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Cabell County and More: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
America / Culture / Healthcare / Politics

Cabell County and More: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Rates of opioid addiction in the United States have continued to increase leading to the destruction of families, a decline in labor participation, and rising healthcare costs. Out of all the drug overdose deaths in 2015, 63.1% involved an opioid. This problem has been appropriately called an epidemic and its consequences and widespread effect have … Continue reading

Immigration / U.S. Senate

On Dreamers: Too Many Bills, Too Little Consensus

Last month, Senate Republicans introduced yet another bill to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation after the Trump administration announced earlier this month that the Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) program is being rescinded. DACA, an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2012, provided temporary legal status to young immigrants (commonly referred to … Continue reading

Economy / Fiscal policy / Tax / Taxes

Tax Cut-Implications for Behavioral Economics

Richard H. Thaler, professor of behavioral science and economics at the University of Chicago, won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences this year “for his contributions to behavioral economics.” This is a relatively new field that combines the idea of psychology and economics. Standard economic models assume that humans are rational actors. However, behavioral economists … Continue reading

Politics

Three Mile Island Shutdown: A Major Setback for our Clean Energy Future.

The Paris Agreement serves as the bridge between existing policies and the low-carbon development economy needed to sustain our future. Although the agreement is non-binding, 160 Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have ratified the agreement, and hope to transition into the low-carbon pathway needed to keep warming below 2oC (3.6o … Continue reading