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Checks and Balances: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

By mc2740 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 branches. Even now that the majority of Congress has passed the Affordable Care Act, and the president has signed it into law, Madison’s system of checks and balances enables the House of Representatives to stand in the way of its effective implementation. Conservative Republicans are using the system, because they can, to bring the healthcare bill back on the agenda by refusing to pass the omnibus budget bill for 2014. This is possible by design and a result of the Separation of Powers. That system of checks and balances incorporates the need for agreement and compromise between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. Jack Pinkowski, Ph.D. Needless to say, I don’t believe that the Founding Fathers ever imagined that statesman would behave in such an unstatesmanlike manner as to risk default on government debt, penalizing federal workers or those in the military, with job suspensions and related pay suspensions. Yet …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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The Tea Party: Defying the Lessons of History?

By mc2740 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, enthusiasm and voters. The second was that the Tea Party would take over the Republican Party, displacing its established leadership and imposing its conservative-libertarian political agenda. Charles L. Zelden, Ph.D. Of these two possible futures, the first option seemed much more likely. American history teems with examples of insurgent movements, such as the abolitionists in the 1850s, the Populists in the 1890s, or the American farm labor movement led by Cesar Chavez in the 1960s and 1970s, that saw their radical political agendas softened, narrowed or diluted as they became more closely tied to one of the major political parties. The Tea Party, too, seemed doomed to organizational disintegration and absorption by the political party closer to its values, with its agenda left unfulfilled or only partly achieved. Yet, contrary to the odds, political developments over the last six years raise the possibility that the second option will define the futures of the …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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George Hanbury: Nova Southeastern University hosts the only debate in Florida’s U.S. Senate race

By jdonzelli 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 of city and county halls — will be the elected leadership to take us into an uncertain future. In Florida, the highest profile race is the contest for the U.S. Senate, where incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., faces opposition from Congressman Connie Mack, R-Fla. The only confirmed debate for this statewide race will be broadcast live from the main campus of Nova Southeastern University. The debate, titled ” Decision 2012: Before You Vote,” will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The debate is being produced under the leadership of WPTV News Channel 5 for distribution in high definition and will be moderated by Michael Williams, anchor for WPTV News Channel 5 in West Palm Beach. The panel of journalists who will question the candidates includes Anthony Man, political writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; Lissette Campos, director of community affairs for ABC Action News/WFTS in Tampa; and Toluse Olorunnipa, …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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George Hanbury: JFK still resonates

By jdonzelli 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 and tragic end 50 years ago this month. To the 210 million Americans – two-thirds of us – who weren’t even alive that fateful day in November 1963, the days of “Camelot” may seem ancient – flickering black-and-white images of a bygone era. It was a world in which presidents rode in open limousines, the TV news aired just once an evening on only three networks, and the sound of four lads from Liverpool hadn’t yet started to emerge from American teenagers’ transistor radios. It was a different time with a different kind of leader, and the approaching anniversary of JFK’s death provides research institutions like Nova Southeastern University (NSU), which is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2014, an opportunity to assess Americans’ feelings about the Kennedy myth vs. modern reality. A new national poll commissioned by NSU shows that both the style and substance of the Kennedy years still resonate …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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George Hanbury: Universities help veterans return to their communities

By jdonzelli 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 help them escape the vicious cycle of homelessness. Fortunately, only a small portion of Florida’s quarter-million veterans from operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom need that level of assistance. But many veterans may have interrupted efforts to pursue their academic dreams and ambitions of attending an institution of higher education when they entered military service. Re-integrating into their community — our community — is a daunting challenge for those who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms. We must meet this challenge with human and physical resources — as individuals, as a community and as a nation. In places such as Tallahassee, or my home community of Fort Lauderdale, our universities play an important role in helping these veterans get back on their feet and return to a normal life. One of the best ways to help our heroes obtain meaningful employment is to ensure that they are well educated and prepared for the …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Preventing School Shootings: Mental Health Treatment Needed at School

By jdonzelli 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 on the need for increased mental health services for students in our schools. I’ve been personally involved in providing direct on-site services in the aftermath of 13 school shootings and have consulted with school personnel after many other shootings and have stayed abreast of the latest research and literature. I’m very aware of the societal changes being called for by parents who lost their children in these tragedies. They’re calling for more religion, better parenting, controlling guns, reducing media violence and increasing mental health services for our youth. There’ve been few changes and little agreement about what needs to be done. What do we know about school shooters other than they are exclusively male? Are they ordinary kids? A school shooting took place at Chardon High School (Ohio) and much to my dismay, USA Today (March 2, 2012 ) published a headline on this tragic event describing the teenage shooter with misleading words: …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Anancy Festival - The Festival includes screening of short animated films featuring Caribbean characters, musical performances, a costume parade, and simulcast from some of our various locations. 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

– South Regional/BC Library Conference Room …read more Source: Broward County Library     ...
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Recent Shooting in California Gives Glimpse Into Example of Societal Issues

By jdonzelli 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.” Male privilege means a man believes he’s entitled to something simply because he’s a man. In this case, it seems the suspect believed women were his birthright. Having experienced this first-hand, I can tell you it is real. It can be subtle, or it can be brash and violent. I’ve experienced both. When I was 22 I was a first year English teacher seeking guidance from a colleague. He “playfully” stuffed a tissue down my top. Only months later could I allow myself to call it harassment. A year later I was a Peace Corps Volunteer on a bus ride out to a school in Masembura, Zimbabwe. A local man begins flirting with me. I ignore him. He stood up, shouting, then proposing marriage, then shouting again. He began to explain the specific nature of the beating and raping he would inflict on me if I didn’t respond. …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Child Welfare & Protection Concerns Every Citizen

By jdonzelli 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 entering the child welfare system has increased. We all know that something has to change. During Florida’s 2014 Legislative Session, Governor Rick Scott has been joined by many Legislators in bringing a renewed focus to the issue of child welfare and protection. While our lawmakers discuss how best to revamp and improve the current system, those of us who work in the field applaud their efforts and are happy to see this issue moving to the forefront. There’s no denying that removing a child from a detrimental situation is important, but it’s only the first step in getting them the help they need. That’s why we feel an overhaul must include all the professionals in the human service field – social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health coun selors, and child protection master’s degree. We must provide more appropriately trained individuals who then work with the child once he/she is removed …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Autism Affects Millions Across the Globe

By jdonzelli 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 many including Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and organizations like the Autism Society and Autism Speaks, as well as several high profile celebrities who have someone in their family with an autism diagnosis – from Dan Marino to Ernie Els to Sylvester Stallone to Holly Robinson-Peete – that has begun to change. April is National Autism Awareness Month with a special emphasis on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day. To help bring attention to autism a wareness, students, faculty and staff at NSU will be joining others around the world by wearing blue on April 2 (blue is the official color of autism awareness.) NSU’s reputation for innovative, hands-on, active learning is evidenced through the educational programs provided at its Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC.) For more than 30 years, MSC has been at the forefront providing excellence in early childhood education as well as clinical services for children with …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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