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Opinion

  • The media elites continue to treat a large segment of the American public with a level of disdain that approaches abhorrence and is manifested by their obvious frustration and self-righteous incredulousness.

  • Democracy is a wonderful thing. So is equality. It’s great knowing we all pull our trousers on in similar fashion and share a common destiny: Not getting out alive.

    But then we board a sardine can with wings or sit idling on a traffic-clogged highway or stand in a 30-minute line to board a ski lift and think, “What the fuzzola!”

    Solar eclipses are rare to behold. So is yours truly finding common ground with Jon Caldera of the Independence Institute. Liberal communing with Libertarian.

  • Many of us in the United States tend to view international events with a somewhat jaded, academic perspective. What happens “over there” may or may not be significant while our lives are pretty much wrapped up in the mundane day-to-day routines that come with our affluence.

  • When one is described as living a “storied life,” it suggests a life filled with adventures, feats or accomplishments that transcend normal human experience. We tend to reserve that accolade for famous people, those who make the headlines for one reason or another. Unfortunately, that leaves out the rest of humanity.

  • Vox

    That Trump kid

    Now that the new kid at Pennsylvania Avenue High School arrived, beating his chest he has left himself, and consequently us, with little room to maneuver going forward.

  • Most of us can recall, if not fondly, the double negative rules of mathematics and English grammar. Two negatives multiplied equal a positive. A minus times a minus equals a positive or a “not not” is a yes. If this appears to be a bit confusing to the uninitiated, think what the topic of fake news sounds like to a low information voter. Now we have the reality of “fake fake” news. Could this possibly be an insight into hidden truth?

  • With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. - “Moby Dick,” by Herman Melville

    It can be challenging for pragmatists who hold to high-minded principles like equal justice under the law and all for one and one for all. It’s that “all” thing. Crazy. All as in it’s about everybody, not just me.

  • U.S. needs universal health care
    Editor:

    The logic of Mr. Riddell’s column once again escapes me. On March 22, he simultaneously quoted rights in the Declaration of Independence of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” while at the same time promoting a Republican health-care bill that would have condemned 24 million Americans to an early death.

  • Health care is a human right based on a simple principle: Every human requires medical interventions: Western-trained physicians, shamanic or Ayurveda. Having the right is one thing; accessing it is quite another.
    The health insurance industry has evolved — apologies to Charles Darwin — into a modern-day Gorgon, which in mythology are three hideous-looking sisters with hair of venomous snakes whose looks turn people into stone. Like Medusa, the best known, the health insurance industry lost its way.

  • Health care is a human right based on a simple principle: Every human requires medical interventions: Western-trained physicians, shamanic or Ayurveda. Having the right is one thing; accessing it is quite another.

    The health insurance industry has evolved — apologies to Charles Darwin — into a modern-day Gorgon, which in mythology are three hideous-looking sisters with hair of venomous snakes whose looks turn people into stone. Like Medusa, the best known, the health insurance industry lost its way.

  • Following the recent radical Islamist terrorist attack in London, the world again had to address the fragility of expectations for public safety and security. Yet despite the stiff upper lip speeches from the Brits and the loud and public denouncements of ISIS by American opportunists, the reality of lone-wolf attacks are and will remain a very real aspect of modern life.

  • Countering Riddell’s column
    Editor:

    Mr. Riddell’s column of March 16 had as much truth in it as a Trump tweet.
    Riddell failed to note that the “devastating” counterclaim of Trump’s great lawyer, Roy Cohn, was dismissed before trial.
    Riddell also forgot that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes and only the antiquated electoral college system put Trump into office.

  • With all of the noise over the fake news regarding Russian hacking of the election, scant little notice has been paid to President’s Trump first budget submission. Now it is important that everyone understands the role of the executive’s budget. It carries no authority other than providing to Congress his or her wish list of spending priorities. Understanding this, however, provides tremendous insight into the constituency biases of our elected officials.

  • Let’s be clear and unequivocal before myth morphs into alternative fact: Health care is a human right. Period. It comes with being human. It’s not a privilege, a benefit procured depending upon one’s employment or financial situation.
    Health insurance isn’t natural; it’s a man-made phenomenon. Not only not a right, it’s an arbitrary and capricious construction designed not to deliver more healthy and efficient health services but for something coldly objective: Profit.

  • With all of the noise over the fake news regarding Russian hacking of the election, scant little notice has been paid to President’s Trump first budget submission. Now it is important that everyone understands the role of the executive’s budget. It carries no authority other than providing to Congress his or her wish list of spending priorities. Understanding this, however, provides tremendous insight into the constituency biases of our elected officials.

  • Let’s be clear and unequivocal before myth morphs into alternative fact: Health care is a human right. Period. It comes with being human. It’s not a privilege, a benefit procured depending upon one’s employment or financial situation.

    Health insurance isn’t natural; it’s a man-made phenomenon. Not only not a right, it’s an arbitrary and capricious construction designed not to deliver more healthy and efficient health services but for something coldly objective: Profit.

  • As the “Obamacare repeal” and the “Ryancare replace” drama continues to unfold, a diminishing few truly understand the conservative position and opposition.

    Simply put, an alarming number of Republicans (perhaps those In Name Only) dodge the two fundamental questions that should be driving the debate. Is health care a right or a privilege and what are we, as citizens of the United States, entitled to?

  • “I can’t imagine that they could just cut it off.”

    — Melinda Champion

    Melinda might want to re-imagine because they — congressional Republicans — could and would do just that. “It” being the $4,100 annual credit Melinda and her husband Robert receive courtesy of Obamacare to pay for her osteoporosis medicines and gastric sleeve and Robert’s blood pressure medicine, life-sustaining treatments for both.

  • As the “Obamacare repeal” and the “Ryancare replace” drama continues to unfold, a diminishing few truly understand the conservative position and opposition.

    Simply put, an alarming number of Republicans (perhaps those In Name Only) dodge the two fundamental questions that should be driving the debate. Is health care a right or a privilege and what are we, as citizens of the United States, entitled to?

  • Don’t let rhetoric
    blind problem-solving
    Editor:

    I find the tendency of both conservatives aåånd liberals to automatically group the opposition into “clearly defined” ways of thinking and action with no room for balance and objectivity an increasingly sad event.