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Billitteri, Thomas J.

Overview
Works: 47 works in 69 publications in 1 language and 1,380 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Census data 
Roles: Author
Classifications: KF228.G377, 345.73081
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Most widely held works by Thomas J Billitteri
The Gault case : legal rights for young people by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the 1967 Supreme Court Case in which the court ruled that juvenile courts cannot deprive children of certain rights guaranteed by the Constitution
Alternative medicine by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an overview of a fast-growing method of health care that use herbs, acupuncture, hypnosis and special diets
Rethinking retirement : can Americans afford to retire? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prospects for a secure retirement are more imperiled now than at any time since before the creation of the Social Security program in 1935. Low savings rates and credit abuse have contributed to the problem, but the recent economic crisis, which has led to massive layoffs and a collapse of the stock market, is forcing even those who have prepared and saved to rethink their retirement strategies. The entire retirement structure, including the shift away from traditional guaranteed pension plans toward 401(k) accounts, is under scrutiny, and Congress has called for greater transparency in the way such accounts are administered. Meanwhile, retirement experts are counseling workers to stay on the job longer to ensure their retirement security, and some economists are calling for reductions in Social Security benefits to shore up the entitlement system and accommodate the impending wave of retirements among the post-World War II baby-boom generation
Financial bailout : will U.S. and overseas action stem the global crisis? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bowing to doomsday warnings that the U.S. and global financial systems could collapse, Congress passed a $700 billion rescue bill early this month. Part of a sweeping $1 trillion government plan to calm the stock market and unfreeze credit -- the unprecedented rescue came amid mounting fears of a deep recession and the collapse of such major financial institutions as Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual. The government's efforts included the federal takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together hold or guarantee $5.4 trillion in mortgage loans -- 45 percent of the national total. The quasi-governmental firms were dragged down by investments in subprime mortgages and other "toxic" financial instruments. Meanwhile, even as the Bush administration and congressional leaders were calling the bailout plan vital, fundamental questions were being raised, including: Is the bailout big enough? And did risky lending by Fannie and Freddie and poor regulatory oversight fuel the crisis?
High-speed trains : does the United States need supertrains? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Financial literacy : should courses be mandatory in schools? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poor understanding of basic personal-finance and economic issues has left millions of students and adults mired in credit-card debt, prey to unscrupulous mortgage brokers and prone to making risky bets with their retirement money. High-school seniors correctly answer only about half the questions on personal-finance surveys, and those who take personal-finance courses tend to score no better than those who don't. Studies show similar deficits among adults. Yet experts disagree on a solution. Only a handful of states require at least a semester course on personal finance, and some advocates want Congress or state legislatures to mandate financial education for all K-12 students. Others question the effectiveness of financial-literacy programs in schools, and some worry that corporations may have too much influence on curriculum and instruction. A better approach to improving financial literacy, some argue, is to tighten government regulation to make credit cards, mortgages and other products easier to understand
Human rights in China : are crackdowns on basic freedoms increasing? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the curtain rises on the Summer Olympics next month in Beijing, China will eagerly showcase its hypersonic economic growth and its embrace of what it calls the "rule of law." But 19 years after its bloody suppression of protesters in Tiananmen Square, China will also be displaying its human-rights record for all to judge. Human-rights advocates say the sheen of Chinese progress and prosperity hides repression and brutality by the Chinese Communist Party, including the violent repression of pro-independence protesters in Tibet, forced abortions stemming from China's one-child policy and the trampling of basic freedoms of speech, religion and assembly. Chinese government officials say their nation of 1.3 billion people has made huge strides on the legal and human-rights fronts and that the West has no business interfering in China's internal affairs
