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June 2012 Archives

Reaction to SCOTUS Decision

Whether or not you like President Obama's health care initiative, you have to recognize the significance of today's Supreme Court decision. This is a huge day for our country, and if you are among those who think or hope that the Affordable Care Act will eventually be overturned, then let us please hope for something better and fairer that will help out those most in need.Let's also keep in mind that there's no need for bombastic rhetoric. When unfiltered opinions are let loose on Twitter and on countless other outlets, nonsense like people comparing President Obama to Hitler and the ACA to Nazism gets thrown out there. This is irresponsible, immature, and simply inaccurate. It points out how ignorant many people are about how health care really works. For example, many people on Twitter claimed they would "move to Canada" because of the Supreme Court's decision... completely unaware that Canada already has government-run health care.Name-calling and noisy rhetoric doesn't help advance the conversation. We should be having a conversation, instead, about working toward making this the best country we possibly can. If you support Obamacare, then it's a great day for you; and if you don't, you should by all means voice your dissent, but, please, do it responsibly and reasonably. 

Kudos to President Obama for his decision to decrease deportations

You've probably heard by now the news that President Obama made the decision to stop deporting large numbers of undocumented workers in the United States for the next two years.
People who arrived illegally in the country before the age of 16 and have lived here for at least five years are eligible. They must be in school or have high school diplomas or GEDs, or must have served in the military. They must also be under the age of 30 and have clean criminal records.
The President said these undocumented workers are, "Americans in every single way but one: On paper." This new decision will allow productive, hard-working members of our society to obtain necessary documents such as driver's licenses.
Critics will say that this move is just Obama making a play for the crucial Hispanic vote, but regardless, we give kudos to President Obama for his stance. Deportation has steadily risen every year since he's been in office, but this new measure will allow up to 800,000 people to remain in the country and pursue the American Dream.
This decision will likely aid the President's reelection bid in several important states with big Hispanic populations. Since the 2008 election, more than 2 million immigrants have become naturalized citizens of the United States, and a significant percentage of those people say immigration is the issue they find most important in the upcoming election. So this is huge news for everybody in this country and around the world.
It is by no means a solution, but it is a logical, sensible stopgap option that provides immediate relief to many of our friends and neighbors. 

Guest Blog: Healthy Cookie

Healthy-Cookie.jpgGo Greek!
Sometime in the past year or so, Greek yogurt has become all the rage. It went from just a few brands on shelves to now every big dairy company selling it-Chobani, Fage, Yoplait... the list goes on and on.
Now, I will admit I was not a fan the first few times I tried Greek yogurt. My friend suggested it to me, and the first time I tried it I swore it off, saying there is no way anyone could actually enjoy eating it. My, how I've changed my mind since... now I am completely addicted! At first I could only eat flavored yogurt, but now I eat it plain, and I love it!
So why would I reach for the Greek yogurt over the non-Greek yogurt when it costs more? Besides my new love for the taste, the best reason is that's it's much more nutritious. Your average six-ounce serving packs 15 to 20 grams of protein, in comparison to just nine grams from traditional yogurt. The great thing about protein is that it wards off hunger and gives you energy, which is important if you're like me and you sit at a desk most of the day. Greek yogurt also has half the carbohydrates and sodium than other yogurts, as long as you choose one that isn't laden with sweeteners.
Another great thing about Greek yogurt is its versatility-it's not just for breakfast! It can be sweet or savory. I substitute it for sour cream, putting a dollop in chili or on top of tacos. It can also be substituted in recipes that call for mayonnaise. Here are just a few of my favorites:

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