Businesses need clean water, too: Why we need the EPA’s help

Some say that the EPA is hobbling businesses with the Clean Water Act, but a look at the facts proves that dirty water is the real disaster.

Businesses need clean water, too: Why we need the EPA's help

GM Overhauls Engineering (4/22/14)

Company splitting operation, hiring more investigators as it tries to ‘connect the dots’ in safety; MPG goof hurting Ford C-Max.

GM restructures engineering organization amid recall crisis, exec retiring

Amid its recall crisis, General Motors Co. today announced a complete restructuring of its Global Vehicle Engineering organization and the retirement of its global head of engineering.
The Detroit-based automaker, in a release, says the restructuring is ”to improve cross-system integration, deliver more consistent performance across vehicle programs and address functional safety and compliance in its vehicles.”

How to Be a Good Dad When You Didn’t Have One

If you want to know how much dads matter in the lives of their children, ask me – I didn’t grow up with a dad.

My biological dad, stepdad and foster dad were all out of my life by the time I turned 13.

It’s tough to go through life with a father who’s either physically or emotionally absent. But don’t take my word for it; just look at the statistics. They’ll show you how things go awry when a dad’s not at home.

-        71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.

-        85 percent of all youth in prison come from fatherless homes.

-        90 percent of all homeless and runaway children come from fatherless homes.

Fathering Well Despite the Dad-Shaped Hole

To be fair, there are countless dads out there who know their contributions matter and are unique from what a mom can offer her children. They try their best every day… but, for them, the temptation to leave or disengage may still be strong.

Some of these men are frustrated by this whole fatherhood thing because they were one of those boys growing up without a dad.

I get you. That was me… that is me.

There have been many times when I’ve felt inadequate as I’ve faced various parenting situations. Those are the moments when, as an adult, I most sharply feel the loss of my dad.

Sometimes it’s made me angry. Other times it’s driven me to my knees in prayer.

Thankfully, God’s been faithful to use what few experiences I did have with my biological dad and other father-figures to teach me invaluable lessons.

A How-To Guide for Dads

 I’ve captured what I learned in my latest book, “The Good Dad: Becoming the Father You Were Meant to Be.” In it, I share what’s worked in my life and how I overcame my dad-shaped hole.

Some are simple lessons like the need for dads to be present in their kids’ lives, the importance of being a man of your word, and the proper way to both love and discipline your children. Others are harder lessons on dealing with our deep-seated insecurities as fathers and men.

But more than that, in this book I offer dads encouragement from my own journey. In a culture where we constantly – understandably – encourage dads to “man up,” I wanted to offer those dads who are trying their best some empathy. After all, I know you can both love your kids and feel like fatherhood is an uphill battle. In my mind, sacrifice is what makes parenthood so worthwhile.

Today and tomorrow we’re airing a two-part broadcast, “Striving to Be A Good Dad,” where I share a bit about my book and life experiences. I hope you’ll tune in and listen on your local radio station, online or via our free, downloadable mobile phone app.

I pray the program will bless and encourage you, and inspire you as you strive to be the man your wife and children need, and the hero God wants you to be.

 

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Report: Mark Fields to succeed Ford CEO Alan Mulally

Ford Motor Co. is reportedly close to announcing Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields as successor to Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally.

Bloomberg reports Mulally, 68, will step down before the end of the year and be succeeded by Fields, 53. Citing “two people familiar with the pending announcement,” Bloomberg said Ford may announce the move as soon as May 1.

Report: Fields Next Ford CEO (4/21/14)

News may come next week, sources say; UAW drops vote challenge, turns to D.C.; buy a Scion, rent a Tacoma; flash vs. crash.

UAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee.

In a statement released one hour before the scheduled start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chattanooga, Tenn., UAW President Bob King said the union decided to abandon the challenge because it could have taken months or even years to come to a conclusion.

WATCH: Men and Women Are Different

It’s a minute-long video that shares a reality some would want to deny.

In this clip from “Irreplaceable,” Focus on the Family’s first movie debuting in a one-night event on May 6, host Tim Sisarich talks with Dr. Anne Moir, a neuropsychologist. (Those of you visiting from a mobile device can watch the clip here.)

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And yet, there are some professionals who claim that “saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true.” These voices believe the differences between men and women are learned and shaped through culture.

Which view is correct? Are men and women different? Does each side of humanity serve a unique role? Did God create us this way, or is it all a matter of nature versus nurture?

These are timely and important questions that ultimately impact our everyday lives. As the New York Times has reported, we are already seeing a push towards gender neutrality in Swedish schools – and it’s only a matter of time before those trends more strongly reach our shores here in the United States.

“Irreplaceable” and its follow-up companion DVD curriculum, “The Family Project,” explore topics like these, making them an invaluable resource for Christians who want to learn directly from experts and better defend their Bible-based views.

You can buy your tickets for the May 6 event online at www.irreplaceablethemovie.com. We will be showing the film in more than 700 cinemas across the nation. I hope you, your family and friends will join us!

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Leader Provocation #1

Are You Taking Time To Think?

 

Pause. Reflect. Engage

Is this something you need to do?