Public Comment Submission re/ HHS Draft Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022

As a reminder, the HHS Strategic Plan is open for public comment until October 27th. Comments may be submitted through the web site, or via email to HHSPlan@hhs.gov. There was no way I could limit myself to the 1,000 character limit through the web site. Here is my submitted comment. Pick and choose and re-word …

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A Little Research Keeps You From Being Played Like a Fiddle

Caleb Keeter’s change of heart about gun rights after the Las Vegas mass shooting has gotten a lot of press in recent days. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pro gun machine is turning on him with push-back that he was never a “real” supporter of the Second Amendment anyway. I’ve only seen one such article so far, …

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When Lack of Focus Becomes the New Normal

Re/ 2017, Word Counts and Writing Process (John Scalzi on his Whatever blog) It’s not just writers believe me. One thing I’ve recently noticed is that my lists of things to do, the lists that used to help me focus and get things done, the lists I used to cross half off of by lunch, …

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Daily Acts of Citizenship – A Message to President Obama on His Birthday

Dear President Obama, Happy birthday! I admit that haven’t felt particularly inspired to “sign” the many different birthday greeting emails being sent around by political groups these last few days. Throwing my name on such a digital file seems fairly thoughtless. It seems Mrs. Obama agrees; her message this morning to share something about how …

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Negotiation – I Don’t Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

Lacking White House plan, Senate focuses on infrastructure (The Hill) The president also defended his decision not to put a rebuilding proposal at the top of the agenda, telling The Wall Street Journal it would have been a “waste” because it’s a bipartisan issue. “A lot of people said you should have started with taxes …

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Pollution doesn’t respect borders, but climate change has to be made local

You will probably get depressed reading this article, but it’s worth it to stick with it to the end. It ends on a hopeful note, and a lesson for talking about climate change. The plight of the polar bears may hurt me in my soul, but lots of people have more immediate concerns. If you …

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An Elegy

I’ve grown increasingly concerned over the last several months about the divisions in our country, and have been wondering how we’re going to reconcile and come back together. I thought about the last time that an iconic deep fracturing and cultural shift occurred throughout our society – when a liberal, inclusive movement clashed with old …

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Maybe They’ll Offer a Two for One Special!

GOP town halls go viral (The Hill) Last weekend, Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) told a crowded town hall that “nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare.” Feeling some backlash, he later posted a statement on FB to clarify exactly what he meant, if only the mean old media wouldn’t take him out of …

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Do you honestly not recognize the context here?

Timing is key. Comey had few friends on the left. Obama could have fired him last fall, but he didn’t because it would have been a political move. The FBI Director is supposed to be independent and outside the sphere of politics. Trump could have fired him in January as part of his transition, but …

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When Americana Becomes American’t

Where do your NEA dollars really go? What we learned on an Indiana road trip. (WaPo) Think you know where NEA dollars go? They go to controversial big city artists who urinate on the crucifix, right? Think again. This is an excellent article on the many programs funded in Indiana, including therapeutic art and folk …

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