Lost in the White House

By Bob Burnett
Tuesday December 21, 2010 - 08:16:00 PM

Lewis Carroll wrote: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Carroll was musing about Wonderland but his words apply to the White House, where the Obama Administration has lost its sense of direction. The challenge for Progressives is to recalibrate the President’s moral compass. -more-

The Great Chickadee Invasion

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday December 21, 2010 - 09:02:00 PM

The weather and a persistent head cold have kept me indoors for most of December. Contact with the natural world has been pretty much limited to killing ants in the kitchen (yes, the Argentines are back) and watching the bird feeders. Ron decided to hang up a suet feeder this year, and the chestnut-backed chickadees have responded—up to four at one time. We’ve also had visits from a ruby-crowned kinglet. -more-

Eclectic Rant: Palestinian Statehood to be Decided by UN?

By Ralph E. Stone
Tuesday December 21, 2010 - 09:37:00 PM

On November 15, 1988, the State of Palestine was unilaterally declared in Algiers when the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s National Council adopted the Palestinian Declaration of Independence. The independent State of Palestine is widely recognized by over 100 United Nations member countries, although oftentimes in equivocal terms. Although an independent state, it has no universally recognized borders. In 1993, the Palestinian Authority recognized the state of Israel. Now it is the time for Israel and the world to recognize Palestine as an independent state in the 1967 borders. -more-

Senior Power: How Does the ADA Define Disability?

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Tuesday December 21, 2010 - 08:29:00 PM

ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act, last revision in July. The Act has a three-part, controversial definition of disability. Under the ADA, a person with a disability has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, OR has a record of such an impairment, OR is regarded as having such an impairment. -more-

On Mental Illness: Employment and Self Esteem of Mentally Ill People

By Jack Bragen
Tuesday December 21, 2010 - 09:37:00 PM

In the course of battling a mental illness, a number of mental health consumers ultimately discover that regular employment is not a good fit. While “normal” people occasionally have a “bad day” in which their work isn’t up to par, a person with a mental illness may have a bad day more often, and may need a work situation that can accommodate this factor. Such an accommodation isn’t done in most companies--they may expect that their employees be efficient at all times. The effects of psychiatric medications in combination with residual symptoms of the illnesses often slow down and impair job performance, sometimes to the point of the work not being at a competitive level. The mental health consumer is then stuck in a lifetime of not being able to work, and thus of not having a lot of the good things in life that people in mainstream society frequently take for granted. A reader writes: -more-