In the Public Eye

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:44am

Terry Bradshaw was never a scrambler in his glory days as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. Boy, is he making up for that now as a TV game analyst and public speaker. He recently forced his arthritic legs onto a platform in front of several hundred hospital executives in Monterey at a Hospital Council summit – and his remarks occasionally sounded like a mad fourth-quarter dash to-and-fro to get a score.


In the Public Eye

Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:13pm

I've crunched a few sprinkler heads and nearly torn a driver's side door off its hinges while, presumably, carefully backing up my car.  The experiences left me irritated with myself, and a few hundred dollars poorer.


Monday, August 13, 2007 - 5:27pm

Everyone smokes -- dawn till dusk -- around kids, while pregnant, even the gynecologist smokes while performing internals.


And, when the man of the house gets home late from drinking too many Manhattans in a dark-paneled steakhouse, the little woman chirps: There's a bacon and egg sandwich on the range.


Such period atmospherics are part and parcel of the 13-episode AMC TV series "Mad Men," named after the Madison Avenue ad executives, who treated ethics, health and women as doormats.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 7:36am

This is about perfume, antifreeze and the Food and Drug Administration. It's about the perception of safety, who establishes that perception and, of course, reality.


I always thought that melamine was something used to make heat-resistant plates and nice countertops. But it's also a protein-additive/contaminant used by China to enhance pet food, resulting in untold numbers of animal deaths this year.


Monday, August 6, 2007 - 1:00pm

"It's not the responsibility of the federal government to provide womb-to-tomb health care for America. " -- Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, Aug. 5, 2007 debate in Des Moines.


Which reminded me of what an Irish tour guide told me when I asked why taxes there were so high (currently a 20% rate on the first roughly $47k earned by a single person, and 41% on anything earned above that).


Friday, August 3, 2007 - 8:17am

You're an insider, friends tell me. If something needs doing in health care, you know the people who can get it done. You've got an edge. Wrong.


The following have occurred in recent months to me or my family at hospitals, doctors offices, care facilities and pharmacies around the Valley:



  • Wrong prescription medications delivered by local drugstore.

  • Prescription medications lost/misplaced/taken during transit from rehab facility.