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Month: December 2016

‘Separation of church, state’ doesn’t mean what atheists want it to mean

On Jan. 1, 1802, the people of Cheshire, Massachusetts, sent a giant block of cheese to President Thomas Jefferson, being presented by the famous Baptist preacher, John Leland. John Leland was then invited to preach to the President and Congress in the U.S. Capitol. The subject of his talk was “separation of church and state.” […] …

Communists ride to rescue Christmas for Christians

One of the communist parties in Nepal, shortly after a competing communist party had banned Christmas, took over power and rescued the holiday for Christians, according to Catholic World News. CWN, citing several Nepalese sources, said it was last spring when the government of former Prime Minister Khadga Prasas Oli banned the holiday. He was a member […] …

Cool physics: Researchers ID options for underwater communication

Cell phones and other wireless devices have upended communications in recent years. Not only can you get a message just about anywhere on earth, you can look at maps, view videos, listen to music, shop, watch live news feeds and more. But those options quickly fall away for travelers through Colorado’s mountain canyons, when traveling […] …

The Trump Team Challenge: a Children’s Agenda for Every Zip Code

Co-author Deirdre Imus, President, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center. Here’s a challenge for President-elect: make all the country’s PK-12 schools and child care centers healthy places for children to learn. It will take more than one year. There are 130,000 pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 schools in the United States, enrolling some 55 million children. Another six million kids are in child care. In the United States today, there are more schools than Zip Codes. Problem is, as many parents and teachers know, buildings are falling apart, putting kids’ health and learning at risk. Already an estimated 20% of the nation’s children are affected by chronic illnesses or disabilities, including lead poisoning, ADHD, and asthma. These are not the indicators an economically competitive nation needs. And here’s another fact: 25 million children are eligible for school lunch programs, meaning they have qualified based on their family’s poverty-level income. Want more news? In recent years, the number of children in school has increased while the number of teachers and staff – including school nurses and facility directors- has decreased. For years, federal education policy has focused on testing and educational accountability: worthy goals, yes. But the…