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, December 9, 2018
- "Humor is the only solvent for the abrasiveness of life."
Amanda Dickson was so moved, as many of you likely were, by the state funeral of our former President George H.W. Bush. She asked her guests to share their thoughts about the ceremonies this week. Jeanetta Williams is the President of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP: "It was very touching. It was good to see the presidents all together, although some didn't talk to each other, to show their respect for a man who served his country beginning at the age of 18. To hear President George Bush talk about his father was wonderful, how he wasn't a perfect man - it was so wonderful." Holly Willard is the owner of Grand View Family Counseling in Bountiful: "I look at what he represents for a lot of people, how he reminds us of our grandfathers and fathers. We can share our grief at a time like thi
- "Read my lips. No new taxes." The right thing is not always popular.
There were so many lessons to be learned from the eulogies of our former President George Herbert Walker Bush. Amanda Dickson asked her guests to discuss what was said and what was learned this week, starting with Senator Alan Simpson's telling of the story of when and why President George H.W. Bush went back on his promise not to raise taxes. Jeanetta Williams is the President of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP: "He later said he hated being remembered for those words, 'Read my lips. No new taxes,' but he did what he thought was the best for the country. He wasn't one to brag. When the Berlin Wall came down, he didn't gloat. He was a humble man." Amanda asked about the moment when President George W. Bush said "When he lost he shouldered the blame. He taught us that failure is part of a
- The legislature isn't done with Prop 2
We all know medical marijuana passed in Utah, and the Utah legislature just passed what they called a compromise, changing some of the provisions of the proposition. Now a lawsuit has been filed by former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. Amanda Dickson asked her guests where they stand on the issue. Francine Gianni is the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce. She believes the Utah Legislature will take it up again when they go back into session in a few weeks. She also knows small business people like her husband worry about someone driving their trucks or using their equipment under the influence, even thought that will still be against the law. She voted against Prop 2. She still believes there is much to be done to work out the details. Holly Willard is the owner of
- An unconventional Christmas conversation
Let's talk about Christmas - but not just the shiny parts. Let's talk about how this time of year can trigger hard things, about how some of us don't really want to be with our families, about how we don't want presents - we just want to help others. Amanda Dickson has an unconventional Christmas conversation. Holly Willard is the owner of Grand View Family Counseling in Bountiful. "It's a triggering time for sure. We don't talk about how life is not a Hallmark movie. There are things about the holidays that are really good and really bad. Some people who don't want to be around their family and they feel guilty about that. First of all - self care. We need to set boundaries. We need to create connections - friends, family, neighbors, animals. We need a 10 minute Hallmark movie. We can fin
Sunday, December 2, 2018
- Why are we not living as long in America?
There was a report out this week on life expectancy in the United States. It showed that life expectancy is down for the third year in a row, the first time that has happened since 1915. Opioids and suicide are big factors. Dr. Brenda Reiss-Brennan is the Mental Health Integration Director for Intermountain Health Care: "I think it's a social disaster for our country. It's nice to have a historical view and to compare that. The report also mentioned folks in rural areas are at greater risk and have greater access to guns. Is it the opioids or suicide or issues lying underneath it like economics and poverty and having a voice and say in your community? Communities are being torn apart. Many people have access to guns but they don't have access to good mental health. This is a reflection of
- Are we doing right by the migrant children?
There are children being held in migrant camps in the US, thousands of them, and Amanda Dickson asks her guests on a Woman's View if we are doing right by them? FBI background checks are not being done on people who care for them. They don't have as much access to health care. What is our duty to them? Christine Cooke is the Education Policy Director at Sutherland Institute: "Border issues are always a balancing act of safety and security of the nation and also being humans. We have a higher duty where children are involved. If we're cutting corners with FBI checks, who is with the children? Are they criminals? It comes down to money and logistics sometimes. It's a tough issue." Heather Barney is the Communications Director for Senator Orrin Hatch: "We have a duty to do a better job with t
- Why don't we buy the insurance policy of acting on climate change?
