Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Catholic's Thoughts on Contraception, the Sanctity of Life and Universal Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act is being criticized for mandating access to contraception. As a Catholic, I am aware, although I do not agree, with the Church's stand on birth control. Providing access to birth control is not the same as mandating its use. It simply gives women the choice of whether to conceive or not. It should be plain to all that if you don't believe in abortion, it makes sense to ensure as many women as possible have access to contraception. Failure to do so increases  the number of abortions and children born to parents who cannot afford to care for them properly.

With so many Americans living below the poverty line, I struggle to understand the mentality of conservative politicians as they slash away at food stamps, housing assistance, Head Start programs and subsidized child care for the working poor. In spite of their opposition to abortion, it does not appear that they truly believe in the sanctity of life. If they did believe life is sacred, they would be fighting to ensure every citizen, at a minimum, has a roof over their head, enough to eat and access to healthcare. If all Americans are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, doesn't that mean they are entitled to at least those things that are necessary to sustain life?

As far as the healthcare debate is concerned, the question the American people should be asking themselves, isn't "how can we afford to pay for universal health care?"  It is "how in the name of God and conscience can we continue to refuse to do so?" Something most other civilized nations understand. No wonder the rest of the world looks at this country and shakes their heads.

When conservatives finally succeed in repealing the Affordable Health Care Act, and I believe it will be eventually repealed, I doubt their priority will be replacing it with a better plan to provide quality healthcare to all Americans. Instead, they will turn their attention to dismantling Medicare, the most successful and least costly healthcare program in the nation. The voucher system they are proposing will undoubtedly be structured to channel billions of tax dollars to insurance companies. Once this is accomplished, they will move on to their stated goal of privatizing Social Security. An idea those on Wall Street have been salivating over for decades.

 Greed reigns in America and the only thing that is cheap is human life.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A message from Putin worth reading

The majority of Americans oppose military intervention in Syria. That does not mean they believe the use of poison gas is acceptable. It means dropping bombs on Syria isn't the answer. Putin's editorial in the New York Times does a good job explaining why the United States must not attack Syria. He also addresses the issue of American "exceptionalism" which has, unfortunately, become a philosophy used to justify whatever this country chooses to do.

America's decision to "liberate" Iraq was a violation of international law with tragic consequences. Only the most naive among us continue to believe is was about anything but oil. So many brave American soldiers sent to their death and tens of thousands wounded. The death toll in Iraq estimated to be over 200,000 men, women and children with as many as 2,000,000 people forced from their homes. And the violence continues.

Some fault President Obama for not immediately striking Syria when the news of the use of chemical weapons became public. How many of these critics turned a blind eye when Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against the Iranians and his own people. Weapons provided by the United States.

I thank God President Obama paused to carefully weigh the evidence and options before authorizing military force against Syria. Doing so showed wisdom, not weakness. It's time for America to stop making enemies and join the world community to resolve the problems facing mankind.

Putin Warns Against Attack Syria

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Butler - A movie that makes you think

Went to see The Butler last week. In my opinion Forrest Whitaker gave an Academy Award performance. Oprah was excellent as well. The movie, which tracks the civil rights movement, took me back to my high school days. Hard to believe how blacks in this country were treated only a few decades ago. Wondering if the people who see this movie will be limited to those who actually believe all men are created equal or if those bigoted souls among us so desperately in need a wake-up call will go as well. Here's hoping.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Special Labor Day Promotion

I'm running free book promotions for my novella Confessions of a Liberal Lover and new mystery novel A Monster's Game. Visit my website at to find out more.  Hope you'll take advantage of this promotion and if you do, that you'll take a moment or two to post a review.

Monday, August 19, 2013

We're the Millers - A truly terrible film

Saturday my husband and I took our grandson and his girlfriend to brunch and a movie. Left it up to him to pick the movie and he chose We're the Millers. We sat there cringing as we watched one of the worse movies I have ever seen. Afterward, my grandson admitted that all he knew about the movie was it was a comedy staring Jennifer Aniston. Snce he's an Aniston fan, he thought it would be a good film.


The movie is filled with continuing references to male and female genitals, drugs and profanity masquerading as comedy. Aniston plays a stripper, which allows her to take off her clothes several times and dance suggestively, apparently to prove that she isn't over the hill quite yet. Throughout the movie, she mugs for the camera, which I assume is to compensate for the fact she lacks any real acting ability.

Why a star of Aniston stature would sink to this level is beyond me. I would feel sorry for her, if the movie wasn't so terribly offensive on so many levels. My advice is to avoid this movie. It's a waste of time and money and under no circumstances allow your children to see it.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Visit to Detroit is Encouraging

While visiting the Detroit area, I'm hearing more optimistic reports on the future of my hometown. Clearly corruption and incompetence in city government played a significant role in the sad situation Detroit is in, but apparently things are beginning to turn around. Stories in the Detroit newspaper report progress in both job creation and renovation. Hope the outlook for the future of this once great city and its people continues to improve.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Say a Prayer for Detroit

My latest novel, A Monster's Game, is set in my hometown of Detroit. It breaks my heart to see what is happening to that city. When I was growing up, the Detroit Public School system was one of the best in the Midwest and we never locked our front door. I can't believe America is going to continue to turn it's back on Detroit. We're a better country than that.