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Friday, January 25, 2008

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Losing a friend is not any easier then losing a family member. Yesterday we lost a friend and a coworker. He was taken in a flash, making a simple mistake however he was a good guy, great smile the world ahead of him and so much potential and now we will only have him in our hearts and minds..
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Postpartum Depression & Postpartum Psychosis

What is depression?

Depression can be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. But true clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for an extended time. Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe. The degree of depression, which your doctor can determine, influences how you are treated.

How common is depression during and after pregnancy?

Depression that occurs during pregnancy or within a year after delivery is called perinatal depression. The exact number of women with depression during this time is unknown. But researchers believe that depression is one of the most common complications during and after pregnancy. Often, the depression is not recognized or treated, because some normal pregnancy changes cause similar symptoms and are happening at the same time. Tiredness, problems sleeping, stronger emotional reactions, and changes in body weight may occur during pregnancy and after pregnancy. But these symptoms may also be signs of depression.

What causes depression?

There may be a number of reasons why a woman gets depressed. Hormone changes or a stressful life event, such as a death in the family, can cause chemical changes in the brain that lead to depression. Depression is also an illness that runs in some families. Other times, it’s not clear what causes depression.

During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, these factors may increase a woman’s chance of depression:

History of depression or substance abuse

Family history of mental illness

Little support from family and friends

Anxiety about the fetus

Problems with previous pregnancy or birth

Marital or financial problems

Young age (of mother)

After Pregnancy

Depression after pregnancy is called postpartum depression or peripartum depression. After pregnancy, hormonal changes in a woman's body may trigger symptoms of depression. During pregnancy, the amount of two female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, in a woman's body increases greatly. In the first 24 hours after childbirth, the amount of these hormones rapidly drops back down to their normal non-pregnant levels. Researchers think the fast change in hormone levels may lead to depression, just as smaller changes in hormones can affect a woman's moods before she gets her menstrual period.

Occasionally, levels of thyroid hormones may also drop after giving birth. The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that helps to regulate your metabolism (how your body uses and stores energy from food). Low thyroid levels can cause symptoms of depression including depressed mood, decreased interest in things, irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, and weight gain. A simple blood test can tell if this condition is causing a woman's depression. If so, thyroid medicine can be prescribed by a doctor.

Other factors that may contribute to postpartum depression include:

Feeling tired after delivery, broken sleep patterns, and not enough rest often keeps a new mother from regaining her full strength for weeks.

Feeling overwhelmed with a new, or another, baby to take care of and doubting your ability to be a good mother.

Feeling stress from changes in work and home routines. Sometimes, women think they have to be "super mom" or perfect, which is not realistic and can add stress.

Having feelings of loss — loss of identity of who you are, or were, before having the baby, loss of control, loss of your pre-pregnancy figure, and feeling less attractive.

Having less free time and less control over time. Having to stay home indoors for longer periods of time and having less time to spend with the your partner and loved ones.

What are symptoms of depression?

Any of these symptoms during and after pregnancy that last longer than two weeks are signs of depression:

Feeling restless or irritable

Feeling sad, hopeless, and overwhelmed

Crying a lot

Having no energy or motivation

Eating too little or too much

Sleeping too little or too much

Trouble focusing, remembering, or making decisions

Feeling worthless and guilty

Loss of interest or pleasure in activities

Withdrawal from friends and family

Having headaches, chest pains, heart palpitations (the heart beating fast and feeling like it is skipping beats), or hyperventilation (fast and shallow breathing)

After pregnancy, signs of depression may also include being afraid of hurting the baby or oneself and not having any interest in the baby.

What is the difference between "baby blues," postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis?

The baby blues can happen in the days right after childbirth and normally go away within a few days to a week. A new mother can have sudden mood swings, sadness, crying spells, loss of appetite, sleeping problems, and feel irritable, restless, anxious, and lonely. Symptoms are not severe and treatment isn’t needed. But there are things you can do to feel better. Nap when the baby does. Ask for help from your spouse, family members, and friends. Join a support group of new moms or talk with other moms.

