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Curbing Bad Behavior/Embrace The Education Nation

This map shows the incorporated areas in Los A...
This map shows the incorporated areas in Los Angeles County, California. Los Angeles is highlighted in red.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am not an expert on the topic of recidivism, but I do believe the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum discussion on the subject this Friday at the Regency West in Los Angeles is timely and warranted. Jackie Lacey, candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney, is slated to be the keynote speaker.  Los Angeles is currently the number one city for inmates incarceration in the state of California. Juxtaposition this fact with California having the highest incarceration rate of any state in the United States of America (USA) and one should discern we have a major problem in California with our prison industry. California is spending more on prisons than on higher education and that’s an even greater issue.

The current NBC “Education Nation Summit” currently taking place in New York City is essential and noteworthy. Too many of our children are dropping out of schools, both high schools and colleges, for more reasons than one can explain. It is reported the educational issue in our nation has become a national security problem. How is that one might ask? Well, officials associated with our armed forces are intimating 70% of the individuals applying to be recruited into our volunteer army are lacking basis skills. In a world where technology will play a greater part in future conflicts between warring nations, this will be an issue for the USA Army if recruits cannot comprehend Math, Biology and Science.

Hopefully, after the dust has settled on this year’s (NBC Education Nation is three years old) summit, the thought leaders in business, education, government, philanthropy and media, who are engaged in the summit’s discussion, will produced a focused solution-based strategic plan which should be enacted immediately to save our children from entering into the prison industry. There are few options for a child who is poor and uneducated. As a matter of fact, the premier options for poor and uneducated children seemed to be drugs, gangs and crime, especially, if they are not engaged in some form of educational pursuit. Fortunately, we know the perils of drugs, gangs and crime. It is time for our citizens to get involved with their local school districts to assist with the education of the nations’ children.

 

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Being of One Accord

United States of America
United States of America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The idea that the United States of America’s (USA) government can stop the actions of extremist groups in countries where we have interest is foolish, self-serving, partisan and wrong. I know is it difficult for politicians to advocate their agendas while at the same time be fair to their opponents. But, if their goal is to solve the USA’s problems aboard, American politicians should strive to be of one accord. They must be objective and fair, sans unnecessary rhetoric, in regards to the policies of whichever political party is running the USA’s government.

We, Americans, cannot have selective memories in the 21st century. The world is too unstable for such behavior. We cannot police or be the leader of the free world and not expect to be attack by our enemies every once in a while. Being a leader predicates we will be challenged, sometimes with negative force from those who hate us. American Embassies have been attacked in the past and our citizens rallied behind the government in power at the time. We were united then why not now?

The world is rapidly changing and Americans must be prepared for the uncertainties which face us in the future. USA’s political parties must work together to sustain a united, economically strong and peaceful USA.

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Curbing Bad Behavior/The NFL Front And Center

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National Football League wikiproject (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DISCLAIMER: I am a passionate fan of the National Football League (NFL). As it pertains to sports, there is nothing I enjoy more than watching an exciting footballgame. As a former Rugby player (I played on a championship rugby team in the hooker position), I am thrilled watching 22 men (11 on each team) attempt to score touchdowns every time one of the teams are in possession of the football. The unbelievable wide receivers’ catches, the courageous running backs‘ dashes, the accurate quarterbacks‘ passes and the instinctive strategies of the defensive players are all sights to behold. Recently, the ugly side of the NFL have been front and center. There are too many former football players suffering from early stages of dementia which is being linked to the concussion players sustained while playing football.

Since becoming aware of Dr. Daniel Amen‘s (the Brain Doctor) work and research, I realized that most football players will suffer some form of dementia at an earlier age than the rest of us. My inclination was reinforced after reading Melissa Segura article in “Sports Illustrated” magazine. In the article, 53 years old, two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim McMahon was being profiled. He is apparently suffering from the early stage of dementia. He can’t seem to remember where he is or what he is supposed to being doing from time to time. For those of us who remembered Jim MaMahon, this is a sad and cautionary story, because he was one of the most fearless quarterbacks while he was an active player. To read about him “complaining of a pain that he compares to having an ice pick in his brain”  is truly heart wrenching. There are far too many stories of former NFL players suffering from dementia. Some players have even committed suicide and that is painfully devastating.

During a lunch discussion with a friend recently, he was insightful and said when young men signed up to play football, they are also signing up for the pain and suffering which occur  during and after they retire. I wondered how many young men playing on high schools football teams really know the perils of playing a contact sport where as Dr. Amen says your brain is liable to be injured. I don’t have the answer to what must be done about football injuries. But, I would advocate parents armed themselves with all of the facts before agreeing to have their sons and daughters play a sport which could injure their children’s brains.

I love football and trust the NFL will be meticulous in finding a transparent answer to “players safety” which would limit the amount of sad stories being told about some of the game’s greatest and talented former players.

 

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Promoting Earthquake Preparedness

1976 Tangshan earthquake site
1976 Tangshan earthquake site (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week we received a notice from our insurance company stating “We’d like to remind you that damage caused by an earthquake is not covered by your Allstate property insurance policy. As required by California law, you are now being offered optional insurance against damage caused by an earthquake.” If you are like us and have an Allstate insurance policy and live in California, you probably received this same notice. After reading the aforementioned notice and discussing it with my wife, I proceeded to check on my earthquake preparedness backpack that is strategically located in the closet near our front door. To my surprise, several of the eatable items in the backpack needed to be thrown away.  As I further inspected our earthquake preparedness kit, I realized batteries needed replacing, can food items needed to be discarded and more importantly, it became obvious to me I should inspect my earthquake preparedness kit more frequently.

Those of us who live in California are accustomed to experiencing earthquake tremors from time to time. We all sometimes forget we are living in a state that is “very” prone to earthquakes. We forget earthquakes are the most powerful and natural force the world has ever known. We forget that earthquakes cannot be predicted. And, we forget that earthquakes result in death and destruction. So, as I pondered the awesome force of earthquakes, I am suggesting that my California family, friends and associates inspect their earthquake preparedness kits and if you don’t have one, please go out and buy one.

Here are several reasons why you should be prepared for earthquakes: Chile, 1960, coast line – below sea level, earthquake 9.6 on the Richter scale killed 3,000 people; Chimbote, Peru, May 31, 1970, earthquake in the Navado Huascaran mountain which caused an avalanche to hit the city below killing 70,000 people; Tangshan, China, 1976, earthquake 8.2 on the Richter scale killed 80,000 people; Northridge, California, January 17, 1994, earthquake 6.7 on the Richter scale killed 57 people, injured 8,700 and caused $20 billion dollars in damage which made it one of the costliest natural disasters in USA history and Gujarat, India, January 26, 2001, earthquake killed 23,000 people and caused $5.5 billion dollars in damage. The list of deadly earthquakes are endless that is why we should prepare ourselves – here in California – for natural disasters by remembering to routinely inspect our insurance policies and ensure our earthquake preparedness kits are operational.

 

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