A Woman's View with Amanda Dickson
Amanda Dickson on the weekends? Oh yeah. News, politics, education, health, and family are all fair game for Amanda's panel of fascinating Utah women. Whether they're talking about their kids or discussing the big business headlines, these ladies have a unique voice all their own. Join the conversation.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
- When should kids of anti-vaxxers be able to choose to be vaccinated?
At what age should children of anti-vaxxers be able to decide for themselves if they want to be vaccinated? Amanda Dickson asked her guests to take a shot at that difficult question. Laurie Sakaeda is a licensed psychologist and owner of A Helping Hoof - "I fall on the side of the child. They are the one who could get the disease. Picking an age is arbitrary, but what about 16? They can drive at 16." Linda Eyre is an author and speaker and parenting expert - "I know there are parents who believe their children with autism got it from vaccinations, even though there is no basis for this. Maybe different bodies work differently. Now we have mumps back." Joey Hanna is the Executive Director of the Utah Parents Center - "Picking an age is arbitrary but there have to be guidelines. Our teenager
- What is the Green New Deal? Not a joke, actually
What is the Green New Deal? It is a resolution, so it wouldn't have the effect of law. It is made up of lofty goals, to be sure - it wants to guarantee a job with a family-sustaining wage for every American, meet 100% of the power demand through clean, renewable energy, repair the infrastructure and so much more. Amanda Dickson asked her guests what they think. Linda Eyre is an author and speaker and parenting expert -"I'm excited to see it. It is the coming thing which is so great to see. We have a son and daughter-in-law who live in Maui. He buys old cars and changes them from diesel to greasel. He never uses gas. Recycling is so important to him. Of course we want our kids to breathe clean air." Laurie Sakaeda is a licensed psychologist with A Helping Hoof -"As I was driving in today fr
- "Our founding fathers would roll over in their graves."
This week we marked the year anniversary of the Parkland mass shooting. Since Parkland, 1,200 children under the age of 18 have been killed by guns, though not in mass murders. Laurie Sakaeda is a licensed psychologist with A Helping Hoof - "These children were just somewhere - walking down the street or shot by their fathers - and they had goals to be productive members of society - and now they're gone. We need to focus on the people, not on how they died, but on what is lost." Linda Eyre is an author and speaker and parenting expert - "I think our founding fathers would roll over in our graves if they knew what that amendment has done. I've lived in Europe too long where they just don't have guns. They made a choice." Joey Hanna is the Executive Director of the Utah Parents Center - "My
- "Let's raise people who are not threatened by knowledge."
A Christian student went to court because she did not want to have to do a lesson on Islam in a history class. She said her First Amendment rights were violated in being forced to learn about Islam. The Court disagreed. The curriculu did not endorse a particular religion. Joey Hanna is the Executive Director of the Utah Parents Center - "The courts were right on. Acquiring knowledge should never be against one's beliefs. Let's raise people who are strong enough in their beliefs so they are not threatened by knowledge." Linda Eyre is an author and speaker and parenting expert - "We are all judgmental when it comes down to it. I have the most fun friend. She kept complaining about tattoos, saying 'Why are people ruining their bodies?' So her child said I had to go ask people about their tatt
Sunday, February 10, 2019
- "Victory is not winning for our party. It is winning for our country."
Amanda Dickson wanted to ask her guests what their thoughts were about President Trump's State of the Union. There are so many sub-topics there. Former Utah Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck - "What I love about all the State of the Unions is when individuals from the public are invited to join. It puts the context on the union is made up of the people. It helps us remember that we are a union. It's good to hear the stories." Former Utah Representative Ronda Menlove - "It was so wonderful to have Utah represented by Brent Taylor's widow. And I was really touched by the women in white. We have worked so hard to encourage women to run for office. I am the only woman who has held a legislative office from Box Elder County." Ginette Bott is the President and CEO of the Utah Food Bank - "The
- The Utah Food Bank is feeding the children left at the libraries
President Trump talked about the strength of our economy during the State of the Union. He talked about how 5 million Americans have come off of food stamps. Amanda Dickson asked her guests what they thought of this portion of the speech and whether you have to give to the president this win. Former Utah Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck - "I would need to look at what qualifiers have changed over the last few years. Are those people now relying on other community resources? When we look at these facts, I always wonder - how do we get to the numbers? There are still people suffering from homelessness. People are still hungry. There is another story out there." Ginette Bott is the President and CEO of the Utah Food Bank - "My first response is if people can come off of food stamps, wonder
- Yeah but . . . people need to eat.
With the Utah Legislature in session, Amanda Dickson asked her guests what they are following during this session. Former Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck -"I've been invited to advocate for hearing aids for children. Representative Becky Edwards ran a bill to help get hearing aids for kids, and we've learned that when kids get hearing aids at a young age they learn language and are more successful and less taxing on the system. We are working to get insurance companies to consider covering this." Former Representative Ronda Menlove - "I invite people to really follow this and not worry too much about the hot button issues. We are facing the 2020 census, and the federal government has not allocated any more money than they did for the 2010 census. We benefit as a state by having an accu
- On Facebook's 15th anniversary, what is your relationship with FB?
