Category Archives: politics

We Need a Funded Planned Parenthood

In 1949, when my big romance was morphing from casual to committed I was desperately searching for a reliable method of birth control. To be precise, I wanted a diaphragm, i.e. a rubber cap that would prevent my lover’s sperm … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood and The Marseillaise: Aux Armes, Citoyens!

To arms, citizens, Form your battalions Let’s march, let’s march Let an impure blood Soak our fields This is the refrain of the Marseillaise, forever the battle-song of oppressed humanities. It was composed by Claude Rouget de Lisle in 1792 … Continue reading

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Farewell to a Gentler America

We are about to say goodbye to a president who conquered the highest office in America even though his father was not only foreign-born, but also black. It was a rare achievement for a country so divided between liberals and … Continue reading

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Refugee, But Not Forever

The other evening, after a satisfying dinner, I was lazily surfing the net when I came across a photo of a beach filled with Syrian refugees running across the sand, trying to climb aboard a rickety ship. Suddenly my heart … Continue reading

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Trump and the Bully Pulpit

Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0) As of today, Donald Trump has won a virtually unobstructed path to the Republican nomination. The grandstanding and uncouth utterances of the Republican campaign over the last few months remind me of the tirades … Continue reading

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The Only Common Sense Solution to America’s Gun Problem

“Une vie ne vaut rien, mais rien ne vaut une vie.” “A life has no value, but nothing is as valuable as a life.” Thus wrote Andre Malraux, the great novelist, in 1933. In the United States, Malraux is best … Continue reading

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On the Measles Outbreak: Does the ‘Modern’ Anti-Vaccination Movement Remember Smallpox?

I wonder whether the parents of the unvaccinated would consider doing away with traffic regulations or traveling by horse and buggy? Societal living needs written and unwritten rules and regulations. It was humanity’s good fortune that Edward Jenner (1749-1823), an … Continue reading

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