Equal Time with Martha Burk

October 26 is Make a Difference Day. With all the bad news in the world, we can create our own good news by making a difference in our communities.  Created by USA Weekend magazine and Points of Light, Make a Difference Day inspires people around the world to help others by volunteering for the cause of their choice.  Good for communities, good for those in need, and good for the planet.

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Every month nearly 50 women in the U.S. are murdered with a gun, most often by a husband or boyfriend.  Congress could protect women and save lives with a few fixes that wouldn't infringe on the rights of lawful gun owners.  All it takes is political will.

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October marks the International Day of the Girl Child. This year's emphasis is on education.  In poor countries worldwide as well as countries in conflict, girls are deprived of education more often than their brothers.  Thirty million elementary school-age girls are not in school.  There’s no disputing that girls born in the U.S. have won the lottery of life compared to girls in poor and war-torn countries. But despite our prosperity and universal education, we still have work to do.  

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The Supreme Court session starts in October, and some hot button issues are likely to be heard this term. The hottest may be corporate control of contraception. Obamacare mandates that employer health plans cover birth control without co-payments.  Corporations like Hobby Lobby and Eden Foods hate the rule so much that they’ve filed lawsuits to stop it.  They say they don’t believe in birth control, and covering it for female workers violates their religious freedom. What about a female employee's right not to be forced to conform to dictates by the boss’s faith? 

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Chicken is big business in the U.S. During National Chicken Month, the industry gives us ways to celebrate -- by eating more chicken of course. But who pays, and who profits? KFC alone rakes in over $4 billion a year -- while paying workers the minimum wage. Corporate big birds like Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride have lobbied for years to get safety inspections weakened, and they're about to succeed, thanks to the Obama administration.  So here are some different ideas to mark National Chicken Month.

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