Dispatches From The Edge:Afghanistan: Killing Peace

By Conn Hallinan
Wednesday January 19, 2011 - 09:17:00 AM

In spite of a White House declaration that “progress” is being made in Afghanistan, by virtually any measure the war has deteriorated significantly since the Obama Administration surged troops into Kandahar and Helmand provinces. This past year has been the deadliest on record for U.S. and coalition troops. Civilian casualties are on the rise, and, according to the Red Cross, security has worsened throughout the country. U.S. allies are falling away, and the central government in Kabul has never been so isolated. Polls in Afghanistan, the U.S. and Europe reflect growing opposition to the nine-year conflict. -more-

The Public Eye: Is the Giffords Shooting a Teachable Moment?

By Bob Burnett
Wednesday January 19, 2011 - 09:00:00 AM

While there is little doubt about the facts of the Tucson tragedy, that one man pulled the trigger on the automatic revolver that shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, killed six others, and wounded 12 more, the open question is whether it is a teachable moment. -more-

On Mental Illness: My Take on the Tucson Shootings

By Jack Bragen
Wednesday January 19, 2011 - 09:59:00 AM

I am deeply saddened and shocked at the shooting in Tucson, and my heart goes out to the families of the victims of it, and to the survivors. In order for a person to commit such a crime, in addition to suffering from Schizophrenia, (which I also suffer from), the perpetrator must have a complete disregard for human life, and must completely lack any shred of conscience, (unlike me).


Eclectic Rant:Preventing Identity Theft

By Ralph E. Stone
Wednesday January 19, 2011 - 09:26:00 AM

Identity theft is a serious crime. It occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can cost you time and money. It can destroy your credit rating and ruin your good name. By taking a few cautionary steps, you can deter, detect, and defend against identity theft. -more-

Senior Power:The Driving Force

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Wednesday January 19, 2011 - 08:08:00 AM

I fell down recently, in downtown Berkeley, California – blood, paramedics and firefighters from Fire House #5, police, cervical collar, ambulance – the whole megillah. And there was a woman who heard the 155-pound thud, called 911, and came out of her store and stayed with me. My thanks to all of these people. They did a great job. Guys and gal: you were great. -more-