By The Washington Post | May 13, 2018 at 11:30 am By Jenna Johnson | Washington Post The top leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs is in turmoil, after President Donald Trump ousted his first secretary and nominated his personal doctor, who dropped out of consideration amid controversy. Trump has yet to nominate anyone else. It’s not an easy job to fill, as the VA is second in size to only the Defense Department and has more than 375,000 employees and a budget of more than $185 billion. And the new secretary will face pressure to further reduce the time it takes for patients to get appointments, grow the medical staff and improve its services. VA officials say that they have already made dramatic improvements and that the medical care now provided is as good as if not better than what’s offered by private hospitals. As part of an ongoing series, The Washington Post dispatched reporters across the country to talk with veterans about their experiences, what … [Read more...] about ‘The VA is not nearly fixed’: Veterans explain what they want from agency’s next leader
Why helping the homeless is important
In the debate currently engulfing Seattle over the proposed head tax for homelessness, important truths are being ignored and pitched rhetoric on both sides has obscured the larger, more important discussion we need to have about how we are going to solve the problem of homelessness in our community. I’m worried that our homeless neighbors’ needs are getting lost in this debate. For the good of the order, I’d like to suggest that we collectively take a few deep breaths, look at the facts and get back to solving this problem together. We owe it to the people experiencing homelessness in our region to set aside our differences and to insist upon solutions guided first and foremost by data and the voices of those with lived experiences. Fortunately, a new analysis from McKinsey & Co. brings much-needed clarity about what’s driving homelessness in the region and what it will take to solve the problem. In a nutshell, McKinsey’s analysis shows that the … [Read more...] about A regional, comprehensive approach is needed to tackle the homeless crisis
Dan Shea, left, and Peter Seidler in one of three temporary homeless shelters in San Diego. (Photo by Jamie Lyle Scott) The Padres’ Peter Seidler and Donovan’s Dan Shea Assemble a Working Group to Tackle one of the City’s Most Pressing Social Problems By the SD METRO Editorial Board “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing,” said Walt Disney. It was this mantra that drove a small group of local business leaders to act in a humanitarian effort to help fellow San Diegans off the dangers of the street and into temporary housing. After decades of problems the city of San Diego faced: Political upheaval; a pension crisis; the Great Recession that affected cities across the country; the woes of whether or not to put measures on the ballot that would increase the Tourist Occupancy Tax (TOT) to expand the convention center; and the threat – and then follow-through of the San Diego Chargers, who had called our city home since 1961, … [Read more...] about Powerful Advocates for the Homeless, San Diego Metro Magazine
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Michigan football goes sightseeing in Paris Tuesday Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo University of Michigan wide receivers Donovan-Peoples Jones (left) and Nico Collins mug for the camera during the football team's visit to Sacre Coeur (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) while sightseeing in Paris Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Angelique Chengelis, The Detroit News Fullscreen Buy Photo University of Michigan football players and other tourists visit Sacre Coeur (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris). Angelique Chengelis, The Detroit News Fullscreen Buy Photo University of Michigan football players pose for a photo in front of Sacre Coeur (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris). Angelique Chengelis, The Detroit News Fullscreen Buy Photo Michigan football players Drew Singleton (left) and Chuck Filiaga ride the carousel at … [Read more...] about UM players help feed homeless in Paris
The yellow afternoon light peeked through the thin openings of Jasmine Castillo’s kitchen window blinds. The rising steam from a giant pan glimmered in its path as she tapped a spoon against the metal, ready to scramble a batch of eggs. The senior studying public health administration at Fresno State had spent the morning of her 24th birthday on April 13 preparing burritos for the homeless people living in tents outside Poverello House in downtown Fresno. The tradition was started four years ago on her 21st birthday, an occasion typically celebrated with a big night out to celebrate newly-acquired privileges. But throwing a party and going out for her first adult drink was a privilege Castillo was willing to pass up. “For me growing up, people always wanted to drink,” she said. “And I was just like, it was never a thing for me. Why do we have to do that?” So she had an idea. “How about we do something more positive? More beneficial.” … [Read more...] about Would you spend your birthday feeding the homeless? This student did.