Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

In an article in the New York Times, it was reported that a bill, written under the direction of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, would cut $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years.  It would also require adults between 18 and 50 without minor children to find a job or to enroll in a work-training program in order to receive benefits.

“It’s a sad day in the people’s House when the leadership brings to the floor one of the most heartless bills I have ever seen,” said Representative James McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts. “It’s terrible policy trapped in a terrible process.”

The measure has little chance of advancing in the Senate, and Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigagan and the chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, called it “a monumental waste of time.”

Yes, the federal government has budget problems, but children didn’t cause them, and cutting anti-hunger investments is the wrong way to solve them,” said Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus Campaign for Children, a child advocacy group.

This to me, is a sad bill designed to hurt our nations children.  I agree that changes are needed in the food stamp program, but this is not the way to do it.  I wonder how others feel about this?

The Senate on Thursday approved a multi-billion dollar package of tax breaks and government-backed loans for small businesses, as Democrats surmounted months of opposition by Republican leaders. Backers say the bill could spur business growth and new hiring.

The small-business bill is likely to be the last major piece of legislation on economic and jobs issues that Democrats can accomplish before lawmakers leave Washington in early October to turn their full attention to campaigning.

As a new small business owner, this might be some good news finally.

If you are the parent of a child with a learning disability and need more information on how you can help them, I came across a great article in the New York Times which may help you. According to the article, parents should do their homework so they can contribute to an individualized learning plan for a student with a learning disability.

This begins with learning about the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. Each state’s parent information center can help explain IDEA and how it applies to your family. A directory of the centers is on the Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers’ Web site.

In Sonoma County, a great place to start is with The Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center. I have provided a direct link here. This center is located in Novato and from what I have read, they provide excellent assistance to families with learning disabled children.

Coming up on April 19, 2010 is their 3rd Annual Author Luncheon with the extraordinary observer, teacher, speaker, and author TEMPLE GRANDIN. If you have never heard of her, Ms. Grandin is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world and among her many published works are The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s (2009) and Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports From My Life With Autism(1995). For more information on this luncheon you can contact Brenda at 415-475-2118 or For more information on Ms. Grandin, you can see that here.

Temple Grandin

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In an article in today’s New York Times, there is an article about a 7 year old boy who had a stroke and his family’s ordeal. One of the interesting quotes in this article is “It turns out that stroke, by some estimates, is the sixth leading cause of death in infants and children. And experts say doctors and hospitals need to be far more aggressive in detecting and treating it.”

The article is quite long and very detailed. To read it, and I would recommend that you do, please click here.