Though he made his name punching people out, Muhammad Ali has built his legacy on lending a helping hand. Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the early '80s, The Greatest hung up his gloves and rolled up his sleeves as a philanthropist, raising millions for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix, supporting organizations like Special Olympics and the Make a Wish Foundation, and volunteering in enough impoverished nations to earn the title of U.N. messenger of peace. He even went to Iraq during the Gulf War and personally attempted to negotiate with late dictator Saddam Hussein.
It was Ali who said, "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth." Wise words from a guy you wouldn't want to disagree with.
In this week's edition of the Boise Weekly, we're listening to The People's Champion and publishing our third annual Volunteer Guide of profiles on local organizations in need of volunteers.
Whether it's working with kids or animals, supporting the arts or cleaning up the environment, there's a group out there waiting for your commitment of time and service. You don't have to be heavyweight champion of the world to make a difference (though it does help).
Elsewhere in this week's BW, be sure to catch News Editor George Prentice's report on the hard-dollar implications of the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare." Though the health care reform package has been headline news for years, the exact impacts of its various "carrots" and "sticks" have eluded most laypeople--even experts have had a hard time penciling out how it will affect businesses and consumers alike.
Idaho lawmakers and representatives from the health care field presented and parsed health care reform for a gathering of big and small Boise businesses April 3, and whether you're an employer or an employee, it's must-read information.
Finally, in case you were thrown into a Big Brother's-coming-to-get-me panic after reading our online piece about drones over Garden City on April 1 (and in case we actually have to say it) ... yeah, April Fool's.