Charles Simmins

Charles Simmins

Charles Simmins is a native Western New Yorker with nearly thirty years of experience at senior level accounting positions in non-profit and for profit organizations. He was a volunteer firefighter, and a volunteer EMT for fourteen years.

Currently he is a freelance writer and publishes an on-line magazine, America's North Shore Journal. He is a long time participant in the Defense Department's bloggers' outreach program.

He is married and is presently owned by four cats.

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  • Chikungunya Continues to Spread in the Americas
    Confirmed and suspected cases of chikungunya now total over 267,000 in the Western Hemisphere. The mosquito borne illness was first detected in early Dec. 2013 and has spread across the Caribbean and to Latin America in seven months.
  • What Does the Chikungunya Outbreak Mean for the U.S.?
    As the number of chikungunya cases soars in the Caribbean, many Americans wonder what it means for this country. What is chikungunya and can it be prevented?
  • Second MERS Case Found in United States
    The CDC heald a teleconference today to discuss a second confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the U.S. This patient is hospitalized in Orlando, FL. The first case was in a patient visiting Indiana at the beginning of May.
  • Miley Cyrus Still Being Treated for Severe Allergic Reaction
    Miley Cyrus remains hospitalized five days after being admitted to a Kansas City, MO, hospital with a severe allergic reaction to a prescribed antibiotic. Her concert schedule has been cleared until the start of her European tour on May 2.
  • National Guard Responds to Washington Landslide
    Early in the morning of March 22 a mudslide took place near Oso, WA. Called the State Route 530 slide (SR 530 slide), it has claimed the lives of at least 16. Washington National Guard troops are heavily involved in search and recovery efforts.
  • NOAA Poisons Captive Fish to Claim Deepwater Oil Spill Damages
    Research into the effects of the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill sent Federal researchers to tuna farms in Australia and Panama. Tuna embryos and larvae were poisoned with crude oil for study purposes. The claim the spill did the same damage.
  • Sinkhole Swallows Part of National Corvette Museum
    Before dawn on Feb. 12, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, suffered a significant loss. A sinkhole opened under the Skydome and eight cars on display fell into the hole. Six were museum owned and two were on loan from GM.
  • Be on the Lookout for These Diseases
    Medicine rarely issues a BOLO, which stands for “Be On the Lookout”. The next 12 months will see new illnesses being diagnosed in regions where they will be unexpected and unanticipated. This is a BOLO for chikungunya, dengue and Valley Fever.
  • National Guard Responds to Winter Storm Across the South
    From Louisiana to North Carolina, National Guard troops are deployed this morning and are assisting local authorities with winter weather relief efforts. The Guard is providing food for stranded motorists, sanding highways and rescuing school children.
  • New Illness Spreading Throughout Eastern Caribbean
    Until early Dec., chikungunya had not been locally acquired anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. Since then, an outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness has spread rapidly in the eastern Caribbean.
  • National Guard Aids with West Virginia Water Woes
    The West Virginia National Guard has 116 soldiers and airmen working to aid civilian authorities after a chemical spill on Thursday contaminated the drinking water for hundreds of thousands. The spill into the Elk River affects nine WV counties.
  • Texas Sets Whooping Cough Record
    Texas experienced a whooping cough epidemic in 2013. By year end, the state reported 3,637 cases of the contagious respiratory illness, breaking the 2009 record of 3,358. There have been five related deaths.
  • Affordable Care Act Forcing Changes, Not Choices
    Health insurance plan cancellations are forcing individuals into coverages that they do not want or cannot afford. The decisions have been taken out of their hands. What are some of the results?
  • Beginning 2014 Without Health Insurance
    New York was one of several states that set up their own healthcare exchange rather than rely upon the Federal exchange provided by the Affordable Healthcare Act. For one applicant, three months of efforts have left him without insurance and without an ex
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May Have Some Hope
    Rheumatoid arthritis patients suffer daily with pain and limitations in their physical activities. Current treatments are assisting them by reducing or eliminating RA symptoms. Future research holds even more promise.
