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Headline from

Huffingtonpost.com

“Legal weed sales bring long lines to Colorado

“Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday. It was hard to tell from talking to the shoppers, however, that they had waited hours in snow and frigid wind.”

Between the Line

From the looks of things, this nation is going to pot, and inevitably, the state of Texas will have to decide if it wants to follow that trend. What more needs to be said?

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ABCNews.go.com

“For the first time ever, a woman will lead the nation’s powerful central bank, the Federal Reserve

“The Senate today confirmed Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Fed’s Board of Governors, ... .

“Yellen, 67, ... succeeds Ben Bernanke, a George W. Bush appointee who is stepping down after eight years at the helm.”

Between the Lines

No doubt, the news of “the first woman” made a big splash in the mainstream media. It is reminiscent of the hoopla it made over the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor, 54, to the Supreme Court. She was the “first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice and only the third woman” to serve on the high court.

The media reports could not get past her race and gender to consider whether or not she was qualified to be a Supreme Court justice.

Yellen, as the boss of the nation’s powerful central bank and the first woman to lead the Fed, must decide how to handle the nation’s economy. Will her decisions make our financial problems worse, or will she find a way out of this economic morass?

Unemployment remains uncomfortably high, and a sluggish economy holds down economic development. With all the uncertainties, investors remain skeptical.

While our nation remains in the throes of an uncertain economy, this person has her hands on the reigns. Will she tighten the Fed policies or let loose on the reigns of control? The fact that she is a woman is not the important factor in the story about our economic future.

Headline from

Associated Press

“A federal judge Monday overturned Chicago’s ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, ruling that they’re unconstitutional.

“U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang said in his ruling that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it’s also obligated to protect constitutional rights ... .”

Between the Lines

This judge considers that the “right to bear arms for self-defense” is part of the second amendment. Not so with all judges. The battle over the U.S. Constitution and whether or not the Second Amendment applies to individuals continues unabated.

Headline from

Mercola.com

“Antibiotic-resistant disease is a major threat to public health, and the primary cause for this man-made epidemic is the widespread misuse of antibiotics -- primarily in agriculture.”

Between the Lines

We’ve been hearing a lot about the overuse of antibacterial soaps, but the media continue to ignore what may be even more significant. Using low-dose antibiotics in cattle and chickens to promote growth and prevent disease may be the latest battlegrounds in an effort to protect health in humans.

Think locally grown, grass-fed as the safest way to go.

 
 
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