Category: Newspaper Commentary

The Repeal of Life

January 20th, 2011, 1 Comment

The New York Times published their tepid account of the actions of the House of Representatives actions to pass a ‘repeal’ of health care even though all involved knew that it would not become law. Where is the outrage? Why is the bid to remove, rather than improve health care for the masses considered to […]

Voting Booths are Not Houses of Worship

January 9th, 2011, 1 Comment

Charles Blow of the NY Times wrote a column about religious affiliation being a requirement for those aspiring to hold political office. His research spoke to the fact that huge numbers of Americans are ‘unaffiliated’ with any religious organization, regardless of their theology. Mr. Blow admirably points out the unfairness of the unaffiliated being forced […]

The Media and HealthCare

January 7th, 2011, No Comments

Several articles stood out in recent weeks as typical of the manner in which public opinion can be swayed by a press corp which is overly impressed with the dramatic license taken by news figures. In an astonishing lack of respect for the intelligence of its audience, journalists today feel compelled to allow ‘news-worthy’ individuals […]

All I want is Czechoslovakia – Appeasement Politics in the U.S.

November 19th, 2010, 6 Comments

Ezra Klein’s article in today’s Washington Post is a prime example of how easily we can mistake the dirty pool of politics for government policy. While earmarks are being banned (in a non-binding sort of way), we are ignoring the fact that every single item on the US legislative agenda is automatically turned into an […]

Derailing Discussion about Jobs:

September 6th, 2010, No Comments

All you have to do is bring up the phrase, “Free Market Economy”. Bob Herbert’s column, “Of Janitors and Kings” was, as usual, a fascinating commentary about our society from the vantage point of newly unemployed, low-wage workers. Most interesting is the information which wasn’t printed. We don’t know why this Goliath corporation needed to […]

WHEN IS ENOUGH ACTUALLY ENOUGH? ASBESTOS IN AMERICA

August 31st, 2010, No Comments

The Times-Dispatch in Virginia published an article by Jim Morris, an excellent journalist on environmental issues. It is terrifyingly titled, “US Asbestos Toll May Reach A Half Million Deaths”. Most of you likely think this substance has been banned by now. Many of us recall the scandal of so many military personnel exposed to it […]

Legislating titles: “Justice” or “Ms.” Kagan?

July 24th, 2010, No Comments

It used to be that the ‘litmus tests’ in confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justices were about whether candidates were prone to narrow versus broad interpretations of constitutional doctrines. How closely do the original words of the framers of that document approach current issues and customs which might fall under court scrutiny? These days, the […]

HuMan History: Women’s Suffering Can’t Change It

July 21st, 2010, No Comments

This is the second of three recent Op-Ed columns from the New York Times which are being examined for their common view that the history of men, plural or singular, can somehow be ‘re-written’ by women. Far from the image of an objective reporter, Nicholas Kristoff is a journalist immersed in documenting the moral failures […]

The History of HuMans

July 20th, 2010, No Comments

Readers are directed to this post introducing three NY Times columns about seemingly unrelated issues. However, there is certainly a common thread to be seen. If we connect the dots between Kristoff’s views and suggestions about the Middle East with the latest local ‘star’ scandal surrounding Mel Gibson, you see a pattern emerging of huMan […]

Alzheimer’s: Disease or Distraction?

July 14th, 2010, No Comments

An article appearing in today’s NY Times by Gina Kolata (“Rules Seek to Expand Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s“) was naturally disturbing to me. This article didn’t read, “Rules Seek Earlier Detection of Central Nervous System Damage” but named a particular form of pre-senile dementia and, of course, only one way to combat the inevitable decline – […]

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