Raytal

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obama-smile-02-03-309288Politics and dentistry may not be usually associated but there is something between these two different concepts that has to be tackled. Do you think that next president of the United States needs to have a nice brilliant smile? Right here, we are not talking about a “politician’s smile” or the kind of mockingly deceiving stroke of the lips. Rather, we are trying to establish charismatic smile or the more genuine one. Trying to find out if it is a necessity, here are some ideas that can consider a nice teeth as a precursor of being the president of the most renowned country.

 

Cause First Impression Lasts

If a candidate for presidency is well groomed, tidy, and confident, then it sets that person on a higher profile. Of course, part of having a pleasing personality is a white and shiny smile. A smile that can set the standards for a politician. A clean and natural one has the power to attract a voter and makes him think that, “ hey there is something about that candidate that makes him trustworthy”. If a candidate has a genuine smile then most people can actually connect to that.

 

Let’s Dig Deeper

If the candidate has white and clean teeth, you can safely say that he knows how to take care of it. Maintaining a pearly and shiny set does require ample time and attention. This includes a thorough cleaning and regular dental check-ups. If you are to elect the next president, will you settle for the one who has dental plaques and “one seat apart” kind of teeth? Imagine, if this candidate cannot take care of his teeth, how well can he take care of a 51 state country? That is one huge comparison right?

 

clintonThis Time, Even Deeper

Confidence, that is one thing a president of whichever country should possess. Only a candidate who knows how to confidently smile has the right to be the representative of USA. A nice smile is a relaxed and ready one, it must be worn whenever the president is to communicate with another country’s leaders. The president carries the whole nation, how he looks and how he smiles reflects the people he rules. Your next president must be looking credible, don’t you think?

 

The Smile of Compassion

America’s next leader must have that smile. That genuine smile who knows how to make his people smile too. Whoever the president must be in the near future, he should have the compassion that could spread through the whole nation. A nice and warm smile can be a medium to tell the people of America that “hey, your president understands, and he cares”. Your leader should possess the ability to make his nation feel okay through the times of calamities or major tests under his regime. For this reason, his smile should be contagious.

 

The above mentioned thoughts for the USA’s next president are just few of the things that a nice and clean smile can do. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the world know that your country is being led by a person with a sweet and genuine smile? Isn’t that a very heartwarming thought for all Americans?

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In the late 1960’s, the United States Federal Government began offering incentives to states who enacted motorcycle helmet laws. Less than a decade later, forty-seven states had obliged. Since then, the issue of whether motorcyclists should be forced to wear a helmet has been a hot topic in the US and neighboring Canada. After reading reviews like this, one might think they are necessary, but some states think differently.

Reporting on hot topics like this can be challenging for a journalist, especially when it comes to remaining unbiased. Just the facts please are not easy to state when you have your own strong views on the topic. Excellent journalists are those who can take a topic such as motorcycle helmet laws and write the facts in such a way that the reader is able to draw their own conclusion at the end of the article instead of being nudged in any one direction.

For example, take a look at these two sentences:

  • Children’s motorcycle helmets are designed to protect them from suffering fatal head injuries in a motorcycle crash.
  • Children’s motorcycle helmets are a great way to protect them from suffering fatal head injuries in a motorcycle crash.

By just rewording one small part of that sentence, the reader is subtly nudged towards believing that motorcycle helmet laws are a good thing. Since this is not a news publication, I am free to write that second sentence and even expand on it by giving my personal view that all motorcyclists should always be equipped with a motorcycle helmet (a half helmet all the way up to a full blown communications helmet with bluetooth – anything is better than nothing. Whoops, there goes my unbiased credibility!). If I were writing for my newspaper column, I would be restricted to using the first sentence only, with no elaboration on my personal opinion.

This can be a difficult feat to accomplish, especially when the subject matter is something that hits close to home.

Ferguson

I saw this happening during the aftermath of the Ferguson decision not to indict as I watched CNN from home. There were a number of different reporters out in the city that night, expected to give an accurate description of what was happening without offering any opinion about it. This proved to be difficult, even for the most seasoned of journalists and reporters whose view you could clearly recognize in the words that they were using.

