On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 27

On 1984
Unexpectedly, I discovered this week is the 60th anniversary of George Orwell’s 1984. Interestingly, our electronic society monitors so much. Here’s a column taking a retrospective look at the novel.

On Health Care Reform
The talk about health care is intensifying, and not to anyone’s surprise, the partisans are continuing to drive their stakes. Surprisingly to some, this is a topic that I haven’t wrapped myself around, so I feel inadequate about commenting at this point.

The need for health care reform is obvious. Here’s the part that scares me the most. The public runs two things: government and schools. Doesn’t that say enough? On the other hand, the government has the power to cover the need.

On Pelosi and Boehner
Since it’s been some time since I’ve said anything about these two House leaders, here’s a good point about each – which, from me, is a rarity. Well done Speaker Pelosi for not saying much, thus staying out of the news. Well done Minority Leader Boehner for continuing to not bring the bacon to your home district.

On Independents
I’m a moderate independent, and defined its meaning in this past post. Columnist and author John Avlon wrote this wonderful column for the Wall Street Journal about the growing number of independents and their role in politics. And I vividly remember someone commenting to me not all that long ago that (and I paraphrase) “we liberals are in charge and the moderates are weak, thus get out of the way.” Here’s the Pew Research Center report Avlon mentions.

By the way, Avlon also selects Wingnuts of the Week from both the left and the right. This week he selected two who speak from the pulpit. These comments from these two are pathetic.

On the Court Nomination
I suggest reading the Common Ground column written by a conservative and a liberal for some refreshing though.

On Woes in Education
Here’s an interesting report: The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools.

On a Lighter Note … or a Brighter One … Whatever