AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Assisted Living & rehabilitation centers require a standard of care that prevents abuse of the elderly. For profit institutions remain understaffed and because of their low wages it is difficult to attract more employees . A major commitment by both houses of Congress is needed to help all citizens obtain proper care. When treating patients or working with the homeless or the incarcerated, for profit doesn’t work.

http://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/health/assisted-living-staffing.html

AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce A tale of 2 cities, San Francisco and Manila, both facing rising sea levels and displacing millions of people. We have decisions to make about planning for a future with rising seas. Where do we move people? Who pays for the move? How soon? Or do we rebuild infrastructure?

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/02/13/climate/manila-san-francisco-sea-level-rise.html

AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce The People won. We don’t need a luxury building that will be mostly unoccupied except for the top 4 floors. Now , we’ll have a building that is not an eyesore. Also, our comptroller has said we have 1000 public lots for affordable housing, why aren’t we building on them for for the homeless & low income workers. Win win for the city!

http://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/nyregion/upper-west-side-condo-zoning.amp.html

AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce People are excluded from most jobs. There’s discrimination by age, sex, race. Then daunting credentials for professionals who know the work and should be employed. Once employed the pay is too low and drives people into homelessness & Diseases of Despair. Fix Low wages and more people will benefit

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/02/15/powell-labor-force/

AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Reading is an important foundation for kids. How well they read and understand language, makes them more expressive and better communicators when they’re older. Able to make bonding relationships with others. Able to form helping Communities. To thrive, we all need a strong reading and understanding background. Enjoy!

http://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/15/us/reading-phonics.html

AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Education of self as part of the Larger Community forms stronger emotional bonds & a stronger emotionally secure individual. A person who is able to respect & love his or herself, can than care or love others. In Judaism it’s the equivalent of “love thy self, so you can love others and be able to love and help others. It is living “Torah “ in everyday life. It’s Foundation, leads to “love thy neighbor, as you would yourself.” Teaching inner strength and then connection to others , allows us all to thrive .

http://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/opinion/scandinavia-education.html

AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce January the hottest in 140 + years. When will we innovate for a changing lifestyle. BlackRock, Banks & Insurers starting to divest from Fossil Fuel Industry. They call it a dying industry. Why don’t the big 10 producers use their $Trillions for alternative fuel development?

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/13/january-hottest-earth-record-climate-crisis

AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Cross state pollution from ozone & particles cause premature deaths of children in the Northeast. The largest concentration of pollutants comes from the Northern Plains & Upper Midwest . Prevailing winds carry the pollution East. Just like in the dust bowl, the Black clouds swept across America. It’s another problem to concern us, if we want a healthier happier life! States with the largest polluters have the least # of deaths, since winds travels East.

http://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/climate/air-pollution-health.html

AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Think Trump, think pollution,pollutants & the end of Conservation as our Federal lands are leased cheaply to the Fossil Fuel industry. Pristine landscapes that capture our enthusiasm for the outdoors, destined for mining & not the recreation we all crave and enjoy. What happened to our equal rights & opportunity for happiness?

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/12/trumps-legacy-drilled-public-lands-and-the-resulting-carbon-emissions