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Healthcare for the lucky ones among us.

I am definitely one of the lucky ones: senior citizen with no chronic ailments and with access to Medicare and private insurance. I can choose my doctors (sort of) and usually do not have to wait a long time for appointments. Thinking about fellow citizens who are uninsured or under-insured, I took time to add … Continue reading “Healthcare for the lucky ones among us.”

Coronavirus: an opportunity to change course.

Daily news reports highlight areas of our society on which we should have focused well before disaster struck: HEALTH CARE: the heroic efforts of thousands of healthcare workers cannot fill the gaps we have accepted for decades: uninsured and under-insured families; the high costs of hospitalization and prescription drugs; the evident imbalance between ever more … Continue reading “Coronavirus: an opportunity to change course.”

Reflections on missed opportunities.

From coast to coast, colleagues at different types of institutions report struggles as they adapt pedagogies, supporting materials, and communication with students to distance teaching. These reports bring back memories of the mid-1990s. In 19944-1995, a bipartisan group of governors in the Mountain West came togethet to envision the future of their respective states. They … Continue reading “Reflections on missed opportunities.”

America and the Gun Culture.

With many friends, colleagues, and neighbors in the past couple of years I have participated in forums, marches, and vigils to honor victims of gun violence and to protest against the influence of the arms industry, and its principal lobbyist, the NRA, on our elected officials. I will probably continue to participate in such activities. … Continue reading “America and the Gun Culture.”

Re-reading Julien Benda’s La trahison des clercs

What do student debt, originalist interpretations of the American Constitution, TV drug advertisements, and wars of choice have in common? Separately and in various combinations they are doing serious damage to contemporary American society. Citizens who feel the impact of these trends try to understand them, and often they ask for relief. But who will take … Continue reading “Re-reading Julien Benda’s La trahison des clercs”

On stepping out of the bubble

My husband Ben was insatiably curious about the world we live in. Before he died in 2011 he had traveled to 150 countries. I lagged far behind. At his urging, I traveled to Egypt, returning home just a few days before the revolution in Tahrir Square shut down Cairo airport. When I finally decided to … Continue reading “On stepping out of the bubble”

The refugee crisis, the EU and …?

Another Washington Post editorial, another indictment of Europe/the EU for not saving lives in the Mediterranean, for closing borders, for failing to integrate asylum seekers and economic migrants. The list goes on. No doubt about it: major European countries were complicit in the political and military interventions by the United States that have turned a … Continue reading “The refugee crisis, the EU and …?”