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Editorial By: Kelly Woodard

As the weather warms up and the summer season arrives, I decided that it was time to do a little shopping for some cute new outfits. Usually a task I thoroughly enjoy doing every year, I headed to some of the stores I have relied on for years for stylish, inexpensive tops and dresses like Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and TJ Maxx, only to find that even though my body may not have grown out of these teeny bopper clothes….at 34….I looked like an idiot in them.
To be clear, I’m not sure if the trends are just horribly tiny and slutty this year or if I have just moved into the category of “things women over 30 should not wear”. Row after row….rack after rack, I searched. All I seemed to find were crop tops and see through blouses with just lacy bras underneath them.
Now back in the day, I was a college student when Britney Spears and Shania “Belly Button” Twain were at their peak of popularity, and I have to admit that I did rock a crop top or two. I was also at nightclubs and had a six pack of abs back then, but that’s another story. Even now when I see those pictures, I cringe. Except for the abs….I’d kill to have those back.
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Think of the Children!
Making Sense by Michael Reagan

"What about the children?"

Politicians of both parties often stoop to using our children as props whenever they're fighting for a new law or pet government program.

They argue we need to cut the $18 trillion debt, regulate the Internet or pay teachers more "for our children."

"Think of the children" is almost always an emotional and irrational appeal made in desperation by those who don't have a reasonable or legitimate argument.

Invoking "the children" is pure BS. It's obvious political BS. But it's BS that's been used for a long time by Democrats and Republicans.

It became so common that it was satirized way back in the early 1990s in the "The Simpsons," when the character Helen Lovejoy constantly shrieked "Think of the children" during town debates over everything from lowering taxes to what to do about too many bears roaming the streets.

Despite becoming a cultural joke, using "the children" as emotional weapons in political warfare still goes on all the time.

Every other lousy politician in Washington who wants to tax, subsidize or regulate something still claims he's doing it "for the children" -- whether it's saving the planet from climate change, giving amnesty to illegal immigrants or intervening in Syria.

But when it comes to passing a piece of legislation that will actually do something to help hundreds of thousands of real children, it's another story.

As part of the latest parliamentary maneuvering and cat-fighting between Democrats and Republicans, the passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 has been delayed in the Senate.

Passed by the House, and having broad bipartisan support, the act would strike an important blow in the fight against human sex trafficking.

The act would create a fund to help authorities in the USA deter and combat sex trafficking, prosecute traffickers when they are caught and provide assistance to private groups that work to rescue and restore the lives of trafficking victims — most of whom are children.

We hear little about it, but human trafficking is a serious problem in the United States and around the globe. The U.S. State Department estimates there are 27 million victims of trafficking worldwide.

Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry involving more than 125 countries. The majority of victims are women and girls who are forcibly trafficked from one place to another to do work or provide sex, usually under horribly unsafe and unhygienic conditions.

The United States is not untouched by this crime against children. Experts say 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year and about 300,000 American children, particularly children in foster care, are continually at risk of being pulled into the hell of human trafficking.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the typical sex-trafficked child in the United States is 13 or 14 years old. The average pimp makes upwards of $200,000 a year from one of his four to eight children, who are forced to have sex 20 to 48 times a day.

Private organizations like the Polaris Project and Arrow Child and Family Ministries in Texas, which I'm affiliated with, are working hard to educate the public about the horrors of sex-trafficking and rescue as many young victims as they can.

But it's a huge job and the public and private resources to do it are spread thin and hard to acquire.

With the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, Republicans and Democrats are in a great position to actually do something "for the children" instead of just talking about it.

For now the act has become another bargaining chip in Washington's never-ending private poker game.

It will pass eventually. Even Congress gets it right once in a while. But it's time for politicians to quit playing politics with the lives of our children.
Copyright ©2014 Michael Reagan. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press). He is the founder of the email service reagan.com and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his websites at www.reagan.com and www.michaelereagan.com. Send comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com. Follow @reaganworld on Twitter.
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Pensacola Maritime Park Supports Alzheimer’s Research With A ‘Bark To Remember’
By: Kelly Woodard

