Author: Alicia Dhanifu

Mass casualties will result from cuts to Social Security and Medicare

Wake up, Americans!    If you live or plan to live on your earned Social Security benefits, be advised: The Republican-controlled Congress is out to take away your money — even though Social Security is the only income for 90 percent of retirees 65 and over. They are doing this to pay for the gigantic tax break they just gave their billionaire friends. Tax-cut supporting Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, according to Newsweek, has said tax reform means cutting funds, “and only increasing economic growth and limiting the costs of Social Security and Medicare” can bring down the...

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The history behind the scenes at this year’s Image Awards

Much like the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys and others, the Image Awards is an annual high-fashion affair honoring people of merit for outstanding achievements in the worlds of entertainment and social justice. This year’s event was held on Monday, Jan. 15 — the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Many might not know this, but there is a great deal of history behind this event, now a mainstay among annual awards programs. For that reason, it was decided by PW staff to treat this column not as a news article but as...

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My Evergreen Christmas

When I think of Christmas, I think of Evergreens, pointed triangular tips — prettiest I’ve ever seen! Junipers and Balsam Firs, “Boy, they smell fresh.” Winter is the season they smell best. Living worldwide, it is amazing how they grow in dry deserts, sub-tropics, and even Arctic snow. Mom said to me, while admiring their morning dew “Evergreens look like giants compared to you.” They are so unique and diverse, I thought to myself, it is hard to compare them to anything else. Why, some have long, flexible, branches drooping with cones, their brown, pedaled, surface feels like bones....

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Remembering the first Thanksgiving in North America

Do you recall when you looked into a loved one’s eyes and felt the joy of sharing that time together? Celebrating Thanksgiving Day with family and friends is much like that moment — only on a much broader scale.  In the midst of our daily mélange, we can find something or someone to be thankful for. Don’t let unhappiness stop you from sharing and being grateful; gratitude is not contingent upon happiness. It is possible to be happy and yet ungrateful. Thanksgiving is a yearly reminder to “count your blessings.” North Americans welcome Thanksgiving with a simple catchphrase: “Eat,...

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Urge lawmakers to support the Social Security Expansion Act

Today, one-third of the world is living longer. But will the money they’ve invested over the years last longer? With this question in mind, former US Rep. James Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt’s son, launched the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in 1982 to create some peace of mind and financial security for Americans. Today, average Social Security benefits range from $700 to $1,800 monthly. This is no windfall, yet the working poor and middle class are intentionally marginalized by those who have “dipped into” or intend to “drain and blame” the Social Security Trust Fund. Those...

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