In the Public Eye

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 9:19am

Mandatory condoms in porn movies. Legalized marijuana. Electronic cigarettes, taxed. Plastics carryout bags at convenience stores, protected by law. Same kind of disposable bags, prohibited by law, except if you pay a 10-cent usage tax. Ah, another election year approaches in the fully functional/dysfunctional citizens’ democracy of California.

In the Public Eye

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 1:21pm

After hernia surgery, I knew I needed to walk, as painful as it was. I reached the nurses station, thirsty, sucking air but with a satisfied smile. One of the two talking heads at the counter looked down at me. “This is a private conversation. Get back to bed. Now.” Memory No. 1, intimidation.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 10:54am

What would your doctor see if you let him poke around your house with no restrictions? Think about it. When you hire a Realtor, you usually tidy up before a get-acquainted tour. When you’re on the market – and your house isn’t a full-time dump – you don’t leave last night’s leftovers in the sink before going to work.

But if you doctor determined today was the date for your annual house physical – unannounced – what would he find?

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:11am

A cab ride. I never open the door and then take the “lie perfectly still, be perfectly quiet” mandate similar to undergoing an MRI. I talk, try to engage – once I determine whether the driver can multi-task. For instance, several recent cab rides in DC.

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:36am

It was an exhortation from a Sunday sermon. Pastor Janette suggested we look for grimy stuff that’s gotten hidden under the hood since our car was dazzlingly new. Playing with that soulful metaphor, how are the gears meshing in Obamacare, healthcare reform or, if you prefer, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? We’ve had this measuring rod in place since 2010, last fully checked in 2012 by the Supreme Court, now getting more legal and legislative servicing, buffing and buffeting. How well does it ride – this Tesla or super-annuated Pinto?

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 1:49pm

If you’re in a smashup, have a burst appendix or heart attack – there are many rooms in a specialized hospital department that are gateways to life-saving care.  But I’m told I can’t call that place an ED. It’s still got to be called an ER. That’s because pharmaceutical companies have hijacked “ED” with certain TV ads (invariably at dinner time, prompting questions from young minds about a certain condition lasting an undesired and unhealthy four hours).