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Lincoln Families HEALTH ACTION NETWORK presents a “Courageous Conversation” - What parents need to know about the RESPONSE program
Wednesday, November 20th
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln High School Cafeteria
Presented by School Psychologist Jim Hanson and
Vicki Crow, Lincoln Parent
Our students have high expectations for themselves, and so do teachers and parents. Research shows that 86% of parents are unaware when stress, anxiety, or depression causes their children to think about hurting themselves. Hear from Lincoln parents and staff about what you can do to help your own child or other Lincoln children.
Because our Lincoln community has experienced suicide, the Lincoln staff and the Parent Health Action Network introduced RESPONSE: A Comprehensive High School-based Suicide Awareness Program. RESPONSE is listed as a National Best Practice by the American Society of Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Vicki Crow will tell her story as a Lincoln parent about losing her son and what parents should know. Know what to say and do if someone might be thinking about it, and they learn where to go for help. With RESPONSE, you can learn what you as a parent or community member can do when you feel in your heart that something just isn’t going right.
It might be your child, another parent’s child, or a spouse or co-worker. Come to discuss and learn. Leave prepared.
Card Act Cleared Up Credit Cards' Hidden Costs by Floyd Norris
November 7, 2013 | New York Times-- Four years ago, Congress decided to force down the hidden fees that credit card companies collect from their customers. It passed a law called the 2009 Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act — a name chosen so the law would be known as the Card Act.
When Neale Mahoney, an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, set out to evaluate the effect of that law, he was confident he knew what he and his colleagues would find: It didn’t work.
“I went into the project with this sort of conventional wisdom that well-intentioned regulators would force down fees and that other fees and charges would increase in response,” he told me this week, comparing hapless rule makers to the carnival visitors playing the game known as Whac-a-Mole, where a mole springs up somewhere else as soon as one is knocked down.
But his expectation was wrong. The study came to a conclusion that surprised Mr. Mahoney and his colleagues: The regulation worked. It cut down the costs of credit cards, particularly for borrowers with poor credit. And, the researchers concluded, “we find no evidence of an increase in interest charges or a reduction to access to credit.”
The study, whose other authors are Sumit Agarwal of the National University of Singapore, Souphala Chomsisengphet of the Office of READ FULL ARTICLE
One of my favorite books on American history is “The American Political Tradition,” by Richard Hofstadter. I was re-reading parts of it recently (I’m a big re-reader of books), including the chapter on the late 19th century “Gilded Age,” when politics (in both parties) was as corrupt as all get out. And I noticed something delightful.
If you like looking up name origins, you know that the cityofGreshamwas named after Walter Q. Gresham, a Civil War general and then Postmaster General. If you know Commissioner Nick Fish, you know that he is descended from a long line ofNew Yorkpoliticians, most of whom were named Hamilton Fish. Well, on page 221 of the book, here’s what Hofstadter had to say about Gresham:
Little wonder that an honest Republican of the old school like Walter Q. Gresham could describe his party as “an infernally corrupt machine.”
And here’s another line, from page 222:
There were, of course, untainted politicians, and they were esteemed. Grant was happy to have Hamilton Fish in his Cabinet, a man of conspicuous rectitude who adorned the group like a jewel in the head of a toad.
So there you have it. Our neighboring city and my colleague were named after / descended from two of the very few political figures in the late 19th century who weren’t part of the prevailing culture of graft and corruption.
Last week at the annual conference of the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Officials (APCO), Lisa Turley, Director of the City’s 9-1-1 system, received the “Manager of the Year” award. This award highlights Lisa’s outstanding work and commitment on behalf of the City of Portland, her Bureau, and her employees, and I wanted to take the opportunity to share the news.
I am honored to have had the chance to get to know Lisa in the five months that I have worked with her in my role as Commissioner in charge of the City’s 9-1-1 bureau. She is a powerful advocate for her bureau and staff, drawing on her years of experience to guide the organization and meet challenges head on. Lisa stays focused on long-term goals and systematically approaches the changes needed to move the Bureau in the right direction.
In short, the criteria outlined for the Manager of the Year is an apt description of Lisa: “demonstrates the highest level of commitment to personnel, partner agencies and customers… This individual exemplifies leadership, integrity, trustworthiness, dependability and forward thinking on a global level…to the benefit of all.”
Lisa began her career in public safety in 1986 with the El Paso Police Department. She was promoted to Supervisor in 1989, where she stayed until 1995. She left to pursue her Doctorate in English, but the pull of 9-1-1 was too strong, and she came back to the career she loved. She served as Assistant Manager in El Paso from 2000 until 2002. In 2002, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Communications hired her as Operations Manager. She has served as Director of the Bureau since 2006.