Have you seen this video?
A woman whose purse was stuck in the door of a Boston subway train was pulled along the platform as the train left the station. She was injured when she hit a wall, and the train attendant was fired.
The story got us thinking.
Women, if your purse was stuck in a similar way (or guys, your “man bag”), would you hang on and risk injury or worse, or would you just let it go? Would you become a bounty hunter for your purse?
A Louisville, Kentucky church is planning to ordain a registered sex offender as a minister. Mark Hourigan was charged back in 1998 with sodomizing, sexually abusing and intimidating an 11-year-old boy. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, served time in prison and agreed not to serve as a leader in any church where he would have contact with children. The head pastor of City of Refuge Worship Center admits it's the first time he's heard of a church in the United States ordaining someone who is registered for life as a sex offender, but he says the man in question has changed and deserves forgiveness. Some worry Hourigan could be a threat to the children who gather at the church for weekly Sunday school. But the church says Hourigan will not have any contact with children.
We want to know your thoughts.
Do you think this church is right to forgive and accept Hourigan or do you think they are taking too big a risk?
Have you changed your spending and saving habits because of the recession?
President Obama hit the road yesterday to talk health care reform. At a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin he laid out his case for revamping the nation’s health care system, highlighting vast differences in the quality and cost of health care across the country. The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world; we spend almost 50 percent more per person than any other country. President Obama emphasized health care as the biggest threat to the federal deficit and a vital part of fixing the overall economy.
Americans are also struggling with their own personal debt, in large part due to health care costs. A recent Harvard study found that more than 60 percent of bankruptcy filings are due to medical costs. From 2001 to 2007 the number of bankruptcies related to medical expenses rose 50 percent. In his remarks yesterday President Obama said, “Within a decade we will be spending one out of every five dollars we earn on health care. In thirty years, it will be one out of every three.” With hopes of having a new health care bill on his desk by October, there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. So far there is little support for government-sponsored health care among Republicans, and little faith from Democrats in fixing the current system.
The President will continue to push his agenda on Monday as he heads to Chicago to convince America’s largest physician organization, the American Medical Association, which earlier this week said that they are opposed to a government-sponsored health care system. Another option that has been gaining in popularity as a potential compromise between a full fledged government-run system and a solely private option are non-profit health insurance cooperatives.
At 10:30am ET we’ll get the views and opinions from three different people in our Snapshot Across America. Heidi Collins will speak with Michael Cannon from the Cannon Institute, Dr. Jane Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and Chris Woleske, Executive Vice President of Biden Health Care.
What are your thoughts on the issue? Post your suggestions and opinions.