Saturday January 31, 2015
January 29th, 2015
For a guy who watches maybe 250 ballgames a year, I've always taken an interest in what was once called the women's page. After studying the sports section every morning, it's the next thing I turn to.
Have you ever wondered what inequality costs the average American family?
That is, what price do we pay — in actual dollars and cents — for tolerating an economy fixated on pumping our treasure to the top?
That question has no simple answer.
For some Americans, France can seem like a trip back in time, not always in a good way.
"In terms of racial progress," writes Joel Dreyfuss in The Root, "France looks more like the U.S. in the 1950s -- minus enforced segregation -- than America today."
Sen. Orrin Hatch is correct: Washington is engaged in class warfare and a battle over redistribution of income. The Utah Republican just has the details backwards.
My social circle was shaken a few days into the new year with an upsetting blog post. A friend I will call Mary is seriously ill. The blogger requested loving messages to her to be sewn into a quilt.
This bombshell began a flood of phone calls, emails, and Facebook posts.
President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address turned out to be pretty much as previewed in a series of strategic spoilers doled out over the past few days: an interesting but doomed populist manifesto of tax cuts for the middle class, tax increases for those who collect much of their income from investments, paid sick leave and community college for all.
There's something eminently straightforward about President Obama's State of the Union proposal to raise taxes on the richest Americans and boost income for the middle class. Robin Hood had the same idea, and the Republican Party has endlessly declared it "class warfare."
This is a tale of two policies promoted by President Obama: one to make community college free, the other to provide for paid sick leave and parental leave. Both are well-intentioned efforts to address fundamental, economic-based inequities. Only one -- the leave policy -- should be adopted.
I've never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won't go to pay for this?
Vision vs. blindness on health coverage
When he noticed weird stuff floating in his right eye, he didn't blink. He called an eye doctor.
The next day, 24 hours after the abnormality introduced itself, he had eye surgery – a vitrectomy -- that very likely spared him the loss of sight in that eye from a detached retina.