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Standards for Lawmakers?
Maybe It’s Time

by Patricia El Sharei

Palm Springs, CA Sept. 2009 — Although many Americans believe that our nation’s public education system is a failure, most cannot agree on the causes. This author contends that our lawmakers and policymakers are responsible for the condition of public education today, and that citizens must demand greater accountability from public officials who continue to impose more of the same failed policies on an already broken system.
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6th Annual Riverside County Water Symposium Deemed 2009 Political Faux Pas by PSASG

An Editorial by Patricia El Sharei, Publisher

Palm Springs, CA — On May 28, Riverside County Supervisors Marion Ashley, Roy Wilson, and Jeff Stone hosted a $135 per seat political event at the Palm Springs Convention Center, reportedly for the purpose of holding annual discussions on ways to solve what is being proclaimed as the greatest water crisis in the history of California.

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Foodborne Illness Can Be Risky Business - How Safe Are Your Favorite Restaurants?

(Palm Springs CA - March 2009) According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 76 million cases of foodborne illness are reported in the United States annually, resulting in an average of 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Note that the key word here is reported. For every known case of foodborne illness, it is estimated that there are 10 to 300 other cases that go unreported because flu-like symptoms often lead to misdiagnosis.

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Profiled to Die . . .

An Editorial Commentary
by Pat El Sharei, Publisher

(Palm Springs CA - January 2009) On January 26th and 27th of 2007, a multidisciplinary task force of high ranking military and government officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services met with physicians and other professionals from prestigious universities to discuss and design what was referred to as a “blueprint” for hospitals to follow in the event that a pandemic flu or other widespread health care disaster were to occur.

Although such a task might not seem so out-of-the-ordinary for the extraordinary times we live in, the end result was something that, at best, provides a chilling commentary on today’s society--a morbidly specific list detailing who would and who wouldn’t be provided life-saving care during a catastrophic pandemic or other mass casualty event. In other words, the task force grimly detailed those who would be profiled to die in the event of a medical catastrophe.
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Rating Coachella Valley Hospitals: What Consumers Should Know

The Big Picture — Our Nation’s Health Care System is Broken

(Palm Springs CA - January 2009) Before attempting to assess the quality of hospital care in the Coachella Valley, consumers need to first acknowledge that our nation’s health care system is broken and the current economic downturn is having a dramatic impact on hospitals across the country as well as throughout California.
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Thirty-Five Years of Seismic Safety Laws Leave Hospitals on Shaky Ground

(Palm Springs CA - January 2009) According to the ShakeOut Scenario released in 2008 by Dr. Lucy Jones and a team of experts, a potential 7.8 earthquake on the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault could leave many hospitals “nonfunctional and suffering irreparable damage,” as shaking could continue for up to two minutes. Even buildings withstanding the severe shaking might experience equipment damages beyond use. read more...


Duck and Cover vs.
Triangle of Life

Why Not Educate About Both and Let the Public Decide?

Editorial

As scientists warn that it’s not a matter of if but when southern California will be hit by a major earthquake...
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