There always has to be a level of professionalism when it comes to journalism. Those events can be blamed in part by the media, who in many cases were not representing an unbiased telling of what had happened during the entire story as it unfolded.

What if the same were done back in the ‘60’s when the movement towards mandatory motorcycle helmets was first begun? There were few statistics to support the governments plan, and a lot of resistance in enacting it. Had the public been swayed to fight those laws then by the reporters who were writing about it, there is a chance that they never would have been enacted. Consider the number of lives that have been saved as a result of allowing the public to make up their own minds. As journalists, we have a responsibility to not fuel any fire in any direction, but only to report on which way the wind is blowing it.

Learn more about what I’m up to here.

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The number of potentially great politicians who bomb at speech giving is astonishing. When you are giving a speech meant to get people excited about your campaign, it is imperative that it be energetic and uplifting. The way in which you express your words are as important as the words themselves. Follow these tips that I picked up over my career if you want to get a large group of voters jumping up and down ready to give your their vote.

Where to Begin

Starting your campaign speech starts with you alone musing the issues that are important to you. Think about what is going on in the current political climate and the issues that get voters up in arms. Then articulate your own feelings on the topic in a short blurb of around 20 words that can be used as a quick response to the question of why you are running.

Now expand on that blurb. Find personal examples of why this issue is important to you. Maybe you are basing your platform on healthcare reform, or want to fix the economy. Whatever you feel most passionate about should be at the center of your campaign speech.

Once you have your ideas in place, try these tips for constructing them into a speech that will both awe and inspire your potential followers:

  • Write the way you talk. When we actually write our thoughts down on paper, or type them, we have a tendency to suddenly turn into Harvard scholars. Even if you are a Harvard scholar, your voters aren’t. Once you write your speech, speak it, and make changes that will make it sound more natural instead of like a robot.
  • Have an obvious beginning, middle and ending for your speech. Too many new politicians forget the ending and leave their audience hanging.
  • Make sure that the speech is appropriate for the group you are addressing. This means you may have to change things up a bit. The speech you are giving to a woman’s rotary club should not sound the same as the one you are giving to local firehouses.
  • It is okay to be funny, but not offensive. To any group. There is a reason for the term politically correct, learn it and live by it whenever you are speaking in public.
  • Practice. Practice. Give the speech to your wife (or husband) your kids, your dog. Basically anyone who will listen. The more you practice it, the more natural you will sound when giving it.
  • Look the part of an aspiring politician. Wear the right clothes and always be properly groomed. If you have a facial hair, use a beard trimmer daily (if it’s long, make sure it’s well cleaned and styled, potentially with wax). Make sure your clothes are fashionable, yet understated. Unfortunately, once you choose to enter the political world, you must keep up these appearances even if you are outside mowing the lawn.

It is common knowledge that the introduction of television and the ability to actually see political debates up close is what cost Nixon the presidency to Kennedy. Don’t let this happen to you. Always be ready to shine in the limelight with a well prepared campaign speech that sounds natural, and an appearance that inspires confidence in voters.

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Should Air Rifles Be Banned?

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October 11th, 2014

Ban Air RiflesTen year old boy dies from air rifle accident….Teen dead after air rifle incident…Toddler shot in the head by air rifle…. Warning after cat is shot by airgun in Penpals…These are some of the common headlines we see, hear and read in various newspaper articles published or aired on TV or radio. Reading these articles elicit fear and rage among netizens and people everywhere. There have been a great number of debates and discussions about the use of an air rifle weighing the pros and cons or arguing on whether or not they should be banned or regulated.

A definitive resolution has yet to be reached. Given these circumstances shouldn’t these inspire action on the part of the government? Air rifles, also called as pellet guns, by definition are devices that fire projectile objects through compressed air. It typically propels metallic projectiles such as pellet, BBs, arrows or some use plastic projectiles. It has a variety of uses such as hunting, pest control, recreation and competitive sports.

Over the years, air rifles have become extremely popular. Some consider it as a fun and inexpensive way to learn how to shoot a firearm. On the other hand, it is a great gift to give to friends and family members especially young boys. But have they ever thought to consider the consequences of what such a thing could lead to. Air rifles may appear relatively harmless but in fact they could be potentially lethal weapons. Taking into consideration some of consequences of using an air rifle which include injuries whether accidental or intentional could be deadly or fatal.

