanding is simply smart. Condemnation may make you feel morally superior - but in this case also ignores the fact that there are many actors in our world who have killed many more people than ISIS has.

Condemnation is a deadend if you want to solve an issue, serves only to legitimise the present bombing - where there are better ways.

A doctor also doesn't just condemn a patient or curses the cancer cells; she or he deals professionally with a problem to be solved and a human being to be healed. Thus diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.

In its 29th year, TFF preactises this simple philosophy.

That's why this independent foundation can continue to deliver some of the most precise diagnoses and solutions - some 7000 articles on its website - where other get emotional for or against this or that party and ends up being trapped in advocating violence.

Here follows expert contributions from TFF Associates and we appreciate you reading, re-posting and you economic support if you appreciate:

Farhang Jahanpour

The threat of ISIS should be taken seriously

Farhang Jahanpour

Al-Baghdadi, self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State

Farhang Jahanpour

ISIS in a Sunni-Shia perspective

 

Johan Galtung

ISIS - Negotiations, not bombing

Johan Galtung

Christianity versus Islam - Countercyclicity

Johan Galtung

The Sunni-Shia conflict: Any solution?

 

Jan Oberg

Instead of Bombing ISIS - Part A: Some principles

Jan Oberg

Instead of bombing ISIS - Part B: 27 proposals

(In Danish: Her er dine alternativer til krigen, Helle)

Jan Oberg

The war on terror. A predictable fiasco

 
The Passing of Representative Lane Evans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Various Sources   
Friday, 07 November 2014 09:46

Funeral Arrangements set for Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans

Funeral arrangements for former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans are as follows:

* Visitation will be from 12 noon-6:00 p.m. at Esterdahl Mortuary (6601-38th Avenue in Moline) on Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9.

* Funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 10, at Sacred Heart Church (1608-13th Street in Moline).

Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, who represented the 17th Congressional District from January 1983 through 2006, passed away November 5th after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Evans, who was born in 1951, graduated from Alleman High School and served in the Marines from 1969-71. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Augustana College in 1974, and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977.

Throughout his congressional career, he was lauded as a champion of organized labor and veterans. In 2010, the Navy Operational Support Center on Arsenal Island was officially renamed the Lane Evans Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center.

He won every one of his congressional campaigns, starting with his 1982 victory against Ken McMillan. His final win came in 2004, and he left Congress in 2006 due to Parkinson’s disease.

Statements on the Passing of Lane Evans

Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Lane Evans:

“I was incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Lane Evans last night after his long battle with Parkinson’s disease.  He left us far before his time, but will always be remembered for what he did for our nation’s veterans and his strong advocacy for rural Americans.  It is an honor to represent the Iowa side of the Quad Cities that he called home.”

Former U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, who served as Lane Evans’ District Director for his entire tenure in Congress, said, “Lane was an extraordinary, ordinary man. Lane’s legacy of a politics of purpose and principle will live on in the thousands of people he touched.”

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said, “Illinois lost one of its kindest, most caring public servants with the passing of my friend and colleague, Lane Evans … When I last visited him, I told him our friend Barack Obama still remembered his quiet courage as a Congressman … Thank heavens for Lane Evans.”

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said, “Lane Evans will be sorely missed by all those who he touched, but his legacy of service will never be forgotten.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former U.S. Representative Lane Evans.

“Lane Evans embodied the picture of a dedicated public servant. His commitment to protecting our servicemen and women has helped thousands of returning veterans receive the treatment and care that they deserve. As a stalwart of progressive politics in the Quad Cities, his work to boost the middle class and provide a fair shot for all has impacted countless eastern Iowans. Lane was a proud Marine and was always a gentleman. Today, Ruth and I extend our deepest condolences to Representative Evans’ family, friends on this tragic loss.”

CHICAGO — Nov. 6, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, who represented Illinoisans in Congress for 24 years.

“Lane Evans dedicated his life to serving the people of Illinois, and I am deeply saddened by his passing.

“During his long career representing Illinois, Lane worked closely with my father in Washington. His life represents the ideal of public service. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.”

Evans, 63, had been battling Parkinson’s disease. A U.S. marine who worked to help fellow servicemen affected by exposure to Agent Orange, Evans served in the 17th Congressional District of Illinois from 1982 until 2006.

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38th DPS Basic Academy Set to Graduate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Murphy   
Friday, 07 November 2014 09:40
Johnston, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety is proud to announce the graduation of 13 male and female recruits from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s 38th Basic Academy.

Recruit Jeremy Sabin, of Davenport, is one of 13 recruits graduating from the DPS Basic Academy tomorrow.
The 13 recruits will be sworn in as peace officers for the State of Iowa during the commencement ceremony at 10:00AM, Friday, November 7, 2014, at the Iowa Army National Guard Freedom Center at Camp Dodge.

Once sworn-in, these recruits will serve the State as Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol.

For the past 20 weeks, these recruits have completed courses on laws of arrest, search and seizures, defensive tactics, arrest techniques, precision driving, firearms, emergency management services, criminal law, human relations, physical fitness and motor vehicle law, along with many other courses.

Members of the media and the public are invited to attend the commencement ceremony at 10:00AM and a DPS Promotional/Oath of Office Ceremony to be held at the Freedom Center, Camp Dodge at 1:00PM.

For any further questions, please contact Alex Murphy, Commissioner’s Office, Iowa Department of Public Safety, at (515) 443-3014.

 
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