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By Jean Binder on July 9, 2011

This past week, the Brownback administration in Kansas announced they would be redistributing money ear-marked for Planned Parenthood Women's and Family Planning Services (PP) to a large medical center in the eastern part of the state and also to an un-named clinic in Ellis County ... presumably their nod to all of western Kansas.

A family planning clinic in Ellis County ... really? I've lived in Ellis county for 34 years and am not aware there is any clinic but PP. Neither is anyone else aware among those I've asked, so they must not be getting many referrals.

So WHICH clinic is getting the tax payer money? Just where is this money going? Who will benefit? What services are being underwritten? Do they compare with those now offered by PP?

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By Diane Wahto on June 14, 2011

In the 1960s, during the heat of the civil rights, student rights and anti-war movements, women, both black and white, found themselves relegated to the domestic side of leftist activism. Much to the surprise and disgust of leftist activist women, left-wing males let movement women know that their role was to cook, clean, make the coffee, and make themselves available for sex whenever the men wanted it. Author Gail Collins covers this issue in her book, When Everything Changed, an overview of the women’s movement during the last fifty years.

Not every man treated every woman as a subservient being, but the treatment was widespread enough that many women finally decided to form their own movement groups, giving birth to the Second Wave of the women’s liberation movement.

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By Lola Wheeler on February 4, 2011

Are you looking for a job in the medical or healthcare field? In this job market, job seekers need good resources to reach the right employers and hiring agents. Here's a respected resource for those looking for employment in the healthcare, medical, biotech, managed care or hospital fields.

I personally know the author and can completely and confidently vouch for the professionalism and dependability of this publication and the firm that produces it.

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By Beth Boisvert on February 2, 2011

What constitutes rape, exactly? This question is being discussed, on some level, over the news pages and in the blogosphere because of a phrase included in Bill H.R. 3, also known as "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."

Sec. 309 reads:

‘TREATMENT OF ABORTIONS RELATED TO RAPE, INCEST, OR PRESERVING THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER.

‘The limitations established in sections 301, 302, 303, and 304 shall not apply to an abortion --
‘(1) if the pregnancy occurred because the pregnant female was the subject of an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest; or
‘(2) in the case where the pregnant female suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the pregnant female in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself. (Emphasis mine).

Forcible rape. What does that imply?

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By Jean Binder on January 9, 2011

More and more is coming out about what a disturbed young man the young assassin was. It is not even clear he was processing anything from the world around him, political or otherwise.

Perhaps the time is ripe to discuss a very pressing problem: the situation of the mentally ill in our country - and our vulnerability when they are not adequately respected with treatment.

Time and again, communities will be aware of someone actively mentally ill like this, with peers complaining; professors kicking them out of class until they have a mental evaluation...which never occurs.

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By Ken Poland on January 4, 2011

Who knows the real status of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds? I just finished reading a multi page summary of the 2010 annual reports of the Boards of Trustees for those two funds. When I got done, I could only shake my head to clear out the profound conglomeration of percentages of this and that. I’m no genius, but I can understand solid figures and actuarial statistics. I’ve not seen the original reports. But, if they are as full of confusing and confounding repetitions of what the statistics actually show, then someone should demand a resubmission of their report. I seriously doubt if 1% of the general public or even the board members themselves could find a clear bottom line in the report.

When I hear our congressmen complain about the Health Care Bill being so confusing and misleading that they didn’t know what they were voting on, how, pray tell, can they have any clear understanding of the facts surrounding Social Security and Medicare? It doesn’t help any, when special interest groups or individuals are allowed to, intentionally, put out absolutely misleading and false information.

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By Ken Poland on November 27, 2010

The Republicans hold hands and say no! But it is the Democrats that refuse to compromise? A nearly 2/3 majority doesn't give much credence to the cry of the minority for compromise. Compromise, to the minority, has translated into; give me/us what I want, or I'll sit in the middle of the road and hold up traffic until you do!

The conservative far right and radical religionists have been beating the drums about patriotism and honorable service. But, that all sounds rather hollow to me, when they circle their wagons and refuse to allow honoring those volunteers, as well as civil servants, just compensation and health care for ailments as a result of their heroic efforts in the 9-11 disaster.

Most of the 'compromises' to allow advancing bills in the Senate, over the last two years, have resulted in the hodgepodge confusing health care bill. The minority has been allowed to broadcast half truths and outright misrepresentation of many of the bills before congress in the last two years. They have been allowed to blame the 'new' administration for continuing some of the bailout and economic policies that were initiated by the past administration. Can't you imagine the outcry if the Obama administration had immediately taken steps to repeal the previous 2 years work of the congress and Bush administration? Yet, that is exactly what they are promising to do, now.

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By Pamela Jean on November 23, 2010

"My name is Wendell Potter and for 20 years I worked as a senior executive at health insurance companies, and I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick -- all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors."

That's how he introduced himself to a Senate committee.

As a senior vice president of CIGNA, Potter had access to the inner workings of major insurance companies.

He had walked away from a six-figure salary and two decades as an insurance executive because he could no longer abide the routine practices of an industry where the needs of sick and suffering Americans take a backseat to the bottom line. The last straw: when he visited a rural health clinic and saw hundreds of Americans standing in line in the rain to receive treatment in stalls built for livestock.

Now, Wendell Potter is the insurance industry's worst nightmare.

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By Ken Poland on November 20, 2010

What is driving the agenda for these last two months of our legislative bodies?

“We will do everything in our power to stop President Obama and Speaker Pelosi from raising taxes on working families, small-business people and investors,” said Representative Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia and incoming majority leader.
This also means that they will allow expiration of all tax reforms passed during the Bush administration, if they don't get their way now. If the Democrats decide to become the party of 'NO' in the next legislative session, you will definitely see an increase in your income tax liability, regardless of where you are on the economic scale.

How many of you folks who consider yourselves 'working class' people make more than $200,000 or if you are a two earner family exceed $250,000? And, how many of you have not done a little math equation and figured out that the 'Bush tax cuts' put a higher percentage of the Federal budget expenditures on your backs? You never received the same percentage decrease in your total IRS tax bill as the high end tax payers. The top rates were reduced by a higher percent than the lower brackets. Go look at the tax brackets before the Bush era tax reforms and then compare them with the present tax brackets.

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By Lola Wheeler on June 1, 2010

The newest version of this highly acclaimed directory is now available.

Are you looking for a job in the medical or healthcare field? In this job market, job seekers need good resources to reach the right employers and hiring agents. Here's a respected resource for those looking for employment in the healthcare, medical, biotech, managed care or hospital fields.

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