Column: 'Watergate Girl' is Jill Wine-Banks' memories of being a female on political front lines
There is a crazy man in the White House, his approval rating in free fall, surrounded by a group of enablers and criminals. He is assailed from many fronts. The country is in political chaos and right in the middle of it is a smart and attractive young female attorney from Skokie, Ill.Her name is Jill Volner, the year is 1973 and the president is Richard Nixon. Now, with the benefit of decades of emotional, intellectual and psychological distance from the events of that time and after a very successful post-Watergate career, Volner (now Jill Wine-Banks) revisits that troubled era — and gives u...
Editorial: Coronavirus smartphone tracking done right can save us
A month after Singapore responded to the coronavirus pandemic by encouraging residents to put an app on their smartphones that would notify them if they had been within 5 meters of someone known to have the virus, only one in five had. Given the low and slow adoption rate and the prevalence of privacy and technology-surveillance concerns in the U.S., it might seem like a long shot to expect Americans would embrace a similar tool here. It shouldn’t.Contact tracing and social distancing has helped flatten the curve of cases in Singapore, at least initially, and in South Korea, where phone locati...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
GM snubbed by White House in column about ventilator production
On the same day that General Motors started training workers to build life-saving ventilators, the White House snubbed the automaker in a public column.White House official Peter Navarro wrote about the administration’s push to get more ventilators to hospitals for people with coronavirus in a column in USA Today.Navarro is the assistant to President Donald Trump for trade and manufacturing and is the coordinator of the Defense Production Act policy.He wrote that the administration is “moving swiftly in Trump Time to address a significant shortage of these lifesavers” in reference to the much-...
Detroit Free Press
Column: Coronavirus may be a new factor when California's housing debate reignites
People fleeing cities in an attempt to outrun the coronavirus have caused consternation in rural hinterlands and warm-weather refuges.But the COVID-19 crisis has triggered a longer-term discussion about the health risks in densely packed cities and whether the crisis will lead to living quarters being more spread out in the future.In the heat of the moment, it’s important to keep perspective. It’s worth noting that over history, cities have suffered great population declines because of plague and attack, but often eventually experienced a resurgence.Flu pandemics haven’t always changed the cou...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: The coronavirus aid package out of Washington: Trillions and counting
Did you notice how quickly Washington’s $1 trillion coronavirus spending package swelled to $1.6 trillion, and then $2 trillion? As we write, Senate negotiators sounded close to a deal to deliver $1,200 checks to many Americans, increase unemployment benefits, lend to small businesses, bail out airlines. … Did we miss anything? You bet — and don’t forget, taxpayers, you will pay.The global pandemic is a public health crisis demanding urgent government responses: to lead the fight to save lives by containing COVID-19, and to manage the potentially cataclysmic fallout by taking steps to protect ...