After I turn off the lights each night, I repeat the basic prayer of my faith followed by a brief, extemporaneous chat with God. It was just after 1 AM Sunday morning when I asked God to do what he can to achieve peace on earth. At that very moment the largest mass shooting in
During my early December trip to Washington DC and New York the streets were crowded and restaurants were packed with Holiday Celebrants. San Bernardino dominated the news but none of the travelers or "locals" I met seemed overly concerned. None where concerned enough to change their plans. My random sampling of opinions found no widespread fear -- just a desire for smarter government security rather than just more government security.
If I had left 5 minutes earlier last Saturday, I still would not know -- and it wouldn't have occurred to me -- the Post Office was holding my mail or considered my mail box somehow illegitimate.
The Veterans Administration Health Care System is terminally ill. It is afflicted, House VA Committee Chair, Jeff Miller, says with a "culture of corruption, lying and cheating". Chairman Miller believes the culture problem is so severe "no amount of legislation can fix it". The culture is a cancer on the organization –metastasized or worse. It requires immediate and radical organizational disruption – analogous to surgery and corporate chemo plus radiation! It is time to clean house at VA Health Care
VA Health System began as the fulfillment of a moral guarantee made to American veterans since Revolutionary War to care for them when they could not care for themselves. Fast forward a century. There is a strong social safety net - Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, Social Security Disability, Social Security Retirement, Food Stamps and Unemployment Insurance - available to all Americans. The vast majority of our veterans are citizen soldiers. Why not consider integrating rather than duplicating these programs?
The specific issues at Veterans Administration boil down to one simple fact: The VA duplicates services other government departments provide more efficiently to the general population!
The American middle class is shrinking faster than the polar ice caps. The question is are we going to concede defeat or are we going to ignite a 21st century American economy that provides stability and prosperity for everyone willing to work for it.
Water conservation is everyone's responsibility and it's everyone's opportunity. Each of us can make it a habit to use water more thoughtfully but – as importantly – we must challenge our elected leaders to work across the silos of 20th century government to address our 21st century water challenges holistically – the greater good of the greater many.
FDA labeling initiative and the USDA Food Plate should be integrated instead of contradictory. As proposed, FDA serving size will be the road to obesity!
FDA bureaucrats just announced new draft federal regulations requiring that food manufacturers recalculate the average serving size to better reflect the current level of consumption. This is the dietary equivalent of telling an alcoholic it is okay to drink in moderation.