Were you aware that this is the last day of Tobacco-Free Awareness Week? By now, whether you smoke or not you’re aware of the health, social and weather problems associated with smoking. It’s an expensive habit for some; for others it can lead to a life-threatening illness.
Last summer, a study out of Stanford University and UC San Francisco found that nearly 700,000 Americans would be saved from obesity or Type 2 diabetes during the next decade if the federal government made just one tiny change. Stop letting people buy sugary soft drinks with food stamps.
Ever grow weary of all the problems, roadblocks and speed bumps life puts in our way? We do, too. But sometimes you just have to look around to see people bypassing these difficulties and making things happen. It was fun reading this week about several people not only overcoming setbacks, but also looking for ways large and small to make life better.
We asked Opinion Page contributors – editors, columnists, visiting editors – to come up with some New Year’s Resolutions for our area. A few took it seriously. Others, recognizing the value of advice – especially to those who haven’t sought it. Here’s what we got.
Lizard Squad, like the Grinch himself, set out to ruin Christmas for thousands of innocent people this year. Unlike the Grinch, it succeeded. The hacker group launched denial-of-service attacks against two gaming sites, Microsoft Xbox Live and Sony PlayStation Network, starting Christmas Eve, effectively shutting them down.
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