Dr. Tom: A Brief History of the U.S. Government and Healthcare, Part I …

You will probably be surprised to learn that the first U.S. president to propose any form of government-sponsored healthcare was a Republican. OK, technically a former Republican. Teddy Roosevelt served as our 26th president from 1901 to 1909, after which his hand-picked successor, William Howard Taft, was elected. Returning from a safari and European tour, Roosevelt found himself unimpressed with Taft’s performance and sought the Republican nomination in 1912. Rebuffed, he founded the Progressive Party, which included in its platform the provision of limited health insurance to low-wage earners. (Sorry, I know this is upsetting to modern Republicans, but it is true; look it up. You can take some solace in the Progressive Party’s alias: The Bull Moose Party).

Initial Thoughts: What attracts volunteers? …

Two weeks ago in this column, I encouraged you to consider getting involved with one of the many local organizations. As I have written...

Readers Write: Grateful for TC columnists

I love the thoughtful reflections published in the Town Crier. I greatly appreciated Bryan Asch’s “Human Etiquette” column (Jan. 29, 2015) and last year’s...

Readers Write: Warming up for the holidays

Editor: A bonfire up in Humber Park Trailhead area. Well, it seems that on Christmas day, there were...

Creature Corner: August 18, 2016

Last week in “The Days of Our Nine Lives,” Checkers the dog met the ARF cats, and was unsure about Bobbie’s meltdown. Leia: Holy moly!...

Readers Write: Unofficial voter language

Regarding Dr. Jim Gates, Jeff Smith looked at the license database and didn’t see Dr. Gates’ name. That is because he is retired. I don’t...

Readers Write: Wrong headline …

Editor: What? She is being evicted, not retiring. Wrong headline. The county is trying to evict her. Sunny is still at the Nature Center, not...

Readers Write: ‘In My Father’s Footsteps’

Editor: “In My Father’s Footsteps — A Daughter’s Search for Answers “is the first narrative in a four-part project entitled, “Musical Roots: An Exploration of...

Dr Know It All: Diets and Cubes …

Dr Know It All can answer any question. He just happens to know everything. Dr Know It All selects a few questions each...

The Home Bistro: December 22, 2016: The perfect gift of love and life …...

The perfect gift of love and life … food!  With the holidays upon us, nothing may be more appreciated than a jar or container of...
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