This week we saw the 15th anniversary of Facebook. There was a story that polled people who had given up Facebook, and it said that those people were slightly happier, but also less informed - particularly on polarizing stories. Amanda Dickson asked her guests what their relationship was with Facebook. Former Utah State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck - "I'm conflicted about Facebook. I love the connections I'm able to make with people I've lost contact with. It also helps me learn about new and emerging issues, but what pains me is are we critically looking at information that comes to us. I don't know if we are critical thinkers as much any more as we used to be." Former Utah State Representative Ronda Menlove - "I want to talk about isolation. We live in a little canyon above Bear L
Friday, February 8, 2019
- BONUS - Maybe she wants a song for Valentine's Day
What about sending a barbershop quartet to serenade the one you love for Valentine's Day? Amanda Dickson interviewed four wonderful Utah men who take time out of their day around Valentine's to sing love songs to women all over the state. You can order your singing valentine at www.UtahValentines.com. All of the money goes to support the 6 barbershop choruses in Utah.
Sunday, February 3, 2019
- "Lock that committee in a room and don't let them out without a deal!"
The legislative committee that is trying to come to a compromise on border security and the budget to avoid another government shutdown is made up of Republicans and Democrats from the Appropriations Committees of the House and the Senate. They took a break for the weekend with less than two weeks to go. Amanda Dickson asked her guests if they have hope the committee will have success. Candice Pierucci is the Development Director for the Sutherland Institute and the Vice President of Communications for Professional Republican Women: "Right now both parties and the country are so polarized. Everyone is pointing fingers. President Trump has made it clear he won't sign anything without funds for border security. Both have staked their flags in the ground. Will they come to the middle?" Shauna
- "How can we have global warming when it's freezing in Chicago?"
It was so cold in the Midwest and Northeast this week that it caused real hardship to thousands. Amanda Dickson received posts and texts from people saying "I guess the people in Minnesota could use a little global warming." Amanda tried to explain the difference between weather and climate. She asked the panel for their thoughts. Cassie Bingham - Communications Specialist and Corporate Volunteer Relations Director with the Guadalupe School: "This speaks to me because I'm a millennial. The Trump administration issued a report that said we have 12 years to act or there will be catastrophic results. Even President Trump's resorts in Florida have used climate change as a reason for their requests to build sea walls around the resorts." Shauna Scott-Bellaccomo is the former President of the Wo
- What Sundance is really about - hint - it's not the celebrities.
Amanda Dickson asks her guests about education, and you'll find out what Sundance is really about - hint - it's not the celebrities. Candice Pierucci is the Development Director for the Sutherland Institute and the Vice President of Communications for Professional Republican Women: "We are launching a publication on innovation in education. We've gathered a group of educators and innovators to come and talk about the challenges teachers are facing." Cassie Bingham - Communications Specialist and Corporate Volunteer Relations Director with the Guadalupe School: "I like what you're saying about empowering teachers and empowering families. Students need to trust their teachers so they can really benefit from the learning environment." Shauna Scott-Bellaccomo is the former President of the Wom
- Let's go to Uganda this summer!
Amanda Dickson has such interesting women on her Woman's View program. When Cassie Bingham, Communications Specialist and Corporate Volunteer Relations Director with the Guadalupe School, was with her last she was about to embark on a journey to Uganda. Amanda asked her to share her story. Cassie: "We talked with Ugandan leaders about what would best help them. They said the thing what would best help them is to help the tourist industry. So what we did is work directly with Ugandan partners to set up a travel itinerary including transportation, housing, food, activities. It's a 10 day activities. If you go to kinfara.com you'll find the itinerary and we're taking out two groups this summer. You'll know your dollars are making a real impact." Shauna Scott-Bellaccomo is the former President
Friday, February 1, 2019
- BONUS: The creator of the hit app Marco Polo
Have you tried the hit new app Marco Polo? This is a hugely popular video chat app that lets you stay in touch with friends and family in a genuine way. One in ten Utahns uses this app. Meet its creator - Vlada Botnik - here in town for the Silicon Slopes Summit.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
- "Nobody's voice got heard. Everybody's voice got hurt."
Amanda Dickson asked her guests on a Woman's View how they saw the controversy between the Catholic School kids and the other two protest groups at the Lincoln Memorial a week ago. Francine Gianni is the Executive Director of the Department of Commerce - "My first thought was - where were the parents? Where were the chaperones? I have been a chaperone. We had the strictest guidelines. It seems here there was more than the story that came out. I would have pulled my kids away in a heartbeat. It doesn't serve any purpose." Ann House is the director of the Personal Money Management Center at the University of Utah - "I thought how scary the world is and becoming more and more so. No group is better than any other group. We are much more alike than we are different. Why can we visit Washington