The General Assembly did not meet this week, so I thought I would talk about why I believe so much in public education.
This past week, one of the world's most famous and influential men made a major announcement concerning our global future. But you might have missed it because America's national news media was obsessing over President Obama's State of the Union address.
Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe's massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America's leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe's barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population.
In 1897, a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon got into an argument with her classmate over whether Santa Claus was real. Her classmates teased her and called her names because she believed in him.
In the medical profession, there is the admonition primum non nocere, the Latin expression for "first, do no harm." In order not to do harm, at the minimum, requires accurate diagnostics. Suppose a patient presents with abdominal pains, and the physician diagnoses it as caused by the patient's ingrown toenails. If that isn't the cause, the physician can spend all the resources he wants treating the patient's ingrown toenails and not remedy the patient's abdominal pains.
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This is the time of year that should be devoted to peace and joy but is really a time of major stress for many people. It is a time, unfortunately, when folks suffer major heart problems.
This past summer I travelled back home to attend the 50th year reunion of the class of 1964 of St Mary's High in Annapolis Md.
The game's on the line and the crowd noise is deafening. Snapper and holder do their part, as a lonely placekicker steps forward, into, and through the ball. Amid cheers and groans, defenders leap with joy and the kicker hangs his head. The football falls harmlessly left of target. The victors storm the field.
In 1983, I was the pharmacy director at a 124 bed hospital in Gainesville, GA. The for-profit hospital was owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and they assigned me to be the pharmacy representative on a national committee to predict what the hospital of 2000 would look like. The group was composed of members from hospitals across the United States and had one representative from each department in the typical hospital. With the recent news of Newton Medical Center looking for an equity partner, I thought back to some of the predictions from thirty-one years ago. I can only ...
America stands on the very brink of collapse and I believe the indications are such that if she doesn't collapse in my lifetime, she will in my son's. If that scares you, it should. America is in trouble such as she has never experienced in her history and it is trouble of our own making.
For those of us of the baby boomer age, the truth is that we've had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of positive changes in this world. I am sure that most of us can look back and say that we have really enjoyed our lives.
Eddie called himself a private detective, although all he really did was repossess cars. He would show up around 4 p.m. at the cafe where I worked after school, have his usual cup of coffee, and tell me a thing or two about what we used to call "real life." One day he told me how he used to load his coat pockets with brass doorknobs, which he used to "put out the lights" of homosexuals. I was 16 and getting an education of sorts.
The Senate, often thought of as the softer, slower, less-exciting body of the legislative branch, is in the spotlight this year. The Republicans in the House are expected to retain the majority and pick up seats.
Newton County citizens recently learned of the unexpected action of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to appoint an "assistant county manager," which in fact is the new "county manager in waiting" who will replace John Middleton upon his retirement sometime this year. Mr. Tom Garrett, the person selected, may be a good candidate for this job, but the process and timing of his appointment raises serious questions about the genuine commitment of our current commissioners to effectively manage our county.
I believe mankind should know its history.
This is about love, forever and always. Last weekend, I was asked to care for the last of my mother's sisters, her baby sister. My cousin needed me to care for her mother. There was no question I would agree to do so.
Last week's column - "Is There a Way Out?" - generated quite a few responses, some a bit angry. Some people were offended by my reference to Social Security and Medicare as "entitlements" or "handouts."
Imagine a beautiful woman whom you adore and would rather be with than any other woman you have known.
Yes, it is frustrating. The government should run smoothly and efficiently, going about its business and getting things done without much pomp and circumstance.
"A community needs news for the same reason that a man needs eyes," said British journalist Dame Rebecca West. "It has to see where it is going." On most days, however, I don't want to go where the news says we're going.