Stan Smith / March 21,2020

Department of Interior Suspends Entry Fees to Federal Lands to Promote Social Distancing


by Michael McGrady


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are suspending entrance fees as a way to promote social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak, following in the footsteps of the National Park Service.

The U.S. Department of Interior, which oversees the agencies, said it decided to suspend entrance fees to public lands until further notice in a move to support social distancing amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

“Our vast public lands that are overseen by the Department offer special outdoor experiences to recreate, embrace nature and implement some social distancing,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said.

The NPS made their announcement on Wednesday, while USFWS and BLM announced Thursday they would waive fees. NPS manages 419 federal properties while BLM oversees 245 million acres of federal land and USFWS manages almost 500 wildlife refuges.

Interior and the directors of the three agencies continue to urge visitors to take advantage of federal lands while maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

“The health of our visitors is our number one priority,” USFWS Director Aurelia Skipwith said. “When CDC guidance is followed, a national wildlife refuge can be the perfect antidote to cabin fever and a boon to our mental wellbeing during this unprecedented time.”

The move comes as several states have ordered restaurants, bars and other private businesses to temporarily close, while New York ordered complete shutdowns of all nonessential businesses and California has been put on lockdown. In Colorado, the governor ordered all ski areas to close.

Stan Smith / January 19,2020

Landmark Financial Tokyo Review of Gold and Silver in 2020


The prices of gold and silver prices show moderately higher results in midday United States futures trading on January 7, 2020. Because of overnight downside price corrections, it looks like a great buying opportunity, in which prices increase during the day session.

This Landmark Financial Tokyo review of the silver and gold prices in 2020 will discuss valuations and investments. Read on to know more about them.

Gold and Silver Drastic Price Increase

Gold price futures at $4.60 per ounce last February ended at $1,573.30. For silver, the previous higher prices were $0.201 last March and ended at $18.375 an ounce on January 7, 2020. There are a lot of factors that could affect these prices. There’s speculation that if the tension in the Middle East gets worse, gold could hit $1,600 per ounce.

The United States and Iran Tension

Gold soared high as the Middle East tensions heightened between Iran and the United States. The drone airstrike of the United States killed Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general, in Baghdad, Iraq. This incident boosted the appetite of investors for gold, and the rise shows that.

Many investors and traders probably think that Iran won’t retaliate against the United States that could be devastating to their country. Some veteran market watchers believe that Iran will retaliate but not sooner. The economic effects of the US and Iran retaliation can be impacting as what you’ll find on Landmark Financial Tokyo Review.  

Stan Smith / December 23,2019

Dental Grants for Single Mothers

Dental Grants for Single Mothers

Dental Grants for Single Mothers

– No matter what the reason is, being a single mother is definitely a challenging life. Fortunately, there are ways for you to improve your life, and there are financial aids available across the United States, from both Federal and non-Federal s. However, are there any dental grants for single mothers in the United States?

Medical assistance is crucial for single mothers because living without a partner means you have to take care of the kids alone, and you also have to work to fulfill their needs. Having personal health problems could make these single mommies lose their jobs, and the financial burden you have to endure is even greater.

Dental Grants for Single Mothers

Alternative for Dental Grants for Single Mothers

However, there are currently no dental grants available for single mothers in the United States. But don’t worry; because there are a bunch of other alternatives you can try to cover your dental health care.

Here are some s where you can ask for dental program information for women and children

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program

The WIC supplemental nutrition program aims to provide foods and nutrients for women and children. However, they can be your for cheap health care facilities, including cheap dental clinics for women and children.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Stan Smith / December 14,2019

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Political Ratio Requirements for State Court Judges


by Bethany Blankley


The U.S. Supreme Court accepted a new case for the new year, Carney v. Adams, to determine whether state constitutions can require courts to have a ratio of judges based on their political party affiliation.

The case involves Delaware’s state constitutional requirement that a bare majority of its high court judges be from one political party. James Adams, a retired lawyer and former Democrat, argues the requirement violates the First Amendment.

