Agreed, budget cuts suck. It it awful to see hours cut back and programs defunded but working with a realistic budget is necessary and the job of government officials. It is good to hear someone/source recognizing, calling them on the carpet and holding them accountable.
I was devastated when I read this article that our good friend, a post 9/11 vet who is currently going to Colombia on the GI Bill, had on his facebook page. I am all for balancing our budget but taking away a promise that was made to our troops is the wrong way to do it. Especially including those currently enrolled. Check out what they are doing about it, yup our friend is one of these guys. They are pretty awesome aren't they?!
Nothing on Japan, lame right? Well what can you say other than it is awful. What I can say is that not only have I not heard any reports of looting, stealing, rioting, etc, I have heard the contrary. That people are doing whatever they can to help each other, businesses selling goods only at cost, neighbors helping neighbors and trying to conserve energy to help alleviate the energy burden. What in inspiration in the wake of disaster. There are many worthy causes to donate to but scams abound when disaster strikes so just make sure you are donating to a valid charity. These sites can help you verify and even find one you like! http://www.charitynavigator.org/ http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/