As I’m sitting here writing this, someone nearby is setting off fireworks that are so loud they sound like bombs. I’m sure they’re illegal because fireworks are banned in Seattle.
If you are going to be setting off fireworks, be sure to do it safely.
While fireworks are part of the nation’s celebration of Independence Day, they can also bring injury, pain, and even death. About 230 people go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Millennials, Americas born between 1982 and 2000, now number 83.1 million and represent more than one quarter of the nation’s population.
Their size exceeds that of the 75.4 million baby boomers, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday. Overall, millennials are more diverse than the generations that preceded them, with 44.2 percent being part of a minority race or ethnic group.
Even more diverse than millennials are the youngest Americans: those younger than 5 years old. In 2014, the majority of this age group were minorities for the first time, with 50.2 percent being part of a minority race or ethnic group.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that tax credit subsidies, which help make health insurance more affordable for low-income Americans, can be offered in all states, including those that use the federal exchange.
The vote was six to three.
Pres. Barack Obama hailed the ruling with these remarks:
Five years ago, after nearly a century of talk, decades of trying, a year of bipartisan debate – we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all.
Over those five years, as we’ve worked to implement the Affordable Care Act, there have been successes and setbacks. The setbacks I remember clearly. But as the dust has settled, there can be no doubt that this law is working. It has changed, and in some cases saved, American lives. It set this country on a smarter, stronger course.
U.S. fathers want sentimental gifts such as handwritten cards from their kids this Father’s Day, rather than items such as electronics or tools, according to a recent Offers.com survey.
Really? I know ties and socks aren’t that popular as gifts for guys, but sentimental gifts top electronics and tools?
“Our survey revealed dads want gifts made with love they can showcase on their desk at work or refrigerator rather than the latest technology, tools, or even sporting goods,” said Offers.com savings specialist Howard Schaffer. “As a dad myself, I would have to agree that sentimental gifts are always something I hold onto longer and bring me the most joy.”
Nearly three-quarters of children’s car seats tested in a study released Thursday contained hazardous halogenated flame retardants and more than half contained non-halogenated organophosphate flame retardants, some of which are hazardous.
A study by the Ecology Center’s www.HealthyStuff.org program found the hazardous flame retardant chemicals and alternatives used by companies aren’t well regulated, putting consumers at risk. The group also questions the fire safety benefit of using the chemicals.
Fifteen, 2014-model car seats were tested for bromine, associated with brominated flame retardants; chlorine, indicating the presence of chlorinated flame retardants; lead; and other heavy metals. Specific chemicals were also identified by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.
Baer tells us being a Mom is a full-time job that, no matter how much preparation one believes they have accomplished, there’re always surprises, joys, stomachaches, and pains that can’t be planned for, prepared for, or anticipated.
Boomer bloggers pay homage to their moms for their important day in May.
The photo above is of my mom, Ruth Lillian Telecky Slingsby, age 16, when she graduated from high school.
Click on the link above to read stories about boomers’ moms.
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