Skip to main content

Blogs

JOHN R. GRAHAM: America is losing its cushion to absorb high levels of healthcare spending

September 10, 2014

One complaint about American health spending is that we spend too much. It usually looks like this: “We spend 17 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on health care. The next most expensive country is Switzerland, which spends 12 percent.” Put that way, it does seem like we are spending too much. However, it invites another question: Is the five percent extra that we spend on health care taking away from other goods and services we need?

GLENN MOLLETTE: America's problems, be a part of the solution

September 4, 2014

While ISIS horrifically beheaded Steven Sotloff and James Foley, some Americans were being inconvenienced on airplanes. Most of us are spoiled and when we stop and think for a minute our inconveniences are small in comparison to so much else in the world.

GLENN MOLLETTE: Labor Day, any day, count your blessings

August 28, 2014

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.
It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.

ROBERT J. GOULD: The fallacious human shield and collateral damage arguments

August 13, 2014

Lady Justice, Justitia, depicted as a blindfolded statue since the 15th century, illustrates John Rawl’s conception of justice as requiring a veil of ignorance (A Theory of Justice, 1971). Such a veil of ignorance means that, in order to be just, we must ignore the differences between people, such as their identity, power or weakness.

ELLEN LINDEEN:An eye for an eye (or 25:1); Is our police, Mr. President?

August 6, 2014

The crisis in Gaza is horrific and the conflict between Israel and Palestine is ongoing. Yet the latest killings seem to be so heinous and out of proportion that the US must consider our part in this. The dominant media narrative is that Hamas kidnapped and killed three Israeli settlers and for that reason, people in the Gaza Strip must be punished.  The not-so-mainstream narrative is that there was no proof that the kidnappings and/or killings were instigated by Hamas, who has denied involvement, when the bombing began.

MARVIN J. FOLKERTSMA: The Great War at 100: Revisiting the Guns of August

August 1, 2014

On August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey gave a speech before Parliament that “proved to be one of those junctures by which people afterward date events,” according to Barbara Tuchman in her magisterial “The Guns of August.” The dour Secretary appeared “pale, haggard, and worn,” as he dutifully explained “British interests, British honor, and British obligations,” all of which conspired to produce a commitment to defend Belgium against the militarism of the continent’s mightiest power: Imperial Germany.

GLENN MOLLETE: America's backyard war

July 31, 2014

I'm going to pass on trips to Israel for a few weeks. Walking around the Gaza strip looking for some good Arabic food would be crazy right now.

Thousands of Americans each year travel to see the sights of Old Jerusalem and walk in the places where Jesus once walked from the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and any place that a tour bus can travel. I have only been to Israel once and loved every minute of the trip. The places I saw where beautiful and inspirational.

ROBERT F. DODGE: Hiroshima — 69 years later

July 31, 2014

Sixty-nine years ago this Tuesday, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing 80-140 thousand people immediately. Three days later on August 9th, a second U.S. nuclear bomb was dropped over Nagasaki, killing an additional 74,000 people. From that week to the present moment the world has been held hostage to the insane threat and potential annihilation by these weapons that now number in excess of 17,000 worldwide.

GLENN MOLLETE: America's growing nest, time for some to fly out

July 25, 2014

Flying never happens until the bird leaves the nest.
 
President Johnson's Great Society is just over fifty years old. During this very long period America's great society nest has become huge and yet crowded.
 
President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in January 1964. He then needed a poster child for his new campaign and chose my hometown - Inez, Kentucky. The famous TIME Magazine picture of Tom Fletcher and his family sitting on a porch with the President happened about two miles from my boyhood home.
 

STEVEN NG: Do you have insurance on your retirement plan?

July 22, 2014

Do You Have Insurance on Your Retirement Plan?
Financial Planner Shares Tips for Protecting Your Savings
You have insurance on your home, your car, your health. 

How about your retirement plan?
“People have homeowners insurance to protect against fires and floods,” notes independent financial planner Stephen Ng, founder and president of Stephen Ng Financial Group, (www.stephenngfg.com). “They buy insurance to replace their car if it gets wrecked and they buy health insurance to protect themselves from medical costs.

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
Add to calendar
The seeding for the 2014 LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament, at least through Day 1,...
HOWE — The Wister Wildcats took a pair of games from the Howe Lions on Tuesday at Lions Field,...
The Pansy Kidd Middle School football teams kept their perfect record intact Tuesday with home wins...

 

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes