#62 – Dick Bernard: Long Term Care: moving from Charity to Profit Center

This is post #6 of 13.  The others: July 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, August 1, 2,5,6,7,10,15. What follows is my response to a long editorial in the July 22, 2009, Minneapolis Star Tribune “Don’t ignore costs of long-term care“.  My response was sent U.S. mail to the writer of the editorial and the legislators […]

#61 – Dick Bernard: VA and Medicare

This is post #5 of 13.  The others: July 24, 26, 27, 29, 31, August 1, 2,5,6,7,10,15 Side note: I notice that the presentation of the FEAR case against Health Care  Reform is intensifying.  This was expected.  The anti-debate will concentrate  on the emotional.   Most of the campaign will be through dishonest and misleading marketing techniques, […]

#60 – Dick Bernard: Health Care Reform and the Middle Class: The Middle Class fighting against its own best interests?

This is post #4 of 13. The others: July 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, August 1, 2,5,6,7,10,15. Please note comments filed at July 24 and 26 posts.  I also added a brief update at the end of the July 26 post.  The final planned post on this series will be tomorrow.  I hope they elicit […]

#59 – Dick Bernard: Should there be Health Care for all? A simple exercise.

This is post #3 of 13: the others are July 24, 26, 29, 30, 31, August 1, 2,5,6,7,10,15. Posts #58 and #56 (July 26 and 24, 2009) are also on the Health Care Reform issue; Post #60 (not yet begun) will be on Health Care and the Middle Class conundrum; and #61 on Nursing Home […]

#58 – Health Care Policy: Some Unpleasant Realities to consider

This post is #2 of 13 on this topic: The others are at July 24, 27, 29, 30, 31, August 1. 2,5,6,7,10,15.  A final summary commentary is at October 9, 2009. Note the index for previous commentaries, including #56, published on July 24, 2009.  #56 includes the “talking points” the Republicans in Congress will be […]

#57 – Dick Bernard: The Politics and Practice of Race

The New York Times (NYT) “Breaking News Alert” came in at 3:03 PM ET on Friday, July 24, 2009.  The headline: “Obama Says He Regrets His Language on Gates Arrest“. Anyone stopping by this internet space knows what the flap is about. There is nothing so sacred to a political figure these days as “staying […]

#56 – Dick Bernard: Health Policy Sausage Making

This post is the first of thirteen on the topic of Health Care and the need for its Reform.  The rest are at July 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, August 1, 2, 5,6,7,10,15.  More will likely be added. Yesterday my coffee shop friend and I were discussing the issue of Health Care.  I mentioned a […]

#55 – Dick Bernard: Enobling Peace or Memorializing Eternal War?

UPDATE: August 14, 2012: This post was written July 23, 2009. Last month, James Skakoon visited the ND-Manitoba International Peace Garden, had the same general feelings I had, and when he came home searched the internet to see if he could find any opinions which were similar to his. He found my post, we got […]

#54 – Dick Bernard: "The Eagle has Landed", and Walter Cronkite

Forty years ago today my attention was riveted on a man setting foot on the moon.  Six years earlier, November 22, 1963, a television news anchor named Walter Cronkite helped us through the agony of one of the darkest moments in my lifetime: the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Somehow it seems almost fitting that the […]

#53 – Bob Barkley: Fact vs Theory

I play golf at a private club where those I play with, quite predictably, are predominately conservative to right-wingers.  And I am the vocal counter agent to all of their views.  Many of them would be surprised, however, at how many of the silent ones come up to me privately and encourage me not to […]