Talk of the Town – April 6, 2012

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Twenty-four  percent approve and 68 percent disapprove of how Obama is responding to price increases of gasoline as this becomes one of the biggest issues in the 2012 presidential campaign.

PSCD (Professional Security Consultants & Design) were paid a hefty sum to install the security system at the Hardin Valley Academy. Just one problem, they installed the cases, but not the wiring, so the system did not work. Knox County had to hire another company and pay them big bucks to correct the mistake. Just one more issue uncovered in the audit of the PBA.

Hands down the best egg drop soup is served at the Asia Café at the corner of Callahan Road and North Central. The broth is awesome and the softness of the egg whites with the crispness of the scallions makes the dish to die for. Crunchy noodles are served on the side. The egg rolls are the best I ever ate, too. Fresh, cooked to perfection, delicious–what can I say? If you want great food at reasonable prices, follow me to Asia Café. Phillip Lim, the owner of the restaurant says that, “If you are hungry when you enter Asia Café, you will not be hungry when you leave.” Friday and Saturday nights are karaoke nights–a fun time in a festive atmosphere.

Some interesting facts about our country: There are approximately 313 million people living in the United States. Forty-six million of them are on food stamps.

In the United States as a whole, one out of every four children is on food stamps.

Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

According to author Paul Osterman, about 20 percent of all U.S. adults are currently working jobs that pay poverty-level wages.

Approximately 48 percent of all Americans are currently either considered to be “low income” or are living in poverty.

Currently in America, approximately 25 million American adults, ages 18 to 45, are living with their parents. Low wages and lack of employment are said to be the main reasons.

One out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.

There are more unemployed workers in the United States than there are people living in the entire country of Greece..

In 1940, 68.0 percent of all women in the 20 to 34-year-old age group in the United States were married. In 2010, only 39.2 percent of women in that age group were married.

The United States has a teen pregnancy rate of 22 percent – the highest in the world. New Zealand is number two at 14 percent.

The United States has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin. Puerto Rico is number two.

More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in the United States than in any other nation on earth.

If Bill Gates gave every single penny of his fortune to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for about 15 days.

The U.S. national debt is now 22 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.

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By Martha Woodward 

 

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