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Helping Children Deal with and Understand Mass Shootings

GUEST EDITORIAL – OP/ED   FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. –They have become all too common on the nightly news – incidents of mass shootings. And in today’s world of instant information, word of these tragedies reach our children like never before. That’s why it’s important that parents know how to address…


Should the Paris Attacks Summon a Western Invasion to Crush ISIS?

GUEST EDITORIAL – OP/ED   Should last month’s Paris attacks summon a Western invasion to crush the Islamic State? Unfortunately, yes. The goal of the Islamic State is to establish a global caliphate (religious state) with its capital being in Jerusalem and satellite offices in Washington, Rome, Tehran and Paris….


NSU President Calls for Discussion to Only Allow Licensed Law Enforcement Professionals to Have Weapons on Campus

GUEST EDITORIAL   FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – First of all, I would like to point out that I am neither a registered Republican nor Democrat but registered as “No Party Affiliation” (NPA) or what many call an independent voter. It is, therefore, in that vein that I wish to be…


STUDENT DEBT A CONCERN

  FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Student loan debt is of great concern to me as President of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), as I am sure it is to all college and university presidents. At NSU we do everything to keep tuition as low as possible and offer the quality education…


THE LACK OF AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY – Op-Ed

GUEST EDITORIAL – OP/ED     FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – We are living in a frightening time and our elected officials and presidential candidates must start taking our national security more seriously. ISIS wants to eliminate us. Russia is remilitarizing itself and threatening our NATO allies. China is expanding its…


Here, There and Everywhere – Lifelong Learning

GUEST EDITORIAL / OP-ED FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – “Here, There and Everywhere” – while famously known as the title of a Beatles song, it is also the trend that is taking off relative to the world of retirement pursuits. Such pursuits were once mahjongg, bridge, golf, tennis, health and self-help…


Why Libraries Are Critical and Becoming the New “Hot Spots” For the Community

GUEST EDITORIAL / OP-ED     While pencils, notebooks and rulers are important school supplies, there’s one supply that rises above them all – a library card. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.  One of the best gifts a child can receive is a library card because a library card…


As Summer Approaches, Take Time To Ensure Children Aren’t Left Behind

  FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – As we all get ready for the summer months, once again protecting our children comes to the forefront of our minds.  Every year it seems we hear stories of families who suffer the most horrible of tragedies – the death of a child left in…


Five-Year Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Brings More Questions Than Answers

  FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – We all remember the dramatic underwater images from five years ago. An oil well head had blown off, and millions of barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. And we remember seeing photos and video of the many animals – seabirds, fish, sea…


April is Autism Awareness Month; April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day

  FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Each April, it is important that we take the opportunity to increase public awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD.)  One year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the prevalence of autism had again increased; this time to 1 in 68…


Debate over Presidential Executive Action on Immigration Obscures the Real Issues

Challenges by Congressional Republicans of the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive action on immigration has shifted the discussion about immigration reform from a policy debate to a constitutional argument that has no legal foundation. It is a rhetorical tactic by Congressional Republicans to avoid addressing an issue that is a…


The Problem with Thanksgiving – Opinion

When many of us think about Thanksgiving, what we think of is turkey, friends, family, traditions, football, shopping, Black Friday & Cyber Monday – and that moment just before the turkey is carved and everyone is gathered together. Once a year we all gather around the table and the Head…


Ebola Crisis Provides Organizations the Opportunity to Focus on Emergency Preparedness

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – The outbreak of Ebola virus in western Africa and the subsequent few cases in the United States should stimulate businesses, educational institutions and other organizations to review and update their emergency plans. The world today is smaller with international travel and trade. What appears to be…


The Importance of Recognizing Autism in Fully-Functioning People

Admission by Jerry Seinfeld Brings Issue to National Forefront   Jerry Seinfeld’s recent disclosure that he thinks he has autism created quite a stir in the autism world and beyond. I was not surprised at all. After working with and meeting thousands of individuals on the spectrum, the wide array…


Stuck in the Muck of Another Midterm Election

Wading into the current election is like swimming in a swamp. It is smelly and nasty, yet we dive in anyway, hoping we will find something nice under the muck. What should be an important moment for American voters is submerged in a cesspool of negative advertising and vitriolic attacks….


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Affects Many in Communities Across the Nation

OCD Awareness Week (October 13-19, 2014)   FORT LAUDERDALE/ DAVIE, FL. – John is your next door neighbor. Every day, John experiences frightening intrusive thoughts of losing control and violently stabbing himself with knives. He does not want to hurt himself, and desperately tries to banish these thoughts from his…


A Flawed Approached to Defeating ISIS

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Nearly 11,000 Americans have died since September 11, 2001 at the hands of Islamic extremists or in an attempt to defeat them. We want an end to the violence; however, they’ll be no end until ISIS is obliterated.The President says we’re at war, yet his four-prong…


How ISIS Came to Be and Why It Must Be Stopped

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – On September 11, 2001 Islamic fundamentalism became a permanent and unwanted fixture in our lives. We thought with the death of Osama bin Laden and our military withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, we would return to the way things were on September 10, 2001. Unfortunately, ISIS…


Death of Actor/Comedian Robin Williams Provides Opportunity to Discuss Suicide Awareness and Prevention

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – The tragic loss of actor Robin Williams, a brilliantly funny man, loved by many, has sparked massive media and news coverage. As Robin Williams has touched so many of our lives, we are confronted with the unique, albeit unfortunate, opportunity to touch the lives of the…


Ferguson, Missouri and Our Post September 11th Culture of War

FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, FL – Many people believe that violence is “caught” or “imported” into the United States’ borders from problems that start somewhere else – a phenomenon that I sometimes call Contagion Theory. To the contrary, our nation’s history shows that violence is embedded within our own legal, political and…


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