Memorial Day Message

Last year, The Courier’s Executive Editor, Nancy Doniger, articulated what was on the minds of many in town when she wrote, “I look forward to the day when Eastonites will once again line Center Road, cheering on the marchers and the Helen Keller Middle School Band, and listening Continue reading “Memorial Day Message”

The Right Religion

Most of the religious training I received was from Roman Catholic teachers. I was spared the burden of going to parochial school because this education was provided free at my public school. I was introduced to Christianity at 5 years of age and had no other religious training until Continue reading “The Right Religion”

Year in Review 2020:The Courier Thanks…

The Easton Courier would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the varied and thought-provoking contributions from our columnists and community writers, who observed life in Easton from many perspectives. Bruce Nelson, Tomas Koeck, Gale Papageorge, Robert LaValle, and Dr. Richard Lechtenberg Continue reading “Year in Review 2020:The Courier Thanks…”

Too Little. Too Late.

At last, the end is in sight.  No, I am not referring to the Covid-19 pandemic. I am referring to 2020, the year that gave birth to a new vocabulary for Americans, including such terms as pandemic fatigue, Covid deniers, mask refusers, stimulus package, and excess mortality. We have Continue reading “Too Little. Too Late.”

Celebrate Like It’s 1952

Once again, America has chosen a government in the middle of a pandemic.  Of course, in 1952 nobody called it a pandemic.  It was just an American epidemic.  The dead and crippled were accumulating in record numbers outside the U.S., but back then we only seemed to notice the misery Continue reading “Celebrate Like It’s 1952”

Pandemic Ends; Sun Revolves Around Earth

On Oct. 27, 2020, the White House’s science policy office announced that among the greatest accomplishments of the current administration was “ending the Covid-19 pandemic.” I checked the leading medical journals for corroboration of this wonderful news but could not find any. 

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Unaffordable Care Acts

With the installation of yet another “originalist” Supreme Court Justice, the Affordable Care Act is doomed. Most people refer to this legislation as Obamacare. It provided some health insurance coverage for at least 20 million Americans who had little or no insurance.  It forced Continue reading “Unaffordable Care Acts”

The Cost of Ignoring Medical Advice

Olivia was a middle-aged, somewhat overweight, medium height, soft-spoken woman.  As a middle-aged, somewhat overweight, medium height, soft-spoken man, I expected nothing unusual from her. As a physician seeing her for the first time, I expected to hear an unremarkable history, Continue reading “The Cost of Ignoring Medical Advice”

Against Medical Advice

Every patient has the option of ignoring the advice offered by health professionals.  If they are hospitalized and they decide to leave without their doctor’s blessing, they are asked to sign what is called an AMA form.  This is an “Against Medical Advice” document that acknowledges Continue reading “Against Medical Advice”

At the Edge of Covid Truths

We are like a herd of wildebeests at the edge of a river that we must cross as part of our annual migration.  We crowd together, pushing the weaker or more naïve animals into a crocodile-infested waterway. The crocodiles may let a few of us across, just to fool the thousands behind Continue reading “At the Edge of Covid Truths”