May 15, 2021

struggle

Emily Burris opens up about personal struggle with depression, anxiety

Editors Note: Emily Burris recently opened up about her struggles with depression and anxiety on social media, and was blown away by the response she received. She wanted to share more of her journey in the hopes it helps someone else with their own.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Quick question for you: How many conversations have you had over the past year that start something like this:

“Hey! How’s it going?”

“Oh, you know, 2020 just won’t quit!”

You laugh dryly and sigh, “It’s a lot, but… I’m hanging in there!”

No, I haven’t been spying on you. We’ve

Read More

Amid the Catholic power struggle over abortion, Biden is upholding personal rights

Steven P. Millies’ May 7 op-ed on the movement in parts of the Catholic Church to withhold Communion from lay Catholics, most notably President Joe Biden, who “hold policy views that diverge from many Catholic bishops” was well-written and informative about some of the struggles within the church — especially on abortion.

Pope Francis’ statement that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak” is in line with the sense of many Catholics that all of the sacraments are conduits of strength and grace, not rewards for “good behavior,” as

Read More

A struggle to find workers for small businesses

According to the Department of Employment and Workforce, there are 85,000 job openings in the state.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — If your a small business owner in South Carolina you’re probably feeling as if its just one thing after another these days. 

With some small businesses closing or “pausing” because of the pandemic in the last year and now as more people get vaccinated and are venturing out, those same small businesses are struggling to find workers. 

Experts say those in the hospitality industry are being hit the hardest.

Beginning with restaurant owners. 

 As Melissa Harden a manager at Burger Tavern

Read More

Unemployed Americans struggle to get free health insurance in pandemic

Paige Santillo worries about not being able to pay for her medication without health insurance.

Source: Paige Santillo

The help from the government seemed to come just in time for Paige Santillo.

Due to the pandemic, Santillo had been laid off from her job as a marketing manager at the publishing company Informa in October. As part of her severance package, the company paid her COBRA health insurance premiums through April. Come May, she’d be on her own with the $700 bill.

She didn’t know if she could afford that tab and, without coverage, she feared having to stop

Read More

Kansas City-area restaurants struggle to hire employees as business picks up

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Restaurants in the Kansas City area are having a hard time hiring employees after being forced to close and down-size because of the pandemic.

Megan and Colby Garrelts own Rye Leawood and Rye Plaza. Megan Garrelts said the restaurant business is dealing with an unprecedented challenge to find workers.

“In the 18 years of owning restaurants in the Kansas City area this is by and large the hardest time we’ve ever had trying to find staff,” Garrelts said.

Between added to-go business, outdoor patio seats and people getting vaccinated, Garrelts said both locations are getting back

Read More

US businesses near border struggle with boundaries’ closure

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Evan Kory started calling brides in Mexico’s northern Sonora state last March, asking if they wanted to get their wedding gowns from his Arizona store just before the U.S. closed its borders with Mexico and Canada because of the coronavirus.

His namesake shop in the border town of Nogales was popular among brides-to-be in northern Sonora for its large, affordable inventory, said Kory, the third-generation proprietor. Located steps from the border fence, Kory’s has been in business for half a century but has been closed for a year because of the pandemic, with its main customer

Read More