Tag: Newspaper Commentary

SISYPHUS MUST HAVE BEEN A WOMAN

July 17th, 2010, No Comments

Our national attachment to reality—often hanging by a thread– is illustrated in our newspaper columns. The culture is basically represented in the way in which newspapers choose their columnists who proceed to comment about our culture. Choices vary depending upon the stature of the publication; was its reputation earned for journalistic integrity or entertainment value? […]

A Nation of Patients

March 8th, 2010, 2 Comments

I’m convinced that failure to legislate access to health care for all Americans is a means of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Where’s the Patriot Act when you really need it? Between 1956 and 1998, the conflict in Southeast Asia (Vietnam War for my fellow oldsters) caused the deaths of approximately 58,193 military personnel. […]

Media Coverage of Smoking Bans – Some Stories Don’t Have “Two” Sides

January 3rd, 2010, No Comments

This New Years saw yet another revival of the ‘personal liberties’ debate about exposure to second-hand smoke in this NY Times article, “Blowing Smoke at a Ban” by Douglas Quenqua. Once again we have an article showcasing the derision of the public for these bans in the absence of citations of data regarding why these […]

The Health Care Debate in the Times or “Live from New York – It’s Saturday Night!”

December 20th, 2009, No Comments

How does one debate the subject of life and death? Really, what are we pretending is happening here? Either access to medical care is a basic right of citizens in a civilized society or it’s a privilege restricted to middle and upper income level consumers (until such time as it’s withdrawn by those conferring the […]

Remiss about Violence

October 11th, 2009, No Comments

Several recent articles and a blog have served as powerful reminders that governments cannot be discussed without reference to issues of male dominance and violence. These issues overshadow economic, political and cultural factors often cited as the reason why the intolerable should be accepted. Oppression can never be relegated to the level of a mere […]

That’s Show-Biz! President Obama, Health Care and the Media

September 16th, 2009, No Comments

Last Sunday’s Op-Ed column by the usually engaging Frank Rich was typical of the disturbing transition of journalism into just another form of theater. Entitled Obama’s Squandered Summer (NYTimes, 9/12/09), it completely misses the lessons our learned President has been trying to teach his constituency during these past months. Call it Civics 101, in which […]

The Health Care Divide – The Republic versus A Democracy; Which Will We Choose?

August 30th, 2009, No Comments

The Senate appears to be considering the ramifications of pretending we live in a democracy instead of a republic. Tired of the health care battle, in which there will assuredly be no survivors of that old, ‘wheel and deal’ process, there may actually be an old-fashioned vote in which the majority rules. Fancy that. The […]

Barack Obama’s Op-Ed: Why We Need Health Care Reform

August 16th, 2009, No Comments

It is fitting that my 200th post to this blog be about President Obama’s op-ed column in today’s N.Y. Times regarding health care reform. My submitted comments to that forum were as follows in comment #567. Last time I looked, there were over 700 comments on this article. It is wonderful to see so many […]

Healthier Air Quality in Your Home – A Lifestyle Choice Indeed!

August 7th, 2009, No Comments

The American Medical Association informs us that our rates of poor health in this country are highly correlated with ‘life-style’. That message really refers to choices in diet, exercise and personal habits like drinking or smoking. Yet, that is just the tip of the iceberg if we really look at the science and listen to […]

Injustice in the Appointment of Justices – Brooks on Judge Sotomayor

June 9th, 2009, No Comments

David Brooks voted against John McCain, fearing a continuation of disastrous policies. However, his rhetorical pandering to the sensibilities of the conservatives constitutes a great loss to the public. This major columnist cannot hope to assist in the reformation of a major political party while continuing to spout the precise viewpoints that abuse the rights […]

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