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Diaper Banks: How Congressional disdain for poor people makes them necessary

I’m sad to report that it’s Diaper Need Awareness Week here in St. Louis, and across the country–a program promoted by the National Diaper Bank Network. It’s sad, of course, because it’s necessary. And it’s necessary because low-income people can’t afford to buy enough diapers for their infants and toddlers. And they can’t afford diapers,…

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“Where to Invade Next:” Notes and thoughts on Michael Moore’s movie

Should I recommend Michael Moore’s 2016 movie,” Where to Invade Next”? On the plus side, there are some really good jokes.  The biggest laugh came when Moore asked someone whose alphabet does not include the letter “W” if they dropped the letter during the last Bush administration. No doubt Moore is really good at a…

No roses, no chocolates: Other ways to show some love on Valentine’s Day

Recently I received an online solicitation for Valentine’s Day from a surprising source. It wasn’t from a florist or a greeting-card company. It came from an organization called Beyond Pesticides. This clever advocacy concept, cooked up by the crew over at Beyond Pesticides, is called “Show Bees Some Love.”  The idea is to “swarm” Home…

What to expect when you’re expecting

By Sarah Casteel, Clayton High School senior, St. Louis MO While our society still faces sex-based workplace discrimination — clearly most often targeted at women — one would still think that enough progress has been made to accommodate mommies-to-be. However, recent evaluations reveal that an outbreak of workplace discrimination complaints has occurred among pregnant women.…

Do immunizations cause autism? Don’t ask a celebrity

We don’t take advice from celebrities on many issues, like how to avoid scandal or how to turn down Oprah’s request for an interview. Why? Because celebrities are renowned for both scandalous behavior and illuminating Oprah interviews. But it’s surprising what we do take advice from celebrities about and increasingly, that is whether or not…