Gulf Coast Health Care and the Pensacola Maritime Park are proud to present the 3
rd Annual Bark To Remember, a free, dog friendly event to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s to our area, Saturday, March 28th from 10 am to 2 pm.
Throughout the day there will be dog contests, demonstrations, health care awareness seminars, the Bloodmobile, a Bone Marrow Drive, a City of Pensacola fire truck, and various food and drinks available for guests and their furry best friends to enjoy. Local vendors will be on hand to offer you special treats and gear for your four-legged pal as well as for yourself.
All dogs are welcome and will have a fun filled activity area where they can interact with one another while running, jumping, and barking until their heart’s content. Leashes are required unless in the designated “play” area.
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“Wine” About Spring Break At the 6th Annual Perdido Key Wine and Art Festival
By: Kelly Woodard

With Spring Break in full swing, celebrate the occasion in true island style at the 6
th Annual Perdido Key Wine and Art Festival next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 2nd through the 5th. Held at the Villagio Town Center (13700 Perdido Key Drive), this spectacular event has been extended from its original two-day length to a four-day experience, and is fast becoming one of the area’s most popular festivals, featuring live music, works by local artists and craftsmen and unique shopping and dining.
Browse the endless rows of one of a kind art from local, regional, and national vendors, or wet your palate with some of the best wines a grape can muster at the wine tasting event. Casual wine drinkers and seasoned connoisseurs alike will enjoy meeting the wine representatives, asking detailed questions and learning about the origins of favorite wines.
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Keep Your Skin Brilliant This Summer With Tips and Treatments From Still Waters Medical Spa
By: Kelly Woodard

As the brutal heat of summer is almost upon us, there are some things you can do to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun here on the gulf coast. Mary Anne Aanestad, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with Still Water’s Medical Spa, located at 20 N Tarragona Street in downtown Pensacola, has these tips to keep your skin fresh and beautiful all summer long.
1. Keep Skin Hydrated – Aanestad suggests that you up your regimen’s level of hydration with intensive masques and moisturizer. Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity. Don’t be afraid to ask your esthetician or dermatologist which products might work best for your skin type. While there are countless choices when it comes to these products, don’t forget that the best thing you can do for your skin is up your water intake. Eight 8-ounce glasses (or more) of plain, filtered water every day help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin, and assist in detoxification.
2. Exfoliation Helps - Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers. Try exfoliating skin in the mornings before you apply you moisturizer and sunscreen for better absorption. Makeup will even last longer throughout the day on exfoliated skin.
3. Don’t Skimp On Sunscreen – We’ve all been guilty of applying sunscreen before we hit the beach and playing all day without reapplying. Do yourself a favor and REAPPLY frequently. Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can, but when you can’t a good rule of thumb is reapply every two hours.
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Wacky Women Raid Each Other’s Closets To Help “Wipe Out” Cancer
By: Kelly Woodard

Revamp your look for a good cause at the Redneck Riviera Chapter of the Wonderful Wacky Women’s 5
th Annual Closet Swap held this Friday, March 27th from 5 to 7 and Saturday, March 28th from 11 am to 1 pm at the Perdido Key Community Center, located at 15500 Perdido Key Drive, next to the new Visitors Center.
Rip through your closet and weed out all those dresses you never wear or those pants that may just be a little too tight (after shrinking in the dryer, of course), and bring them in to trade for some fresh new pieces to compliment your spring wardrobe.
Bring as many items as you can, such as clothes, shoes, belts, hats, purses, formals and jewelry (no lingerie please). Please include only nice looking, gently used clothing and make sure the garments are washed, pressed if needed and on hangers.
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New Studer Apartment Building Set To Make Living Downtown An Affordable Reality
By: Kelly Woodard

The old PNJ building in downtown Pensacola is set to be demolished to make way for Quint and Rishy Studer’s newest addition to the Pensacola scene, a 250 unit apartment building located at Jefferson and Romana Street.
Demolition of the previous building will begin in May with the approval of the Pensacola Architectural Review Board.
The new, upscale residential complex will include a 5,000 square foot roof top terrace that will feature grilling areas, games, cabanas, and a view of Pensacola Bay. In addition, the first floor of the building will feature over 20,000 square feet of retail space that will house several boutiques and restaurants.
Upon its completion, which is estimated to be 2016, one, two and three bedroom units will range from $750 to $3,000 per month, but most units will be one bedroom and less than $2,000 per month. Developer Andrew Rothfeder, president of Studer Properties, said that the intentions of the project is to provide, “affordable living for middle class Pensacolians that desire a downtown lifestyle.”
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