Opioid epidemic reaches crisis proportions

Two-thirds of all people that ever hit the age of 65 years old in the history of the world are alive today. In the United States alone, approximately 10,000 per day turn 65.Those are staggering demographic statistics that will impact the U.S. economy and public policy in areas like health care, employment and more. But those demographics also speak head on to another point. People are living longer than ever due to advances in science, medicine and technology.

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Dastardly Iraq

A young Iraqi woman is receiving death threats. Her family, inside Iraq, is on the run.  Iraqi officialdom is apocalyptic. Why? Because Sarah Idan, the 2016 Miss Iraq winner, took a photo (a selfie) with Miss Israel. Idan was in Las Vegas recently, representing Iraq in the Miss Universe Pageant for the first time anyone has done that in nearly 50 years. At Idan’s suggestion, she and Adar Gandelsman (Miss Israel), took a selfie and posted it on social media with the caption “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel."

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It’s about TIME

As far back as I can remember, Time Magazine came to our house addressed to my dad once a week. That had to be the mid 1970’s. It was coming to the house for years before then. When I moved to Philadelphia for graduate school, I got my own subscription. That was 1991. It’s been with me ever since. Lansing, East Lansing, Farmington Hills, Detroit, Novi and back to Farmington Hills. Twenty-six years in all, not including my childhood when I had dibs on it after my dad.

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Twenty years later, we miss Diana’s humanity

August 31, 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. On that day, two young boys lost their mother and the world lost an icon of humanity. While she was not a commoner—her dad was an Earl—she had a common touch. Unlike the family she married into, she was able to connect easily with real world people of all colors, societies and social status, including and most especially, the young and the poor.

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Trump blows benefit of the doubt

The winds of the left and of the right swoosh in partisan vitriol of all sorts that have come to dominate the American body politic and our country’s political discourse.  This is not scientific but let’s say that these rabid partisans represent 20 percent of the electorate on the right and 20 percent on the left.

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