THE PUBLIC EYE: Why Have Republicans Lost Common Sense?

By Bob Burnett
Friday October 04, 2013 - 04:18:00 PM

On October 1st the US government shut down because Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to pass a budget without limits on the Affordable Care Act. The GOP made this decision despite overwhelming public opposition. Why have Republicans abandoned common sense? -more-

ECLECTIC RANT: Expect More Failed Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations

By Ralph E. Stone
Friday October 04, 2013 - 04:20:00 PM

The Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams met again on October 3, 2013 for the eighth time since direct peace talks were resumed in late July. No one but the eternally optimistic expects any meaningful result from these negotiations. The history of these negotiations is merely camouflage for the systematic annexation of the West Bank by way of settlement construction hoping that this will encourage Palestinian emigration. In short, a state for Palestine and one for Israel is but an illusion. -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: The Tragedy That Befell Miriam Carey

By Jack Bragen
Friday October 04, 2013 - 04:09:00 PM

Miriam Carey, a thirty-four-year-old woman, with her young child in the car, attempted to crash the gates at the White House, led Capitol Police on a high-speed car chase, and was shot to death near Capitol Hill. -more-

SENIOR POWER: Grandparenting is a Gerund… and a Lot More

By Helen Rippier Wheeler,
Friday October 04, 2013 - 04:49:00 PM

Many of today’s grandparents want to define for themselves their specific relationship with their grandchildren. Few want to baby-sit regularly or be responsible for child care. Some enjoy taking care of their grandchildren. Most women resist the stereotype of the doormat grandmother -- always there when anyone needs her but otherwise not in the way. -more-