In the spirit of upcoming National Nurse Practitioner Week (November 11-17), I would like to take a moment to bring attention to the current situation of health care in Texas and the role of the nurse practitioner in the future of our community.
Toward the end of the second Presidential debate, Barack Obama made a statement that was so wrong, and such an insult to Americans, that I wanted to "unpack" it and shine a little light on what he said, and the thinking that goes with it.
It has been my habit to address propositions and constitutional amendments in this column. The goal has been â€“ and remains â€“ to provide information, not to attempt to convince readers to a particular point of view. That has never been more true than with this article. The information on the three county propositions is for informational purposes only, and has been carefully reviewed by experts in the field to insure that, as Sgt. Friday would say, it contains â€śjust the facts.â€ť
I recall that during the Republican primaries (doesn't that seem like just ages ago?) conservative commentators were claiming that the left wanted Mitt Romney to win the Republican nomination. The often expressed opinion was that the Democrats considered Mitt Romney to be a known quantity with which they were so familiar that defeating him would pose no difficulty. In fact, if I remember this correctly, the candidate the left seemed to be the most concerned about was Newt Gingrich, I believe it was something about his debating skills.
Election day is only a month away, and the airwaves are starting to be choked with political advertisements. Most of us received a grounding in the duties of state and national officials while in school, and can recall them well enough to guide our choices there. County offices, however, a something of a different story. Few people really know what they are electing county officials to accomplish. The is one local race contested in the upcoming election â€“ that of County Commissioner. Perhaps itâ€™s time to review the duties of that position.
I notice the Obama campaign is really trying to make political hay out of Mitt Romney's statement concerning forty seven percent of the electorate. As I'm sure that anybody who keeps up with current events has heard the statement over and over, I'm not going to bother to repeat it verbatim here.
The conventions are over, and the national level campaigns are pushing hard. We in Texas are not considered a â€śbattlegroundâ€ť state, so we have a little less of the pressure than some others. While that is probably good for those of us watching and reading, it is not as good for the owners of media. That said, the impression that they try to leave with us is that any candidate of their party should be our choice. The higher the office sought, the more likely the candidate is to embrace the platform of a particular party.
I know it might surprise readers of these columns, but I watched a fair amount of the evening speeches from the Republican National Convention. Naturally I liked a lot of them, and agreed with much of what was said. I must say, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ann Romney, and a few others said a lot of things that I really liked hearing stated openly, and forcefully.
Hollywood has never been known to let the truth stand in the way of a good story. As a result, the impression the current slew of court / police television shows could make one believe that probation is never a good thing for the public. Contrary to that vision, many people have had their lives altered by the counseling and restrictions of probation, some to the point of becoming productive citizens. While not appropriate for all persons, there are times that it is very helpful in reaching the goal of the criminal system â€“ seeing that justice is done.
I'll say one thing for being in an election cycle leading up to the most important election of my life: it's sure bringing the progressives and their ideology out in the open. What I find really interesting about that is how every time some leftist puts forward an extreme progressive point of view, it just seems to invigorate the people on the right and make them more active. It's almost as if the people on the left are shooting themselves in the foot with a fully automatic rifle, and just can't seem to stop pulling the trigger.