The Rising Cost – Part 1

September 30th, 2010
Justin Aaberg was only 15 years old. He had come out to his mother when he was 13, and while on the outside he seemed to have a great life going, on the inside he was a tormented storm. LGBT students at the Anoka-Hennepin School that Justin attended were, like is so frequently the case, easy targets as other students, and even teachers turned a blind eye. It finally got to a point where he just couldn?t handle it any more and feeling he had no where to turn to for help, he hanged himself in his room. Justin was the sixth student from the school to take his own life in the last 2 years and most are believed to have been the result of homophobic bulling.

More on Justin at WCCO including a video.


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Cash for Clunkers

Clunkers Surge

DETROIT (Reuters)

The surge in US auto sales that has been a result of the government?s Cash for Clunkers program has prompted both Ford and GM to increase their planed production rates for the second half of 2009.

The No.1 U.S. carmaker said it would build 60,000 more vehicles than planned for the third and fourth quarters by increasing overtime, adding shifts at several North American assembly plants.

The move will bring about 1,350 hourly workers in the United States and Canada back to assembly lines, GM said.

There are obviously a lot of questions about the program, like will the growth in auto sales be sustainable or will it fizzle once the program runs out of cash again? How will the increases in production trickle down through the supply chain and thus to the rest of the economy? We have seen companies running side by side add on programs and matching programs which I think they can run with even after the end of the program, so I?m fairly optimistic, but like most things the government does, it?s still in essence a gamble. So far it looks like it?s paying off.

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