June 28, 1996 |
Descending radio's evolutionary scale. . . . The National Assn. of Radio Talk Show Hosts met in Washington last week, reaffirming that anyone with lips can join the club. Not that this is quite headline news. Take Kato Kaelin. Or take Joycelyn Elders, in some ways admirable, a caring, socially committed physician who fearlessly says her piece. Yet she was also one of the least articulate, most misspoken high-ranking U.S.
July 16, 1995
Like a splash of cool water on a hot summer day, your interview (Opinion, July 9) with former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders on health concerns and logical approaches to solving them only goes to emphasize the blindness, self-delusion and lack of true responsibility of our politicians on both sides of the political spectrum. Truth and compassion are subordinated to religious bigotry, infantile nationalism and fiscal policy, promoting the continual isolation of the United States from becoming a truly global nation.
July 9, 1995 |
When the Senate blocked the nomination of Nashville obstetrician Dr. Henry W. Foster Jr. for surgeon general last month, by failing to override a promised filibuster, it fulfilled the predictions of many conservatives. Shortly after the nomination was announced in Febru ary, Gary Bauer of the Family Research Council made this pronoucement: "We will count on the new U.S. Congress that was elected with the votes of millions of pro-family Americans not to repeat the mistake that was made when Dr.
February 3, 1995 |
President Clinton on Thursday nominated Dr. Henry Foster Jr., a Nashville educator, obstetrician and gynecologist, as surgeon general to replace the controversial Joycelyn Elders, who was fired last December. Foster, 61, who founded a program that distributes condoms to youths and supported an organization that provides abortion counseling, appears to share many of Elders' views, particularly about combatting teen-age pregnancy.
December 21, 1994 |
How can you turn the world upside down? --Claire Bloom to Richard Burton in "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" * The Say what? report . . . President Clinton's recent firing of Joycelyn Elders as U.S. surgeon general affirms the hazards of being publicly inarticulate or imprecise when you're an outspoken, controversial federal official who gets on television a lot.
December 19, 1994 |
Maybe Joycelyn Elders should have come to California before she opened her mouth. The surgeon general was fired earlier this month, ostensibly because she said masturbation is "something that perhaps should be taught" in schools. In California, it often is. State guidelines for sex education suggest that teachers talk about masturbation "in such a way as to dispel common myths associated with it . . . sterility, blindness, or feeble-mindedness."