Author: East Texas Review

Wellness Pointe Appreciates Employees

“The management team surpasses themselves when showing appreciation. They take out time to serve us and we are grateful. It assures us, we are not just hard working staff but more like family.” Director of Quality & Compliance Tomiko Richardson By Keisha Roland   Wellness Pointe, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), held its annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon, Wednesday. The management including Chief Executive Officer Chad Jones, Human Resource Director Hope Echols and others were on hand to serve delicious Papacitas Mexican food with all its trimmings to employees. Physicians, nurses – practically everyone attended. Director of Quality &...

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The Leakiest House on the Block

By Susan Estrich What’s the leakiest house in Washington, D.C.? Here’s a hint: It’s on Pennsylvania Avenue. Ask anyone who’s been inside the White House lately. There’s never been anything like it. Sinking ships leak. As do losing campaigns, lame-duck administrations, and most White Houses, eventually. But not in April and May of a president’s first year in office. This is ridiculous. Or not. In case you haven’t noticed, hardly a day goes by without a source very, very close to the top leaking some very, very damaging tidbit about the latest Donald Trump explosion, implosion, incredibly stupid mistake or attempt...

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Did Trump Know Enough to Obstruct Justice?

By  Jacob Sullum For almost a year, Donald Trump has been complaining that FBI Director James Comey gave Hillary Clinton “a free pass for many bad deeds,” as the president recently put it on Twitter. Trump thinks his opponent in last year’s presidential election should have been prosecuted for her loose email practices as secretary of state, even if she did not deliberately expose classified information. The president might want to reconsider that hardline attitude. The reason Comey cited for not recommending charges against Clinton — a lack of criminal intent — could prove crucial in rebutting the allegation...

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Education Budget Prioritizes Students, Empowers Parents, Saves Taxpayer Dollars

The Trump Administration has released the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which lays out a series of proposals and priorities designed to ensure every student has an equal opportunity to receive a high quality education. Through this budget, the President has reaffirmed his commitment to returning decision-making power over education back where it belongs—in the hands of parents, educators and State leaders.  U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement:   “This budget makes an historic investment in America’s students. President Trump is committed to ensuring the Department focuses on returning decision-making power back to the States, where it belongs, and on giving parents more control over their child’s education. It also ensures stable funding for critical programs, including Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  “The budget also reflects a series of tough choices we have had to make when assessing the best use of taxpayer money. It ensures funding for programs with proven results for students while taking a hard look at programs that sound nice but simply haven’t yielded the desired outcomes.   “By refocusing the Department’s funding priorities on supporting students, we can usher in a new era of creativity and ingenuity and lay a new foundation for American greatness.” Key initiatives in the President’s 2018 budget are below:   Creating New Education Options through School Choice $1 billion increase for...

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President’s 2018 budget undercuts rural communities

Center for Rural Affairs says the budget zeroes out programs that address challenges of rural communities  Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Anna Johnson said today that President Trump’s 2018 budget does not support rural America and its communities. The budget was released in its final form this morning. “The president’s budget demonstrates President Trump’s lack of understanding and prioritization of the struggles of rural communities,” she said. “Although President Trump won the presidency with broad support from rural voters, his budget proposes to zero out several programs that address the challenges of rural communities. Proposed cuts include reducing or eliminating support for rural small businesses and entrepreneurs and compromising anti-poverty programs that lead to healthy families.” “Economic opportunity is a central struggle in rural communities: 85 percent of counties with persistent poverty are in rural areas and rural communities still have not recovered the jobs they lost during the recession,” she continued. “Nearly one in four nonelderly rural residents are covered by Medicaid, a figure that grew nearly six percent with Medicaid expansion. Programs like the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) also serve as a lifeline for those living with limited incomes in rural areas, where an estimated 15 percent of households receive SNAP assistance. These critical assistance programs are both slated for decimating cuts under the proposed budget.” Johnson stated the budget retains deep cuts to U.S. Department of...

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