Monday, March 19, 2018

March is National Colorectal Cancer Month.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to the MDHHS, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month offers a perfect opportunity to talk to your doctor about screening for the disesase.

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 4,510 new cases of colorectal cancer and 1,670 deaths due to the disease in Michigan this year. Through colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether, according MDHHS.

“Adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “Unfortunately, many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk or they aren’t aware of the different testing or screening options. The importance of early detection cannot be overstated. Make it a priority to discuss the different testing options, including at-home tests, with your provider.”

MDHHS states that black people suffer disproportionately from colorectal cancer. In 2014 in Michigan, the rate of new cases was 44.54 per 100,000 for black residents compared to 35.3 per 100,000 for white residents. In 2015, the death rate from colorectal cancer was 19.3 per 100,000 for black residents compared to 13.2 per 100,000 for white residents.

Colorectal cancer risk increases after age 50. However, if you have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, talk with your doctor about starting testing before age 50. Many cases of colorectal cancer have no symptoms especially early on when it can be more effectively treated.

There are several screening options available, including colonoscopy and simple take-home tests. Many health insurance plans, including the Healthy Michigan Plan, cover lifesaving preventive tests. Check with your health plan to find out the details of what colorectal cancer screening is covered.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Parola Perspective: On Tyrants.

By Brooks Parola -  Purple Walrus Press.
I hate to say it, but I fear that tyrannical government is all the Russian people know, and therefore, what makes them most comfortable.
From the Czars to Stalin, to Putin, they’ve only known tyranny. They hated Gorbachev for all of the upheaval he created, but also, for being “weak”.
Then again, when you look at some of the people we’ve elected...Guilliani, Christie, Trump, we love the tyrants too, now don’t we?

Friday, March 16, 2018

U.S. Rep Debbie Dingell delivers opening statement at First Joint Pension Committee Meeting.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to the office of U.S. Representative Dingell, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) Thursday delivered the following opening statement at the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pensions.

“Thank you Mr. Chairman. It’s an honor to be here with you and with Chairman Brown on an issue that is so important. 

“We do have a monumental task ahead of us. I have lived with these men and women for years who worked a lifetime and contributed money to their pension fund. They’re not asking for a hand out. They invested in their pension, thinking they would have a safe and secure retirement, and suddenly the system is not there for them.

“I continue to have grown men cry in my arms because they don’t know how they are going to live – they don’t know how they’re going to eat, what they’re going to give their families.

“So we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get to work. This select committee was created for a reason. It was created because there will be an economic crisis in this country if we do not act on multiemployer pensions by the end of the year. It’s that simple. We’ve got to make difficult decisions, but I know almost everybody on this committee and we’re not afraid of tough work.

“John taught me, and his father taught him, that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. We need to listen. But by the end of the year, we have a moral responsibility to the working men and women of this country to figure this out and come up with a solution. And none of us are afraid of tough work.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Rally To Save Our Staff held on Eastern Michigan University campus Thursday.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Roughly 100 Eastern Michigan University staff participated in a Rally To Save Our Staff  demonstration and march that was held on the University's campus early Thursday afternoon. Participants braved cold temperatures to voice their anger over what demonstrators believe are unfair staff cutbacks due to university budget constraints. The rally was sponsored by EMU AAUP. Rally participants chanted "Shame", "Bullshit", and "Chop from the top."

According to the Rally to Save Our Staff facebook page, "Top administrators at EMU are eliminating 60 clerical and technical and professional jobs." Participants in Wednesday's rally want to stop the cuts and, "Demand a new way forward for EMU." This according to the Rally to Save Our Staff organizer on their page..

EMU president James Smith recently stated that Eastern Michigan University is facing a $4.5 to $5.5 million budget deficit for the 2018 fiscal year. Smith attributed the need for staff cutbacks to a projected 2.5 percent student credit hour drop for the 2018 fiscal year, in essence creating less tuition and fees revenue.

According to a Jan 25, 2018 conversation with WEMU, President Smith stated, "If we did nothing from today going forward, we would be between four and a half to five and a half million dollars off where we need to be to make our budget work. In order not to be in that situation, which means you are literally drawing from the university savings account, which is not robust, we said we have to look at position eliminations, and we have to look at our spending around our supplies budget, our materials budget, and what we call SS&M here on campus." This according to a conversation between James Smith and WEMU.

CIT Tournament: Eastern Michigan socks it to Niagara Wednesday to advance in tourney

EMU's Paul Jackson hits a 3 pointer at the Convo. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The Eagles of Eastern Michigan University clobbered the Niagara University Purple Eagles 83 to 65 in the opening round of the Tournament Wednesday night at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. With a record of 22-12 Eastern advances to the second round of the tournament. I must add that I am shocked that Eastern did not receive an invitation to play in the NIT with such a strong win/loss record. Not to worry, PWP will look into it this atrocity. But EMU is thrilled to be selected to play in a post season tournament and hopefully raise a new championship banner in the Convo Center.

Back to last nights game..The Purple Eagles of Niagara, yes, Purple Eagles, didn't have a chance against our sharp-shooting EMU Eagles Wednesday. Redshirt Junior Elijah Minnie out of Pittsburgh, Pa scored a career high 29 points, nailing five beautiful high arcing 3 pointers. T'was a thing of beauty. Meanwhile, Junior James Thompson (Baton Rouge, La) scored 20 points and snagged 16 rebounds. Senior Tim Bond notched 11 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists. Most awesome. As I said, 19-14 Niagara didn't have a chance.

EMU was dominate on defense as Niagara shot only 35% from the floor. The Purple Eagles managed only 30 points in the paint.

As for Eastern's next victim in the CIT Tournament, we'll have to wait a bit and see, as the next opponent is listed as TBA. No worries, we can wait. When the next game is announced, you'll be the first to know.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.
Malik Ellison from Flint heads downcourt.
Tim Bond about to slam dunk
Elijah Minnie scores from inside the paint.