  • More Military and More Nations Provide Philippine Typhoon Aid
    The number of countries providing assistance to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan continues to grow. So does both the number of troops and the number of militaries involved in the devastated nation. Help is arriving from around the world.
  • U.S. Military Impact on Philippine Typhoon Relief
    The United States has committed a significant portion of its naval and Marine Corps assets to typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines. The level of support may exceed the 2004 Indonesian tsunami relief effort and make it the largest in history.
  • U.S. Military Aids Typhoon Stricken Philippines
    The USS George Washington interupted a port visit to Hong Kong and set sail for the Philippine yesterday. There it will be joined by a number of other Navy vessels. The U.S. Marines have dispatched troops and aircraft to the typhoon disaster from Okinawa.
  • Philippine Military Response to Philippine Typhoon
    The Philippine military is heavily involved in the response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, which cut a swath through the heart of that island nation. Over 9 million people are depending on the relief efforts of their government and their military.
  • Super Typhoon to Strike Central Philippines Within Hours
    The central islands of the Philippines are bracing for the impact of a super typhoon within the next several hours. The storm is expected to bring winds of 140 mph and gusts as high as 162 mph to most of the region.
  • U.S. Malaria Cases Set Record - Two Years Ago
    The CDC announced on Oct. 31 that it had finalized the number of malaria cases found in the U.S. in 2011. The 1,925 cases diagnosed set a 40 year high for the parasitic disease. The vast majority of the illnesses were contracted overseas.
  • Texas Whooping Cough Epidemic and Vaccinations
    The Texas Department of State Health Services has released preliminary data from August on the vaccination status of whooping cough patients during the 2013 epidemic. Vaccine status may play little part in the outbreak, based upon this data.
  • New Definitions for Length of Pregnancy
    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued new definitions for the various lengths of pregnancy. Research has shown the longer that delivery can be delayed, the better the outcome for the baby. "Full term" now begins at 39 weeks.
  • No Product Recall in Salmonella Outbreak
    Friday saw new numbers released for the salmonella illness outbreak tied to Foster Farms raw chicken. The Centers for Disease Control report that they now have 317 reports of illness from 20 states. No product recalls have been issued.
  • Cyclone Phailin Threatens Millions in India
    The eastern coast of India is facing its fiercest storm in over a decade as Cyclone Phailin approaches a Saturday evening landfall. The storm may set a new record, with winds gusting over 200 mph and 39 inches of rainfall predicted.
  • Current Salmonella Outbreak Dates to 2004
    Foster Farms, a large producer of raw chicken for the consumer market, has been identified as the source of the current Salmonella illness outbreak in California and 17 other states. The company has been tracked as a source since 2004.
  • The Mystery of Obamacare
    I have no health insurance as of Jan. 1. My coverage was cancelled and I was referred to the NY State of Health marketplace created for Obamacare. The lack of facts at the site is adding to my health care anxiety.
  • Texas Whooping Cough Epidemic Driven by Low Vaccination Rates
    The whooping cough epidemic in Texas continues. As of Sept. 23, the state reports 2,369 cases of pertussis. The Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex has reported over 42 percent of the cases in Texas for 2013.
  • Colorado Flooding Damage Includes Oil Spills
    The recent flooding in Colorado struck the heart of oil country. As the state begins to dry out, the damages are mounting. A number of oil spills were caused by the raging water. Mitigation depends upon lower water levels and access to cut off sites.
  • Can Your Cat Make You Crazy?
    A study published yesterday found that mice infected with a strain of Toxoplasma gondii, a cat parasite, lost their fear of cats. Infected mice lost their fear of areas marked with bobcat urine, behavior that runs counter to survival.
  • Colorado Flood Rescues Continue
    Four are dead and 172 are unaccounted for as the massive flooding in Colorado continues. The region remain under threat with potential storms this afternoon and evening.
  • Whooping Cough Epidemic in Texas
    Texas has alerted health care providers that whooping cough has become wide spread in the state. The state has seen 1,935 pertussis cases through the end of August. Experts believe the final total for 2013 may be the highest in 50 years.
