Farmers, drought and depression

Farmers, drought and depression

According to Texas A&M University, drought cost Texas $7.6 billion in agricultural losses in 2011. The state lost $4.4 billion in crops—corn, cotton, wheat, hay—and $3.2 billion in livestock. Texas also sustained $669 million in timber losses. A Purdue University study on agriculture, drought and depression shows farmers experience emotional travails extending beyond financial losses.

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Snowbirds: Mental health migration

Snowbirds: Mental health migration

According to the Naples Daily News, Florida’s population swells by 20 to 30 percent beginning each fall. The reason is snowbirds—those ambulatory seniors—descend on the Sunshine State in groves. Most migrate to escape Minnesota, Calgary and other frigid climates. But traveling to warmer temps is not the only benefit these seniors enjoy. Studies show they live longer and retain a healthier mental edge than their homebound counterparts.

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Mass shootings: School shootings and surveillance cameras

Mass shootings: School shootings and surveillance cameras

According to a 2014 Associated Press analysis, school shootings did not decrease following the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. In 2014, there were 11 shootings in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Tennessee, Colorado and other states. In a PBS Rundown story, Ronald Stephens, executive director of the National School Safety Center, says it’s easy to blame bad parents, video games, access to guns and a culture that does not value the sanctity of human life for the violence. The challenge is preventing the violence. “A line I often use is do everything you can, knowing you can’t […] Read more

Mass shootings: Guns and a lonely bitter existence

Mass shootings: Guns and a lonely bitter existence

Chris Harper Mercer killed nine people and wounded 10 before being killed by police. The Los Angeles Times reports Mercer left behind racist, anti-religious and anti-government writings. USA Today reports Oregon police found a document believed to have been written by Mercer. The contents reveal a bitter lonely individual with few outside contacts. According to police, Mercer expresses little hope for the future in the note.

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50 years later and Dallas still feels guilt

50 years later and Dallas still feels guilt

5,000 “Wanted for Treason” posters bearing John F. Kennedy’s photograph were distributed in Dallas, Texas, in the days leading up to the president’s November 1963 visit to the city. According to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza website, the poster was created by Robert Surrey, who was an associate of Major General Edwin Walker. Walker survived an assassination attempt by Lee Harvey Oswald months before Oswald shot the president. According to some Dallas residents, the city’s guilt over the president’s assassination continues to this day.

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