Blighted cities : is demolishing parts of cities the way to save them? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dozens of cities, including Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Youngstown, Ohio, have been ravaged by staggering declines in population and vast neighborhood blight. Some planners are advocating controversial shrinking-cities strategies aimed at demolishing thousands of derelict structures, converting blighted blocks to open space or other uses and providing incentives for residents of decrepit neighborhoods to move to healthier ones, in part to save on municipal-service costs. But critics say demolishing parts of cities is the wrong way to save them, and they point to failed urban-renewal efforts of the 1960s as evidence. Meanwhile, progress is slow in cities that are trying to remake themselves. Funds for demolition and cleanup are tight, and residents fear being forced to relocate a practice city officials deny advocating. Moreover, intractable urban problems such as poverty and unemployment make the prospect of reducing blight especially daunting
Earthquake threat : is the U.S. ready for a seismic catastrophe? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The earthquakes that ravaged Haiti and Chile this year raised compelling questions about the ability of the United States to cope with a seismic catastrophe of its own. Thirty-nine states, from Alaska and California to the Carolinas and New England, are considered susceptible to moderate or severe quakes, and the Midwest is widely viewed as among the most vulnerable regions. In California, the U.S. Geological Survey puts the probability of a magnitude 6.7 or larger quake within the next 30 years at more than 99 percent. Should a magnitude 6.5 quake hit Manhattan, which sits on ancient faults, damage could total well over $1 trillion. Officials say the United States is making progress at mitigating potential death and destruction from future earthquakes but has a long way to go. In developing countries, scores of cities overcrowded, poorly built and many sitting on seismic faults remain highly vulnerable
Cyberbullying : are new laws needed to curb online aggression? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Child advocates say a growing epidemic of "cyberbullying" -- the use of computers, cell phones, social-networking sites and other technology to threaten or humiliate others -- is putting young people at risk, sometimes with deadly consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled "electronic aggression" an "emerging public-health problem." Court precedents on school discipline and students' First Amendment rights provide limited guidance to educators grappling with the emerging world of cyber communication, especially transmissions originating off school grounds. Nonetheless, many states and school districts are taking strong steps aimed at curbing cyber abuse. In Congress, bills to provide new funding for online-safety programs have been introduced, but conflicts have arisen over how federal money for such efforts should be spent
Afghanistan dilemma : is President Obama pursuing the right course? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Afghanistan-Pakistan conflict, Af-Pak, poses huge challenges ranging from rampant corruption within Afghanistan's police forces to the opium economy that funds the insurgency. Foreign-policy experts fear Pakistan's nuclear weapons might fall into the hands of terrorists. Is the Obama administration pursuing the right course of action in Afghanistan?
Parental rights : are new laws needed to empower parents? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conservative lawmakers and the Religious Right say liberal bureaucrats, courts and legislators have usurped parents' authority over their children. They have mounted an aggressive campaign to win new parental rights guarantees in state constitutions and federal law. On Nov. 5, Coloradans will vote on a constitutional amendment giving parents the "inalienable" right "to direct and control the upbringing, education, values and discipline of their children." Sponsors in 27 other states are pushing similar amendments, and parental rights legislation has been introduced in Congress. A broad coalition of opponents argues that parental rights laws are dangerous and unnecessary. Such laws would not only put children at new risk for abuse, they say, but also throw schools into gridlock and lead to costly lawsuits
Government and religion : was the United States founded as a "Christian nation"? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A decades-long culture war over the relationship between government and religion and the role of faith in civil society shows no sign of abating. New cases are coming before the Supreme Court, and fresh conflicts are arising over the placement of religious displays on public property and the use of government money to support faith-based social-service programs. At the heart of the battle lies the question of whether the United States was formed as a Christian nation as many conservatives contend or whether the Founding Fathers meant to build a high wall of separation between church and state. President Obama outraged conservatives when he declared, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or Muslim nation but a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values. Still, the share of Americans who profess to be Christians has been shrinking, while the percentage who claim no religious preference has nearly doubled since 1990
Campaign finance reform : have efforts to rein in political donations failed? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the 2008 presidential contest continues, the campaign finance system is in upheaval. Six years after Congress passed the landmark Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act to help curb the influence of unregulated "soft" money in politics, the so-called McCain-Feingold law is facing court challenges and persistent claims that it infringes on free-speech rights. Meanwhile, the system of public funding for federal campaigns is teetering. Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama is poised to be the first major-party presidential candidate to bypass the system in a general election. The Federal Election Commission, which enforces campaign finance laws, has been paralyzed by partisan bickering. And spurred partly by the effects of McCain-Feingold and the shortcomings of the public-financing system, candidates have been turning to small donors, who are responding in unprecedented numbers
