Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported findings that suggest pollution is a major factor in 25% of the deaths of children. Report. Logic suggests that a polluted environment has a disparate affect on children's health. Pollution. Second hand smoke, smog and unsafe water are thought to be related to as much as 25% of the deaths of children under age five. "[Young children's] developing organs and immune systems, and smaller bodies and airways, make them especially vulnerable to dirty air and water," said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.
Statistics suggest that 570,000 children died with respiratory infections like pneumonia that were attributable to second-hand smoke and/or pollution. Data suggests that 361,000 were killed by diarrhea attributable to unclean water and/or improper sanitation. 270,000 premature infants died in their first month. A significant percentage of this group was also adversely effected by unclear water and air.
WHO indicates that electronic waste that exposes children to mercury, lead and other toxins also kills children. Climate change which has increased pollen counts may also be "associated with increased rates of asthma in children," according to WHO. Assuming these statistics are correct, who is going to step up and stop this silent killer?
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Child discipline v. child abuse. Where is the line drawn? It is somtimes difficult to distinguish the two unless you see a case of classic abuse. One such case appears to be the neglect of three Halifax children, ages 4,5 and 6. Joshua Ross Weyant and Brandi Jene Weyant, of Halifax Township in Pennsylvania have been accused by State Police and Dauphin County Children and Youth Services of neglecting and abusing their children. "The kids were starving, nothing more than skin and bones," said Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico to the media.
The children were apparently abused over a three-month span by their parents in a home that allegedly had no heat. The four and five year old had bruises consistent with physical abuse. The children were under weight and appeared to be suffering from malnutrition. There were apparently 10 individuals living in the Weyant household. The six year old boy sported an abrasion near the eye which allegedly came from his father throwing him across the floor. The children were allegedly locked in their room and had to pound on the wall to be let out to use the bathroom.
In speaking with the police, Brandi allegedly said that she was not the biological mother of the children. She claims that her husband forced her to withhold food from the children. She also denies being the one who kept the children “locked up.” Neighbors claim that they did not even know that children lived in the residence. On the other hand, Joshua claims that the children were regularly seen by a mental health case worker who should be able to refute some of the allegations.
The children were taken to Penn State Hershey Milton S. Hershey Medical Center emergency room for care. While the children were in poor health and underweight, they should recover, at least physically. The couple has been charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, and endangering the welfare of children. Keep in mind, all suspects are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law!
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
"… I'm incredibly sorry and that everything that I did was to make this a stronger and more beautiful community and to bring people together… People didn't walk through those doors because it was a horrible place. People didn't seek us out to perform and express themselves because it was a horrible place."
Nevertheless, the site has become a mass grave and may lead to criminal and civil actions. Murder, manslaughter, wrongful death are just some of the legal terms being bantered around in the media.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
A survey showed that a significant percentage of attorneys are unhappy with their legal job because of extreme stress from deadlines set by clients, partners, judges, and filing deadlines. For some reason, lawyers complained of long hours of sitting at a desk and reading cases and/or technical documents. In an attempt to escape this stress, too many attorneys apparently drink heavily.
The American Bar Association and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation reported that approximately 21-36% of attorneys drink at levels consistent to alcohol addiction. (If true, this is 3-5 times higher than the general population.) Please see The Journal of Addiction Medicine, 2016, for the published survey. Similarly, the study suggests high rates of depression among practicing attorneys. So why is substance abuse so rampant? Is the practice of drinking away stress a generally accepted practice in the profession? After all, attorneys all belong to the bar, right? Wrong. Excessive alcohol use is a poor escape that typically only adds to the attorney's problems.
If you know of an impaired lawyer or are an impaired lawyer, please contact your state bar association. Almost every bar association has an impaired attorney help program. The practice you save may be more than just a practice... it may be a life.