Free flu shots will be available at a walk-in clinic that will be set up at the West Hall of the Convention Center on Wednesday, October 29th. The clinic is being provided by the NV Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH). Clinic hours for the free flu shots will be from 5 pm to 9 pm.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone older than six months receive an annual flue vaccine. Those who are at the highest risk of developing serious complications such as pneumonia from the flu are:
People with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease; as well as their caregivers and close contacts.
People 65 years of age and older.
For more information, call the Humboldt County Community Health Clinic at (775) 623-6575.
Fifty years ago, most families were able to pay their bills, save for their children’s education and plan for their own retirement—all on one income. Now most women work outside the home and are either the sole breadwinner or share the role equally with their partner. Times have changed, yet many of our policies remain outdated and disconnected from the challenges women face.
CAP Action, along with American Women, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and the Service Employees International Union have announced the launch of Fair Shot Action, a new resource that will focus on ensuring that policymakers and candidates for elected office are responsive to the increasingly pivotal role women are playing in the economic stability and overall well-being of families by advocating for concrete solutions that can improve women’s lives.
The pillars of the Fair Shot Action campaign consist of 21st century policies that are essential to the overall economic stability and well-being of families. They include:
Work-Life Challenges and Workplace Flexibility, such as paid sicks days, workplace flexibility laws, and paid family and medical leave which recognize the dual demands faced by today’s workers.
Fair Treatment in the Workplace, including ensuring equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, and strengthening existing laws against pregnancy discrimination to help women and their families get ahead.
Healthy Families & Nondiscrimination, by closing the Medicaid coverage gap and getting all states to expand Medicaid, while at the same time working to make sure that women have access to preventative healthcare including contraception without co-payments.
Fair Shot Action will continue to engage women and men across diverse constituencies, to ensure that voters are equipped with tools to push legislators and candidates to take actions in support of women’s economic security and women’s health, and to coordinate activity between other national and state organizations.
New resources include Fair Shot Voter, an online tool where voters can pledge support and commit to act on policies that affect women and their families. As part of the campaign, the website will also allow voters to share their story about why these issues matter to them, tactics that constituents can use to engage with legislators, and resources that help voters find information on state and local records on these issues.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s time for our workplace policies and public polices to keep up with our changing workplaces and families. We need women and their families to be at the center of our policy debates–and for politicians who forget to be held accountable. It’s time for all of us to become fair shot voters.
Friday, October 10th, was National Minimum Wage Day in honor of the efforts by progressives to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. At $7.25 an hour, today’s minimum wage is worth 30 percent less than the $1.60 minimum wage of 1968. It has been five years since the last increase in the federal minimum wage and nearly three-quarters of Americans support an increase, yet we have seen no progress. Just this morning four former Republican US Representatives announced their support for an increase in the federal minimum wage. The article begins, “When the cost of living goes up, so should wages. It’s common sense.”
Despite the fact that 22 previous increases in the minimum wage have passed through Congress with bipartisan support, Republicans in Congress have tied the issue up in partisan politics, ignoring the needs of their hard working constituents.
To continue with the theme, we’ve put together 10 key facts you should know about raising the minimum wage.
Since the last increase in the minimum wage, prices have skyrocketed: groceries are 20 percent more expensive, a gallon of gas is 25 percent more expensive and tuition at a community college is 44 percent more expensive than it was in 2009 at the time of the last increase.
BOTTOM LINE: Raising the minimum wage isn’t just good for workers who earn the minimum wage, it’s good for the American economy. What minimum wage workers need—what the American economy needs—is for lawmakers to put aside partisan politics and get behind creating an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few. The answer is simple: give hard working Americans a wage they can live on. Raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts out a report called the “Employment Situation.” It’s what tells us how many jobs were created in the past month, and what the unemployment rate is.
This month’s report is in, and the numbers are strong:
The economy created 248,000 jobs in September. And the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent, the lowest rate since July 2008.
And while we don’t put too much stock in any one report, there’s a clear trend here.
This month’s report was a clear indication of how far we’ve come since the recession, but we’ve still got more to do. We know that many Americans aren’t feeling enough of the benefits of this recovery. That’s something President Obama addressed yesterday, when he laid out his plan for a new foundation for America’s 21st century economy.
Thanks to the determination of the American people and the decisions of President Obama’s administration, our economy is stronger than it’s been in years: Businesses have added 10.3 million jobs over 55 straight months, the longest streak on record.
The unemployment rate has fallen to 5.9 percent. That’s a number many economists didn’t think we’d see for years.
We’ve still got more to do, but this is news worth sharing: new jobs, a lower unemployment rate, and historic progress.
The HUMBOLDT COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE located on the second floor of the Humboldt County Courthouse, 50 W. 5th St., Winnemucca, Nevada, will be open for the purpose of allowing registered voters in Humboldt County to vote early on the following dates:
The CLERK’S OFFICE will be the permanent polling place for EARLY VOTING for all precincts (other than designated mailing precincts) in Humboldt County. If you have any questions regarding early voting, please contact the Humboldt County Clerk’s Office at 623-6343.
TAMI RAE SPERO, Humboldt County Clerk and Ex-Officio Registrar of Voters
The report (pdf) from a joint FBI/Texas State University doesn’t have much good news for the absolutists of the National Rifle Association. The study analyzed shooting incidents in the United States over the past 13 years and reported the following resolutions to the incidents.
In 37 (23.1%) of the 160 active shooting incidents the shooter committed suicide at the scene before police arrived. In 21 (13.1%) of the incidents an unarmed citizen successfully restrained the shooter. In 2 of the incidents (1.3%) armed off-duty law enforcement personnel ended the threat. In 5 of the incidents armed non-law enforcement citizens ended the shootings in which 3 shooters were killed, 1 committed suicide, and 1 was wounded. For all the noise about arming everyone to the gunwales, only 5 of the 160 incidents ended because of armed citizen intervention. No doubt the NRA ammosexuals would argue that if More Citizens…