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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, June 17, 2018

  • Praise for Fathers
    A new study came out this week that showed the increased amount of sugar our kids are eating, even before age 1. Amanda Dickson asked her guests what they thought. Murray School District Superintendent Jennifer Covington was thinking "lives today are so much more busy. When I grew up, my Mom didn't work, and she would make us a breakfast of eggs and bacon. I've always worked, and my children have often make themselves a breakfast of cereal." Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and founder of 4 Points Family Therapy Ashley Thorn said "I'm probably the worst person to be talking to about this. My 3-year-old got my sugar shaker yesterday. I think if you want your kids to consume less sugar, you have to be intentional about it. And if you don't, you may see some of the adverse behaviors surroun
  • The Singapore Summit - A Good Example
    Let's talk about the historic Singapore Summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. Ashley Thorn is a licensed marriage family therapist and founder of 4 Points Family Therapy: "Any time two people of opposing views can come together and have a conversation is a positive thing. If you stand back and never talk, how can we fix anything? Up to this point, disengagement has not helped." Murray School District Superintendent Jennifer Covington: "Any time you can get two people together is a positive, but we don't know all the facts. There are obviously many things going on behind the scenes. It was a great showing of people coming together for civility, and we really need that. I want to live in a world where my children and the children I have charge over don't worry." Ashley: "Even thoug
  • Cameras in the classroom?
    Amanda Dickson talks about bullying with the Superintendent of the Murray School District Jennifer Covington and Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and founder of 4 Points Family Therapy, Ashley Thorn. Ashley said "parents are always asking how they can help their kids with this, how they should talk with their kids about this. Cameras in the classroom may be a good idea to try, but what I hear more about is social media bullying. A lot of times it's not intentional bullying. It's just they're trying to fit in and they don't understand the effects it has on their peers." Superintendent Covington said, "Social media is much more what we're seeing. Students will say things on social media they won't say face to face. Many of our schools in Utah have multiple camera systems in the hallways an
  • Stan Lee Elder Abuse
    There was a story this week that Marvel legend Stan Lee filed suit for elder abuse, and Amanda Dickson said - if Stan Lee can be a victim of elder abuse, this can happen to anyone. She asked her guests if they had any experience with this tragedy. Licensed Marriage Family Therapist Ashley Thorn, founder of 4 Points Family Therapy, did have experience. "My grandmother lived alone for a number of years while we tried to get her into a facility. There were times when neighbors took advantage of her. It broke our hearts. We learned that we need to stay in touch daily, weekly, more often." Murray School District Superintendent Jennifer Covington said, "Typically people that age want to stay at home. How do we help them recognize that it's okay to go into a facility where they can be helped? It

Sunday, June 10, 2018

  • "RBG" and more
    The new report is that Medicare will run out of money by 2026 and Social Security by 2034. Laura Wall from the Alzheimer's Association says "we have an oncoming silver tsunami. All of our baby boomers are aging. Age is the number one risk factor of dementia and Alzheimer's, and Alzheimer's will bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid. It is the number 4 cause of death in Utah. Early onset is happening more regularly. We have to find the cure, and I know we can do that. When the money and focus came in on AIDS, it changed. We need to focus on Alzheimer's. One out of 3 seniors will end up dying with Alzheimer's or dementia." Debbie Reid with Recovery Ways said that "my husband has always told us that we can't count on the government. So I am going to be prepared so that I am not a burden on my son."
  • "Social media is a tool - we don't carry around wrenches."
    This segment of A Woman's View begins with finishing a conversation about suicide from a previous segment. Author Ganel-Lyn Condie's sister committed suicide. She wants those who have attempted suicide and deal with ongoing anxiety to know that they are her heroes. Debbie Reid with Recovery Ways shared the statistics that every 13 minutes someone commits a suicide. She shares the crisis line - 1-800-273-8255. You can text home to 741741. Locally you can call 801-583-2500. They can even send a crisis unit out to you. Amanda Dickson asked her guests - is it a different thing when a parent commits suicide, as Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain both were? Laura Wall with Alzheimer's Association Utah Chapter, said "We live in an age right now of constant media pain. Every day is an assault on all
  • Suicide - we have to name it to tame it.
    Author Ganel-Lyn Condie's sister committed suicide at age 40. She is part of the Lieutenant Governor's Interfaith Panel on Suicide Prevention. "Kate Spade's death was a trigger. For those who are struggling to support someone they love, Kate Spade's death (or Anthony Bordain) was a trigger. We want reasons. We want cause and effect." "We shouldn't ignore classic warning signs, but look at your church congregations - don't assume the happiest person is not at risk. I get frustrated with obituaries that don't name it. You need to name it to tame it." Debbie Reid with Recovery Ways said "the language around suicide is important. The word 'committed' goes back to when people with mental health were considered criminals. Committing suicide was the language because they were believed to have don
  • No more Miss America bathing suits - Bravo!
    This week the Miss America Pageant announced there would be no more bathing suit portion to the pageant. Amanda Dickson says "Bravo." Her guest this week, author Ganel-Lyn Condie, said "when I watched, I thought 'What does that have to do with anything?' And now that I have a daughter, I am fiercely protective. I want her to understand that her value has nothing to do with what her body looks like." Laura Wall with the Alzheimer's Association of Utah, said "I raised two amazing daughters myself, and once again our media is so infiltrated with beauty. For instance, I watch The Bachelorette with my daughters as an object lesson to teach them how to NEVER behave, how to never talk. They are vicious on themselves. 'What did I do? Why doesn't he like me?' Are you kidding me? My daughters in my

