Los Angeles Times: From the FDA, a mixed bag of food labels
The U.S. Food and Drug administration broke new ground in consumer protection when it required, more than 20 years ago, the now-familiar nutrition labels on virtually every bit of packaged food. Now, the labels are being revamped — in ways that have both benefits and downsides.
Another health-care crisis: Closing hospitals
Lower Oconee Community Hospital in southern Georgia closed its doors this month, eliminating 25 hospital beds and up to 100 hospital jobs. This was the fourth Georgia hospital to fold in two years and the eighth rural hospital in the state to close since 2000. Although Lower Oconee’s shutdown may not have registered much media coverage, those in search of medical attention in Glenwood, Ga., should be mindful that the closest hospital is now 30 miles away. When faced with a medical emergency, no one fancies a long road trip.
Whether viewed as the fallout of modern health-care’s transition from cost-based to performance-driven measures or simply as collateral damage from the effects of partisan politics, the growing trend of hospital closures in the United States has failed to command the attention it deserves. Across the nation, both rural and urban areas are struggling daily to maintain the necessary infrastructure to provide support for residents. The loss of even the smallest facility places additional strain on the already tenuous existence of neighboring institutions.
Israel remains a valuable friend, ally
Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have been a strong supporter of Israel and its right to exist. Like the United States, Israel is committed to living peaceably, fighting terrorism, defending freedom and protecting democracy. As we remain grounded in similar ideals and aware of the threats in our midst, we must continue fostering our relationship with Israel, our valuable friend and only democratic ally in the Middle East.
Sidewalk chalk can earn an artist money
The name “Banksy” is used by a mysterious street artist from the United Kingdom who frequently comes to the United States to draw in public places on walls and sidewalks. Banksy has been to New York City and New Orleans and in recent years his reported presence in those communities resulted in a what appeared to be treasure hunts that were covered by the media in which groups of people went out and searched for the work he had done.
Chicago Tribune: The Olympics can’t disguise Putin’s quest for dominion
With the Olympics in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin hoped to rivet the world’s attention on the New and Improved Russia, a rising-again world power to be reckoned with, a country on the road to global glory.
HOUSE DISTRICT 31: Giving up power provides new road map
As a Guthrie city councilman, I participated in the important process of hiring a city manager. As councilpersons we knew this was one of our most important duties and the vote to hire must be made with great deliberation. After all, the new city manager would take control of a multi-million dollar organization.
Obamacare to hurt Oklahoma wage earners
As a businessman, numbers have always been a part of my job — understanding profits, assets and dividends. And to this day, I still look to the numbers to guide the decisions I make as labor commissioner. Recent studies have been released on the effect the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, will have on the economy, and the numbers are scary. I agree with 56 percent of Americans that Obamacare is more about controlling people’s lives than improving healthcare.
CONSIDER THIS: Oklahoma’s tax, budget policies make no sense
Tax cuts sound great. And in Oklahoma our governor and Legislature are all about cuts. But at some time we will have to pay the piper. Further cuts make no sense right now.
LETTER: Spiking the Electoral College
To the Editor:
In the presidential election of 1788, Washington won all the electoral votes. Those electors were chosen by less than 1.3 percent of the population. The vote was so small because only white males who owned land could vote and in four states the electors were chosen by the legislators.
HEY HINK: Electing competent leaders remains everyone’s responsibility
An article appearing in the Feb. 19 edition of Science Daily brings an Ambrose Bierce quote to mind. He defines responsibility as, “A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one’s neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.”
History and works of literature provide a wealth of stories of incompetent decision-makers who tried to duck responsibility for the consequences of their bad judgments.
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