Dan Chmielewski

The High Cost of Healthcare

I got into it a bit with Register editorial writer Alan Bock last March at the Obama Town Hall in Costa Mesa, the one with an emphasis on healthcare, about healthcare reform.  I’m in favor of a single player healthcare system that makes insurance accessible and affordable for all Americans; this wouldn’t replace private insurance…

Boxer and Carville in the Big Easy

Send our friend Chuck DeVore a message by contributing to Senator Barbara Boxer’s campaign.  Dear Friend, I’ve known Barbara Boxer for a long time. She’s one of my favorite Democrats: Somebody who proudly tells you where she stands and what she believes in. In Louisiana, we call that showing some spine — and that goes…

The Obama Date Night Debate

This letter in this morning’s OC Register sums up some of the Right Wing bloviation in the blogsphere about President Obama’s recent trip to New York City to have dinner and catch a Broadway play.  A jet-set ‘date night’ Good leaders lead by example [“Obamas fly to see play in New York,” News, May 31].…

Sotomayor in Context

” “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life” — Judge Sonia Sotomayer at a 2002 speech at Cal.   I remember being displeased with President George W. Bush’s selection of…

Krugman’s NY Times column: Point the Finger at Ronald Reagan

Since our local paper can’t and won’t run a center-left columnist, I’m happy to provide this link to today’s column by Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, a Princeton professor, who suggests that the Garn-St. German Depository Institutions Act, signed by Ronald Reagan has a lot to do with the root causes of today’s economic…

Shiva Farivar to declare for Irvine City Council

I got this note from Irvine City Council member Beth Krom this morning: I’m Proud To Endorse Shiva Farivar for Irvine City Council 2010! Shiva Farivar has been an active community volunteer and is currently the Chair of the Irvine Community Services Commission. She is bright, creative and committed to serving the best interests of…