Casual Fridays with Jerry Davich

An Hour Packed With Passionate Conversation

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Welcome back to “Casual Fridays” with Jerry Davich, your always-listening columnist with the Post-Tribune, along with my HJR-3 opposing co-host, Karen Walker.

On today’s jam-packed show, we’re tackling three subjects: Two of them are heavy and one is a bit frothy.

First up is the touchy subject of elder abuse, one that most of us would rather conveniently ignore. Roughly two-thirds of elder abuse or neglect to people age 65 and older comes at the hands of their families, research shows. Worse yet, it’s a problem that quietly mirrors our rising population of Americans 65 and older, which is projected to nearly double by 2030. The number of people age 85 and older is rising at an even faster clip.

The old adage – there are two sides to every story – is not always correct. With some stories, there are several sides to consider. For instance, take the story of Curtis Magee, who is convinced that his 66-year-old father is a victim of elder neglect, with gruesome photos reflecting his allegations.

Then, we’ll explore the controversial bill, HJR-3, proposed to ban gay marriage by chatting on the studio line with Megan Robertson – Campaign manager for Freedom Indiana, a statewide bipartisan coalition of individuals, businesses, faith leaders, civil rights and community organizations united to defeat HJR-3.

Next week, the House Judiciary Committee in the Indiana General Assembly is expected to vote on whether to advance House Joint Resolution 3.

Formerly known as HJR-6, HJR-3 is a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution, essentially protecting the state’s existing ban on gay marriage while hammering another nail into the closet of gay rights (though “gay rights” is already an oxymoron here.) HJR-3 also will ban Indiana from recognizing gay marriages from other states (where it’s legal) and preventing Indiana from legalizing these types of civil unions within our state.

And later in our hour-long show, we’ll chat on the studio line with a Crown Point coffee shop owner who recently started her own “suspended coffee” program.

Yes, a suspended coffee is the advanced purchase of a cup of coffee for someone in need who can’t afford one. Think of it as a pay-it-forward, anonymous act of charity and kindness that allows coffee shops, cafes or restaurants the opportunity to serve as a needed middle-man between donors and recipients.


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