Monthly Archives: October 2014

Did Red Cross let PR trump shelter and food, or is critical story very thin?

When Americans throw around adjectives like “venerable,” “respected,” and “committed,” those words most often refer to organizations like the United Way, branches of the military, the service academies and the Red Cross. Yet all of these suffered various scandals over the last … Continue reading

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Face facts, Ebola is not a crisis in America, so let’s look at real ones

America’s Ebola “crisis” prompted concerns, created some needed awareness here and about the real problem in Africa, and was otherwise stupidly magnified by 24/7 cable television and Election Day next week. But Ebola is not a crisis. A handful of people in America … Continue reading

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UNC academic scandal, boiling for years, no closer to ‘crisis ended’

Last week, amid concerns about Ebola in America, another disease ran rampant in a major U.S. institution: the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. And, like Ebola, this crisis was years in the making and is no closer to ending. That is, 18 … Continue reading

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When an apology is best, but is not nearly enough given the error’s weight

Dr. Daniel Varga is having a bad week. He’s chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, the medical group that oversees Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. As everyone likely knows, that’s the hospital responsible for treating America’s “index” patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, … Continue reading

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Ebola crisis calls for calm, factual and honest talk, while acknowledging context of panic

In the multiple layers of the current international Ebola crisis, how key public health officials communicate about the present and future is probably considered last. And one can’t really argue that. The African disaster must be contained and patients helped; the … Continue reading

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Secret Service seems to honor first part of its name over the second part

Protecting presidents and the White House should be about Service, not so much Secret. But at least some of the people charged with that most important task seem to emphasize the latter. If it weren’t for The Washington Post and … Continue reading

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