According to statistics the most common serious air rifle injuries involve the eyes and fatalities have been recorded from penetrative injuries to the head, chest or neck and these mostly involve children and small animals. Most of these incidents result from accidental shooting of a family member, friend or relative in the absence of adult supervision. Another thing is some of the newer versions of air rifles actually could be mistaken for a real gun and could be used for other crimes such as robbery, theft or intimidation which could lead to an increase in the crime rate of the country.

All in all, they are weapons that fire projectiles without the risk of gun powder burn which are considered deadly. Most air rifle enthusiast would argue that injuries from air rifles result from accidents but if you were to think about it if the most regimented state or the most careful person on the face of the planet was to handle a air rifle would most likely cause an incident.

As a solution, air rifles should be banned by the government. Banning them is getting rid of the root cause of the problem so that it would no longer spread. If air rifles were no longer available, no one would be accidentally shot and fatalities would be prevented since there would not be any weapons to do so which would ultimately lead to peace and order. It would also help people sleep better at night knowing that such lethal weapons are prohibited and no child or small animal would be accidentally hit by a stray pellet from a pellet gun.
In conclusion air rifles might be useful in some ways but ultimately they pose a threat to human and animal lives and they should be banned.

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Why Opt For Dental Insurance?

September 24th, 2014

Most of us are aware that keeping a healthy body is the key to succeeding in everything that we do. This is why we opt for a health and dental insurance that will help us be on track when it comes to keeping a healthy lifestyle. However, what is quite alarming is that, most of us are aware of this, but not all of us can afford to take this seriously.

Dental Health

Some of us set aside the idea that we still need to take good care of out teeth as it is part of our overall hygiene and neglecting this can as well affect our overall health. There are individuals who find opting for dental insurance quite challenging as they currently cannot afford to do so. The reason behind this is they don’t have a job. For you to be able to maximize the benefits of this kind of health insurance is that you need to be employed first.

Oral care is essential for all of us (even the US president). If we want to make the most out of our lives, we should believe in the saying that health is wealth. If you can start with obtaining a good dental insurance, you can assure yourself as well as your family members that you can live a healthier life.

Neglecting dental services especially when you need it can affect your daily lifestyle. Because of unhealthy teeth and gums you may find yourself shying away from the public and even from your boss which may lead to you being unnoticed and isolated at your workplace. Of course, you don’t want this happening. So, if you have that opportunity to make use of your dental insurance, you should start maximizing its benefits and use it.

One can improve oral health with a dental care insurance. Aside from your usual brushing and flossing, you can get extended help in maintaining the cleanliness of your teeth and gums as well as your oral hygiene. If you have dental insurance, you can easily get dental help periodically according to the dental coverage that you or your employer signed for.

Now, if you want to make sure that you are free from dental diseases which may eventually cause complications to your overall health, you must make sure that you make use of your dental insurance accordingly. Not only will you be free from oral diseases but you can as well avail of regular dental check-ups and be given the appropriate treatments and examinations to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy as they should be.

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abortion is murder

One of today’s most controversial topics in North America, and even the world, is that of the right of women (and men?) to choose to have an abortion. Not only have the number of abortions performed in the United States increased exponentially since the 1970s when the procedure was made legal, also on the rise in the US is infertility in women. This severe juxtaposition comes into play for a variety reasons.

Today, women often may choose not to get married until later in life, possibly after starting a career. Or they may decide to postpone trying to have a baby until their most prime child-bearing years are beginning to wane. As women wait later and later, or have trouble getting pregnant because of medical conditions such as endometriosis or ovary problems, many of them pay a great deal of money to see fertility specialists and make every effort to try to get pregnant. Couples purchase the best ovulation kits, and they track their cycles so that they can know exactly when they are most likely to conceive. Continue reading »

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The True Cost Of Health Care

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August 21st, 2014

Health Care Dollar

Our health care system is broken. You know it, I know, Mr Obama knows it and just about anyone else who cares to read up the topic knows it.

