Monthly Archives: May 2013

Facing Up to Climate Change : How Real Is It? How Bad Could It Get? What Should We do Now?

by Paul Ballard
May 16, 2013
~ “When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute – and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.” ~ Albert Eistein, 1957 Continue reading

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“Why are there so many Filipino nurses in the US?”

by Rodel Rodis
May 16, 2013
This was the question posed to me by a curious TV reporter on May 7, just three days after a stretch limousine hired to carry nine Filipino nurses to a bridal party across the San Mateo Bridge suddenly burst into flames killing five of the occupants, including the bride. Continue reading

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Should soft drinks be banned?

by Dr. Philip S. Chua.
May 16, 2013
May  In a previous column, we wrote that soft drinks, which I called “liquid candy,” cola or uncola, diet or regular, “are unhealthy, especially for children. Not only because the regular ones are loaded with sugar (high carbo, super calories), but because of the other adverse effects all these soft drinks (without exception!) have on people’s health.”    Continue reading

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Ang Obligasyon ng Estadong Progresibo

by Fermin Salvador.
May 16, 2013
Bago natapos ang 2012 ay naaprobahan ng kongreso ang dalawang trilyong pisong (humigit-kumulang 50 bilyon dolyar-US?) badyet ng Pilipinas para sa taon 2013. Pinakamalaki ang alokasyon para sa edukasyon. Continue reading

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It’s A Small World Filipino-Mexican-South American Connection

by Fred C. Wilson III
May 16, 2013
When I lived in San Francisco I had no problems blending in within the local citizenry. Once I moved to Chicago things changed. When I walked down streets, attended church, went to school, and shopped people would stop and stare; some hostile most curious as to my ethnicity. Continue reading

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Obama’s Plan To Cut Social Security, Medicare and Veterans’ Benefits

by Don Azarias
May 16, 2013
Obviously motivated to overcome public perception of his lack of leadership in making compromise with Republican lawmakers, President Barack Obama is proposing a 2014 budget that provides for tax increases while reducing Social Security, Medicare and other government-sponsored safety net programs including veterans’ benefits. Continue reading

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Decoding the Millennial Generation

by Arnold De Villa
May 16, 2013
My wife and I belong to the latter batch of baby boomers, the generation for which the future of Social Security pensions is predictably dismal. Our demographics range from the post war oldies through the hippie movement of the 60’s and the Vietnam protestors after that. Continue reading

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A Filipino Living Centenarian: 1913-2013 Antonia A. Briones Vda. de Tanjoco

by Carmelita Cochingco Ballesteros.
May 16, 2013
As my friend Letty and I sat in her car, waiting for the traffic lights to turn green, a tall and slim woman crossed the street. She didn’t walk; she glided like a fashion model. She didn’t half-run like the other pedestrians; she glided like a butterfly. She didn’t rush like other people; she glided gracefully like a kite on a bright and breezy day. Continue reading

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‘Chop-chop’ solution to choppy sea disputes

May 16, 2013
With China moving closer to total control of the South China Sea, the other five claimant countries are getting nervous… very nervous. Indeed, China’s neighbors are so nervous that they’re arming themselves in an attempt to stop China’s aggressive advances into their territories. But at the rate China is building her naval forces and deploying them to the South China Sea Continue reading

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Grandma got her groove back

Bart and I had waited a long time for a grandchild that when our daughter announced a baby on the way, we were super excited. Before long, in fact, months before the baby was due, Bart blurted out we would do the babysitting ourselves. Knowing he isn’t the type to commit to that kind of responsibility, I was impressed. Continue reading

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