Grace, life’s endings, abortion, health care, etc…

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 … More Grace, life’s endings, abortion, health care, etc…

University of Arizona Transformation memo translation

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 … More University of Arizona Transformation memo translation

Health care reform and people of faith

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 … More Health care reform and people of faith

The best still-at-a-paper journalist in the state ….

… 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 … More The best still-at-a-paper journalist in the state ….

Health care reform and what a doctor is worth, part two

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,” … More Health care reform and what a doctor is worth, part two

Health care reform event in Tucson Friday morning

The local MoveOn Council is sponsoring a support-our-congresswoman event Friday at 8 a.m. at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ Tucson office on the corner of Pima and Swan. According to an e-mail forwarded to me from a member of the group, Giffords needs to be shown that people in her district support having a public option in … More Health care reform event in Tucson Friday morning

Test-driving happiness

OK, truth-in-advertising time: I am not a naturally happy person. I wish I was (oh how I wish I was!), but I’m not. There are specific causes for this trend toward crisis/critical-mode thinking, but blaming one’s circumstances of early childhood is like spitting in the wind: you just get slobbered on, and nothing really changes. … More Test-driving happiness