And the issues are very, very complex. Sure it’d help if more people worked out with a personal trainer and it’d help if we weren’t jamming processed food down our throat. And yes we should be eating healthier and going for more runs and stressing less all of those things that the doctors tell us when we see them on our annual check up.

We should be getting better sleep and working less. We should spend more time outdoors. We should grow more of our own food and we should cut back on the cream and sugar in our morning coffee.

Overall, we should live a healthier lifestyle. I get it, you get it and that’s all well and fine but that is NOT our issue.

How Much More Are We Spending?

These are things we should all do, for ourselves but not for the sake of the health care system. Because the reality is, none of these explain why we pay significantly more per capita than almost every other developed country.

I can hear you singing in unison. Most countries have public health care and they pay their hard earned cash into taxes, which provides health care services. Did you know that we have a very similar amount of taxes per capita being paid into our health care system in the US. Wait, WAH?

And then on top of that we pay 1000% more than these other countries to cover the costs of our health bills. Of course when I say we, I mostly mean insurers, businesses.

So what gives? Is our health care system that much better (hint, it’s not).

Here in the US our health care is exceptionally more expensive then everywhere else in the world. Okay, so we’re talking about a very wealthy nation and thus we should expect to pay more in health care. I agree – but 2X more per capita? That’s insane.

The Real Issue In Health Care

There are a ton of arguments and conspiracy theories as to what is actually happening. I think the best theory I’ve heard is the costs aren’t competitive here in the US.

You can chalk this up to having private healthcare. If you’re dying (or living in extreme discomfort) would you find a way to pay just about anything to have that pain or threat of death removed?

Of course you would it’s you bloody life that you’re dealing with. Your families and friends would probably chip in. It’s amazing how people are able to raise tens of thousands of dollars in medical emergencies. You don’t want to be the heartless bitch that let poor Jenny suffer.

And so is it any wonder that the same procedure in the US is 12X higher than in a place like Canada?

And it’s not just doctors and surgeons. It’s the entire system – medical equipment providers, doctors, surgeons and pharmaceutical companies.

It’s a big messy diaper of a problem, but it’s also the biggest concern we have facing the American economy today.

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Dog In Yard

For as long as I can recall, people have been butting heads on issues that they have not fully educated themselves on or just don’t care to look past their own beliefs. It seems to me that a common outlook people have for “unfriendly” issues is “Not in my back yard!”. If they don’t see it, it might not hurt them and they can continue on with their lives. However if this issue they are against makes an appearance, the stubbornness of this type of person will make it’s way to be well-known.

An issue that’s made it’s way in the media for quite a few cities is the stand on wireless dog fences. They are generally used by people who a) don’t want to erect a full traditional wooden fence for any one of many reasons, b) have trained their dogs to respect the boundaries set by the wireless fence, or c) want to keep their dogs away from dangerous or fragile areas such as hills and gardens. These fences are beneficial to the people who have them and shouldn’t have to be removed based on other people’s views.

However, though they are used for the previously listed beneficial reasons, there are those people who decide that they are “cruel”, “inhumane”, and just plain don’t want to see them because of their misinformed views. Ironically, these kind of people are the same ones that want dogs to be kept contained on their owners property, safely away from themselves, and not have dogs running through the streets. This unfortunate outlook and mentality has been a cause for a lot of distress in people’s lives.

It seems as though these people approve of the use of these dog fences, just as long as they don’t have to see it happening. This “not in my backyard” (literally) mentality of people has caused a lot of uproar from other over the years just based on the pure hypocrisy of it. What they refuse to educate themselves on is how the fences actually work. They’re not cruel or inhumane, it’s just the ignorant people who spread these rumors. The fence is literally wireless and invisible to everyone (maybe minus some marker flags or poles), and causes no harm to the environment, the dog, or the people around. It would make sense that if you don’t want it in your backyard or don’t want to see it, then don’t buy one and just ignore it! People use them for their own reasons and that should have nothing to do with the people it doesn’t affect.

How far will this mentality go? Will these people turn a blind eye to other issues and just let them keep happening as long as it’s not happening too close to home and they don’t have to see it? Take the time to educate yourself on wireless fences and the issues around you. Take an educated stand on the real issues that matter and make a difference in people’s lives.