Sunday, June 3, 2018

  • Utah - first red state to pass a climate resolution
    Utah HCR 007 is a climate resolution passed by the Utah legislature and signed by Governor Herbert. Andrea Himoff, co-founder of Action Utah said, "We are the first red state to pass a climate resolution. This resolution doesn't linger on what is the cause of climate change, but focuses on what the solutions are that are right for Utah and what is economically viable." Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean of the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, said "We're not a coastal state, but we have a massive ski industry. It did not go without notice to me that the Olympic Exploratory Report that contemplates our bid for the Olympics in 2030 had a section on climate change." Amanda Dickson asked her guests about the Active Shooter game that has the gamer going into a school to shoot s
  • Is friendship the secret to health?
    Is spending time with a friend, sharing meals with a friend, the secret to physical and mental health? A new Oxford study says "Yes." Amber Eldredge with Break Through Revolution life coaching said "This rings true to me on every level. That connection. We're the most social of all the animals. We're being fed not just physically, but emotionally." Andrea Himoff, co-founder of Action Utah, said "friendship drives human connection. Children talk about how they feel disconnected from families and from their peers. They can develop habits that aren't always healthy." Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean of the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, said, "I was thinking about watching a Real Salt Lake soccer match, and I thought - what if I was walking in to this stadium alone? I lov
  • "It came from a district shaped like a salamander."
    Utah voters will be able to vote on three ballot initiatives as it stands right now. The first one involves Medicaid expansion. Why does this come to us in a ballot initiative? "Because it costs money," Natatlie Gochnour, Associate Dean of the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, explained. Who is going to pay for those extra people? Andrea Himoff of Action Utah explained that "If Utah doesn't, then the federal government will. The federal government would prefer to put those costs on the state. The federal government is more incentivized to not grant the waiver for the minimum expansion but to push for the larger expansion." The Better Boundaries initiative is the second one. This creates an independent council that creates voting districts to protect us against gerrymander
  • Utah is a mini Darwinian Galapagos Island.
    Andrea Himoff is the co-founder of Action Utah, which is a non-partisan community engagement network. Action Utah is dedicated to boosting civic engagement in Utah. "We do it through education, training, tools, and we do it at the local, state and national level. We try to make the political system demystified. We choose our issues based on the mandate of the members." Fascinating! Action Utah is made up of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean of the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, said "I was in a meeting this week where a man said Utah is a mini Darwinian Galapagos Island. We have a culture here where we interact. We solve problems. We get beyond parties and labels, and Andrea's organization is an example of that." In order to effe

Sunday, May 27, 2018

  • Should Pres Trump be able to block tweets?
    A judge said that President Trump is not allowed to block tweets that are critical of him, as he has done. This is such new territory since no president has spoken to the American people, made news, set policy, etc. via Twitter before. Some people have followed the president and been critical of him, and he's blocked them. The court said he can't do that. Professional coach Kristin Sokol says "It makes sense. He is using Twitter as a news outlet. When you're looking at the 1st Amendment - you can't block Americans like that." Shauna Cheshire, owner of Mia Mama Fitness, says "He's not using Twitter for personal updates. He's using it for political things and to make announcements. All Americans should have access. He's picked a platform that people can respond to negatively. He could pick a
  • Should you have to be 18 to marry?
    Should you have to be 18 in order to marry in the state of Utah? Shauna Cheshire is the owner of Mia Mama Fitness. "My personal view is you should be an adult to marry because that is a very adult thing to do. I told my daughter who is 20 and getting married that if you're going to do this, you are going to adult full on. You will not live in our basement. If you want this - this is part of being an adult full on." Professional Coach Kristin Sokol says "18 is probably a good starting age, however, this is America, the land of freedom. You can do things here that other people think are weird or gross. I have friends who got married when they were 16. We have to be careful about our freedoms here." Singer songwriter Cherie Call says "it's hard for me to think of good reasons to marry before
  • What are you doing with your kids this summer?
    The Salt Lake Library is kicking off a reading challenge for the summer. What are doing with your kids this summer to keep them from sitting in front of their video games all summer? Singer songwriter Cherie Call says "the Utah Conservatory for Performing Arts, Utah COPA, has a lot of week long camps for song writing and music theater. Go to They are reasonably priced and really fun." Cherie's family also does a lot of hiking. Shauna Cheshire, owner of Mia Mama Fitness, says "I know if we just leave the kids at home, and I'm working more than I have been, that they default to screens. My youngest has been working on embroidery and it made her really happy. I've been trying to tell her - this is the satisfaction of working on something and finishing it." Professional coach Kri