Postpartum depression can happen anytime within the first year after childbirth. A woman may have a number of symptoms such as sadness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, anxiety, and feelings of guilt and worthlessness. The difference between postpartum depression and the baby blues is that postpartum depression often affects a woman’s well-being and keeps her from functioning well for a longer period of time. Postpartum depression needs to be treated by a doctor. Counseling, support groups, and medicines are things that can help.

Postpartum psychosis is rare. It occurs in 1 or 2 out of every 1000 births and usually begins in the first 6 weeks postpartum. Women who have bipolar disorder or another psychiatric problem called schizoaffective disorder have a higher risk for developing postpartum psychosis. Symptoms may include delusions, hallucinations, sleep disturbances, and obsessive thoughts about the baby. A woman may have rapid mood swings, from depression to irritability to euphoria.

What steps can I take if I have symptoms of depression during pregnancy or after childbirth?

Some women don’t tell anyone about their symptoms because they feel embarrassed, ashamed, or guilty about feeling depressed when they are supposed to be happy. They worry that they will be viewed as unfit parents. Perinatal depression can happen to any woman. It does not mean you are a bad or “not together” mom. You and your baby don’t have to suffer. There is help.

There are different types of individual and group "talk therapies" that can help a woman with perinatal depression feel better and do better as a mom and as a person. Limited research suggests that many women with perinatal depression improve when treated with anti-depressant medicine. Your doctor can help you learn more about these options and decide which approach is best for you and your baby. The next section contains more detailed information about available treatments.

Speak to your doctor or midwife if you are having symptoms of depression while you are pregnant or after you deliver your baby. Your doctor or midwife can give you a questionnaire to test for depression and can also refer you to a mental health professional who specializes in treating depression.

Here are some other helpful tips:

Try to get as much rest as you can. Try to nap when the baby naps.

Stop putting pressure on yourself to do everything. Do as much as you can and leave the rest!

Ask for help with household chores and nighttime feedings. Ask your husband or partner to bring the baby to you so you can breastfeed. If you can, have a friend, family member, or professional support person help you in the home for part of the day.

Talk to your husband, partner, family, and friends about how you are feeling.

Do not spend a lot of time alone. Get dressed and leave the house. Run an errand or take a short walk.

Spend time alone with your husband or partner.

Talk with other mothers so you can learn from their experiences.

Join a support group for women with depression. Call a local hotline or look in your telephone book for information and services.

Don’t make any major life changes during pregnancy. Major changes can cause unneeded stress. Sometimes big changes cannot be avoided. When that happens, try to arrange support and help in your new situation ahead of time.

How is depression treated?

There are two common types of treatment for depression.

Talk therapy. This involves talking to a therapist, psychologist, or social worker to learn to change how depression makes you think, feel, and act.

Medicine. Your doctor can give you an antidepressant medicine to help you. These medicines can help relieve the symptoms of depression.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk with their doctors about the advantages and risks of taking antidepressant medicines. Some women are concerned that taking these medicines may harm the baby. A mother’s depression can affect her baby’s development, so getting treatment is important for both mother and baby. The risks of taking medicine have to be weighed against the risks of depression. It is a decision that women need to discuss carefully with their doctors. Women who decide to take antidepressant medicines should talk to their doctors about which antidepressant medicines are safer to take while pregnant or breastfeeding.

What effects can untreated depression have?

Depression not only hurts the mother, but also affects her family. Some researchers have found that depression during pregnancy can raise the risk of delivering an underweight baby or a premature infant. Some women with depression have difficulty caring for themselves during pregnancy. They may have trouble eating and won’t gain enough weight during the pregnancy; have trouble sleeping; may miss prenatal visits; may not follow medical instructions; have a poor diet; or may use harmful substances, like tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs.

Postpartum depression can affect a mother’s ability to parent. She may lack energy, have trouble concentrating, be irritable, and not be able to meet her child’s needs for love and affection. As a result, she may feel guilty and lose confidence in herself as a mother, which can worsen the depression. Researchers believe that postpartum depression can affect the infant by causing delays in language development, problems with emotional bonding to others, behavioral problems, lower activity levels, sleep problems, and distress. It helps if the father or another caregiver can assist in meeting the needs of the baby and other children in the family while mom is depressed.

All children deserve the chance to have a healthy mom. All moms deserve the chance to enjoy their life and their children. Don’t suffer alone. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression during pregnancy or after having a baby, please tell a loved one and call you doctor or midwife right away.

More Information

You can find out more about depression during and after pregnancy by contacting the National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) at 1-800-994-9662 or the following organizations.

National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, HHS
Phone: (301) 496-9576
Internet Address: http://www.nimh.nih.gov

National Mental Health Information Center, SAMHSA, HHS
Phone: (800) 789-2647
Internet Address: http://www.mentalhealth.org

American Psychological Association
Phone: (800) 374-2721
Internet Address: http://www.apa.org

National Mental Health Association
Phone: (800) 969-NMHA
Internet Address: http://www.nmha.org

Postpartum Education for Parents
Phone: (805) 564-3888
Internet Address: http://www.sbpep.org

Postpartum Support International
Phone: (805) 967-7636
Internet Address: http://www.postpartum.net

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Friday, January 18, 2008

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The Interrogation of Michael Crowe
01/06/2008 1:00 PM, 2 hrs
After his sister is murdered, a 14-year-old boy (Mark Rendall) becomes a prime suspect---and admits his guilt after two days of rigorous questioning from a determined detective (John Bourgeois). Ally Sheedy and Michael Riley costar as the devastated parents, who refuse to believe the worst about their son. Dorothy Sorenson: Rosemary Dunsmore.
Cast & Credits: Ally Sheedy, Mark Rendall, Michael Riley, John Bourgeois, Rosemary Dunsmore
TVPG, English, 2002

Saturday, January 05, 2008

A family loses 5 Of their loved ones

rticle published Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Wrong-way driver jailed; man's blood-alcohol was 3 times legal limit

Pickup driver Michael Gagnon, 24, of Adrian was charged with five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.


So many people tried to stop him.

The young man at Taco Bell knew he was drunk, and called 911, but couldn't make him stay.

The panicked drivers along southbound I-280 swerved out of the way and used their cell phones to dial 911, amazed that a hulking pickup truck could be going the wrong way on the highway.

But they couldn't stop him.

Within eight minutes, he had killed five members of a family from Maryland, including four children — one of whom was just 8 weeks old.

"The guy might as well have had a loaded gun and shot those people," said Keith Allain, of Oakland Township, Michigan, one of the 911 callers.

Yesterday, the 24-year-old Adrian man — who records show had a blood alcohol level of 0.254 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent — was charged with five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Michael Gagnon was being held last night at the Lucas County jail pending an arraignment tomorrow in Toledo Municipal Court.

The fatal accident occurred just before 11 p.m. Sunday on southbound I-280 near the Manhattan Boulevard overpass.

Police said Mr. Gagnon's northbound Ford F-350 collided nearly head-on with a Chevy Astro van being driven south by Danny Griffin, Jr., 36, of Parkville, Md.

Bethany Griffin, 36, Jordan Griffin, 10, Lacie Burkman, 7, and Haley Burkman, 10, were pronounced dead at the scene. Vadie Griffin, 8 weeks old, was taken to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Mr. Griffin was in serious condition yesterday at St. Vincent. Sidney Griffin, 8, was listed in critical condition, and Beau Burkman, 8, was discharged about 4:45 p.m., a hospital spokesman said.

Mr. Gagnon was treated for a jaw injury at St. Vincent. He was taken into custody after being discharged at 4:20 p.m.

The suspect, drunk after a night at an Oregon bar, swung through a Taco Bell on Navarre Avenue, then headed for I-280. But he drove past the ramp to northbound I-280. He drove above the highway on an overpass, then turned right onto the ramp used by southbound traffic exiting I-280 at Navarre.

The fatal crash took place about four miles away on the highway, just south of I-75 in Toledo.

'At 60 miles an hour, you can drive that in about three minutes, and that's all it took for him to kill five people,' Toledo police Deputy Chief Ron Spann said.

Family regret

Chief Spann said Mr. Gagnon was aware the accident caused the deaths, and was uncooperative and belligerent when he spoke with investigators.

He has no previous drunk-driving convictions in Ohio or Michigan.

Samuel Gagnon, 21, Mr. Gagnon's brother, told The Blade last night from his home that "my prayers go out to the family," and declined further comment. The Gagnon brothers work construction together in the Adrian area.

Earlier yesterday Samuel Gagnon told the Baltimore Sun that his brother, wasn't supposed to be driving, but left the Oregon bar they were partying at without warning. He was driving Samuel Gagnon's truck.

"I don't know why he decided to leave," he told the Sun. "Everyone's in shock. We're supposed to be celebrating the New Year, but now I got to look forward to my brother in jail the rest of his life."

Where it started

Mr. Gagnon was believed to have been partying at the Rodeo Bar and Grill, a country music bar that shares a parking lot with the Holiday Inn Express at 3154 Navarre Ave.

Christine Shallal, general manager at the Holiday Inn, said three rooms were registered to Mr. Gagnon and his family for Sunday night. A manager and waitress at Rodeo Bar declined comment.

There were multiple reports that Mr. Gagnon smelled of alcohol, and a search warrant filed in Toledo Municipal Court noted that police observed Mr. Gagnon's speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy, and that he was acting agitated.

Mr. Gagnon also admitted to consuming intoxicants, and one or more liquor containers were found in his vehicle, according to the warrant.

"He's really drunk"

A restaurant employee at the Taco Bell at 2950 Navarre Ave. who identified himself as Jacob called Oregon police at 10:47 p.m.

"Hey, I work at Taco Bell and there's this guy he's driving like a black Ford F 250, it's like a diesel, and he's really drunk," the employee told dispatchers. "We've got him stopped in our parking lot, in our drive-through right now, and I was just wondering if you could send someone over here to either stop him or pick him up."

Oregon police went to the restaurant but just missed Mr. Gagnon.

Toledo police received its first call about Mr. Gagnon driving the wrong way on I-280 at 10:52 p.m. The accident occurred at 10:55 p.m.

The van carrying eight people — including the five who died — was driven by Mr. Griffin, who was returning to Maryland after visiting his father in the Livonia, Mich., area, authorities said. Before that they had been visiting family in the Redford, Mich., area for the holidays.

"Such great people"

Sabrina Hauf, who lives in Parkville — a Baltimore suburb — and has children who attended school with the Burkman children, said in an e-mail to The Blade that "our community is absolutely distraught by this tragedy and losing such great people."

"It is so hard to believe that we will never see them walking through the halls of Carney Elementary again," Ms. Hauf said.

Ms. Hauf described the family as a blended family, in which the Burkman children were from Mrs. Griffin's previous marriage and the older Griffin children belonged to Mr. Griffin.

Bethany and Danny Griffin are "absolutely fantastic parents," said Jason Starin, a family friend from Raleigh, N.C.

Mr. Griffin enjoys playing ice hockey and is a devout Detroit Lions fan, and Ms. Griffin loved the Baltimore Ravens, Mr. Starin said.

"It's just an amazing family and it's going to have to recover," he said.

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A horrific scene

It appears that Mr. Griffin and Mr. Gagnon tried to swerve to avoid the collision, but the heavier pickup sheared off the passenger side of the minivan, causing several passengers to be thrown from the vehicle.

Remnants of Christmas wrapping were strewn about the scene, as were toys, stuffed animals, luggage, and baby effects, including a damaged infant seat surrounded by pink blankets.

Lucas County coroner's investigator Walt Biegala, who responded to the accident scene, said it was horrific.

"They were just kids, and it tore me apart," he said.

Most of the victims had head and body injuries and some also suffered broken bones. Autopsies are planned for tomorrow.

"I've been doing this for 40 some years with the police department and with the coroners office and this is one of the worst I've seen," he said. "It looked like a bomb blast you see in Iraq on the news."

Police said I-280 south was closed until 3:20 a.m. as they cleaned up the wreckage.

Dr. Allain was one of several motorists on southbound I-280 who called 911 after seeing Mr. Gagnon's pickup truck headed north in the wrong lane.

