Student Editorial Contest; Jobs Numbers; Good Starches; Long Term Care Costs; Scam Terms


New York Times Offers Contest For Student Editorials

The New York Times' Fourth Annual Student Editorial Writing Contest is open now. The closing submission date is  April 4. Not only does the contest encourage students to write about a subject close to their hearts, but also the contest provides instruction on how to write an effective editorial. The link below provides writing instruction as well as the submission format. The Times encourages students to write collaboratively as part of the submission since editorials frequently are written by more than one writer. At least one New York Times news story must be referenced in editorial contest submission. Total length for the editorial is 450 words. The link provides video editorial instruction given by Editorial Page editor Andrew Rosenthal. This contest provides a real world audience for student writing. The link also provides teachers with two sample lesson plans. To learn more, visit Good luck to all who enter.

Election Bombast Wrong

During last fall's election campaign, Donald Trump promised to make America great again. But the employment numbers Trump cited were wrong. According to data just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the year January 2016 to January 2017 employment rose significantly in 28 states. Employment increases ranged from 3.4% in Florida to 2.2% in Michigan to 1.8% in Massachusetts. During the same period employment increased in New York by 1.5%.   In 22 other states, employment stayed the same or decreased. In Wyoming employment decreased by 3.2% as did employment in North Dakota by 0.7%. To learn more about this Republican election obfuscation, click on These data counter Trump's argument that he inherited a mess. I wonder if Trump will cut the funds for the Bureau of Labor Statistics since the Bureau numbers don't agree with his arguments.

According To The Experts, Some Starch Is Good

A new report found on  says that resistant starch found in such foods as potatoes and bananas helps suppress appetites and by doing so assists weight reducing diets.   The experts say that resistant starches are not digested in the small intestines. Instead these starches are digested in the large intestine and produce short fatty acid chains that become a source of fiber. To learn more about healthy diet foods, surf over to.

Nursing Home Costs Vary Greatly By State

According to Genworth, the cost of medical services as surveyed in 2016 varies greatly between states. For example, median monthly costs nationwide for a home health aide totals $3,861 while nursing home care for patients in a semi-private room totals $6,844. By state the cost difference is dramatic. In Mississippi, the monthly cost of a home health aide is $3,241. In Iowa, the same aide costs $4,385.  A Mississippi semi-private nursing home room per month costs $6,357 while in Iowa the same room costs $5,536.  But these numbers hardly compare to nursing home semi-private monthly room rates of $24,333 in Alaska. To find the New York averages, click on To find yearly costs, check the site or multiply these rates by 12 to find the annual totals. Yikes!   It certainly doesn't pay to get old.

AARP Provides A Glossary of Internet Scam Terms

Do you know the difference between Internet Phishing and Smishing? Or the difference between Ransomware and Cramming? These terms constitute a world of hurt for the Internet unwary. The AARP posted the definitions to these terms as well as many more egregious internet acts to alert senior citizens to various dangers to be faced on the Internet. To read more about these threats, readers of any age should click on,  You can never be too safe on the Internet.  And so it goes.