24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Well it’s 2019. How many of you have written 2018 on a check or something in the last 18 days? Personally, I haven’t done it, but that’s only because I ran out of checks about 7 years ago. But anyway, it’s a new year and with that usually comes New Year’s resolutions. Have you given up on yours already? I usually don’t make any because my track record for success has been pretty awful. If you have the same problem as me, here are a few tips to help you stick with those resolutions throughout the year…Baby Steps: What do you think of when you hear the words “Baby Steps”? If you’re thinking about the book by acclaimed Author and Psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin, I owe you a high five. Also, watch What About Bob?. You won’t regret it. Seriously though, the concept of small steps is a good one. Don’t look at a massive goal that will scare you into giving up. Look at path ahead of you and figure out what you need to do every month, every week, every day, and even every hour if that helps. Put one foot in front of the other and you’ll eventually get to your destination (perhaps an elevator).Find an echo: Sometimes our goals can be hard to accomplish on our own. Fortunately, we all know someone who wants to see us succeed in our endeavors. Make sure that person knows what you’re trying to accomplish and let them know that you could really use their support. Hopefully they have some good things to say that will bounce around in your head anytime you feel like giving up.Shut out the negative: People are awful. Not all people, but definitely some people. Anyone who wants to put you or your goals down doesn’t deserve your attention. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re doing it wrong or give you reasons why you’re going to fail. Those people are either jealous or don’t like themselves very much. Either way, you should never make time for those people. Focus only on the positive and keep pushing yourself!
On Thursday night, the bipartisan political group No Labels held its first policy think tank at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Members of the Roosevelt Institute, USC College Republicans, USC College Democrats and Political Student Assembly attended to discuss and formulate solutions regarding broad economic growth and job creation.Luke Phillips, a junior majoring in international relations and founder of the USC chapter of No Labels began the conversation by addressing students’ views on infrastructure.“We’re not spending enough on investment in infrastructure,” said Diana Xu, a freshman majoring in business.Despite the attendees’ differing political views, all agreed that more needs to be spent on infrastructure, which includes anything from broadband connection to disaster preparation. In addition, the attendees agreed that a uniform approach to the corporate tax rate is necessary, so that some corporations aren’t getting taxed at 35 percent and others at 0 percent. They decided that closing the loopholes of the corporate tax rate so that it’s easier to start a business would be a good solution. Though much of the think tank was spent talking about infrastructure and the tax code, No Labels also delved into education.“I think the more choice, the better when it comes to schooling,” said Alexander Kludjian, the president of USC College Republicans.No Labels, a national social welfare advocacy organization founded by Republican political adviser Mark McKinnon and Democratic Party fundraiser Nancy Jacobson, encourages bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., by bringing legislators of various parties together at breakfast panels and other types of congressional outings. These outings allow representatives and senators to get to know one another better. In addition, No Labels is crafting a National Strategic Agenda, a policy platform that tackles some of the pressing problems America faces today.“No Labels is trying to get its National Strategic Agenda looked at by as many big power players in D.C. as possible, so that there will be real chances of the elements of the National Strategic Agenda to be turned into law,” Phillips said.Phillips first heard about No Labels after attending a conference at Harvard last fall that was centered on bipartisan political solutions. At the conference, Phillips had the opportunity to speak with McKinnon about getting his own No Labels club set up on campus. He created a No Labels chapter at USC after the organization announced that it was launching a campaign to increase university students’ political engagement in advance of the 2016 presidential election.“I just responded to the call because it looked like a good opportunity to get some good political dialogue here on campus and to bring national politics more closely into USC,” Phillips said.A self-declared progressive Republican, Phillips enjoys voicing his ideas and participating as much as he can in the bureaucracy.“I’m too liberal to be a Republic and too conservative to be a Democrat,” Phillips said. “It’s hard for me to talk about policy solutions in either of those parties, so one of the things I like about No Labels is that it is a bipartisan group that opens its door to everybody — from Republicans to Democrats to Libertarians to Socialists and Independents like me.”Since No Labels was only created this semester, Phillips plans on setting up a table on Trousdale every week with information packets and sign-ups to encourage students to join. He is also planning on having more policy think tanks throughout the semester to provide policy thinkers from various on-campus organizations with an opportunity to discuss and provide solutions to big issues, such as job creation, entitlement reform and a balanced budget. After coming to an agreement on a solution, the participants will write a policy paper together and look for outlets to get it published.Though Phillips doesn’t mind the fact that No Labels is still a small group, he hopes to expand it with the future policy think tanks he’s planning for the semester.“We’re not looking to have the masses show up,” Phillips said. “We’re looking for people who are sincerely interested in policy and people who can bring good problem-solving ideas to the table.”
Jack LansdenJack Leroy Lansden, age 93, of Oklahoma City, OK, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away Tuesday morning, November 19, 2013 at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, OK.Â He was a retired co-owner of Frank Funeral Home from 1945 â€“ 1983.Jack was born on July 15, 1920 in Wellington, KS to Guy L. Lansden and Edith C. (Wilson) Lansden.Â He was a Wellington High School graduate with the class of 1939.Â He served in the United States Navy from 1939 â€“ 1945.Â He was aboard the Destroyer the USS Leary in the North Atlantic Ocean when it was sunk on December 24, 1943 by a German submarine.Â Of the 176 men aboard, he was one of the 79 survivors and the last man to be rescued.He married Dorothy Pauline Gardner, the love of his life since he was 12 years old, on December 22, 1941 at the Methodist Church in Wellington, KS.Â She preceded him in death on August 7, 2011.Jack enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, traveling to Europe where he and Dorothy visited Austria, France and Germany.He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; son, Roger; and two brothers, John and Paul.Survivors include his two children, Stephen Lansden and his wife Sanetha of Wellington and Rita Moran and her husband Edward of Norman, OK; six grandchildren, Eric (Rachel) Lansden, Sharon (Rob) Doornbos, Spencer (Danielle) Moran, Meghan Moran, Dustin Lansden, and Paige Lansden; eight great grandchildren, Peyton and Evan Lansden, Levi, Cade, Lucas, and Cora Doornbos, Alexandria Moran, and Tatum Davey; daughter-in-law, Robin Brooks of Phoenix, AZ; and, special friends, Erik and Lori Hulse.The family would like to thank Meadow Lake Retirement Center for assisting him for the past three years, and those like Lori, Patricia, Brandi and Terrie who showed both he and Dorothy great love and compassion.Funeral Services will be held at Frank Funeral Home in Wellington on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 11:00 A.M.Â Pastor Dan Floyd will officiate.Â Interment will follow the service at Sumner Memorial Gardens.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 1 to 8 p.m. The family will greet friends from 2 to 4 p.m.In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with the Avenue of Flags at the Wellington Cemetery and Guiding Light Community Church, P. O. Box 3949, N. Ft. Myers, FLÂ 33918.Â Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net