Middle-class squeeze : is more government aid needed? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Millions of families who once enjoyed the American dream of home ownership and upward financial mobility are sliding down the economic ladder -- some into poverty. Many have been forced to seek government help for the first time. The plunging fortunes of working families are pushing the U.S. economy deeper into recession as plummeting demand for goods and services creates a downward economic spiral. A consumption binge and growing consumer debt beginning in the 1990s contributed to the middle-class squeeze, but the bigger culprits were exploding prices for necessities such as housing, medical care and college tuition, cuts in employer-funded benefits and, some say, government policies that favored the wealthy. President Barack Obama has promised major aid for the middle class, and some economists are calling for new programs -- most notably national health coverage -- to assist working Americans
Human spaceflight : are missions to the Moon and Mars feasible? by Thomas J Billitteri( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NASA's human spaceflight program rests heavily on space funding. Held back by budget constraints, political bickering, competing visions and daunting technical challenges, private companies and entrepreneurs are gearing up for emerging business opportunities
Teacher education by Thomas J Billitteri( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An influential report last year presented a blistering indictment of public education in America, especially the quality of teacher training. The National Commission on Teaching & America's Future said bold steps are needed to professionalize the nation's 2.7 million public school educators. Supporters of that view, including lawmakers, education experts and national teachers' unions, are pushing initiatives ranging from toughening licensing standards to eliminating poorly performing teachers. Advocates hail the new emphasis on teaching as unique in the long history of attempted education reforms. But some skeptics say that reforming teaching without making more fundamental changes in the nation's public schools won't accomplish nearly enough. Others question where the funding would come from
Gender pay gap by Thomas J Billitteri( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than four decades after Congress passed landmark anti-discrimination legislation -- including the Equal Pay Act of 1963 -- a debate continues to rage over whether women are paid fairly in the workplace. Contending that gender bias contributes to a significant "pay gap," reformists support proposed federal legislation aimed at bringing women's wages more closely in line with those of men. Others say new laws are not needed because the wage gap largely can be explained by such factors as women's choices of occupation and the amount of time they spend in the labor force. Meanwhile, a class-action suit charging Wal-Mart Stores with gender bias in pay and promotions -- the biggest sex-discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history -- may be heading for the Supreme Court. Some women's advocates argue that a controversial high-court ruling last year makes it more difficult to sue over wage discrimination
Curbing CEO pay by Thomas J Billitteri( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This spring's shareholder proxy season promises to trigger fireworks among shareholders. Scores of public companies are under scrutiny from shareholders and politicians for rewarding their chief executive officers with huge pay and severance packages, sometimes despite spectacular management failures. Home Depot's Robert L. Nardelli, for example, received a $210 million severance package in January, while Capital One Financial's Richard D. Fairbank took home $280 million in compensation in 2005. Meanwhile, an investigation is proceeding into the possible manipulation of executive stock options at up to 200 companies. New federal rules requiring companies to disclose once-hidden details of their compensation took effect this year, setting the stage for bitter controversy over corporate pay. A coalition of shareholders is petitioning some 50 corporations for the right to advise their boards on the companies' executive compensation, and the new Democrat-controlled Congress has made moves aimed at curbing pay
Mental health policy by Thomas J Billitteri( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When lawmakers passed the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), one of their goals was protecting workers with psychiatric impairments from job discrimination. But many employers have been confused by the law, or hostile to it. This spring, to clarify the ADA, guidelines detailing employers' rights and responsibilities under the ADA were issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mental health advocates praise the rules, but business groups say they invite frivolous and costly lawsuits. The debate is part of a larger controversy over mental health policy that includes insurance "parity" for mental illness. Advocates say parity offers civil-rights protection for the mentally ill. Critics charge it intrudes on free enterprise
 
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