The link between a bad habit like smoking and health is linear, and a very easy one for doctors and other medical professionals to discuss with their patients who smoke. The individual risk of exposure to environmental toxins is much harder to pinpoint.
By supporting preventive measures, we help curb costs down the road by sparing millions of Americans from developing serious, preventable diseases and keeping more people working, happy and productive.
As we decide our energy future, we must decide if we are willing to have a situation like Fukushima happen here in the United States. And if the answer to that question is no, our country has no choice but to reject nuclear power.
Although Jared Loughner feeds all kinds of false stereotypes about the mentally ill, I hope that this tragedy will spark a necessary debate for those of us who need access to mental health care and are not criminals.
No one knows where Haiti is headed, but the nation has survived other shock waves. The quake opened the next historical chapter, which began over two centuries ago when the black resistance made European empires tremble.
Rather than providing a platform for presentation of a corporate wish list, Darrell Issa should be subjecting corporate claims to the withering scrutiny he promises for the Obama administration. These claims collapse under examination.