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Religion boosts health in the US. Yet, the most religious countries are the sickest. This paradox can be explained in terms of stress management.Nigel BarberBiopsychologist; blogger, Psychology Today's 'The Human Beast'In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford) selection for word of the year announced in October was a - about his - pictograph - officially called the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji. Not to be outdone, in December Merriam Webster proclaimed that its word of the year for 2015, was the suffix - ism.On Tuesday the President called for - among other important action items - "a $500 million investment to improve access to mental health services." This was promptly followed by the moans and groans of people fearing for the loss of their guns and proclaiming that this money could be better spent elsewhere.By taking away the city's clean drinking water in order to "cut costs" and then switching the city's water supply to Flint River water, you have allowed massively unsafe levels of pollutants and lead into the water that travels in to everyone's home. Every Flint resident is trapped by this environmental nightmare which you, Governor, have created.There must be a call to action for public policy makers. It is public policy that requires companies to produce annual accounts, and public policy that dictates that the content of these accounts is what is relevant to investors.Minority students often exempt themselves from consideration before they even - - get the chance to succeed by applying to fewer and less-selective colleges than they are academically qualified to attend.Cait LambertonAssociate Professor and Ben Fryrear Faculty Fellow at the University of Pittsburghs Katz Graduate School of BusinessToday's feminist movement seems bizarrely out of touch with the original, universal standards of their forbears. In sidelining Muslim women's basic rights, today's feminists ignore the suffragette legacy and the necessity for urgent reform of international human rights violations.Ida Lichter, M.D.Author, 'Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression'Every day, I wish and pray this chapter of our life will pass. But I cannot control when the page turns. I can at least put the secrecy behind me. I believe our power cannot be usurped by things outside of our control. However, shame can immobilizes us when we hold it close.It's possible to usher in a new era of sensitive and inclusive dialogue that is not hyper-sensitive. It's possible to improve the campus sensitivity to microaggressions without making them punishable offenses. Students are so sensitive, and this is one of their best qualities.Heroin is the dark, dirty secret of America today. Few people recognize the devastation wrought by this drug. So what has led to this resurgence of a drug that had since the 1980s largely been - HTTP://RAPIDSERVICESGROUP.COM/ - replaced by cocaine, methamphetamines and benzodiazepines?.If we're going to have laws, then they should be practical laws that actually work. B-b-b-but what about the "slippery slope"?? Ah, yes, the slippery slope. Yes, I confess, preventing felons from buying guns sends us hurtling -- no, careening -- down that slippery slope, toward... personal safety.Homeless young people strive to remain invisible, knowing that if they look like they don't have a safe place to sleep at night, they can be exploited by the forces of the street -- pimps, thieves, criminals who want to recruit them, violent people who want to harm them just because they can.Besides increasing your risk of heart disease, depression, and obesity, stress decreases your cognitive performance. Fortunately, though, unless a lion is chasing you, the bulk of your stress is subjective and under your - Rapidservicesgroup - control.Dr. Travis BradberryAuthor of #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and president of TalentSmart, world's leading provider of emotional intelligence.Victims of sexual assault are victims, end of story. And to say otherwise in private or, worst of all, in a position of power to a possible audience of millions, like the Mayor did, is as dangerous and complicit as the act itself.The beneficial link between female education and lifetime health has never been in doubt; a better-educated girl takes better control of her life. She has healthier and fewer children.The anti-Soviet mujahideen of the 1980s morphing into Taliban and Al Qaeda in the 1990s and now mutating into the virulent ISIS becomes possible when there is a continued demand for their lethal product. Pakistan's consistent use of jihadism as a tool - - of statecraft and foreign policy over the past four decades has created a jihadist ecosystem which would require much more than tactical measures like the military operations it has undertaken so far.For the next few months the people who are vying to be our next president will be amazingly accessible. If you happen to live in a state like Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina you can very easily find an event featuring one of the presidential candidates at which you could ask them a direct question. When the moment comes, what would you ask?Justin ConstantineLeadership Consultant, Inspirational Speaker, Wounded Warrior Project Board of Directors, Advisor to US Chamber of Commerce, Truman Nat'l Security Project FellowAs a proud, responsible gun owner, I paid close attention to the president's speech outlining his executive actions on guns and studied the written proposal put forth by the White House carefully. I can't not support them. Universal background checks should be a no-brainer. Ronald Reagan, a conservative hero, wrote poignantly in 1991 that if background checks and waiting periods impacted gun deaths by as little as 10 to 15 percent, it should be the law of the land. But if you look at all the ads and the rhetoric today, it's all about - - how divisive we can be, how strong a line in the sand we can draw to have our way. We cannot be this divisive when the safety of our greatest treasures are at stake -- our children.Montel WilliamsEmmy Award-winning television personality, decorated former Naval officer, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur