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4 The Hampton Roads Messenger Editorial Enhance Your Life with a Pet


dog’s bladder and causes them to have fewer accidents at home. When they go for a long walk, both the dog and their owner, benefit from the experience. Research has shown that dog owners are more likely to maintain a healthy weight than people who do not own dogs. Walking is good for both dogs’ and humans’ hearts.


There are also emotional benefits BY ANGELA JONES While having a pet is not for


everyone, adopting one from an animal shelter can save its life and possibly the life of the person who adopts it. Although there are some “No Kill” animal shelters, most shelters euthanize animals when the shelter reaches capacity. One can argue that adopting an animal can save one's life because research shows that, in general, people who have pets are healthier than those who do not. The American Heart Association has said that owning a dog is “probably associated” with a reduced risk of heart disease.


Having fish and watching them


swim around in an aquarium can lower one's blood pressure. While dogs and cats may require more care and attention, fish require very little attention. There are even concentrated feeders that will feed fish while their would-be caretakers are on vacation.


Owning a dog has health benefits


too. Most dogs require someone to take them for a walk at least once per day. On days that their owner may want to just come home from work and sit on the couch, some dogs will demand a walk. Dogs are less aggressive when they get plenty of exercise. Exercise also does wonders to strengthen a


to having a pet. It has been said that dogs are man's best friend. When one is having a bad day, it is an instant emotional boost to be greeted at the door by an excited pet, who loves un- conditionally. Although it may seem that they are trying to speak at times, one never has to worry about a pet speaking ill of them as some human “friends” may.


Pets can teach children


responsibility. Some children give up the notion to ask for a pet when they realize how much effort is involved in their care. Couples often get a pet before they have children to determine if they can handle the additional responsibility of caring for a being other than themselves. Pets are also great for elderly people; they are good company when there are no friends or family members around.


There is a pet that can enhance


every person's life. Before one brings home a pet, a great deal of research should be completed to determine which pet is best for their lifestyle. Even among dogs, each breed is different; some dogs have more energy than others; some dogs enjoy being outdoors while others are considered “lap dogs” and enjoy staying indoors.


Cats may not need as much


attention as dogs, and they use a litter box rather than requiring their owners to take them for walks. Some people enjoy having ferrets, rabbits or snakes as pets. Whichever pet one chooses, their life and the life of their pet will be enhanced by their choice. Choose wisely and enjoy.


BY BRENTIN MOCK Former Secretary of State Colin


Powell was on “Face the Nation” yesterday, and just as he did last week in North Carolina, he read the Republican Party on their recent questionable policy decisions. Asked by news host Bob Schieffer what he thought of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to gut the Voting Rights Act, Powell curiously said he “could see why” they arrived at their ruling, but his bigger issue was with voter ID laws. Said Powell:


"The concern I have now is many


states are putting in place procedures and new legislation that in some ways makes it a little bit harder to vote. You need a photo ID. Well, you didn’t need a photo ID for decades before, so is it really necessary now?"


Powell’s query mirrored a


similar statement from Al Sharpton at Saturday’s “Realize the Dream” rally where Sharpton said, “We didn’t need ID to vote for John F. Kennedy. We didn’t need it to vote for Lyndon B. Johnson. … But suddenly we need it after we voted for Barack Obama.”


Powell talked about the original Licensure FROM PAGE 1


of other reasons for delaying licensure were cited, including:


• 44 percent - Did not have a car


• 39 percent - Could get around without driving


• 36 percent - Gas was too expensive


• 36 percent - Driving was too expensive


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• 35 percent - Just didn't get around to it


Low-income and minority teens


are the least likely to obtain a driver's license before age 18. Only 25 percent of teens living in households with incomes less than $20,000 obtained their license before they turned 18, while 79 percent of teens were licensed by their 18th birthday in households with incomes of $100,000 or more. The findings for licensure by age 18 differed significantly by race and ethnicity, with 67 percent for non-Hispanic white teens, 37 percent for non-Hispanic black teens, and 29 percent for Hispanic teens.


For a range of reasons, young


adults increasingly are getting licensed without the benefit of parental supervision, extensive practice and gaining experience under less risky


March on Washington 50 years ago, an event he wasn’t aware of at the time because he was in Vietnam as a soldier. He didn’t learn about the march until later that year when he returned from the war. It was then that he realized it was “time for us to understand that segregation and Jim Crow-ism, and these awful laws are not just a burden for African-Americans, they are a burden for all Americans,” he told Schieffer.


Speaking on race relations and the


Trayvon Martin case, Powell said that it was appropriate for President Barack Obama to address it and that he’d “like to see [Obama] be more passionate about race questions.” Schieffer asked Powell if Obama should be doing more on race as the first African-American president. Said Powell:


"I think he should speak out on


these issues, not just because he’s the first black president but because he is the president of the United States. And this is a problem that affects all of America, not just black Americans. It is something that is still a residual effect of our history, the racism that existed by law, segregation, slavery, and I think we’re slowly, surely moving away from this."


conditions that are the hallmark of a safety-focused licensing system," said Georjeane Blumling, spokesperson for AAA Tidewater Virginia. Researchers and policymakers should examine whether existing state GDL systems, nearly all of which end once a teen turns 18, can be modified to improve safety for these young adult novice drivers.


AAA has worked for nearly two


decades to recommend that all states adopt and enforce a comprehensive three-stage


(learner's permit,


intermediate/probationary license, full/ unrestricted license) graduated driver licensing (GDL) system for novice teen drivers. These programs require minimum holding periods and practice requirements for teens with learner's permits, followed by restricted licenses that limit driving at night or with peer passengers. These requirements help novice drivers safely gain the skills and experience needed to become safe adult drivers. Previous AAA Foundation research found that states with comprehensive GDL systems have experienced a 38 percent decrease in fatal crashes involving 16 year-olds and a 40 percent reduction in injury crashes.


The researchers surveyed a nationally-representative sample of 1,039 respondents ages 18-20. The full research report and survey results can be found on the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety website.


Volume 8 Number 1


September 2013


Colin Powell Talks Race, March on Washington and Voter ID


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