National budget 6.7.11

Staff reports

GateHouse News Service National Budget

6/7/11

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

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

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KIDZBUZZ: Campfire games at home

-- NOTE: This is the final KidzBuzz page of the school year. It will return weekly in the fall.

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-- Father's Day page

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FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts about the flag you might not have known

Lifestyles

FAMILY TIME: Top questions for your veterinarian - Weekly family rail, with tips on what to ask the vet, a review of “Kung Fu Panda 2” and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Canning 101 -- weekly Food for Thought with items on saving money on your grocery bill, storing food in a power outage, the Beer Nut and more. By GHNS

USDA'S MYPLATE: Kathryn Rem: MyPlate replaces food pyramid, pushes for fruits, veggies -- It’s coincidental, perhaps, that the documentary “Forks Over Knives” is open in select cities throughout the country at the same time the U.S. government replaced its iconic food pyramid with a formula that puts more emphasis on fruits, vegetables and grains. The documentary makes the same point but with a harder sell. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

CRITICS CUPBOARD: Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Up Bowl -- It’s not really a bowl. It’s a paper popcorn bag with a side opening. Click inside to find out if it's worth your money. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

FOOD IN FARMERS MARKET: Chefs bring on-site cooking to their local farmers market -- Leslie Turasky and Ashley Glatz have added something new to their local farmers market in Springfield, Ill.: on-site cooking. Both first-time sellers, they are wielding spatulas and propane burners, Turasky preparing German-style pancakes and Glatz making omelets. Both are using as many organic and local ingredients as possible, including many of the foods sold by fellow vendors at the market. Kathryn Rem/State Journal-Register (Ill.)

BETSY WADLAND: Seniors want to age at home, not in a facility  -- According to seniorresource.com, "some 70 percent of seniors spend the rest of their life in the place where they celebrated their 65th birthday." If that's the case, how do we make sure that place is safe? What needs to be done to your physical space to allow you to live there as your needs change? What support might you need? MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

DR. JEFF HERSH: Monitoring blood pressure in seniors -- Q: My mom has a type of high blood pressure where only the top number is high. Is this unusual? The doctor wants to treat it. Since only half the blood pressure is high, is there really a reason to treat it? MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

MOLLY SUHADOLNIK: Focus on your fitness and not your body image -- I hate walking through stores and seeing so-called 'fitness' magazines telling us, "New miracle move will melt inches!" and "Get slim for summer!" or "5-minute fat blast" –– along with a very slim, good-looking model on the front that probably can't even pick up a toddler. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

BULLYING BULLETIN BOARD: Lessons from Congressman Weiner - Were you surprised when Congressman Anthony Weiner was exposed as someone who exchanges lurid electronic messages (“tweets”) with a variety of online women? Maybe, but he’s certainly not the only one. There are plenty of other examples, but they all boil down to the same mistake: believing that a digital, online interaction is essentially as private as a face-to-face conversation. By Dr. Elizabeth Englander, GHNS columnist.

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Gambling is an issue for some - Do you have a gambling disorder? Are you a pathological gambler? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. By Dr. Murray Feingold, MetroWest, Mass.

LORETTA LAROCHE: For women, success can be a curse as well as a blessing - We women may “have come a long way, baby,” as an old cigarette commercial once touted, but we have also managed to create lives that take a lot of work. What often goes by the boards is self-care. By Loretta LaRoche, The Patriot Ledger.

Opinions

BRITT CARTOON: Sarah Palin and U.S. history. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Home values slipping. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

EDITORIAL: Top political issue is unemployment - Unemployment in America is 9.1 percent, not counting those who've given up looking. According to the New York Times, "No American president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has won a second term in office when the unemployment rate on Election Day topped 7.2 percent." By Peoria, Ill.

EDITORIAL: John Edwards' long fall - To think John Edwards had a shot at the presidency. The former U.S. senator from North Carolina was his party's nominee for vice president in 2004 after finishing second in the Democratic primaries that year to John Kerry. He had everything going for him - wealth, looks, a family-man image, a message that at least initially resonated with many Americans, charm and confidence. By Peoria, Ill.

DAN MAC ALPINE: Sarah Palin, don’t tread on us  - First Congresswoman Michele Bachmann put the “shot heard ’round the world” in New Hampshire, and now this — Sarah Palin says Paul Revere rode out to warn the British not to mess with the well-armed Colonials, somehow turning the American Revolution into a fight over the right to bear arms. By Dan Mac Alpine, Ipswich, Mass.

KENT BUSH: Everything is questioned in this economy - This economy hasn’t been good for much. But innovation at fundamental levels has been consistent across many industries. I have found some interesting examples of potential dynamic-changing ideas lately. Apple has announced a new worship style for the Cult of Mac. For those who own iPhones, iPads and Macintosh personal computers for work or home use, something has been missing. Moving back and forth between platforms and in various locations has be restrained by the inability of iTunes and other software to work in a Web-based environment. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.

AMY GEHRT: Cellphone warning falls on deaf ears - Cellphones may cause cancer, according to a respected international panel of scientists, but their warning seems to be experiencing a disconnect with the public. By Amy Gehrt, Pekin, Ill.

* Poll idea: Ask readers if they have changed their cellphone habits since the WHO news.