By Ron Lambert. Health Care is one of the key issues being debated by the democratic presidential candidates. But it can be difficult to discern the differences between the candidates’ health care proposals. Terms like Medicare for All, Single Payer, Public Option, and Universal Health Care can mean different things depending on their context. Defining these terms will help clarify the candidates’ proposals. First, what … Continue reading M4A, ACA, UHC, Single Payer: Making Sense of Candidates’ Healthcare Policies
By Ron Lambert. Just before New Year’s day, 2018, a dog named Oscar died in his yard in Arbutus. Concerned citizens had contacted BCAS about Oscar many times in the past several years. On December 30, with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees, a citizen called BCAS once again. Instead of responding physically, BCAS called Oscar’s owner and accepted his promise to bring the dog inside. … Continue reading Just What DID Happen at Baltimore County Animal Services??
By Ron Lambert. This post, the fourth in a series tracing developments at the Baltimore County Animal Services, follows Shelter Reform Comes to Baltimore County. Since the 1970’s, the national movements to promote spay/neuter and reform animal shelters have saved many millions of animal lives. By 2015, the number of dogs and cats killed in shelters each year was approximately two million, compared to up … Continue reading New Advisory Commission, Building: BC Animal Services Finally on Track?
by Ron Lambert. This post, the third of a series, follows “Inside the Baltimore County Shelter.” I became a cat volunteer at Baltimore County Animal Services in May, 2013. Volunteers helped clean cat cages and dog kennels, petted cats, walked dogs, and transported animals to Rescue groups. In the summer of 2013, BCAS started a pilot off-site adoption program, run by volunteers. We pitched in … Continue reading Shelter Reform Comes to Baltimore County
By Ron Lambert. As the twentieth century came to a close, our nation’s shelters were still killing roughly five million dogs and cats a year (Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America by Nathan J. Winograd, 2007, p. 182). But animal activism was growing as a national movement. Noting Baltimore City Animal Control’s abysmal record of killing nearly every … Continue reading What Happened at BCAS? Part 2: Inside the Baltimore County Shelter
In early January 2018, Baltimore County announced that Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) ranked among the highest shelters in the nation when it came to saving animals’ lives. But on March 20, 2019 (less than 15 months later), BCAS’ top managers were suddenly fired. What happened? The story behind Baltimore County Animal Services goes all the way back to the 1970s, with the start of … Continue reading What Happened at BCAS? Part 1: Animal Shelter Reform
On March 24, 2019, Attorney General William Barr submitted a letter to Congress summarizing the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Barr’s letter stated that Mueller’s investigation did not find that the Trump Campaign conspired with Russia in its efforts to influence the election. Regarding obstruction of justice, Barr stated that Mueller ultimately determined not to make … Continue reading The Media Make the Message
By Ron Lambert. In early March, Speaker Nancy Pelosi took impeachment proceedings against President Trump off the table. She said that impeachment was “just not worth it” unless there was overwhelming support because “it divides the country.” Most of her Democrat colleagues supported her wait-and-see approach. Since then, Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. For almost two years, … Continue reading Post-Mueller Strategy: To Impeach or Not To Impeach?
By Ron Lambert. For the past several decades, the media has been trending decidedly to the political right. Talk radio has been dominated by the right since the 1980’s. Fox has been prominent in right wing cable news since the 1990’s. These media constantly taunted the so-called “main stream media” as being too liberal, cowing the mainstream into moving further to the right. The right … Continue reading The Triangle: How Fox News Has Evolved into a Propaganda Arm