Sunday, May 10, 2009

History of Mother's Day & Points of View

Happy Mother's Day!

Before we get to the points of view section, in honor of this special day, we did a bit of research and found a couple of good sites that gave tons of good information. Did you know that ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks also had days devoted to mothers? Okay, they were Goddesses, but you get the point...

The Complete History of Mother's Day - Mother's Day Central - "One of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a Mother deity can be found among the ancient Egyptians, who held an annual festival to honor the goddess Isis, who was commonly regarded as the Mother of the pharaohs."

Mother's Day - Wikipedia - "In most countries, Mother's Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it has evolved in North America and Europe. Many African countries adopted the idea of one Mother's Day from the British tradition, although there are many festivals and events celebrating mothers within the many diverse cultures on the African continent that long pre-date colonization. In Nepal and other hindu tradition, its called 'Mata Tirtha Aunshi' or 'Mother Pilgrimage fortnight.'"

Points of View

The Credit Card Squeeze - The New York Times - "At a time when everyone is talking about troubled banks, Congress can provide relief to millions of their increasingly alarmed customers. Many credit card holders are complaining about unexpected increases in fees or interest rates that double or triple for no reason."

Demoting California - The Wall Street Journal - "One of the biggest stories in politics earlier this year was about California's budget teetering on the edge of a $42-billion deficit abyss. It only staved off insolvency when its legislature ended three months of gridlock to pass a budget with steep tax hikes and spending cuts. Guess what the Obama Administration is doing? It is telling Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that it will revoke nearly $7 billion in federal stimulus money unless the state restores legislated wage cuts for unionized health-care workers."

The Half-Penny Solution - The Wall Street Journal - "They scrubbed 'line by line' through this historically huge budget and identified $16.7 billion of budget savings. This is less than a penny, about 0.47 cents, of savings out of every dollar Uncle Sam will spend this year. And these aren't real savings that will reduce debt, because Congress has already fixed the budget totals. Thus, each dollar saved from the African Development Foundation gets reallocated to some other foreign aid program."

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