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By John Stossel

"Trump may have just signed a death warrant for our planet!" warns CNN host Van Jones.

"Disaster for Clean Water, Air," says the Environmental Working Group.

Give me a break.

Regulation zealots and much of the media are furious because President Donald Trump canceled Barack Obama's attempt to limit carbon dioxide emissions. But Trump did the right thing.

CO2 is what we exhale. It's not a pollutant. It is, however, a greenhouse gas, and such gases increase global warming. It's possible that this will lead to a spiral of climate change that will destroy much of Earth!

But probably not. The science is definitely not settled.

Either way, Obama's expensive regulation wouldn't make a discernible difference. By 2030 -- if  it met its goal -- it might cut global carbon emissions by 1 percent.

The Earth will not notice.

However, people who pay for heat and electricity would notice. The Obama rule demanded power plants emit less CO2. Everyone would pay more -- for no useful reason.

I say "would" because the Supreme Court put a "stay" on the regulation, saying there may be no authority for it.

So Trump proposes a sensible cut: He'll dump an Obama proposal that was already dumped by courts. He'd also reduce Environmental Protection Agency spending by 31 percent.

Good!

Some of what regulators do now resembles the work of sadists who like crushing people. In Idaho, Jack and Jill Barron tried to build a house on their own property. Jack got permission from his county. So they started building.

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Press Release (KellieMayPr)

After 20 years in business, House Doctors Handyman Service is expanding into Denver with not one, but two new franchises.

House Doctors offers professional handyman services focused on professionalism, service excellence and quality workmanship. Their goal is to make home improvements easier for their customers by being on time, doing the job right and offering a one year workmanship guarantee. Combined, the two new franchises – one owned by Jonathan and Maria Seay and the other owned by Richard and Audrey Bolanowski – will cover most of the Denver region, especially focused on the South, East and Metro areas.

“House Doctors is thrilled to be expanding into the Denver market. This is a unique opportunity to have two new owners opening their doors at the same time, providing great brand exposure. I couldn’t be more pleased with Richard and Jonathan’s enthusiasm for serving their communities in the home improvement industry. House Doctor’s prides ourselves in having high-caliber franchise owners, who want to make life easier for the families in their towns. The Seays and the Bolanowskis will represent the House Doctor’s brand well as we continue to grow,“ said Jim Hunter, CEO of House Doctors.

House Doctors’ background checked and uniformed handymen technicians will arrive at your residence in a decaled van. They will specialize in projects that take two hours to two days to complete, such as light remodeling and repairs of decks, doors, bathrooms and kitchens; repairing drywall; painting; exterior repairs; making home modifications and much more.

Here’s a little more about the two new franchises, which will be open in early April:

House Doctors of Aurora and Denver South
Locally owned and operated by Jonathan and Maria Seay, House Doctors of Aurora and Denver South serves Aurora, Centennial, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills Village, Dove Valley, South Denver, and Littleton as well as surrounding areas.

“We aren’t just a handyman service – we are a professional handyman service.  Our skilled technicians will be on time, experienced, and honest, and we’re backed by a national company, which I think provides peace of mind for customers who haven’t worked with us before. Also, since the company is locally owned and operated, if you have any concerns, my wife Maria and I are here in Denver and can help at any time,” Seay said.

Seay has lived in the metro area since 1986. He is originally from Durham, NC. He met Maria – who is fluent in Spanish – in 1998 and they wed the following year. Ten years later, they welcomed daughter Maya into their lives.

“After taking stock of my life, the idea of becoming an entrepreneur started to grow. We decided we wanted to buy a franchise and when we came across House Doctors, we knew it would be a great fit.  A handyman business is something we really understood and we believe we can help fill the need in our community.  A professional, trustworthy, skilled and insured handyman service is a business everyone can use at some point,” Seay said. “At the end of the day, we want to provide handyman services you’d be happy to tell your friends and family about. We want to know you’d be comfortable referring your loved ones to us for their next project,” Seay added.

To learn more about House Doctors of  Aurora and Denver South and to schedule services for your home, call  (303)477-1088, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.housedoctors.com/handyman-denversouth.

House Doctors of Denver East

Richard Bolanowski

House Doctors of Denver East, locally owned and operated by retired Air Force Colonel Richard Bolanowski and his veteran wife Audrey, serves Denver, Aurora, Commerce City, Brighton, Thornton and Glendale as well as the surrounding areas. Bolanowski is a disabled veteran – he retired as a Colonel with the US Air Force. Audrey is also a veteran and served in the US Navy for 11 years.

“After retiring from the service, I moved back to the Denver area and knew I wanted to start my own business. When I looked at the Denver market, I saw that there was a need for a high-quality, professional home improvement and maintenance service and I felt that House Doctors would be the perfect solution for myself and for my community,” Bolanowski said. “We are a professional handyman company with the support of a national franchise organization and that makes a difference. We’re bonded and insured and our highly-skilled technicians will be professional, on-time and courteous. When you work with House Doctors, you’ll receive top-notch service and a one-year guarantee on repairs at a fair price.”

In addition to opening the business, Bolanowski and his family are excited to be settling down in Denver and becoming part of the community.

“I lived in Colorado 25 years ago and my family and I are so excited to be back. After a long career with the military that basically led me to be away from home for 12 years total, I’m really looking forward to being rooted in this community and to making a positive impact through House Doctors. When I’m not working I’m very involved with my kids’ school and am an active dad.”

To learn more about House Doctors of Denver East and to schedule services for your home, call (303)321-2535, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. visit www.housedoctors.com/handyman-denvereast.

