Saturday, August 19, 2017

The True Snowflakes Aren't Liberals


Before 2016, using snowflake as a pejorative was a non-political dig at millennials -- who were perceived by many as coddled and poorly-equipped to face the real-world challenges of life.

During the 2016 presidential campaign and its immediate aftermath, however, snowflake evolved into a much more vicious term, an insult hurled by conservatives at liberals in general. The implication, of course, is that liberals are fragile, whining sissies -- unlike the oh-so-masculine right wing.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Big Pharma To Blame For Opioid Crisis?


A recent column in the local paper attempted to exonerate big pharma of blame concerning the nation's opioid crisis. The writer overlooked a few unsavory facts about big pharma's conduct, however.

Drug companies have made and continue to make false and misleading statements about the benefits (and risks) of opioids. Some of them have been taken to court and found liable for this conduct.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Tobacco Problem Worse Than Opioids


We see it in the local news on a regular basis -- an endless stream of police blotters and stories chronicling drug-related arrests and deaths. We see it in the obituaries -- people dying well before reaching senior citizen status, leaving behind shattered families and heartbroken friends.

Opioid  abuse has consumed southern West Virginia. The devastation has been well documented through the years as this scourge seems to successfully resist all attempts to bring things under control.