Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Politics of Medicine

Part of growing up in the fifties and heading off to college in the middle of the sixties was figuring out what to do with the rest of your life, always a tussle between what you wanted to do – … Continue reading

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America Chooses Decline

Every week it’s the weekly job numbers, and every month it’s the monthly job numbers. And as they’re always awful – when they aren’t flat and one or two commentators venture that maybe things might be getting better, slowly, but … Continue reading

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But Never Really Lying

All of politics seems to rest on claims and counterclaims – one side says something is true and the other side says no, it’s not. You could look at the empirical evidence and argue that one side or the other … Continue reading

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Just Not Getting the Concept

It’s endemic to home repair and to car repair – you try to fix it yourself and you only make matters worse. As a general rule, well, don’t work on the plumbing, and certainly don’t work on the electrical stuff. … Continue reading

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Searching For That One Big Issue

Anyone can see how the upcoming but still far off presidential election is going to play out. Whoever the Republicans run has to deal with their plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program, where those who have chipped in … Continue reading

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Change in Unlikely Places

June 1981 was when it was time to get out – pack it all up and head for California, specifically Southern California, specifically Los Angeles. Rochester, the one in New York, is no place to be as you try to … Continue reading

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Masterful Storytelling, Most of It Quite Fanciful

This was the week Obama was in Ireland – but even if his great-grandfather’s grandfather was from Ireland, our president just doesn’t seem Irish. His father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas, and he was born in Hawaii … Continue reading

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