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Smart Talk: Protecting crime victims from mental anguish; Preparing with insecure Social Security

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 10, 2014 3:21 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, October 13, 2014:

Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.  His conviction has been affirmed by several courts.  Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death -- a sentence that was later overturned and he was sentenced to life in prison.

However Abu-Jamal has supporters around the world who believe in his innocence or that he didn't get a fair trial. 

Abu-Jamal is not the typical inmate in a Pennsylvania prison.

He has written books and broadcast from behind bars.

Last week, Abu-Jamal was the featured speaker for the Goddard College Vermont graduation ceremony.

Many people were outraged and a proposal has been made to put restrictions on those convicted of crimes.  The purpose is to keep crime victims from suffering emotional anguish.

Pennsylvania's Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm appears on Monday's Smart Talk to explain.

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Pennsylvania's Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm

Also, a report out this summer estimated the Social Security Trust Fund would not be able to provide full pay outs in 2033 unless changes are made to replenish it.

Many who will retire before then are developing strategies in case Social Security is depleted.

Tracy Burke of Conrad Siegel Investment Strategies appears on the program to discuss their options.

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Tracy Burke of Conrad Siegel Investment Strategies

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-10-13 08:38

    Thomas from Manheim emailed:

    just a quick item.

    i am retired (retired 2 years ago at 53) i always lived slightly under my means, i invested in the stock market on the d.r.i.p. program in solid investments. such as rails, utlilites, industrials. i also have a pension from the commonwealth of pa. i have never depended even on the pension because one never knows if law makers can change benefits. i also have always paid into a ira, and other retirement plans.

    i now invest in real estate, stocks, and other investments.

    my wife and i have always lived in a small home (paid for).
    small car
    stick to savings plan

    this is how my wife and i have had success. at this point we do not even need or think of social secuity. we are now millionaires due to investing correctly and budgeting correctly.

    thank you

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-10-13 08:55

    Anna in Mechanicsburg emailed:

    You pointed out that there's no law against publication of minors' names, and that it's just kind of journalistic tradition (I forget your exact word).

    If I may, I believe that that's true, but the legal impediment is one of access to the information in the first place. There is no law against publication of information lawfully obtained, but the records of juveniles are generally sealed.

    Good show.


  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-10-13 08:57

    John from Carlisle emailed:

    Average salary of population $45000 ????
    I've never made more than $12 /hour and I live month to month struggling with debts having nothing to pay towards retirement.

  • Robert D Colgan img 2014-10-13 09:23

    I found myself getting really angry listening to Jennifer Storm. . .in greatest part because she has such selective compassion.
    People like Mumia Abu-Jamal may have done things regrettable ----in the PAST....but it doesn't define them for the human beings they are now.
    For Ms Storm it FOREVER condemns them as valueless.

    She conveniently ignores that people commit crimes all the time.....and some are punished, and some escape without any social penalty.
    But for her, because someone was convicted of a crime----they are the very incarnation of evil.

    I wonder if Ms Storm knows how many American soldiers did reprehensible things during their stays in combat zones.....things that if they were done in civilian peacetime would incur life sentencing...?
    I wonder if Ms Storm knows how many American corporate executives make decisions that they know end up costing people's lives and health and wealth, but do it just because there may be some profit in it for them and their companies.
    (the drug Vioxx alone is said to have killed more than 75,000 people and the drug maker knew that from clinical trials that it caused heart damage---but ignored that part of the trial in their marketing)
    (Monsanto has known for the last 27 years that the chemical they sell along with their modified seeds causes endocrine disruption, impotency, birth defects, and immune system compromise-----------but continue to sell No Till farming to the American farmers who unknowingly poison the countryside and their countrymen)

    Victims need to have their protections from being victimized anew, their right to safety, true------but the means by which such protections are obtained may ultimately be to the detriment of the rights of everyone.

    Please grow a heart, Ms Storm. They're useful organs.