While most obituaries focused on his fame for putting the Manson gang behind bars for life, I choose to remember him as a true gentleman who later in life became an intrepid warrior against a powerful sitting president, passionately insisting that George W. Bush should be held accountable for taking our country to war on a lie.
Vision is seen as a health problem, not the school's problem. Schools do not have resources for eyeglasses, so even though they are accountable for children's reading, and even though school leaders and teachers know full well that a lot of their kids just need glasses, they feel helpless in solving this simple problem.
Despite the challenges, Nepal has huge amounts of social capital, diaspora engagement, international goodwill and access to regional resources. It is time for all of us to capitalize on these and make sure the earthquake response is timely, fair and accountable. This is the very least the people of Nepal deserve.