  • Military Aircraft Fighting Spreading Wildfire Near Yosemite
    The Rim fire, which began Aug. 17, continues to grow and threaten Yosemite National Park. National Guard and Air Force Reserve aircraft are attacking the fire from the air by water drops and spreading fire retardant.
  • Dengue Fever Reappears in South Florida
    Locally acquired dengue fever is becoming a worry in South Florida as more cases of the mosquito carried illness surface in Dade and St. Marin counties. The last outbreak of the illness in Florida was in 2009 and 2010.
  • Twenty Measles Cases in Texas Tied to Copeland Ministry
    Twenty cases of measles in two counties have Texas officials concerned. All twenty have been traced to a visitor to the Eagle Mountain International Church, home of televangelist Kenneth Copeland's ministry. Copeland has been a critic of vaccinations.
  • Chicago's Murder Rate Means Dead Children
    Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. For the children of the Windy City, that does not mean very much. Children are being murdered in Chicago out of proportion to their numbers.
  • American Troops in the Middle of Egyptian Violence
    The United States has nearly seven hundred troops deployed at several locations in the city of Cairo and in the Sinai desert due to decades old treaty obligations. The current violence in Egypt places these soldiers and sailors uncomfortably close to the
  • Deployments Have No Effect on Military Suicide Rates
    A just released study of military suicides from 2001 to 2008 has found that there is no correlation between deployments and suicide. Military suicides have factors in common with civilian suicides, alcohol abuse and depression.
  • Details Released on Sex Slave Captivity in Upstate New York
    Brandon Todd, of rural Prattsburgh, N.Y., is under arrest on Federal kidnapping charges. The FBI, in a detailed affidavit, revealed the 23 day ordeal of a Florida girl who was taken prisoner in San Diego and held in a rural home in upstate New York.
  • West Nile Illnesses Are Tip of Iceberg
    Over 60 mosquito species carry the West Nile virus in the U.S. Many of those same species can carry other, deadlier illnesses. West Nile is a sign of vulnerability to mosquito borne illnesses.
  • New Challenges in Marine Corps's Future in the Pacific
    The United States Marine Corps, as part of the "pivot to the Pacific", will be stocking up on new equipment and moving to some new homes in the next several years. The Corps remains positioned to aid our allies in war and assist the stricken in peace.
  • Marine Corps Pivot to the Pacific
    The announced policy of the United States is to pivot its military to recognize the importance of the Pacific rim nations to the 21st century. The U.S. Marine Corps continues its engagement in the region which dates to 1813.
  • Colorado Wildfire Claims Two Lives
    The Black Forest wildfire has claimed two lives. The El Paso county coroner is on scene with criminal investigators at a burned house in a very heavily burned area. The deaths appear to have happened within hours of the fire's start.
  • Wildfire Scorches Colorado Springs for Second Year
    Colorado Springs is fighting a large wildfire to its north, known as the Black Forest Fire. The fire began about 1 pm MDT on Tuesday. Over 7,300 people have been evacuated. It is zero percent contained.
  • Drownings During Hurricane Sandy Preventable?
    The Centers for Disease Control release a study today that provides information about most of the deaths due to superstorm Hurricane Sandy last Fall. Significantly, 90 percent of those who drowned in their home in NYC were in the evacuation zone.
  • Sequestration to Affect Schooling for Military Children
    In a telephone interview today, Marilee Fitzgerald, Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, discussed the notice of potential furloughs given teachers in the DoD system today. 84,000 students in 194 schools will be affected.
  • North Dakota Dam Forces Evacuations
    The North Dakota community of Cavalier, home to 1,300 people, was evacuated yesterday as rising water threatened the Renwick Dam on the Tongue River. Rising water also endangers other northeastern ND communities such as Grafton.
  • Military Responds to Oklahoma Tornado
    The Oklahoma National Guard, joined by Air Force personnel, are on location in Moore, OK, following an EF4 tornado that struck the community yesterday. At least 250 Army and Air National Guard soldiers and airmen have been dispatched.