By law, Delaware’s Supreme Court must have three judges affiliated with one of the two major political parties, and two from the other.

“Such a system assumes, without foundation, that Republicans and Democrats are monolithic in their judicial views and that their political views will control their decision-making,” Adams argued in his Supreme Court brief. “Worse, it reinforces the fears of the public that judges will decide cases based on political affiliation.”

The first page of the brief quotes Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said at his Supreme Court nomination hearing, “I am heartened by the support I have received from people who recognize that there is no such thing as a Republican judge or a Democratic judge. We just have judges in this country.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit struck down the Delaware law, which Democratic Delaware Gov. John Carney is asking the Supreme Court to reverse.

In his petition, Carney argues the law’s 3-2 political affiliation mandate has contributed to the state’s reputation of having “objective, stable, and nonpartisan” courts.

“These qualities have not come about by accident,” his brief states. “For more than 120 years, Delaware’s Constitution has required a politically balanced judiciary.”

Stan Smith / December 08,2019

Looming Changes to Military Medical Care Cause Uncertainty

Looming Changes to Military Medical Care Cause Uncertainty

By Jennifer Barnhill, Navy Spouse

See this article inside the December issue of Military Spouse Magazine.

Looming Changes to Military Medical Care Cause Uncertainty

With the threat of losing 18,000
uniformed medical billets over the next few years,
frustrations at the lack of
health care continuity may be exacerbated for military families. Couple this
cutback with a lack of program clarity, and many beneficiaries feel as though
their care might suffer. 

Uncertainty in Change

On a good day, trying to negotiate the intricacies of a
public or private health care system can be irritating. Dealing with one when
you are mid-Permanent Change of Station or in a health crisis can result in
chalkboard-scratching, hair-pulling frustration.

Military families are among the
most vulnerable when it comes to continuity of care related issues. Moving
every two to three years requires families to start over, searching for new
health care providers, homes, schools, jobs, and friends.

In December 2016, Congress passed
the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act, the driving force behind
numerous changes to TRICARE and the Military Health System (MHS). Changes
already in effect include increased pharmacy copays and civilian-style open
enrollment period restrictions.

Stan Smith / November 30,2019

Climate summit chair: 'Wrong side of history' awaits those who refuse to address climate change


MADRID, Spain — The chair of a two-week climate summit attended by nearly 200 countries warned at its opening Monday that those refusing to adjust to the planet’s rising temperatures “will be on the wrong side of history.”

Chile’s environment minister, Carolina Schmidt, said that the Dec. 2-13 meeting in Madrid needs to lay the groundwork for moving toward carbon neutral economies while being sensitive to the poorest and those most vulnerable to rising temperatures — something that policymakers have termed “just transition.”

“Those who don’t want to see it will be on the wrong side of history,” she said, calling on governments to make more ambitious pledges to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases ahead of a deadline to do so next year.

Stan Smith / November 30,2019

Buttigieg turns to black pastor to discuss racism, poverty


GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — As he labors to win over black voters whose support is vital to his Democratic presidential bid, Pete Buttigieg found a receptive host on Sunday in a civil rights activist who has sought to continue the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s push for a racially diverse national campaign against poverty.

After attending services at the Rev. William Barber’s Greenleaf Christian Church, Buttigieg stayed for a discussion with the Poor People’s Campaign — begun by King shortly before he was assassinated in 1968. Barber, a pastor and former North Carolina NAACP president, revived the movement to unite a new generation of Americans of all races to combat economic inequality.

The visit with Barber’s racially diverse congregation held dual value for Buttigieg, illustrating his ability to tackle racial justice issues critically important to African-Americans and giving him a chance to portray his agenda as bigger than appealing to one specific voting bloc. He also hoped to introduce himself to black voters and lay out his plans for their community through their shared Christian faith and values.

“Part of what I’m trying to do is talk about these issues, including specific racial issues around voter suppression and systemic racism, in a way that helps everyone in the country understand why we all have a stake in dealing with it,” Buttigieg told reporters after the poverty discussion. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor added that he believes he is making progress with black voters, including those “who may yet not feel that they know me.”


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