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For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others
I have been reflecting on the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States - the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The right to own weapons is a fundamental part of our collective history as Americans.
I believe it is healthy and proper to reflect on the past year, as the new year dawns. As I ponder this editorial, the specter of the impending “fiscal cliff” looms large in the news, following, perhaps, one of the more contentious presidential elections in history.
Arguably, war and man’s increasing sophistication when it comes to harming one another are the least attractive attributes of the species. The next war, like death and taxes, seems an inevitable part of the human condition as we close 2012 experiencing the longest conflict in American history.
The recent General Services Administration (GSA) Las Vegas conference scandal, involving clowns and a mind reader (I could not dream this stuff up if I tried), must seem like manna from heaven for the likes of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
“There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.” – Josh Billings (1818-1885)
“Pain is weakness leaving the body.” – Anonymous
I do not think it is possible to spend any time in the military without hearing this quote at least once. A friend recently purchased a T-shirt at the Pentagon with the adage proudly displayed. It is a mark of pride among servicemembers that they can endure hardship and harsh conditions with stoic acceptance.
I like seeing U.S. Medicine in my mailbox. For me, it is akin to a life ring in a sea of discordant information that seems to have an overpowering undertow which is sucking me under its overwhelming mass.
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work
If you have followed this column, you know I’m a sailor. In fact, my family has long been associated with sailing. My wife and I both grew up around sailing boats, and our children have rarely known a year to pass without various sailing adventures at home on the Chesapeake Bay and in the Caribbean. Though I am quite proud of my career as a federal medicine physician in the Army, I fancy myself plying the world’s oceans as an 18th century sailing captain of a frigate.
E.W. Howe was wise well beyond his time. This spring, as I mark another birthday that has placed me way on the wrong side of 40, I note with frustration that all the things I like seem to be unhealthy. Like so many middle-aged Americans, I fight a continuous battle with the things I love.
Since 2001, I have had the good fortune to serve as the leader of the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management, Rockville, MD (DVCIPM — www.DVCIPM.org). Though this organization has had other names since its inception, it has always focused on improving pain management for warriors and their families at home and on the modern battlefield. The DVCIPM is principally a pain medicine research and coordination organization with a focus on applied science to improve the care of military families today.
- A day without sunshine is like, you know, night
- Fixing healthcare and fixing the economy are two sides of the same coin
- The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do
- A leader...must have the determination to stick with it
- Because that's where the money is
- I wonder if a soldier ever does mend a bullet hole in his coat?
- There is nothing so annoying as a good example
- The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see
- It's hard to soar with eagles when you're surrounded by ducks quacking 'No!'
- It's far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has
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