Is The Red Cross Guilty Of Enabling A Sexual Predator? A recent news report indicated that a senior Red Cross official, Gerald Anderson, was forced to resign because of allegations of sexual misconduct brought by a subordinate. After termination, the Red Cross provided Anderson with 'very positive references,' including one from a very senior official. […]

Is The Red Cross Guilty Of Enabling A Sexual Predator?
A recent news report indicated that a senior Red Cross official, Gerald Anderson, was forced to resign because of allegations of sexual misconduct brought by a subordinate. After termination, the Red Cross provided Anderson with 'very positive references,' including one from a very senior official. Even though Anderson's departure had been forced for sexually harassing a subordinate, the Red Cross did not tell Save The Children about the reason for his leaving. To learn more about how the white, male establishment protects its own, visit  https://www.propublica.org/article/the-red-cross-sexual-harassment-executive.

Benefits For Senior Citizens
Senior citizens face many challenges from money issues to health issues to worries about dementia. But seniors can take advantage of their age and score significant discounts when buying items and services. For example, seniors can get a 15% senior citizen discount from Banana Republic simply by asking. Walgreens has a 'Seniors Day' once a month where 20% discounts accrue to Rewards card members. Some grocery chains also give seniors a discount.   Publix offers shopping discounts once a week for seniors 55+. To access the entire list of bargains for seniors, click on  https://improvebudget.com/15-discounts-seniors-get-know/. AARP also provides members with many discount programs as well.

Pedestrian Deaths Down
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a drop in pedestrian deaths in 2017. This constitutes a 32% drop over the previous year and continues a four-year-long reduction in pedestrian deaths. In 2017,   214 people, 101 of them pedestrian, died in traffic-related crashes. The mayor attributes the reduction in deaths to the successful implementation of Vision Zero. Last year's total pedestrian death count is the lowest since 1910 when recordkeeping began. To learn more about this largely unreported news, click on  http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/016-18/vision-zero-mayor-de-blasio-pedestrian-fatalities-dropped-32-last-year-making-2017#/0.   This may be a politically motivated news release, but the news is good nonetheless.

Federal Agencies Address Opioid Epidemic
The current drug crisis affects all neighborhoods: large and small, urban and rural, rich and poor. Many organizations have offered help to end the crisis. The Federal Trade Commission recently offered a website that provides links to services individuals may access that address the opiate problem. The site provides a link to a national helpline. In addition, the site suggests people take great care with dietary supplements which may exacerbate the drug problem or become addictive substances in their own right. To learn more about help available, visit  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0223-getting-right-help-opioid-dependence-or-withdrawal. Let's hope that Republicans support this effort as they reduce the role of government.

Vikings Contributed Many Words To English Language
Norsemen or Vikings visited England and Ireland beginning in the 7th Century. Some visitations consisted of marauding raiders while in parts of England and Ireland, Vikings came to stay. The Vikings established the Irish City of Dublin, and parts of England were known as the Danelaw. In addition to words, Old Norse also contributed grammar and syntax to Old English. Words such as blunder, glitter, cake and mug are all derived from Old Norse. For a list of 139 Norse words now in English, surf over to  https://www.babbel.com/en/magazine/139-norse-words.

Sierra Club Unearths Toxic Waste Scandal
Republicans think that private sector businessmen are the saviors of the country: that unrestricted business brings uncounted prosperity to the country. But the Sierra Club recently published a story about greedy business operators and crooked politicians which produced a toxic waste dump in the City of Birmingham, Ala. Federal investigators recently charged Drummond Coal Company executives and a crooked politician in a scheme that dumped toxic waste in what later became residential areas. The company wished to avoid disposal costs and costs of environmental mitigation. To find out more about this illegal scheme that put the citizens of Birmingham at risk, click on  https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/alabama-cleanup-unearths-toxins-and-scandal.   And so it goes.