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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…


Back to School Anxiety: How Parents & Children Can Embrace The First Day of School

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Starting school for the first time can be a very scary ordeal, and not just for children. Parents, too, can become very anxious and emotional when they are dropping off their “babies” for the first day of school. For children, it’s the realization that they are…


Recalling The Value Of The Greenback

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – In a recent front-page report on the $2 bill, the Sun Sentinel raised the mystery of why someone would pay many times its value on eBay when they could purchase it at a bank for face value. Several theories were offered, including the belief that the…


Gambling amendment a sensible solution

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford has begun promoting the idea of placing a constitutional amendment concerning gambling on the November 2014 ballot. He wants voters to decide if the state should expand its gambling offerings. Florida Senate President Don Gaetz tentatively has joined him, telling reporters,…


George Hanbury: Nova Southeastern University hosts the only debate in Florida’s U.S. Senate race

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, FL – The stakes are very high in this important election year as voters continue to confront the difficulties and challenges of the worst economy since the Great Depression. Candidates who win victory on Nov. 6 — from the White House to the State House and at thousands…


Checks and Balances: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – When James Madison wrote the U.S. Constitution in 1787 he intended the system of Checks and Balances to operate in such a way that by separating the powers of different institutions “tyranny of the majority” would be countered. He relied on differing opinions in the separate…


The Tea Party: Defying the Lessons of History?

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – When the Tea Party movement arose in 2010, the lessons of history suggested two likely but opposing futures. The first was that the established leaders of the Republican Party, who would ignore or give at most token support to the movement’s agenda, would co-opt its energy,…


George Hanbury: JFK still resonates

FORT LAUDERDALE -DAVIE, FL – One of the great wonders in the study of history is how things so remote can still hold valuable lessons for us today. Such is the case with the presidency and assassination of John F. Kennedy, whose brief but energizing administration came to a shocking…


George Hanbury: Universities help veterans return to their communities

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVE, FL – Unemployment, homelessness, and mental-health issues face many of our returning veterans because of their sacrifices and service. This month’s three-day “North Florida Stand Down” event, like others around the nation, was an outstanding way to offer our most needy veterans a range of services designed to…


Preventing School Shootings: Mental Health Treatment Needed at School

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, FL – “If we do not make changes, then our past will determine our future and we will continue to have school shootings.” This statement was a part of my first testimony before Congress in March 1999 shortly before the massacre at Columbine High School. My testimony focused…


Child Welfare & Protection Concerns Every Citizen

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Those who work in the field of child protection and welfare see traumatized children and their families every day. For those committed to caring for children involved in the dependency system, the safety of that child is critical. Over the last year the number of children…


Recent Shooting in California Gives Glimpse Into Example of Societal Issues

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – It’s easy to look at the recent tragic shooting at Isla Vista California as just another isolated incident of violence.  But there’s something that separates this incident from the others: the suspect clearly exhibited something that is all too often prevalent in society – “male privilege.”…


Eating Disorders Affect Millions of Americans

  FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – When it comes to eating disorders, awareness is the key. It doesn’t matter if you’re the local high school history teacher, a police officer or the newest Hollywood star – eating disorders affect people in all walks of life. According to the most recent information…


Autism Affects Millions Across the Globe

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – You’ve probably seen the statistics: one in 88 children – and one in 54 boys – born in the United States will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For years, many people didn’t understand what autism was all about. Thankfully, through the efforts of so…


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