  • So.California Wildfire at 28,000 Acres
    The Springs fire, currently burning in Ventura County, Cal., has consumed 28,000 acres as of 6 am local time. Yesterday, firefighters and military personnel prevented the fire from damaging the billion dollar communications facilities on Laguna Peak.
  • Six Months After Hurricane Sandy, Much Still to Do
    It has been six months since superstorm "Hurricane" Sandy came ashore and devastated Long Island and the City of New York. Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that has been spent, recovery results are mixed.
  • Spring Flooding Calls for Military Assistance
    As the 2013 flood season begins in the upper Midwest, National Guard and Coast Guard units are already responding. In Illinois, Missouri and North Dakota, the military is assisting local governments where flooding is occurring or about to occur.
  • Making Sense of Military Suicide Statistics is Difficult
    Suicide prevention is one of the military's top priorities, according to the Pentagon. The data is less than convincing, and mostly confusing. How large is the problem?
  • North Korea Can Mount Nuke on Missile, Representative Reveals
    Rep. Doug Lamborn created a stir in Washington yesterday when he read two lines of a Defense Intelligence Agency report out loud in a Congressional hearing. The unclassified excerpt stated that North Korea could mount a nuclear weapon on a missile.
  • Anthony Weiner to Run for New York City Mayor?
    As New York state and city officials are rounded up by the FBI for all types of crimes, a non-criminal is considering a run for mayor. Anthony Weiner, forced from Congress in a juicy sexting scandal, may seek redemption by running.
  • President to Award Medal of Honor to Catholic Priest
    President Obama will present a posthumous Medal of Honor to the relatives of Captain Emil Kapaun today at the White House. Kapaun, a Roman Catholic priest, will be honored for his valor during the Korean War as a prisoner of war.
  • Navy to Deploy Laser Weapon to Persian Gulf
    The U.S. Navy announced Monday that it plans to deploy a solid-state laser for use as a weapon. The intent is to place the new system on the U.S.S. Ponce, deployed in the Persian Gulf, sometime after Oct. 1.
  • Is Slave Labor Filling Fargo Sandbags?
    Outspoken commentator Ed Shultz took a swipe at the people of Fargo, ND, yesterday. Noting reports that middle school students had volunteered to fill sandbags in advance of flooding, he termed their efforts "slave labor" on behalf of the wealthy.
  • Cookie Monster to Be Banned from New York City Streets
    After a recent allegation that a street performer dressed as the Cookie Monster pushed a toddler, NYC Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. wants to ban performers in costume. He has introduced two local laws to ban or regulate appearing in costume in public.
  • Tense Week Begins in Korea as North May Test Missile and Nuke
    As tensions continue to increase on the Korean peninsula, both U.S. and South Korean intelligence is suggesting that the North will test a medium range missile this week. Some signs are also pointing to a fourth test of an atomic bomb by the North soon.
  • U.S. Deploys Sea-Based X-Band Radar into Pacific
    The sea-based X-Band radar that has been stationed in Hawaii has put to sea. While the Pentagon says the move of the radar is "a semi-annual systems check and is underway for trials", speculation is that it will be headed towards Korea.
  • Uniting the Two Koreas is a Bad Idea
    Both North and South Korea maintain that their eventual goal is the unification of the two countries. The world appears to support that goal in principle. There are many reasons that unification may be a bad idea.
  • North Korea to Restart Reactor as U.S. Adds New Forces
    The U.S.S. McCain, a guided missile destroyer homeported in Japan, has been moved to the coast of South Korea to provide a ballistic missile shield for the region. This follows a week of threats from North Korea and their rocket forces going to alert stat
  • FBI Busts N.Y. Politicos for Bribery and Corruption
    FBI agents are rounding up six prominent New York politicians today as news breaks of bribery and election rigging. US Attorney calls the scheme "a corridor of corruption" from Queens to Albany.
  • Navy Ship Removed from Philippine Reef
    The U.S.Navy has announced that salvage operations on the U.S.S. Guardian were completed on March 30. The mine countermeasures vessel ran aground on Jan. 17, on Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage site. The U.S. faces fines for damage caused to the reef.
