National budget 5.3.12

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Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget


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STORY IDEA: Should government raise tax on pipe tobacco, cigars?

NEW BLOGGERS: National spirituality bloggers added to GH network

BEST OF THE DAY: Q&A gives readers a chance to meet their neighbors


SUMMER COOKBOOK: Recipes for veggies, entrees and desserts



*NOTE: This is May's syndicated Local Loop callout


MAY RADARFROG PAGE: Pamper mom on a budget

FARM LIVING: Bison re-emerging on farms and ranches; what's next in the 'pink slime' debate


RELIGION NEWS: Is there too much religious talk in politics? -- weekly Religion News with a new survey out from Pew Research Center on religion and politics, "Starting and Closing: Perseverance, Faith and One More Year" by John Smoltz and more. GHNS

DAN SEABORN: The news can help raise empathetic, wise children  -- It may be an issue involving someone they know or a more public figure, like Trayvon Martin, who they’ll never have the opportunity to meet. The point is to assist your children as they develop into thoughtful, empathetic, and wise individuals who can intelligently maneuver through conversations voicing their own opinions. Holland Sentinel (Mich.)

IN GOOD FAITH: Won’t you be my neighbor? - Unlike Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, we don’t get to choose our neighbors. Most of us fall in love with a new house or condo, move in, and only then think about the folks who live nearby. We hope for the best, prepare for the worst and usually settle for something in between. By The Rev. Tim Schenck, GHNS.

ROBERT MANN: Papa, carry me home - If I was asked to name the greatest challenge of my Christian walk, I would say it was accepting God’s acceptance of me. I came into adulthood with a spiritual view of myself as a meandering ant under the shadow of a giant thumb - one mistake and the thumb came down. By Robert Mann, GHNS.

MARKETTA GREGORY: Slow down and appreciate life - On the day our two oldest sons were being dedicated, a windstorm knocked out power at our church. Suddenly, instead of electric guitars and drums, there was almost silence in a room of about 400 people. By Marketta Gregory, GHNS.

JIM HILLIBISH: Jicama is a crunchy, sweet treat  -- You’ve got a treat in store at the vegetable counter. From November through May, Mexican jicama –– that’s HEE-kah-mah –– is in season. Canton (Ohio) Repository

CINCO DE MAYO RECIPES: Ole! The legend of Cinco de Mayo -- In the case of Cinco de Mayo, we need to get something straight. Most Americans will say it celebrates the Mexican Fourth of July — their independence day. Well, forget that. Sept. 16 is the official Mexican Independence Day. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

Callout idea: Send us pictures of your Cinco de Mayo party!

JENNIFER MASTROIANNI: Celebrate the Cinco with Fiesta Empanadas -- When it comes to Mexican food, tacos, fajitas and burritos easily top the list of American favorites. But if you are cooking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, don’t be so quick to overlook the tasty empanada. Canton (Ohio) Repository

HEALTH CARE LAW: Uninsured not convinced of health-care law benefits -- Tammy Gonzalez has her doubts about whether President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement –- the Affordable Care Act – will improve the quality of health care, get costs under control or expand access to health insurance. Dean Olsen/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

BUTTONED UP: Spring clean your computer -- So, this year, after you've dusted the blinds and scrubbed the floors, do yourself a favor and give the computer the full spring-cleaning treatment, too. Scripps Howard News Service

TREES/FURNITURE: Fallen trees become beautiful furniture -- Felled trees and roughly cut slabs of wood awaiting new life in homes, restaurants, bars and offices. Kayler has become a force in a movement that has swept across the United States, repurposing trees that have fallen or been cut down for various reasons. Blair Anthony Robertson/ Scripps Howard News Service

FAMILY MATTERS: Understanding a child with sensory processing disorder - I’ve been working with a mom of an adorable, 2-year-old, whom she adopted as a newborn. They read, play on the floor, and participate in social and educational programming. His language skills are excellent. He hits her as well, for no apparent reason. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.

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AVENGERS REVIEW: Movie review: 'Avengers' is not so super - Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), et al, join forces under the guidance of Samuel L. Jackson, aka Nick Fury, to stop Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), from destroying all of mankind. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

* Facebook idea: Link to this review and ask fans what they thought of the film.

NEW MOVIES: 'The Avengers,' 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - Capsules of movies opening this week. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

STAY TUNED: 'Touch' has big ideas but little excitement - I had high hopes for Kiefer Sutherland's new series, “Touch.” I really wanted to like it. It had an interesting premise, an excellent leading man (he's “24's” Jack Bauer, after all!) and a child actor who doesn't actually speak. This part I considered a huge bonus, because most male kids on screen are called Tommy or Jimmy, need a haircut and are not as cute or clever as they think they are. So I settled in and watched the pilot. Then I watched a few more episodes. Then I just wished Jack Bauer was back. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS.

FARR SIDE: Album mines Lionel Richie classics - Lionel Richie is probably dancing on the ceiling. His latest album, “Tuskegee,” remains at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 Album’s chart for its second consecutive week. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.

GEEKOLOGY 101: Free Comic Book Day has arrived! - Well it is the first weekend in May. Do you know what that means? That is right. FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Wooo hooo! By Gary Darling, Maryville, Mo.

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Granlund cartoon: GOP and positive news -- Dave Granlund on the 2012 presidential race. GHNS

Granlund cartoon: Illegal dumping  -- Dave Granlund on illegal dumping.  GHNS

EDITORIAL: Urge Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act - It’s a shame that an issue as sensitive as domestic violence has Democrats and Republicans playing election-year politics. Up until now, reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has always passed with strong bipartisan support. But this year it has become enmeshed in partisan bickering that rages on in Congress. By Gonzales, La.

* Localization: You can provide contact information for your local representatives.

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MAKING CENTS: Resident status and state taxes - As states continue to be under financial pressure, they are looking for ways to make sure that each resident is paying their fair share of income taxes. As a result, state tax audits challenging domiciles and places of business are on the rise. This applies to people who spend a significant amount of time out of state and those who earn income while performing their trade or business in other states. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.

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