THE PUBLIC EYE: Campaign 2014: What Do Women Want?

Bob Burnett
Friday October 03, 2014 - 12:39:00 PM

Many themes have featured in the interminable run-up to the 2014 mid-term election: Obamacare, Obama’s use of presidential power, Iraq/Syria, fracking, to mention only a few. But the theme that is perhaps most central to the election – the role of women in our democracy – has gotten little press attention. Yet it’s women who will decide the outcome on November 4th. What do they want? -more-

ECLECTIC RANT: The Scottish Referendum in a Nutshell

Ralph E. Stone
Friday October 03, 2014 - 01:04:00 PM

My wife and I just returned from a week's stay in Edinburgh, which was shortly after the Scottish independence vote. The Scots voted to stay with England 55 to 45 percent. There was no rioting in the street over the vote results. -more-


Helen Rippier Wheeler,
Friday October 03, 2014 - 12:35:00 PM

Diane Keaton’s new book may not be great literature, but it’s available in large print. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, sixty-eight year old Keaton recounts a walk in East Side Manhattan. She passes the Museum of the City of New York, where “A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery” exhibit opened last year, celebrating Green-Wood’s 175 years. -more-

New: COUNTERPOINTS: Oakland Needs to Clean Up Its Own Trash

J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Saturday October 04, 2014 - 12:42:00 AM

In explaining her decision to abstain on the "compromise" contract dividing Oakland's trash disposal contract between national giant Waste Management and Oakland-based California Waste Solutions-most of it going to Waste Management-the Oakland Tribune said that Councilmember Desley Brooks called it a a dangerous precedent. "It shows Oakland that when people don't get their way and they have a lot of money, they can do whatever they want," the newspaper quoted Ms. Brooks as saying. ("Oakland's $1 Billion Garbage Contract Goes Back To Waste Management Oakland Tribune September 22, 2014 .) -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Noncompliance Revisited

Jack Bragen
Friday October 03, 2014 - 12:30:00 PM

Someone with mental illness may become noncompliant with treatment for numerous reasons. One possible reason is that you don't agree with your diagnosis. Another is that the side effects (for some people on some combinations of medications) are unbearable. Yet another reason for noncompliance is the loss of hope. -more-