Walter Brasch: A newspaper clipping revealed that Congress approved $90 billion over the next decade to assist farmers whose crops didn’t yield previous production quotas. It was a sleight-of-hand change from a program that gave farmers subsidies not to grow certain crops.
Joe Mathews: While some parts of Southern California—sections of the Inland Empire and Los Angeles—have lagged in health coverage enrollment, San Diego nearly tripled projections.
Scot Nakagawa: American history revolves around the story of the exploitation and exclusion of Black people. We live in denial of this reality at our own great peril.
George Merlis: President Obama’s reassuring embrace of a recovered ebola patient was the best way to say the virus can be beaten
W.D. Ehrhart: We seem to remain, as a people, as gullible as ever, once again stampeded into winless war by leaders so besotted by the hammer of American military might that they persist in seeing every problem in the world as a nail.
Peter Laarman: Prominent area political leaders will headline a special event to be held at Holman United Methodist Church on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 25—just ten days before the Nov. 4 general election.
Michael T. Hertz: For those who want Ted Cruz: beware. He may not be eligible, and if he were elected the result would certainly create chaos for many months.
Dan Farber: It’s time to take a hard look at the adequacy of the entire public health system and its ability to respond to global health emergencies.
Randy Shaw: In its essence, Homeland is reclaiming and reviving the same dangerous myth of the “CIA knows best” that has caused misery to millions across the globe.
Robert Reich: While other nations set wholesale drug prices, the law prohibits the U.S. government from using its considerable bargaining power under Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.
Kathleen Wallace: Here’s to hoping that the next person who shows up saying they are from Liberia or any other nation suffering greatly will get the attention from the start that is so merited because what may be brewing certainly has the potential to make all of our little daily concerns seem truly paltry.
Tara Culp-Ressler: “We are still in a country where it just makes us skeevy to talk about sex, especially with young folks. It’s a real bummer because we actually have a medical intervention that will work, and we just need to be better about talking about it.”
Tina Dupuy: Saying they want universal coverage with mostly private insurance along with Medicare but not Obamacare is like saying they want highways maintained by a federal agency with the initials D.O.T.—but not by the Department of Transportation.