Health

Obamacareless: Sickness Is the Health of the State

by David Underhill Guest Column The racket about getting medical care to those without it isn’t really about that. Keeping this in mind will make the shrillest weeks of the campaign season more bearable as elections approach. The coronation of Paul Ryan as veep on the Republican ticket made Medicare a loud topic because his…

Some Facts About Paul Ryan, Romney’s Pick for Veep

Who is Paul Ryan? According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan and independent think tank, the Ryan budget “would produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history and likely increase poverty and inequality more than any other budget in recent times (and possibly…

How Much Heat Can We Take Before We Attack Global Warming?

How to Save the Planet and Fix the Economy Too The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Just how hot does it have to get before the people of the United States finally acknowledge that global warming is happening? When are we going to stop arguing about it and start doing something to at least slow…

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Health Care Law

ANALYSIS by Glynn Wilson The United States Supreme Court surprised media organizations and pundits of all stripes on Thursday by upholding the constitutionality of the first ever law regulating the health care industry in the country’s storied history, including the individual mandate conservatives were sure the court would strike down. (Read the full decision here…

Freedom of the Press is Not Free

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s summertime in Alabama now. No matter what the official calendar says. The mercury hit 91 here today. That was probably in the shade. We just got back from the local farmer’s market, where Alabama farmers show up every Thursday to sell their goods directly to the public. There…

Appeals Court Rules Federal, State Agencies Must Consider Environmental Impacts of Building Roads

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration illegally failed to consider and disclose the potential sprawl-inducing impacts of a 20-mile highway bypass near Charlotte. It is ruling that has national implications, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center, and could impact the…

Alabama to Receive $2 Million in Grants from New Health Care Law

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $2 million in grants to be awarded to community health centers in Alabama due to the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act. Grants from the Affordable Care Act will help build and expand health centers, create jobs, and expand access to an additional 860,000 patients…

Van Camping Along Highway 64 in the Birthplace of Conservation

Glynn Wilson A mountain meadow along the Davidson River during the spring blooming season. (Click on the images for a larger view. More photos and videos below.) Secret Vistas by Glynn Wilson ASHEVILLE, N.C., March 25 — Sitting in a camp chair in front of the computer by the French Broad River, one of those…

Fact Checking Republican Newt Gingrich on Election Day in Alabama

Glynn Wilson Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich address a sympathetic crowd at the Alabama Theater (click here to see more photos) by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Georgia Republican Newt Gingrich came out swinging against President Obama on energy policy at the Alabama Theater Monday night, the day before the primary election in the state,…

Fact Checking Republican Rick Santorum on Election Day in Alabama

Glynn Wilson Rick Santorum speaks at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham on election eve (click here to see more photos) by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Conservative Christian Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania Senator who is now running for the Republican nomination for president, took the stage at the Alabama Theater Monday night before the…

Jesse Jackson Stirs Information Into the Inspiration Gravy in Selma

Former Presidential Candidate Insists Every High School Senior Should Register and Vote by Glynn Wilson SELMA, Ala. — The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a former candidate for president and founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, said while he was there to help provide inspiration for demonstrators in town to commemorate civil rights and fight for immigrant rights,…