Media Goes Easy on Vaccination Status of Michigan Measles Cases

It’s the story constantly repeating itself – “news” of measles cases somewhere and no mention of the vaccination status of the affected individuals. Recent cases in Ann Arbor, MI, are no exception. Detroit Free Press warned people about catching measles from two restaurants where two measles-affected individuals visited—one in late March and one yesterday. There…

Seniors and Loneliness

by Bob Branco There are many elders out there who feel lonely. There could be several reasons for this. Perhaps they have no family living in the area, or that family members may be too busy and are not as available to their loved ones as they’d like. For seniors in my city who are…

Upcoming Internet Security Concerns

by James R. Campbell It is no small secret that our nation faces many challenges, both foreign and domestic. The list would take up more space than I am willing to devote to it. All one has to do is turn on the national news networks; the first thing you will hear is a litany…

Saudi General Egged and Called a Terrorist by Protesters in London

Britain’s government is openly accomplice in Saudi killings of Yemenis over the past 2 years. But one daring citizen stood up to a Saudi general visiting UK and tried to put the general under citizen’s arrest. This past Thursday, Sam Walton, a peace activist advocating human rights and protesting Saudi atrocities in Yemen, intercepted a…

International Media Ignores Brutal Attack on Pashtun Students in Lahore

Last week a gang of fundamentalist Islamic students attacked Pashtun students who were celebrating Pashtun Culture Day at Punjab University in Lahore. The victims, Pashtun students celebrating the culture day with traditional dance and music, reported that Punjab’s police also attacked them. The story appeared in Pakistani papers and on the electronic media. The attack,…

Do Commercial Ads about Medication Frighten You?

by Bob Branco I don’t watch television very often, but in the little time that I watch it on a daily basis, I probably hear at least 5 commercials about new wonder drugs that are supposed to treat a variety of conditions. With every reason why you should take these drugs, the commercial offers you…

The Perfect Writer – Adapting to Imperfections

One might think of creative writing as a gradual process of mastering an art. It’s essentially movement from scratch to perfection. But if you try to make a leap to perfection, chances are you might get a stumble. Many writers think for hours and hours about a smashing start for a piece, a story or…