President Barack Obama was preaching economic patriotism when he addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week, urging the nation's business leaders to consider what they can do for their country, as well as for their balance sheets.
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.”