"The guy was straddling the left two lanes — the fast lane and the middle — and I was in the right lane," Dr. Allain recalled yesterday.

Local support

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner released a statement yesterday extending his thoughts and prayers to the family of Danny Griffin and reminding people to be safe this holiday season.

"The tragic accident late last night on I-280 should serve as a stark reminder to all citizens to not drink and drive as we wrap up the 2007 holiday season," he said. "The deaths of five people, including four children, need not have happened had one individual had the common sense to not get behind the wheel after he'd been drinking."

An Oregon mother, Connie Koch, 40, and her 6-year-old son Noah were moved by the tragedy that affected the out-of-town family and brought gifts to the hospitalized children yesterday — a remote-control car for Beau and a paint set for Sidney, and coloring books and crayons for both.

Ms. Koch said she talked to a family member who drove to Toledo from Maryland who accepted the care packages from Noah and thanked them for their thoughtfulness.

"Here they are in a city where they don't live with limited family around," Ms. Koch said. "And for them to know they're not going home a whole family. As a mother, I couldn't imagine. And that father, I couldn't imagine being him right now."

Staff writers Laren Weber, Janet Romaker, David Patch, and Ignazio Messina contributed to this report.

Contact Meghan Gilbert at: mgilbert@theblade.com or 419-724-6134.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Good Reading and Good TO know

Your Legal "To Do" List - By Rita Risser, attorney at law
Looking back over the past year, we've seen a few trends in employment law. What action steps can you take now to prevent costly lawsuits?

Mandate (good) training for all your reports

The courts are clear: employers who fail to train employees are negligent and can be sued for harassment. But the courts don't uphold just any training - it has to be good and effective training.

In one case, the U.S. government ordered a company to stop computer-based training (CBT) because it didn't give real-life skills. The board found that CBT effectively provided factual information, but did not give employees an understanding of processes or the ability to ask questions about abnormal situations. What was lacking was "training that goes beyond fact memorization and answers the question 'Why?'"

The board told the company to replace computer tutorials with "face-to-face training conducted by personnel with process-specific knowledge and experience who can assess trainee competency."

Of course, when you do live training, make sure it is supported by everyone in the company from the top down. One company lost a case in 2007, in part because the Chairman walked into a harassment prevention training and made an inappropriate "joke."
Follow proper procedure in harassment claims

One good trend for employers - the courts will protect you from suit if you have a proper procedure and follow it. In one 2007 case, a federal Court of Appeals ruled against a victim of harassment who was fired for refusing to work with the accused harasser. The court found the company promptly and fairly investigated her claim, properly warned the accused, and offered the victim reasonable options which she refused.

In contrast, if you don't follow procedure, you lose. In another 2007 case, the harasser properly was given a final written warning, and then after harassing again, given a second written warning instead of being terminated. When he harassed a third time, the victim quit and sued. The court said because he was not terminated the company emboldened him to continue harassing. The victim was allowed to take her case to jury trial.

What you should do: If you are in a position to require people to attend training, make it one of their objectives for the coming year. All employees need harassment prevention and all managers should take Managing within the Law to learn about following proper procedure. Remember that cheaper and easier training is not better. Not only will it make you look bad when you get sued, it makes you more likely to get sued in the first place, because people don't learn in cheap and easy training.

Training - good training - is the only way to prevent mistakes and stop costly lawsuits.
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Big Money

A claim that Knicks coach Isiah Thomas sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated Anuch Sanders has been settled for $11.5 million. In October, 2007 a federal jury in New York had awarded Ms. Sanders $11.6 million in punitive damages, plus compensatory damages and legal fees. The settlement avoids an appeal of the jury verdict.

A San Diego Children's Hospital agreed to pay $2.7 million to 150 former employees denied meal breaks.

Lowell (MA) High School settled a gender bias suit for over $1 million.
3000 home health care workers are to receive $2.2 million for unpaid time traveling between clients and working more than 40 hours in a week.

