Odetta’s birthday December 31, 1930

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Please take a few minutes today to consider Odetta who would have been 80 years old today but passed away in late 2008. She is among the most powerful, most inspirational and most-respected role models in American culture over more than six decades. It seems that every artist and leader of our generation was influenced […]

Overwhelmingly pessimistic health care news

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I’ve covered consumer health care finance issues for over 25 years. I focus on reporting real solutions from current events in order to be part of the solution rather than add to the overwhelming amount of negative information that dominates the media. In all this time, I’ve always had plenty to write about. Yet tonight, after perusing all of […]

Spin on “junk health insurance”

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My writing this week illustrated the power of language in the most simple and classic form. I know when I’ve hit a nerve because of the number of complaints generated; it is an unfortunate fact in the political world that those who cannot directly combat free speech will attack through another means. By that measure, a sudden wave […]

Social activism and the art of parenting

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Social activism is a right to be cherished, encouraged and exercised freely regardless of the underlying cause or point of protest. Like any parent, I’ve learned that lecturing is not an effective communication tool with my children; it is tiresome for all of us and can damage a parenting relationship. I do allow myself one exception, however, […]