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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,…

Hillary Clinton speaks up for mental health care equality

Hillary Clinton has just released a plan would treat mental health care with the same priority as physical health care. It’s a well-thought-out, comprehensive policy that deserves attention and support. And, according to some observers, it actually has a chance of becoming a reality. Unfortunately, the announcement of the plan came in the midst of…

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Campbell’s will label its products with GMO info

Maybe you’ve been following the long-simmering controversy about labeling food products for GMOs (genetically modified organisms). If you haven’t, now is a good time to pay attention because one of the world’s largest food conglomerates—that would be Campbell’s—has just thrown a new twist into the GMO pot. In fact, Campbell’s recently announced turnaround might just…

As much as ever, in 2014 women deserve the right to choose

Questions related to reproductive health, and most specifically abortion, are not easy to answer. Choice is the kind of issue that should humble us all and make us want to take all necessary steps to prevent unwanted pregnancies. In many ways, this issue reflects the ongoing dilemma we have in America between protecting the rights…

Lesson learned: My Catholic hospital can limit my medical choices

What’s in a choice? Options. In order to make a choice, you must have options. As descendants of those who fled religious persecution, many of our forefathers understood the importance of options and the power of choice. That’s why they guaranteed our right to freely exercise religion in the first amendment. I think we can…

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…