Monthly Archives: September 2005

This column from day before yesterday






[This is the column that appeared in my local paper, the Prince George’s Sentinel, on Thursday (Sept. 22). The day following, a bus carrying elderly people from an assisted living facility – the one my mother stays in — was thrust into the Texas highways with hundreds of thousands of other vehicles fleeing Houston at the same time. The bus exploded and burned up, killing… Read More

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Amputations and Iraq






Amputations in Iraq     Most recent word about Walter Reed Hospital’s former trauma nurses is a mixed bag. The good news is that at least some of them have been sent home from Iraq, physically intact. The stress of their work there has taken such a toll that even the Pentagon has seen the light re not keeping nurses working at peak pace for… Read More

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We’re paying in New Orleans, we’re paying in Iraq






[This piece also appearing in this week’s Prince George’s Sentinel: ]    After the scandals of Watergate, with a Fourth Estate somewhat revitalized around the idea of investigative journalism – you don’t get a much better pep pill than having a big-name reporter played by Robert Redford – there was a fairly widespread understanding that the press should check governmental malfeasance, corruption, and excesses.  … Read More

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items for possible donation currently up on eBay






Ordinarily I don’t do product placement. But in the interests of saving time and energy, and since I’ve already done some of the scoping out online anyway, I am forwarding the information below to anyone who might be interested in long-distance purchase for delivery or drop-off.   You can shorten the process of donating by checking out some of the following item numbers on eBay.… Read More

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Roberts as Chief Justice? — more firsts






Ever since Marbury v. Madison (1803), which established the courts as the arbiter of what the written law says, a core principle of U.S. government has been the independence of its judiciary.   There is not time enough in a single blog to list all the actual limits on that theoretical independence. In fact, there’s not that much time in the universe. Most administrations have… Read More

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Ways to help, besides cash: part 2: Houston






DistributorContacts     Timely distribution of essentials is key. Thousands of the refugees in Houston are being sheltered at the Astrodome, which does not have refrigeration facilities adequate for the crowd. So any food donations for the Astrodome need to be non-perishable snacks, ready-to-eat or shelf-stable bottled juices. Drop off supplies at Gate 11, between McNee and LaConcha streets, on Kirby.   Aside from the… Read More

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Ways to help, besides cash: part 1: Houston






Los tres presidentes will be asking for money, money, money for hurricane relief, and let’s hope they ask for some from the oil companies.   Meanwhile, the basic needs of water, food and shelter have to be fulfilled before financial donations can be processed. You can participate by joining a group near you to collect materials, or by starting a collection drive and helping it get… Read More

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One way to help the hurricane victims: with bottled water






Getting water promptly to the victims and refugees of Hurricane Katrina is essential. One relief effort being coordinated in the rural South is the bottled water drive through Delta State University, in Cleveland, Mississippi – on Highway 61, about an hour and a half south of Memphis.   The campus Student Government Association is partnering with the BolivarCountyEmergencyOperationsCenter and the local Red Cross chapter. Donations… Read More

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Capital Plaza could have helped the hurricane refugees






Once again, we are all paying a price for the small-time chicanery of big corporations, and not solely with regard to surging (gouging) gasoline prices. Capital Plaza, at 6200 Annapolis Road in Landover Hills, Maryland, is geographically far removed from the initial impact of Hurricane Katrina, but it is still a microcosm of what could have been done.   As PG residents inside the Beltway… Read More

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