The loss of a mother or father is traumatic in the extreme -- yet, for these children, the tragedy is being compounded by social isolation. At a time when they so desperately need compassion and care, many are being shunned and ostracized for fear of contamination. Surely, we can summon the courage, compassion and commitment to do better.
Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.
The Olympics are great but the political shows are my favored competition. Not that anyone medals, but it is fun to watch the level heads of a David Brooks, a Paul Krugman, or an Andrea Mitchell set the record straight when political hacks, partisan pundits, and think-tank ideologues "skew" the meaning of current facts.