GateHouse News Service National Budget 5.17.11

GateHouse News Service National Budget 5.17.11



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TORNADO BOB: We’re compiling Tornado Bob’s coverage on a special GHNS page. Go here to see the latest:





WAKE-UP CALL: How about a tax on miles driven?


SEO BLOG: Top 5 GateHouse stories of the week.





NASCAR PAGE: Class of 2011


WEEKLY FOOD PAGE: In with the old




KIDZBUZZ: May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month


JUNE FAMILY: Great zoos, recipes for a summer lemonade stand and how to make a household emergency kit


FAVORITE CAR CALLOUT: For photos of readers' classic, first or favorite vehicles


BRIDE: Unique wedding venue ideas, fun activities for cocktail hour, different ways to use your registry


FATHER'S DAY PAGE: Gifts kids can make for Dad


PROM CALLOUT: For readers' photos


MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Helping children of fallen soldiers


FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts about the flag you might not have known





FAMILY TIME: Tips for avoiding fleas and ticks - Weekly family rail, with tips for avoiding flea and tick infestations, a review of "Thor" and more.
* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.


DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: George Bernard Shaw once said, "When I was young, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures. So I did 10 times more work." Thomas Jefferson said, "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." By Dr. Murray Feingold, MetroWest, Mass.


DR. JEFF HERSH: When is a pacemaker needed? - Q: My dad has really bad heart failure and the cardiologist recommended a pacemaker even though his heart beat rhythm is fine. What's up with this, doc? By Dr. Jeff Hersh, MetroWest, Mass.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Memorial Day brings burgers -- weekly Food for Thought with items on where to find the best hamburgers, “Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family” by Christy Jordan and more. By GHNS


WISE TO THE WORD: Sprats -- If you visit the Atlantic Coast of Europe, be sure to order a plate of sprats. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository


50 DISHES BY 50: Tuscan Bread Soup -- A dear friend of mine and her husband moved their family to Switzerland last year, and twice this year they graciously have rolled out the welcome mat for me. It was an amazing adventure, the proof of which is in my waistline. Here is a recipe for Tuscan Bread Soup, and in the next few weeks, I’ll get busy catching up on my recipes. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository


MUSHROOMS: Chefs make mushrooms the star of spring dishes  -- If you want to experience morel mushrooms but don’t want to head into the forest, find chefs who have already done foraging and are featuring the coveted fungus on their menus. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository


BOILING POINT: Jalapeno Hummus -- I was drawn to the hummus counter; I whiffed it an aisle away. Today, it was hummus with jalapeno peppers on pita. One taste and I about dropped my cuppa organic java. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository


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SUDOKU: June puzzles (1072-1099) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.


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GRANLUND CARTOON: EU lifeguard. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.


BRITT CARTOON: The swearing-in of Rahm Emanuel. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.


KENT BUSH: CNN anchor Don Lemon a 'double minority'? - I'm no expert on discrimination. I try to be introspective about the origins of my thoughts and reactions. But I don't know that I can compete with Donald Trump in the Least Racist Person in the World competition. There are probably situations that would cause guttural reactions in me that are based on stereotypes or other ignorance on my part. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.


AMY GEHRT: Failure to raise debt ceiling would be ‘catastrophic’ -- The U.S. government hit the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling Monday, setting the stage for a political showdown that may make last month’s contentious budget battle seem downright friendly in comparison. Consequences of that could include a new recession, higher unemployment and significantly reduced economic growth, according to Geithner. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
* Poll idea: Should we raise the U.S. debt ceiling?


JIM TIMMERMANN: Better teachers deserve better pay -- People often bemoan how the tenure system makes it difficult for schools to get rid of unsatisfactory teachers. Fortunately, really bad teachers are few and far between. The good teachers are far more common, but that makes it even more frustrating that we don’t have a structure to reward them. Holland (Mich.) Sentinel
* Poll idea: Could a 'merit pay' system for teachers, based on kids' performance, work in your local schools?


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