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Since the first ever Earth Day celebration more than four decades ago, the environmental conservation movement has been one of the most important social movements of our time, showcasing our care for the world around us and our desire to give our children a better world than the one we were born into. But after so much progress and so much positive impact the movement has made on the world over the years, is it possible that the environmental conservation movement is dying out, and is it possible that it’s already over? (Our friends at huntinginsight.com dont think it is)

Earth and North America from Space

Perhaps the biggest problem that the movement has is the issue of global climate change, which was once thought to be its biggest accomplishment. Scientific evidence that humans are causing global climate change that are causing temperatures and ocean levels to rise, throwing the world into chaos, and that only human action could reverse it was thought to be a rallying cry for the environmental conservation movement and something that could bring the world together. Instead, it’s become a fiercely contested political issue that has divided the public, not to mention lawmakers, into believers and non-believers. Global warming becoming such a partisan issue, especially among those with the power to create change, has in many ways stopped the environmental conservation movement dead in its tracks, halting progress and causing some to turn on those who continue to push for change.

Another issue that has been a huge detriment to the environmental conservation movement is the financial crisis that started last decade. The world economy being thrown into turmoil turned a great deal of attention away from the environment and toward what many people believed to be a more pressing issue, causing the environmental movement to lose momentum. Even with the economy stabilizing to a certain extent, it remains an area of concern and uncertainty for many, meaning that money, resources, and attention that could otherwise go to environmental causes is spent worrying about the economy, keeping the environmental conservation movement on the backburner.

Ironically, the success of the environmental conservation movement may have played a hand in its ongoing demise. The fact that there is an Earth Day every year and that the Environmental Protection Agency exists to take care of environmental issues makes it easier for people to forget the issues at hand and believe that there are others taking care of them. In a way, we’ve taken the environmental conservation movement further than most of us thought it would go when Earth Day first started decades ago, leading some to be content with the progress and unwilling to push for more. (We personally wonder if the downward trend in support for earth day looks to affect health of the population)

Clearly, the progress and the momentum built up by the environmental conservation movement over the past few decades has lost steam, but does that mean it’s over? Absolutely not. It’s certainly not a front-page issue, and that’s a problem, especially since at times it seems like only a catastrophe can bring it back to the forefront of people’s minds. But as long as Earth Day is on the calendar every year, as long as the EPA exists, and as long as there are people continuing to fight to bring awareness and change to environmental issues, the environmental conservation movement will never be over.

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Canadian Health Care

Canada gets a ton of publicity worldwide for its universal health care system. ‘Canada: Where everyone is covered,’ is a tag line which often times gets attached  not only to the healthcare system but as a country. However, not everything is as perfect as it seems and as America begins to transition to Obamacare which is something similar to Canada, there are some things it can learn from Canada’s bloated healthcare system.

There are estimates which suggest that by 2020, 70% of taxpayers dollars go towards the healthcare system in Canada. This is obviously a huge problem for a country which provides a variety of other social support for its people. As these costs begin to rise, the government has to make a decision. Either it raises taxes to provide support for it’s health care workers or it figures a way to reduce current spending on healthcare without giving up any essential services to it’s people.

In speaking with a variety of healthcare professionals, they can see the cost cuts happening already. For example, stethoscopes which are an extremely standard and important tool used by all healthcare professionals are now a ‘bring your own,’ item. Doctors, nurses and other professionals are now required to buy their own stethoscope which can cost over a few hundred dollars. Especially for a high quality stethoscope.

Another issue in hospitals which has been made apparent is security. Traditionally, you wouldn’t think a hospital would be a place which would need much security but with the access to medical equipment and drugs that are at a hospital, Canadian hospitals have had a serious issue. Even the health and safety of medical professionals working in the hospitals have been compromised forcing some doctors I speak to carry pens which are designed as self-defence weapons with them as they roam the hall ways.

As the federal politicians move in and take a closer look at the health care system, it will be interesting to see if any solutions come out of the election. Currently, with a conservative government in power, things can change very quickly. If the Liberals are able to win power in the upcoming election, it is unlikely they will have the majority meaning it will be very difficult to change laws to help the aging healthcare system quickly. Regardless, the United States has a head start in prevention of the same problems that Canada currently faces today.

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