In the Public Eye

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 1:06pm

If you read way too much, like I do, you find both nuggets of wisdom and pure nuttiness in the day’s news. Here are some gleanings from the three daily newspapers I get delivered in print each day, five paid online news subscriptions and free scratchings from the Web.


In the Public Eye

Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 12:17pm

When talk turns to millions (and billions) of dollars, I always look for something real to wrap my arms around to get context.


Take for example, $18 million a year -- or $54 million over three years. Those are the amounts making news lately in terms of special federal Medi-Cal money for the needy that Community Medical Centers is eligible for, depending on decisions in Fresno County government.


I scouted the Web for some comparable amounts and what they equate to:



Monday, May 21, 2007 - 9:41am

Just back from a trip to Seattle, wondering how many liters of clean air I pumped into my lungs hiking the streets and riding the ferry to Bainbridge Island.


One thing clean air does to someone with 26 years worth of ozone- and particulate-besotted Valley lungs -- it makes you cough.  And in Seattle there is at least one place where coughs and gasps intersect --- a pedestrian causeway that gets you from Pier 52 into the downtown area near Pioneer Square.


Wednesday, May 9, 2007 - 10:30am

I'm always on the lookout for soundbites conveying the complexities of health care without causing MEGO. Here are some handy sniglets, gathered by the Tennessee Hospital Association from a variety of sources.



  • Paperwork: Every hour of patient care in the emergency department creates one hour of paperwork. Also, there are at least 36 different reports that measure hospital quality.

Friday, May 4, 2007 - 2:47pm

Reimbursements for docs can be lousy, but two lawmakers are taking a different approach to docs and dollars. Sens. Carl Levin and Norm Coleman are introducing legislation that would withhold Medicare payments to MDs and other health providers who owe money to the IRS.


Monday, April 30, 2007 - 10:21am

Ya gotta love the political intrigues surrounding hikes in tobacco taxes.  Look no farther than Mr. Butts, a man dolled up to resemble a cigarette butt, wandering around the Oregon House gallery on April 26. During a long debate, one lawmaker stretched out on a bedroll next to his desk, the Portland Oregonian reported, while four others played cards.