Pope vs. Rush: We are not what we own
Fredericksburg.com / Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500
BOWIE, Md.--I like capitalism. Specifically, I like the idea that if I write a better book, have a better idea, build a better mousetrap, I will be rewarded accordingly. A system where everyone gets the same reward regardless of quality or quantity of work is inconsistent with excellence and innovation, as the mediocrity and inefficiency that beset the Soviet Union readily proves....
Bravado silenced: No game in Afghanistan
Fredericksburg.com / Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500
OSLO, Norway--The last time I saw American soldiers in Afghanistan, they were silent. Knocked out by gunfire and explosions that left them grievously injured, as well as by drugs administered by medics in the field, they were carried from medevac helicopters into a base hospital to be plugged into machines that would measure how much life they had left to save. They were bloody. They were missing pieces of themselves. They were quiet. It's that silence I remember from the time I spent in trauma hospitals among the wounded and the dying and the dead. It was almost as if they had fled their own bodies, abandoning that bloodied flesh upon the gurneys to surgeons ready to have a go at salvation. Later, sometimes much later, they might return to inhabit whatever the doctors had managed to salvage. They might take up those bodies or what was left of them and make them walk again, or run or even…
Malala’s greatness of soul lifts human spirit
Fredericksburg.com / Mon, 02 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500
BOWIE, Md.--You may not dance. You may not listen to music or sing. You may not read. You may not leave the house except under certain strict conditions. You may not watch movies or television. You may not aspire. You may not learn....
Single-payer health insurance? A singularly bad ideaPage 1 of 1 pages
Fredericksburg.com / Sun, 01 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500
VANCOUVER, Wash.--As Americans left and right were losing insurance policies because of the Affordable Care Act, some progressives reiterated a plan that would make things worse. In imitation of a slew of European and other countries, they want the United States to adopt a so-called single-payer system in which insurance companies go hang and the government funds all of health care. It's not that they dislike all of the Obama health law or even that they are entirely wrong about some of the problems we've had in health care delivery. They are right that our health costs are too high and that we've long needed to insure people struggling without success to get insurance for both bodily and financial self-protection. It's still gibberish that micromanaging, all-controlling, hubristic Obamacare or single-payer models in Europe and elsewhere are the solution....
TRUE BELIEVERS, RESEARCHERS FIGHT OVER TICKS, LYME DISEASE
Fredericksburg.com / Sun, 24 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500
ATLANTA--There is a subculture in America you may know little about. Its members are haunted by a slender, twisting, tick-borne germ known as Borrelia burgdorferi, the microbe responsible for Lyme disease, and they are trying desperately to warn us that we are all at risk of contracting a debilitating, chronic illness characterized by joint pain, fatigue, mood disorders and a long list of other symptoms. Arrayed against these true believers are most of the mainstream scientists who study B. burgdorferi. Although they acknowledge that Lyme disease is a genuine illness that humans can get from being bitten by infected ticks, and that those who are not treated promptly can develop worse symptoms, they don't believe that infection leads to a chronic condition. The thousands of people who attribute their symptoms to "chronic Lyme disease" are simply misguided, many researchers believe....
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