About House Doctors
House Doctors Handyman Service has been helping homeowners across the United States with home repair and light remodeling projects for more than 20 years. Our friendly, insured and bonded craftsmen are scheduled to be there on time and are committed to complete customer satisfaction. Each of our technicians are experienced in home maintenance, product installations and a variety of home improvements. We’re so confident in our team and products that every job we perform comes with a one-year guarantee.

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

A garden of 300 blue pinwheels along with interpretive signs will be featured on the lawn of Colorado Springs City Hall during the month of April to bring attention to Child Abuse Awareness Month.



At its March 28 Regular Meeting, Colorado Springs City Council read a proclamation declaring April “Child Abuse Awareness Month” as part of an effort to bring attention to this issue.
Former County Commissioner Sallie Clark attended in support of the effort. Clark helped found the Not One More Child Coalition in 2012 that coordinates the efforts of more than 70 agencies across the Pikes Peak region to prevent child abuse.

Clark thanked Council for their support of the awareness campaign, saying, “This positive campaign recognizes children as the building blocks for our communities and ensures their healthy development.”

The Women’s Club of Colorado Springs is helping implement the project, which is part of a larger statewide effort, “Pinwheels for Prevention,” organized since 2009 by Prevent Child Abuse Colorado.

Why the Pinwheel?
The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign website states that, “By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions - it has come to serve as a reminder of the healthy starts all children deserve. It is the national symbol for child abuse prevention.”

More information on the project is available at www.illuminatecolorado.org.

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by Walter E. Williams

    Nationally, black junior high and high school students are suspended at a rate more than three times as often as their white peers, twice as often as their Latino peers and more than 10 times as often as their Asian peers. According to former Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the "huge disparity is not caused by differences in children; it's caused by differences in training, professional development, and discipline policies. It is adult behavior that needs to change." In other words, the Education Department sees no difference between the behavior of black students and white, Latino and Asian students. It's just that black students are singled out for discriminatory discipline. Driven by Obama administration pressures, school districts revised their discipline procedures by cutting the number of black student suspensions.
        Max Eden, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has written a report, "School Discipline Reform and Disorder: Evidence from New York City Public Schools, 2012-16." The new discipline imposed on public schools is called restorative justice. Rather than punish a student through exclusion (suspension), restorative justice encourages the student who has misbehaved to reflect on his behavior, take responsibility and resolve to behave better in the future. The results of this new policy are: increased violence, drug use and gang activity. Max Eden examines the NYC School Survey of teachers and students and finds that violence increased in 50 percent of schools and decreased in 14 percent. Gang activity increased in 39 percent of schools and decreased in 11 percent. For drug and alcohol use, there was a 37 percent increase while only 7 percent of schools improved.
        It's not just New York City where discipline is worse under the Obama administration's policy. Max Eden reports: "One Chicago teacher told the Chicago Tribune that her district's new discipline policy led to 'a totally lawless few months' at her school. One Denver teacher told Chalkbeat that, under the new discipline policy, students had threatened to harm or kill teachers, 'with no meaningful consequences.' ... After Oklahoma City Public Schools revised its discipline policies in response to federal pressure, one teacher told the Oklahoman that '[w]e were told that referrals would not require suspension unless there was blood.'"
        Max Eden reports that in Oklahoma City a teacher said that: "Students are yelling, cursing, hitting and screaming at teachers and nothing is being done but teachers are being told to teach and ignore the behaviors. These students know there is nothing a teacher can do. Good students are now suffering because of the abuse and issues plaguing these classrooms." In Buffalo, a teacher who was kicked in the head by a student said: "We have fights here almost every day. The kids walk around and say, 'We can't get suspended -- we don't care what you say.'" Ramsey County attorney John Choi of St. Paul, Minnesota, described how the number of assaults against teachers doubled from 2014 to 2015 and called the situation a "public health crisis." Testifying before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a former Philadelphia teacher said that a student told him, "I'm going to torture you. I'm doing this because I can't be removed." Eden's report cites similar school horror stories in other!
  cities.
        Since most of the school violence and discipline problems rest with black students, there are a few questions that black parents, politicians, academics and civil rights advocates should ponder. Is academic achievement among blacks so high that black people can afford to allow miscreants and thugs to sabotage the education process? For those pushing the Obama administration's harebrained restorative justice policy, can blacks afford for anything to interfere with the acquisition of academic excellence? Finally, how does the Obama restorative justice policy differ from a Ku Klux Klan policy that would seek to sabotage black education by making it impossible for schools to rid themselves of students who make education impossible for everyone else?
        Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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President Trump and Paul Ryan tried to improve Obamacare. They failed.

by John Stossel

Trump then tweeted, "ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!"

But I do worry.

Trump is right when he says that Obamacare will explode.

The law mandates benefits and offers subsidies to more people. Insurers must cover things like:
    --Birth control.
    --Alcohol counseling.
    --Depression screening.
    --Diet counseling.
    --Tobacco use screening.
    --Breastfeeding counseling.

Some people want those things, but mandating them for everyone drives up costs. It was folly to pretend it wouldn't.

Insisting that lots of things be paid for by someone else is a recipe for financial explosion.

Medicare works that way, too.

When I first qualified for it, I was amazed to find that no one even mentioned cost. It was just, "Have this test!" "See this doctor!"

I liked it. It's great not to think about costs. But that's why Medicare will explode, too. There's no way that, in its current form, it will be around to fund younger people's care.

Someone else paying changes our behavior. We don't shop around. We don't ask, "Do I really need that test?" "Is there a place where it's cheaper?"

Hospitals and doctors don't try very hard to do things cheaply.

Imagine if you had "grocery insurance." You'd buy expensive foods; supermarkets would never have sales. Everyone would spend more.

Insurance coverage -- third-party payment -- is revered by the media and socialists (redundant?) but is a terrible way to pay for things.