Fair Measures reports only settlements and final judgments - never jury verdicts.
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Ask the Lawyers #1
Our company has facilities in many states - what laws should we follow?
If a hotel management company has properties all over the United States are they expected to have the same policies in effect at each location or can they go by the state law which presides? (for lunch breaks, OT regulations etc..)
Thank you.

Rita Risser and Ann Kiernan reply:
Federal law provides the minimum standards for all locations, but if the state law for a particular site provides more for employees, the company must follow the law which is most beneficial to the employees. You can have the same polices for all locations as long as the policies follow the most generous state law on the subject.
Every state requires employers to prevent discrimination and harassment. Find out how we can help you do that through our program, Managing Within the Law.

Ask the Lawyers #2
Manager is out sick a lot - can we fire him?
Our workshop manager is increasingly taking time off when he is sick. We suspect a chronic illness, but do not have any official notification. My boss wants me to find out how to deal with this situation legally. A manager's presence is necessary for the shop to run properly and our products to get done. We feel his illness is impacting his job performance and our business is suffering because of it. We don't know if we can let him go and replace him or if we need to work with him through whatever is going on.

Rita Risser replies:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that employers enter into an interactive process with disabled employees. In other words, talk to him. I would say something like this: "We notice you are taking sick time, and we are concerned about your health. We don't want to invade your privacy but if you have a chronic or disabling condition, you do have rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family Medical Leave Act. And of course you are entitled to use all your accrued sick leave. We also have the right to have someone here to do the work. What can we do to resolve this situation?" Then begin your discussion.
Ultimately, once he exceeds his FMLA and sick leave, even if he is disabled he can be terminated (or released on disability) if he can't perform the essential functions of the job, one of which is to be there. However, it is best if you work closely with a local attorney if you decide to go this route.
Good luck.
Learn how to comply with ADA, FMLA and more in our program, Managing Within the Law Part II.

Ask the Lawyers #3
Spanish speaking employees are making negative comments - can we make them speak English?
Inside of our company, there is a handful of employees, all men, who are bi-lingual. They speak English fairly well and are fluent in Spanish. When they get together they all immediately speak Spanish leaving everyone else in the room in the dark with regard to their discussion. However; many of us know a little Spanish here and there and can fairly guess that they are making negative comments, or just plain talking about non work related topics. Can we enforce an English-only work place?? Your advice on this topic will be appreciated.

Rita Risser replies:
Wow - people who speak only English at your workplace never make negative comments and never talk about non-work related topics??? Although there are a few limited circumstances when employers can enforce English-only in the workplace, the general rule is that people should ignore the conversations of others, and if any reprimands are to be made for making negative comments or non-work-related conversation, everyone must be reprimanded, no matter what language they speak.
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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Challenge Day..Oprah's Show

Ok I am glad that this helped Monroe High School and the whole hour they all got along.
Now lets get down to the real nitty gritty, if those children did not know the Cameras were on them would they have done this? Honestly... I do not think so.

It is wonderful to say they helped this school however I would like to see this school in 6 months and see where these 65 students are without them knowing where the cameras are.

Schools are not the homes of students and the HOME life is what needs to be focused on, we all have problems and we all face them differently.

being GAY, pregnant, black, white,asian,mexican,

Do we really care when we leave to go home? Once again the majority of problems begin at HOME.

Racism is very well ALIVE and always will be, we will never be in a country without it, so hold you heads up and say You will not bother me, I will be who I am and I will never be less then you. SAY IT

We need to stop blaming others and start looking in the HOMES, PArents need to STEP up to the plate and teach and educate your children about everyday life.
Stop letting other people RAISE your CHILDREN.
Stop letting your children think it is ok to make excuses for what they are doing or what they are not doing..
This is a good show however it is not gonna change anything until the home life of each child is changed.

Have you Heard of Crazy 88?

ok so I could not sleep one night and I turn the tv on and this car saleman is on saying 88 down and 88 a month no one is turned away..

so I called the phone number and did the automated system and waited for the phonecall that was to come within 24 hours..

The call never came however I have had phone calls from everyone else trying to sale me a car and they do not know a thing about the 88 down and 88 per month deal.

So please let me know if you have called or filled out the website apllication and lets see what we can do about this SCAM company.