January 18, 2013
EVERYONE - even the National Rifle Association - agrees with this: We must keep guns out of the wrong hands. The question is how. The single best way - better than banning specific weapons - are universal, computerized background checks. They are designed to keep guns out of the wrong hands, mainly meaning people with a criminal past (or present, as in the case of those with protection-from-abuse orders against them), the mentally ill, those too young to legally own a gun and those on terrorist lists.
December 9, 2012
Health Care for Some Rights and Rationing in the United States Since 1930 By Beatrix Hoffman University of Chicago Press. 336 pp. $30 Reviewed by Paul Jablow This much we know: The United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation. The outcomes are, for the most part, worse. The questions this raises are "How did we get there?" and "Where do we go from here?" Beatrix Hoffman, a history professor at Northern Illinois University, tells us something about the first and very little about the second.
November 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A gasoline shortage caused by Superstorm Sandy forced 1970s-era rationing on New Yorkers, adding a fuel-gauge obsession to their frayed nerves and dwindling patience. "I take passenger, I look at gas. I take another passenger, I look at gas," New York City taxi driver Shi Shir K. Roy said Friday. "Tension all the time. " Though rationing that allowed private motorists to fill up only every other day seemed to help with gas lines, it didn't answer motorists' questions about why they had been waiting for days in hours-long lines to fuel up. The confusion led some, like Angel Ventura, to panic.
March 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - House Republicans resurrected the specter of Medicare rationing Thursday in an election-year vote to repeal cost controls in President Obama's health-care overhaul. In the GOP crosshairs is a board that would be empowered to force cuts to drug companies, insurers, and other service providers if Medicare spending balloons. A Republican plan announced this week, laying down a dividing line between the parties, also would limit Medicare cost increases, but it would rely on competition among private insurance plans.
January 1, 2012 |
Several years ago, before I was married and had children of my own, my parents, brother, and I were flying together. I don't remember the location, but I clearly remember the shameful exclamations of fear regarding what I do recognize as a commonplace and - yes - safe form of travel. There were three angsty cowards among us. But my mother, never one to be afraid for stupid reasons, and therefore the sole member of our family who has no qualms about taking to the skies, flipped calmly through a magazine and looked at the rest of us with semi-disdain.
July 21, 2009
Help children avoid smoking habit After losing my father to lung cancer at a young age, I am fully aware of the devastating impact that premature death from smoking for years can have on a family. I, along with millions of others who have been impacted by the toll tobacco has caused, had long awaited the historic move President Obama made in signing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. It is imperative that we end the tobacco epidemic - and a good place to start is by protecting our children and preventing them from trying that first cigarette.
July 15, 2009
THE WHOLE idea of Vincent Fumo going to jail is ridiculous. He's a great man who's done many good things for this state, and he made a mistake. There's a reason no one noticed the money he took - all the other good things he was doing in the Senate. If anyone thinks Fumo is an example of corrupt politics, they need to look into a lot of politicians in Philadelphia. Nick DiDonato, Philadelphia No rationing on health care As health-care restructuring is debated, I'm very concerned at the real possibility of rationing.
June 9, 2009 |
President Obama's speech at Cairo University last week constituted the most direct public diplomatic outreach to the Muslim world in U.S. history. As such, Obama should have focused squarely on the one issue that Muslim publics most directly control: the widespread acceptance, if not embrace, of violent extremism. In this respect, the president failed tremendously. To be sure, Obama spoke in no uncertain terms about the evils of violence, calling it contrary to Quranic teachings that decry the killing of innocents.
April 27, 2009 |
Unified theory of Obamaism, final installment: In the service of his ultimate mission - the leveling of social inequalities - President Obama offers a tripartite social-democratic agenda: nationalized health care, federalized education (ultimately guaranteed through college), and a cash-cow carbon tax (or its equivalent) to subsidize the other two. Problem is, the math doesn't add up. Not even a carbon tax would pay for Obama's vastly expanded welfare state. Nor will Midwest Democrats stand for a tax that would devastate their already crumbling region.