Saturday February 28, 2015
October 23rd, 2014
Et tu, CDC?
For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been the most trusted agency in the federal government. In 2003, when Gallup did a survey to determine what the public thought of various federal agencies, the CDC topped the list, with 66 percent of respondents describing it as "excellent" or "good."
The New York Times report that the George W. Bush administration discovered old chemical bombs and rockets in Iraq and withheld the knowledge "from troops it sent into harm's way" is an echo of the discussion over alleged new weapons of mass destruction that triggered its 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In this age of public disgust with politicians, it's not surprising that Larry Pressler is within striking distance of winning the open Senate seat in South Dakota by riding a campaign to clean up Washington.
Young Americans are just not into driving the way their elders are or did at their age. They are less likely to own cars or use cars. The drives they do are shorter. Meanwhile, the bus is looking good to them.
Tom Wolf's mood is sunny but his words are serious.
In the Middle Ages, the call for a crusade to conquer the Holy Land was met with cries of "Deus vult!" - God wills it. But did the crusaders really know what God wanted? Given how the venture turned out, apparently not.
Even if Africa's Ebola emergency never mutates into a global catastrophe, those of us who live in the world's most fortunate country ought to consider what this fearsome virus can teach us. The lessons are quite obvious at this point -- and contain implications that are political in the most urgent sense.
As I write this column, two health care workers in Dallas have come down with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who traveled from West Africa and died from the disease. By the time you read it, there will most likely be more cases.