National budget 8.10.10

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 8/10/10 editions

Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343, lglowinski@corp.gatehousemedia.com

Michael Toeset, (630) 835-8870, mtoeset@corp.gatehousemedia.com

Notes

WAKE UP CALL!: Inform readers about e-textbooks

CHRIS BIONDI: When reporters should break out the banana suit

Niche

FARM LIVING: The Gulf oil spill's effect on U.S. agriculture, the future of wind farming and three farm-industry players you should know

FALL BOOMERS MAGAZINE: Volunteering in retirement, travel ideas for Oktoberfest and ways to stay beautifully gray

BACK TO SCHOOL TAB: Tips on cyberbullying, when homework help is too much and how to tell whether your child has a learning disability

- More back to school content

- Back to school photos reader callout

- High school football reader photos callout

Lifestyles

FAMILY TIME: How to host a family reunion, potluck-style - Weekly family column, with tips on holding a family reunion, a review of “Step Up 3D” and more.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: How to speed up an avocado's ripening -- Weekly food rail, with tips for ripening an avocado, an easy recipe for healthy pasta primavera, the latest from The Beer Nut, and more.

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Instilling healthy habits as kids head to college -- Recent high school graduates are getting ready to go off to college. Some have already left for school. This can be a difficult transition.

DR. JEFF HERSH: Bell's palsy is usually temporary -- Bell's palsy is an acute partial or complete paralysis of the face due to dysfunction of the facial nerve. Although the exact cause is unknown, swelling and inflammation of the facial nerve due to a viral infection is the likely cause.

DR. GWENN SCHURGIN O'KEEFFE: Preparing kids for fall -- With another school year around the corner, it's time to dust off the cobwebs collecting on backpacks and lunchboxes and recognize that those back-to-school sales we see just about everywhere are not for "other people" but for our own kids.

DARIN ST. GEORGE: My wish list -- fitness toys for grown-ups -- I don't want to be on Fortune magazine's cover with Oprah or buy a yacht, but there are some dream pieces I would add to my basement gym.

GARY BROWN: Blaming a sibling is one of the oldest tricks in the book -- If the major argument in your defense is pointing at your sibling and saying, “It could have been him,” you’re not showing a lot of brotherly love.

PETER COSTA: On truth, language and steam shovels -- “Invaluable” is a strange word. It means beyond value, or priceless, but it looks as if it should mean not valuable. Invaluable does not seem to follow the same rules as “inflexible,” which means something that cannot be flexed.

Entertainment

SUMMER READING: Need a summer getaway? Dive into these distractions -- We asked you to share your own thoughts about a book, movie or music you’ve enjoyed this summer. Thanks to the handful of you who sent us a review, here’s a good short list of books — and one movie — to finish out your summer. By Gayle Beck of The Repository.

* To localize: Ask readers in your community what they're reading and watching this summer to escape the heat. *

Opinions  

BRITT CARTOON: How to beat the heat

GRANLUND CARTOON: Pentagon budget cuts

CHUCK SWEENY: Truman was right to drop atomic bomb -- Friday was “Hiroshima Day,” when people of the peace movement give speeches condemning the Americans who killed 140,000 people when President Truman ordered the A-bomb dropped over Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and another 80,000 on Aug. 9, when he OK’d a second bomb released over Nagasaki. They’re entitled to their opinion. But for me, Friday was “Harry Truman Day.”

AMY GEHRT: Don’t deny religious freedom to others - Protests against mosques being built across the country have been gathering steam. Tensions ratcheted up even further last week when a New York City panel unanimously voted to deny landmark status to a building a few blocks from Ground Zero, effectively clearing the way for developers’ plans for an Islamic community center and mosque.

Business

RETIREMENT: Health care, variable payouts factor into retirement puzzle -- Forty years of saving for 30 years of retirement isn’t turning into a sound equation for a growing segment of Americans. By Sean F. Driscoll of the Rockford Register Star.

MAKING CENTS: Bequeathing the vacation property -- Hopefully, you are one of the 7.9 million Americans who own vacation property. Some have passed through more than a generation, but many more owners hope their family playground will be available for future generations. To pull that off and avoid painful heartache, significant planning is involved. By John Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: New Jetta has style, smooth ride -- There was a time when Volkswagen was the most successful import brand in the country. These days, it lags well behind the top Japanese marques and Korea’s Hyundai. So it can’t be understated just how important the launch of the 2011 Jetta is to the German maker.