  • U.S. Sends Stealth Bombers Over Korea
    Two stealth bombers were dispatched on a training mission over South Korea today. The B-2 bombers flew round trip from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and participated in an on-going military exercise, Foal Eagle.
  • Tensions Continue on Korean Peninsula
    Tensions continue to grow on the Korean peninsula as a cyber attack on Internet-connected servers in the South cripples a large number of businesses. Banks and news media outlets were among those struck.
  • Tensions Grow in Korea as Annual Military Exercise Kicks Off
    The annual Key Resolve military exercise between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea began today as tensions rose on the divided peninsula. North Korean media state that the government of Kim Jong-un has canceled the armistice that ended the Korean War.
  • February Unemployment Data for Veterans Little Changed
    The BLS data on employment and unemployment among veterans released today for February 2013 showed little change from the Fen. 2012 data. 772,000 veterans were unemployed last month. The youngest veterans had the highest unemployment rate.
  • Weather Slows Navy Salvage Operation in Philippines
    The USS Guardian remains aground on a coral reef in the Sulu Sea, in a Philippine national park and World Heritage Site. The ship is being cut into pieces and lifted free of the reef. Heavy weather is now slowing salvage operations.
  • Homeless in New York City Reach Record High
    The Coalition for the Homeless released its annual report yesterday on the homeless in New York City and was sharply critical of the Bloomberg administration. Over 50,000 people are staying nightly in municipal shelters, a modern record.
  • Next Pope Should Continue the Work of Benedict XVI
    The next Pope has some big shoes to fill. The Shoes of the Fisherman ask an ordinary man to step forward and lead a billion Catholics. The last Pope has given us an example to follow.
  • Flu Epidemic Still Hitting New York
    Influenza illnesses are slowing but not stopping in New York. The Empire State continues to have widespread flu activity and illness levels remain above average. Nine children have died from influenza since Oct. 1.
  • PTSD Risk Linked to Genetics
    Calling it a "combat gene", U.S. researchers has found a connection between variants of a serotonin transporter gene and PTSD. Anxiety in peaceful situations results in normal combat responses.
  • New Yorkers Have Seen Blizzards Before
    As the nor'easter that some care naming Nemo moves up the Atlantic coast and across New York and into New England, past storms are worth recalling. New York always copes with the snow and wind.
  • Media Misleads on Military Veterans Suicide Study
    A 59 page study was released at the end of January that examined the number of suicides among military veterans in select states. Media reports fail to quote the findings accurately.
  • New York Flu Epidemic Continues
    New York's latest flu report shows that a decline in cases may have stalled. More New Yorker's went to the doctor last week. Two more children died from the flu.
  • U.S. Military Little Affected by Flu Epidemic
    With extremely high flu vaccination rates, the United State military seems to have avoided the disruptions it experienced during the pandemic flu outbreak of 2009-2010. Little impact has been seen on operations.
  • Women Warriors Talk About the Lifting of the Ban on Direct Combat Roles
    With the lifting of the ban on women being assigned to direct combat roles about to be lifted in the U.S. military, some current and former female soldiers give their opinions.
  • Panetta to Announce End of Direct Combat Exclusion for Women
    The Department of Defense announced on Wednesday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have directed the lifting of the long standing ban on women serving in direct combat roles.
  • U.S. Navy Minesweeper Still Grounded on World Heritage Site Reef
    The USS Guardian remains aground and unmanned on Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea as Philippine authorities prepare legal action. The US Navy has assigned Rear Adm. Thomas Carney as on-scene commander of the recovery operation.
  • No End in Sight for New York Flu Epidemic
    Widespread flu activity in New York, coupled with continued high hospital admissions for the illness, suggest that the end of the influenza epidemic has not yet arrived. One more pediatric death from the flu was reported.
  • New York Struggles with Severe Flu Outbreak
    New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley told a press conference on Jan. 10 that influenza was epidemic in all five boroughs of the city. This follows a similar announcement in Boston the day before.
