People's Defender- RSS OPINION Feed http://peoplesdefender.com/section/OPINION http://peoplesdefender.com/section/OPINION Wed, 27 May 2015 18:19:25 EST 1800 Planning a wedding on a budget http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153723394/Planning-a-wedding-on-a-budget Should a dream wedding mean delaying a down payment on a home? That's a tradeoff many couples make these days. Wed, 27 May 2015 14:06:34 EST The drive-in was a place to hang out http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153720238/The-drive-in-was-a-place-to-hang-out I grew up from the 1950s into the 1970s and must say although so much has changed there are some things I miss from my youth. One such item was the drive in. Yes there are three or four in the tri state area left but their heyday is over. Around 1960... Wed, 27 May 2015 12:52:18 EST Knoxville becomes dementia friendly city http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion_columns/153720604/Knoxville-becomes-dementia-friendly-city Not long ago, this column featured the nation's first regional disability chamber of commerce (in Orlando, Fla.), which helps people with disabilities become self-employed entrepreneurs. This week, you'll learn about Kathy Broggy, an... Wed, 27 May 2015 12:51:46 EST Breaking gridlock to combat human trafficking http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153721242/Breaking-gridlock-to-combat-human-trafficking Human trafficking and sex trafficking are heinous crimes that affect our nation's most vulnerable, often pulling our children into a vicious cycle of abuse. As the co-founder of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, putting this industry... Wed, 27 May 2015 12:52:13 EST Life is full of lessons learned http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion_columns/153644029/Life-is-full-of-lessons-learned I met Betty and her husband Bill several years ago. She was caring for Bill, one of our hospice patients, who was bedfast from Alzheimer's disease. Betty is a seasoned lady, seasoned by the influence of a “wonderful mother,” hard... Wed, 27 May 2015 13:02:34 EST The ‘onces’ and the ‘Great Perhaps’ http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153647663/The-onces-and-the-Great-Perhaps Around this time six years ago I was donning a cap and gown for my high school graduation. Wed, 27 May 2015 12:52:02 EST NJ woman wants voice heard http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion_columns/153550248/NJ-woman-wants-voice-heard Vanessa Karbowski of Sayresville, N.J., was diagnosed as a child with developmental delays, but didn't find out until recently, at age 26, of having a milder form of autism spectrum disorder, one that used to be called Asperger's... Sat, 23 May 2015 18:26:32 EST Don’t forget to plant some beans http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153550033/Dont-forget-to-plant-some-beans When spring arrived on the farm in the 1950s and 60s not only did we work long and hard planting the crops to sell or to feed our livestock with, but we also made certain the garden was planted also. At that time the farmer's wives depended... Wed, 20 May 2015 17:56:35 EST Steps to streamline money management http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153564995/Steps-to-streamline-money-management If your financial life is confined to boxes, file cabinets and various piles of statements and receipts that only you can navigate, it might be time for a little de-cluttering. Wed, 20 May 2015 16:22:01 EST Be careful what you say http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153481871/Be-careful-what-you-say To the editor:I say we all must be careful as to what we read or say. Wed, 20 May 2015 16:21:39 EST May is older Americans month http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153482129/May-is-older-Americans-month May is a pretty special time of the year at our Agency – it's Older Americans Month! It's a time to celebrate the wonderful contributions given by so many older Ohioans in our communities and express our gratitude for their years of... Sat, 16 May 2015 17:21:33 EST Florida Disability Chamber creates entrepreneurs http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153422735/Florida-Disability-Chamber-creates-entrepreneurs It was the nation's first. The Orlando-based Central Florida Disability Chamber currently has more than 420 members and a mission statement of providing “information and education on business creation and growth, specifically designed for... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:16:34 EST (No heading) http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion_columns/153444078/ Last week we as a church joined together in preparing an Amish meal that was to served at the community hall in the town of Robinson, Ill. Several times each year we do this as a fund-raiser for our parochial school or to help pay hospital bills. Sat, 16 May 2015 12:11:35 EST Call me if you need me http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion_columns/153496762/Call-me-if-you-need-me Frieda was in her 50s when referred to Hospice for terminal breast cancer. She worked as a bookkeeper until she became disabled. Frieda was gentle, tender hearted and soft spoken. I stopped by her house one day and her hospital bed was peppered with... Sat, 16 May 2015 11:51:31 EST The way forward for Congress http://peoplesdefender.com/news/news-opinion/153466490/The-way-forward-for-Congress There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress's long slide into irrelevance may be slowing. Sat, 16 May 2015 09:16:33 EST ABCAP touches the lives of many http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153422969/ABCAP-touches-the-lives-of-many President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act on Aug. 20. 1964, which created a variety of programs, including Community Action Agencies, as part of his War on Poverty. He knew then as we know now, that the war against poverty must... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:26:34 EST Management guide for the college grad http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153421215/Management-guide-for-the-college-grad A young adult's first months out of college are about personal freedom and finding one's path as an adult. Building solid money habits is a big part of that. Wed, 13 May 2015 18:37:48 EST Being last can put you in first http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion/153427725/Being-last-can-put-you-in-first Many times I have mentioned that in my family I was the youngest and last in our family. As much as it sounds like being the youngest would put a person at the tail end of a family, at our home that couldn't have been any further from the truth. Wed, 13 May 2015 18:37:44 EST Sometimes love won’t allow it http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion_columns/153342727/Sometimes-love-wont-allow-it Bruce was 65 years old when referred to hospice for lung cancer. He and Peggy had been married 45 years and had two adult daughters. Bruce was mild mannered, but his wife, Peggy, was a fighter. She recounted the day their doctor told them his cancer... Mon, 11 May 2015 11:06:32 EST Marides helps others with disabilities http://peoplesdefender.com/news/opinion_columns/153293748/Marides-helps-others-with-disabilities In both 2014 and 2015, now 50-year-old Hillary Marides, of Los Angeles, Calif., was first runner-up in the Ms. Wheelchair California competition. She was born with cerebral palsy, and today uses a wheelchair due to challenges following hip surgery... 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