Columns 2017

Seven years of bitching and they still didn’t think about coming up with a good replacement

So we are once again caught up in a health care debate that will probably end as badly as every attempt by Republicans to repeal Obamacare. And I once again have to wonder how Republicans could have spent the past seven years attempting to repeal it without ever thinking of what comes next. How could they spend seven years screaming like stuck pigs over this health care law and forget to come up with a decent replacement plan?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not perfect; far from it. Premiums can be so high that families opt to pay the Continue reading →

Columns 2017

Learn the lesson from the Vietnam War generation

As a member of the sixties hippie generation, I am also a child of the Vietnam War. I don’t know if there are enough words to express what an overwhelming presence and force that war was to my generation. It encompassed us like a tsunami. When it ended, it felt as though the whole world shuddered in an attempt to find the new normal. I think we all regret that the new normal turned out to be the seventies.

I started the sixties as a good little Catholic schoolgirl. It wasn’t until I got to college in the mid sixties Continue reading →

Scribblings

Please make it stop

I love looking at the beautiful dresses worn to events like the Oscars. But there is one trend that simply needs to stop and stop now – and that’s the see thru dress. I don’t want to see your nipples or your pubic region peeking out from under. That’s why you wear clothes… to cover up certain parts of the body. And if those boobs get squeezed together and shoved up any harder, they’ll explode their fake silicon all over the dress. Finally, while we at it, let’s dump the trend to have the dress stop at the knee but Continue reading →

Scribblings

Take that, you damn wasp!

I am woman, hear me roar. I can say that now that I’m done being hysterical over the wasp in my office. I was going to call a man to help… yes, Richard Wilson Jr., that would be you… but decided that I needed to man up and deal with it myself. So I ran around hysterically with a rolled up magazine smashing windows, blinds, walls… and finally got the wasp before it got me. I was feeling so pumped I even killed the fly at the window while I was at it.
I am woman, hear me roar! Continue reading →

Columns 2017

Perception is sometimes everything

A story in Sunday’s paper described a lawsuit filed by the Southcentral Foundation against the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) over compensation paid some board members and its chairman. The amounts seem extremely high given they are within a system that is chronically stretched to its financial limits in trying to provide health care to Natives throughout the state. The compensation for the chairman in particular looks questionable given that the gentleman apparently is working two full time jobs at once. Both jobs are very demanding and that leads to some legitimate questions about how anyone can claim to Continue reading →

Columns 2017

Not all heroes are really heroes

Columbus Plaza was a block away from my childhood home in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In it was a large statue of Columbus. Given that I grew up in an Italian-American immigrant community, finding the statue so nearby is not really a stretch. He was an Italian hero; the man who discovered America. He stood on the only patch of green for miles around my neighborhood. In fact, his statue stood in the nearest I could get to nature back then – an approximately two block square of grass with pigeons, a few trees and the statue of Columbus. Along Continue reading →

Scribblings

Let me see if I have this straight

Orangeman is going back to Houston because someone told him he needs to be more sympathetic towards the people injured in the disaster that recently struck that city. Seriously, someone had to tell him to go do this. Though, when I think about it, I’d rather still be in the middle of a disaster than have that man even attempt to hug and comfort me. OK, now I have to go take a bath. Continue reading →

Columns 2007

The common good

As the question of taxes is being raised across the state on many October ballots, it might be interesting to take a look at the term commonwealth. It’s a word used by Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia in their official titles. So what does it mean?

Here’s the formal definition: “Commonwealth is a traditional English term for a political community founded for the common good. Historically it has sometimes been synonymous with ‘republic’. The noun ‘commonwealth’, meaning “public welfare general good or advantage” dates from the 15th century.”

So the founders of some of our most original states believed that Continue reading →