March 7, 2013 |
The approval by Arkansas' Legislature on Wednesday of the nation's most restrictive abortion law raises a lot of questions. No, I don't mean the usual questions about when life begins or whether the government has a right to intrude in such an intensely personal decision; I don't presume to be able to answer those, nor could anybody do so in a way that would satisfy true believers on the other side. Mine are reserved for the state legislators: Have you guys really thought this thing through?
January 24, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - The Sundance Film Festival has a relaxed, down-to-earth vibe, but the atmosphere at the premiere screening of the documentary "After Tiller" was noticeably tense. For starters, police and armed sheriffs in green jumpsuits made a show of force outside the Temple Theater. Attendees had to have their bags searched and were checked by guards with hand-held metal detectors. After the movie screened, two police officers stood at the front of the auditorium as the directors of the abortion documentary - and the four doctors featured in the film - answered questions from the audience.
January 18, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. For details, see the note at the bottom. Premiering today at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the U.S. documentary competition, “After Tiller” is an intimate and heartfelt look at the four doctors performing third-trimester abortions in the United States, doing so even after the 2009 assassination of such a physician, Dr. George Tiller. Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, who spent almost three years on the project, the film brings an emotional clarity to an issue in which every nuanced turn of phrase has been made politically complicated.
August 26, 2012
Re "Turning point," Opinion, Aug. 23 Unfortunately, the call for action by the platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties in 1944, asking for the admission of refugees fleeing the Holocaust in Europe, was too little, too late. In the absence of any real action, only a minuscule number of Jews were saved. Platforms are meaningless without prompt action. Now we are faced with a similar situation, with Iran, a state whose president called for Israel to be wiped off the map, openly building up its nuclear capabilities.
August 26, 2012
Re "Ryan Shrugged: A parable," Opinion, Aug. 22 Here's my novel to follow-up on Michael Kinsley's preamble to his parable about Paul Ryan, with the title, "A Tale of Two Pieties. " Introduction: It was the best of times, when "I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are and what my beliefs are" (from a speech in 2005). It is now the worst of times, when: "I reject her philosophy. It's an atheist philosophy" (from an interview this April)
August 26, 2012
Re "Early warnings," Aug. 23 Detection of biological attacks on the United States is rapidly evolving and improving. The controversy regarding the high frequency of false alarms by BioWatch, the government's system for detecting such attacks, should be balanced by the fact that there are no or a very low frequency of false negative results (failure to detect the disease-causing agent). If there was a bioterrorism attack on my city, I would feel more comfortable having a system with BioWatch's false-negative rate keeping watch.