Global politics are complex. Puppy love is easy. Kudos to Gus Kenworthy

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Mahatma Gandhi There are many variants of this belief: how a society treats its most vulnerable, weakest, poor, children, its minorities. We are bearing witness at Sochi to failures of civilized man. These failures are [...]

By | February 13th, 2014|Empathy, Social Justice|0 Comments

Sochi 2014: Failures of Empathy

2000 dogs on streets of Sochi are threatened with death by poison "in time for" the Winter Olympics. Sochi's dog culler calls strays "biological trash". "Not even figure-skating costumes can charm Alan Cumming into watching the Winter Olympics this time around. 'No. No,' the actor told the Daily Intelligencer last night, at the New York [...]

By | February 6th, 2014|Empathy|0 Comments

response to the new york times on sanctions for penn state

To the Sports Editor of The New York Times: Although the N.C.A.A. punishment is significant in terms of financial repercussions for Penn State, a critical question is whether such consequences serve the most constructive purpose. It would be heartening if some of the money were earmarked for education, prevention and clinical research in sexual abuse. [...]

answering cries for help: guest column in the seattle times

answering cries for help  by Ronnie S. Stangler, M.D. Guest Columnist to the Seattle Times/Special to The Seattle Times Carol M. Ostrom's front-page story about Martha Silano, Langdon Cook and their baby boy, Riley, was deeply disturbing. The aftermath of Group Health Cooperative's refusal to reimburse the majority of medical treatment for Silano's devastating postpartum [...]