Some thoughts to begin your weekend: 1. Steven Waldman over at Beliefnet has a very touching piece this morning about Last Suppers. There's been much chatter about the inclusion in health care reform of financial reimbursement to doctors who discuss end-of-life plans with Medicare patients. Anyone who has an elderly family member could have had… Continue reading Grace, life’s endings, abortion, health care, etc…
I couldn't bring myself to post something about happiness on Wednesday after writing about the death of Sen. Kennedy, but I did think about it alot. And mostly what I thought was this: Why do we often sabotage our own happiness? For instance, I know through experience that exercise makes me happy. The problem is,… Continue reading Happiness, one day late
The top dogs at the University of Arizona issued an all-employee memo Monday regarding the upcoming year's budget. While the memo is short on specific details - there are no actual numbers in the lengthy missive - UA President Robert Shelton and Provost Meredith Hay - nonetheless appear to be preparing UA colleges for major… Continue reading University of Arizona Transformation memo translation
If you are a college graduate who needed student loans to get that degree - ever more precious in an economic downturn and a competitive work environment - you should be thanking Ted Kennedy today. If you're a female who got to play sports in schools forced to fund women's athletics with some semblance of… Continue reading Sen. Edward Kennedy, rest in peace
You can't open any newspaper editorial page these days without seeing arguments for and against health care reform. You can't turn on television coverage of Town Halls around the issue without seeing sometimes gun-toting - as was the case in Phoenix last week - and always sign-toting people protesting the public option as though giving… Continue reading Health care reform and people of faith
... is leaving the East Valley Tribune today. Ryan Gabrielson, who, along with Paul Giblin, won this year's Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, will begin his year long investigative reporting fellowship at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism September 1. Let the choir sing Amen. Not because Arizona is losing him, but because the nation… Continue reading The best still-at-a-paper journalist in the state ….
Got this from a reader in e-mail form - I think it highlights the disparity among doctors. Perhaps we should start a list called: Doctors who are worth their price. Maybe? At least we should bring it up with our legislators who are debating reform --- they need to look at medical schools, "mentor doctors,"… Continue reading Health care reform and what a doctor is worth, part two