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Hats Off! to constructive ideas, actions, and gestures that influence or impact us all for the better in this rude and angry world...


Kudos to the men and women in our U.S. Military!   Regardless of politics or how one might feel about the deployment of our armed forces abroad, we would like our fighting troops to know that disagreements in no way detract from the depth of their courage and the magnitude of their sacrifice on behalf of all Americans.  Our soldiers are serving this nation and doing an important and dangerous job that deserves our respect, admiration and support.

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Kudos to New York Federal Reserve President William McDonough who called on U.S. corporate executives to take pay cuts, saying their salary packages are bloated and morally hard to justify. According to a 9/11/02 Reuters Business Report by Victoria Thieberger...

His remarks were the strongest denunciation yet by any public official of chief executive pay, which McDonough said has swollen in publicly traded companies to 400 times that of production workers on average from 42 times two decades ago.  (See also Congressman Martin O. Sabos' site and the Executive Pay Watch site for more info and how to take action!).

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The State of New Jersey passed the first bill in the U.S. to create an athletic code of conduct.  Fans, players, parents, and coaches can be removed from youth sporting events in New Jersey if they lose their tempers.  When they break the code of conduct, they're banned until they receive counseling and anger management classes.  When even kids themselves say they hate to have their parents interfere in events, other states will follow New Jersey's example and move to protect their young players as well.  Thumbs Up to the pacesetting New Jersey Legislature, including the bill's sponsors Assemblymen Robert Smith and Louis Greenwald.

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YM magazine Editor Christina Kelly says that, "Teenagers are under incredible pressure to look a certain way."  Recognizing that "The need to be superthin is all-consuming for many girls, and eating disorders continue to be a major problem..."And that "Young women need positive examples about body image," she adopted a new policy last February:  YM magazine will no longer feature articles on dieting.  Rousing Kudos to Editor Kelly for her efforts to counteract the unrealistic body types promoted by the media.

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Ouch! While many Americans struggle to get by, CEO paychecks have climbed from 41 times the average manufacturing worker's salary in 1970, to 326-to-one in 1997.  KUDOS! to Congressman Martin Olav Sabo whose Income Equity Act would address this income gap that's mushroomed by 700%!

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Kids need a future, not funerals...the National PTA Violence Prevention Kit provides parents and communities with the resources to organize and create community environments that help keep our children safe.  KUDOS! to the National PTA.

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Formerly ill-behaved students at an elementary school in San Gabriel, CA, are courteous, volunteer to clean up the cafeteria, teach computer skills to younger pupils, learn ethical values, responsibility, and compassion in an education program called Values in Action -- here's a school with a safe, caring environment.  KUDOS! and thank you.

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"For the last year, the pharmaceutical industry has used scare tactics to try and stop real prescription drug legislation from passing in Congress.  One of its most deceitful and shameless claims is that real reform will somehow stifle research and development and make their business unprofitable.  However, figures show the industry is pocketing the largest profit margin of any industry in the nation.KUDOS! to Congressman Bernard Sanders (I-VT) for taking on the pharmaceutical industry and taking them to task for continuing to fleece Americans!

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The Louisiana state legislature passed a bill in 1997 authored by state senator Donald Cravins who said he wanted to do something to help stem the student dropout rate, violence, rudeness and guns in public schools.  The bill requires all public school students in the state to address public school employees as "Mr.," "Mrs.," or "Miss."  Students must also respond to adults with "yes, sir," "yes, ma'am," no, sir" and "no ma'am."  Louisiana Governor Mike Foster signed it into law.  The State of Alabama also passed civility legislation and requires character education daily.  And South Carolina passed a similar "respect" law.  KUDOS! to all for trying to help make our planet a little more civil.

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KUDOS! to Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Internet user handbook, "Know the Rules, Use the Tools," to protect your privacy on the webWe're all  vulnerable so check these resources and solutions -- the handbook is designed for you to download.

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With so many predators in cyberspace, our privacy, identity and financial security are at risk daily.  But there's hope.  In mid-May, the State of Minnesota became the first state to pass an online privacy law!  It takes effect March 1, 2003, and requires Internet businesses to obtain consent from consumers before disclosing their personal information to third parties for marketing purposes!  Marketers will also have to describe the types of organizations to whom the information may be disseminated and anticipated uses of the data.  KUDOS to the State of Minnesota, which will hopefully lead the way for legislators in California and Michigan who are considering similar laws, and perhaps spur the other 47 states to get on board!

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An outstanding two-part series on living in chronic pain was published by the San Francisco Chronicle and chides the medical profession for their inadequate treatment of pain that "afflicts nearly 100 million people in the U.S. -- more than a third of the population... Despite major advances in the science and practice of pain control, studies consistently show chronic problems remain misunderstood, misdiagnosed and mistreated."  KUDOS! to the San Francisco Chronicle for championing pain sufferers and shining a light on a medieval mindset that leads patients to suicide rather than offer the help that's out there but for a prescription.

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In the Fall of 1998, with swearing, drug use and violence prevalent in schools, officials at Southport High School in Indianapolis enforced the school's rules against profanity.  Principal Larry Hensley-Marschand got the idea after noticing that every campus fight began with verbal assaults. Teachers realizing they can make a difference, raised the standard, raised expectations, and expected decent, civil behavior from students.  With huge support from parents and teachers, there's been a 14%-16% drop in the number of fights in the first year, and a 25 % drop in the number of reported confrontationsStudents love the change in the atmosphere.   KUDOS! to all at Southport High -- educators, students & parents -- for your laudable efforts.

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Similarly, in Anaheim, California, school board president Katherine Smith proposed requiring students in the Anaheim Union High School District to stand when adults enter a classroom and address them as "Sir or "Ma'am." "What I want to do is change the attitude of our youths.  Many of these children do not understand that when they go out into a competitive world, those who know acts of civility will go farther in society," says Smith.  "I want to leave this country a little better than I find it today," she concluded.  KUDOS! to Katherine Smith for her worthwhile efforts.

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