The climate report that was released a week ago included dire facts and predictions about what's happening in our world. After the report was released, President Trump said he didn't believe it. Amanda Dickson asked her guests what they make of the report and the president's response. Heather Barney is the Communications Director for Senator Orrin Hatch: "This issue has become so diluted in political gamesmanship. The facts get lost. We know there are things we can do to help our planet. Whether it will take more political muscle to put that in place, I don't know. We have to start doing the things that will leave our planet better for the next generation." Dr. Brenda Reiss-Brennan is the Mental Health Integration Director for Intermountain Health Care: "In the beginning they got scientist
- "I know you don't like me, but I love you." Senator Orrin Hatch
Actor Will Smith did an amazing thing on social media this week. He posted something about how his oldest son from his first marriage felt abandoned after he and his mom were divorced. He talked about their relationship and how important his son is to him and how they have healed. Amanda Dickson asked her guests about the importance of addressing this challenge in such an open and loving way. Dr. Brenda Reiss-Brennan is the Mental Health Integration Director for Intermountain Health Care: "They didn't cut corners. They acknowledged that it happened. Just because you've been separated for a period of time doesn't mean you can't reconnect and build a strong bond. We have to figure out how to build strong social bonds that are positive and resilient with each other, with families and with com
Sunday, November 25, 2018
- Jagged Little Pill: substance abuse disorders in Utah women
Guest host Becky Bruce is joined by Lori Midgley, a volunteer with the American Heart Association's Utah chapter and its Go Red for Women campaign, Lisa Walker, a certified athletic trainer and teacher at Springville High School, and Dr. Susan Madsen, the founder and director of the Utah Women and Leadership Project at Utah Valley University. Dr. Madsen discusses a snapshot from her research, showing some startling numbers for substance abuse disorders among Utah women. Women are more likely to be prescribed opioids and develop an addiction, and Utah women are most likely to die from a drug overdose between the ages of 45 and 54. Utah also had the highest rate in the nation for pregnant women receiving an opioid prescription. What can we do to address the growing opioid epidemic? How can w
- Bang Your Head: keeping sports safe with concussion awareness
Lisa Walker, a member of the board of directors for the Utah Athletic Trainers Association and a teacher at Springville High School, debunks some common myths and misconceptions about concussion and brain trauma among athletes, whether we're talking about football, soccer or other sports activities. She doesn't think more people are suffering concussions, but that we are better equipped to spot those injuries and intervene. She also believes we're doing a better job of helping young players heal after a head injury. In the meantime, American Heart Association volunteer and youth football official Lori Midgley and Utah Valley University's Dr. Susan Madsen talk about how we can keep sports civil and safe both on and off the field. Becky Bruce guest hosts for Amanda Dickson.
- Voice Your Choice: why don't women vote?
New research out of Utah Valley University's Utah Women and Leadership Project, directed by Dr. Susan Madsen, shows women are much less likely to vote right now than they were just a few years ago. We went from first in the nation for women voting to 46th in 16 years. (Those numbers may have changed in the 2018 midterm election, as that data is not yet available for study). We asked Dr. Madsen as well as certified athletic trainer Lisa Walker and Lori Midgley, the founder of All About Love, why women aren't participating as much in elections as men and how we can get women to show up at the ballot box.
- All You Need Is Love
Lori Midgley, a local volunteer with the Utah American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, is the founder of something new called All About Love -- an effort to get people to spread positivity, hope, joy and encouragement with random acts of kindness. She's handing out cards to strangers and looking for other ways to share the love in her daily life - while encouraging other people to do the same. Certified athletic trainer Lisa Walker talks about how students pay it forward at Springville High School and what we can learn from their efforts. And Dr. Susan Madsen, founder and director of the Utah Women and Leadership Project at Utah Valley University, talks about the ways we can all have an impact, both big and small.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
- Pete Davidson taught us how to apologize.
After we saw Saturday Night Live comic Pete Davidson make the bad joke about Lt. Commander Dan Crenshaw, who wears an eye patch, the world erupted in criticism, understandably so. Then came the beautiful part. Pete Davidson sincerely apologized and the Congressman-elect accepted his apology, then went on to talk about forgiveness, and about how much it means to a member of the military to say "Never forget." Amanda Dickson asked her guests this week what they made of this extraordinary moment. Debbie Reid is with LifeStar, Specialists in Addiction & Trauma Recovery: "This was a powerful moment. In our climate today there is so much unkind verbiage. When I saw Pete Davidson do his apology, I thought this is a person who understands the difference between shame and guilt. Shame is I am a bad
- The government shouldn't play favorites. Period.
CNN is suing President Trump and several aides for taking away his press pass. There is a lot of law and history to be taken into account here. Amanda Dickson asked her guests what their takes were on the situation, knowing much might have taken place between the time they were taping and the time the show airs on Sunday. Becky Bruce is the Executive Producer of Digital Content at KSL: (Becky is a long time journalist.) "I've always believed strongly that real news doesn't happen in a press conference, but if you're going to have a press conference, there needs to be equal access. You can also make an argument that Jim Acosta can be kind of a jerk, but I don't think he did anything to revoke his press pass for. The government shouldn't play favorites. . . It's also really interesting to
- Where is your dream trip? Why aren't you going this year?
Amanda Dickson got to take a trip she had been dreaming of for decades last weekend. She met her brother in South Bend to see a Notre Dame game. It made her wonder - are we putting off the things we want to do in life, assuming we have time? What are your dreams? Why are you putting them off? She asked her guests to share their stories. Katie McMinn is the author of Big Girl Decisions: "I have two boys, 4 and 3. My husband and I used to travel a ton before we had kids. We took our first family trip to Bear Lake in September, and it was THE best trip. It was like a Nicholas Sparks novel, family edition. I told my husband, this is it. Every year we do this, just the four of us, no cell phones. I get so excited thinking about the adventures we'll have." Debbie Reid is with LifeStar, Specialis