  • Whooping Cough Cases Set Record in New York in 2012
    New York set a modern record in 2012 by reporting 3,065 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, to the Centers for Disease Control. The outbreak began in 2011 and new cases continue to be reported in 2013. The reason for the high number of illnesses remain
  • Private Donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief Fall Short
    It may be the poor economy. It may be the time of year. But the amount of money donated for Hurricane Sandy relief by individuals and companies is only 23 percent of what was donated for Hurricane Katrina relief by day 44.
  • The Case for Not Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy
    New York and New Jersey face the problem of rebuilding the infrastructure and the buildings that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Should everything be restored to the way it was? Or, should we recognize that we cannot fool Mother Nature?
  • FEMA is Not at Fault
    Victims of the Hurricane Sandy superstorm have been complaining for weeks about the activities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA is doing its job and those complaints are misdirected.
  • Coast Guard Sailor Killed During Sea Chase
    One Coast Guard sailor was killed and another injured Sunday morning when their boat was rammed by another boat they had been attempting to stop. The pursuit was taking place in the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast.
  • Bellevue Hospital Partially Reopens After Hurricane Sandy
    New York City's famous Bellevue Hospital has partially reopened, for non-emergency patient care, after being evacuated during Hurricane Sandy. Other New York hospitals also remain affected by the storm.
  • Public Health Service Aids Hurricane Sandy Relief
    The U.S. Public Heath Service is part of the federal response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. A Rapid Deployment Force is operating a medical special needs shelter at a hospital in Brooklyn.
  • Hurricane Sandy Makes Cory Booker the Next "America's Mayor"
    Shortly after September 11, 2001, Oprah Winfrey dubbed New York mayor Rudy Giuliani "America's mayor" for his leadership after the terrorist attacks that day. His ownership of that title is being challenged by the mayor of Newark, NJ, Cory Booker.
  • How Far Have Race Relations Come?
    In 1896, race relations were very different in the United States. Looking a a newspaper from that era provides a few examples of the progress society has made.
  • Military Enters Colorado Wildfire Fight
    Specialized aircraft from the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve have been called to duty in the fight against two dangerous Colorado wildfires. Four C-130 aircraft equipped with MAFFS are being added as both fires continue to expand.
  • Why Vaccinate for Whooping Cough?
    Many parents are choosing to defer or delay recommended childhood vaccines. Their decision is often based on the impression that the vaccine is worse than the illness. Whooping cough data shows that it is not true.
  • Whooping Cough is Not Cyclical
    Public health authorities throughout the U.S. frequently explain outbreaks of whooping cough as part of the disease's cycle. The data on where pertussis appears contradicts that belief. Accepting the illness as routine is not acceptable.
  • Crime in New York in 2011
    The FBI has released its latest annual report on crime in the United States. New York City ranks as the eighth most violent city in America but three other New York State cities are more violent.
  • Whooping Cough Cases Top 12,000 in United States
    Whooping cough, pertussis, case counts continue to mount in much of the United States. Washington, Wisconsin and New York have reported 40 percent of the national total. Twenty-four states have seen 100 cases or more this year.
  • Cuomo Seeks to Ease Marijuana Possession Laws in New York
    Current New York law makes possessing marijuana in public a misdemeanor. New York's governor wants to make it conform with the law for non-public possession, making it a violation. Smoking marijuana in public would remain a misdemeanor.
  • Minnesota Whooping Cough Cases Jump
    Minnesota continues to see a growing number of whooping cough cases in 2012. The current total is 815, an increase of 145 pertussis cases since mid May. The outbreak is centered on the capital region, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Hennepin County.
  • Whooping Cough Cases Top 10,000 Nationally
    The CDC released the latest numbers on whooping cough cases in the United States today. With over 932 new cases reported last week nationally, the outbreak appears most severe in Washington and Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin and Washington Lead Nation in Whooping Cough Cases
    The CDC's latest numbers show that the whooping cough outbreak continues to spread across the nation. Only Minnesota has had no cases in 2012. Wisconsin and Washington lead in case counts again this week.
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