In the Public Eye

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 2:15pm

Although DC insiders skewer each other all the time, it still can be fun to listen when someone who’s carried himself with the gravity of a deadly serious job – being Secretary of Defense – plunges into retirement, sells his memoir and lets loose with the snarkiness that he was forced to stifle during his lengthy government service. I’m referring to Robert Gates whose service included heading the Central Intelligence Agency and serving on the National Security Council.


In the Public Eye

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 9:53am

If you stumbled into the special May 30 meeting of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, you may need treatment for whiplash.


The topic, now nearly five months old: How to come up with just the right arcane language to satisfy county, state and federal bureaucrats and, ultimately, provide as much as $54 million in special federal Medi-Cal money over three years for Community Medical Centers to care for the  needy.


"We are that critical access point for those that don't have resources," Community CEO Tim Joslin told the supervisors.


Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 3:01pm

For $40 to $60 a ticket, you get a bad seat at Dodger Stadium and all the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts and soda you can scarf down.  That's how the Dodgers are selling out their right field pavilion, factoring that the average fan will consume a little less than three 'dogs, a bag of peanuts and a plate of nachos (the Wall Street Journal says the team doesn't keep stats on  drinks because they're self-serve).


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.