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John Pritchett

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Obamacare: Unworkable, Alas

I whooped with unrestrained joy when the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare passed in the Congress and was declared OK by the Supreme Court. It wasn’t the national health care I wanted and most Western countries provide, but it was a step in that direction. I had no clue that it would not work because […]

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It’s Just What We Do In Hawaii

Deadlines and word lengths leave too many stories unpublished in a writer’s notebook — stuff that someday will be tossed with last night’s fish bones. My December sessions with Dawn and David Ige left more than a few. Following last November’s election, I attended the dinner meeting of a local Okinawan organization: three tables at […]

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Poor Leadership Hurts Anti-GMO

This is not going to make local anti-GMO’ers jump for joy, but the news is that everything seems to be going against you. The government has approved genetically modified potatoes to reduce the amount of a chemical in french fries and potato chips suspected of causing cancer. (The GMO potato company supplies McDonald’s.) And the […]

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Time For A Constitution Rewrite?

Did President Obama defile the Constitution by halting some immigration prosecution, exempting some Obamacare mandates and granting waivers to No Child Left Behind? Would a GOP president with a GOP Congress restore literal following of our founding document? Arguing over this goes nowhere. What we need is a total Constitution rewrite. Why? Because it was […]

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Media Makes New Rules For Cosby

All that news media coverage of Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual misbehavior has made me a bit queasy. Had I been Washington Post‘s editor I’d likely have killed that story with interviews with five of the 16 women who claim Cosby sexually assaulted them many years ago. It began: “He partied with Hugh Hefner and was […]

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John Pritchett