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Robocalls: Stop Calling Me!

robocalls

I realize what I am about to rant about may not be the most important subject on the planet. Still, I find it to be a pain in the ass. Plus, I believe it’s something that could be easily stopped. The subject of my ire is what is called Robocalls. I currently am getting 4…

Support TANF in Continuing Resolution

TANF

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was created by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act instituted under President Bill Clinton in 1996. Many conservatives disagreed with the previous program Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). They believed that a welfare program for families should have a work incentive component. Under TANF recipients…

Kroger’s Gun Policy Lacks Common Sense

Nice Couple

I worked for the Kroger Company for 23 years until they fired me. Well, technically I resigned which is a nice way of saying if I voluntarily left they would give me a severance package. Regardless, I could keep showing up at the store, but they were no longer going to pay me to do…

How Grocery Stores Penalize Seniors

Senior Shopping

There’s a task that most people must participate in at some point in their life. It’s not a wedding, a funeral, or a graduation. It’s also not a trip to the hospital, a vacation, or the Ice Capades. To some it’s worse. It’s a trip to the grocery store. As a former store manager for…

Mental Health Needs go Unmet (Video)

Mental Health Needs Unmet

If you talk to anyone who works in the mental health system, they will tell you they are sick and tired of those people who say we need more help for the mentally ill. It sounds good, but these people never pull out their wallets when it comes time to pay for needed services. What…

Memories of Professor Charles O. Ross

Ross

I was not close friends with Dr. Ross who passed away last week. But I knew him from the two classes I had taken from him at the Ohio State College of Social Work in 2001 and 2002. The syllabus was useless with him. He was an experiential teacher and class was about whatever he…

NASW to the Super 12 Select Committee

The NASW

The National Association of Social Workers has lobbed a shot across the bow to the Joint Select Committee of 12. In August, Congress appointed 12 members to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction who will make recommendations on ways to increase revenues while reducing the deficit. The Super Committee will hold its first organizational…

NASW Asks for Support of TANF Bill 2277

The NASW

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Supplemental Grants were fully funded for the first two quarters for federal fiscal year 2011 and partially funded for the third quarter. There is no funding for the last quarter of the fiscal year. Congress created the Supplemental Grants as part of the 1996 welfare law in order…

New and Old Thinking on Addiction

There is almost complete consensus that addiction is a disease. The debate has been over whether it’s a psychological condition treated by a psychiatrist in conjunction with the A.A. model, or is it a physical problem treated with the medical model. In an article “Rethinking Addiction’s Roots, in the New York Times, Douglas Quenqua takes…