In the coming months, the Department of Health and Human Services will be ironing out the details of the CLASS Act and submitting information to employers in preparation for enrolling their employees into the voluntary program in 2012.
While communities across the nation have taken steps over the past year or two to mandate that their public buildings be �smoke free,� the City of New York has taken the anti-smoking crusade one step further. In early February its City Council approved a bill banning smoking in the city�s 1,700 city parks and along its 14 miles of city beaches.
Serious belief in God precludes an embrace of cruelty. If creation is “blessed,” then its creatures, in some way or another, are too. This of course does not mean that using antibiotics to murder tens of billions of microbes is wrong. One cannot be cruel to organisms with no awareness or sensation of pain. Moreover, life, above a very primitive level, either subsists on life or it starves. Even vegans must "kill" plants to survive, as a delightfully iconoclastic musical group in Canada, "The Arrogant Worms," reprised in their song, “Carrot Juice Constitutes Murder.”
If you have a product you would like to export but you don�t want to pay to advertise the product in foreign countries, don�t sweat it. Just get taxpayers to foot the bill instead. That, in a nutshell, describes the U.S. Department of Agriculture�s Market Access Program, an annual redistribution of $200 million from average citizens to fat cats such as Sunkist, Welch�s, and Blue Diamond for the purpose of promoting exports of their products.