General Articles

There’s nothing quite like a camping adventure

Austin American-Statesman, April 10, 2016

“That’s it, no more. I’ve had it with air travel, hotels and restaurants. Let’s go back to Big Bend!” I announced to Ian the spouse, whose eyes widened. I hadn’t gone to the national park since the kids were little, despite Ian’s urging me to go on his dozens of trips throughout the years. Delighted, […]

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Criticism of women’s health study woefully misplaced

Austin American-Statesman, March 10, 2016

After the Oscar victory for “Spotlight,” let’s shine one on the effects of excluding Planned Parenthood affiliates from the Texas Women’s Health Program and the appalling imbroglio after the study was published Feb. 3 in The New England Journal of Medicine. For background, when the federal government refused to allow — and the courts blocked […]

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Crosses on patrol cars? Let’s try pyramids instead

Austin American-Statesman, January 24, 2016

Last summer, the police department in Childress, a Panhandle community deep in the Bible Belt, placed “In God We Trust” decals on the back of police patrol cars, prompting Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton to fall all over themselves eagerly heralding the idea, each giving legal arguments why it is OK. Not […]

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Politicians need to butt out of medical board investigations

The Dallas Morning News, December 8, 2015

Texas politicians have a nasty habit of interfering with medical board investigations. They need to butt out. The health professions boards exist to protect you and me from harm, thus are some of the most important agencies in state government. Despite parsimonious funding, they do a fine job of governing, licensing and disciplining doctors, nurses, […]

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Planned Parenthood attack has nothing to do with women’s health

Austin American-Statesman, October 25, 2015

Now that Texas has officially alerted Planned Parenthood of their intention to yank Medicaid funding, that decision admittedly based on doctored-up videos taken by stealth anti-abortion activists, it’s time to get honest about what’s really going on here and in backward states all over the country. Make no mistake, it’s not about protecting the unborn, […]

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There’s something for everyone at the State Fair of Texas

Austin American-Statesman, October 6, 2015

Did any of you get as sick as I did of hearing about the vaunted pork chop on a stick at the Iowa State Fair, you know, where the presidential candidates tromped around in August trying to act normal? Well, summer has ended, so it’s time to think about Fletcher’s Corny Dogs on a stick […]

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Medicare put an end to segregation in hospitals

Austin American-Statesman, August 16, 2015

I wonder how many folks realize that Medicare brought about the end of racial segregation in hospitals. I didn’t know because I was asleep in college when Medicare was signed into law. Heck, I didn’t even realize hospitals were segregated until a few years ago when a colleague made it real to me with a […]

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Why local prosecution of crimes by state officials is a bad idea

Austin American-Statesman, June 17, 2015

As Republicans pound their chests trumpeting the success of the 84th legislative session, many of us are left wondering which was the lousiest bill passed. Open carry? Guns on campus? “Repatriating” Texas gold bullion from Fort Knox to a depository in Texas — huh? Let’s not forget failing to pass a ban on texting while […]

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Measles outbreak is understandable in West Africa, not in USA

Austin American-Statesman, March 17, 2015

As if 24,000 people being stricken and 10,000 people dying from Ebola in West Africa weren’t enough, now the area is being hit with a measles outbreak that could result in 2,000 to 16,000 children dying, according to a study released March 12 in the journal Science. The second of the one-two punch suffered by […]

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Vaccines, measles and the retreat from common sense

Unpublished, February 10, 2015

This thing of American parents refusing to vaccinate their children makes about as much sense to me as countries that don’t educate their female children. Both are choices based on ideologies that defy reason; both can cause irreparable harm. We all know by now of the measles outbreak of more than 100 cases since January […]

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