October 18th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Gaps Seen in Md. Drug Treatment Pr. George's Is Most in Need By Rosalind S. Helderman Washington Po

Gaps Seen in Md. Drug Treatment
Pr. George's Is Most in Need

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 19, 2008; C01

A recent report commissioned by the Maryland General Assembly has concluded that state services for drug addicts and alcoholics falls far short of the need, a problem it says is most profound in Prince George's County.

The report comes as new figures show that several counties, including Prince George's, regularly return hundreds of thousands of dollars in unspent substance abuse treatment funds to the state.

According to the report, which was compiled by University of Maryland researchers working in conjunction with a Harvard Medical School professor, the state would have to admit 14,423 more people into public or private drug treatment programs each year to meet the need. In Prince George's alone, 4,606 more people each year need treatment than receive it. A gap exists in other area counties too -- Montgomery needs 2,950 more treatment admissions annually, and Anne Arundel needs 755.Collapse )

Chris Keeley

Hothead McCain by Robert Dreyfuss If you've followed Senator John McCain at all, you've heard ab

This article was published in the March 24, 2008 edition of The Nation magazine. It still seems relevant. Bob Keeley

Hothead McCain
  by Robert Dreyfuss


If you've followed Senator John McCain at all, you've heard about
his tendency to, well, explode. He's erupted at numerous
Senate colleagues, including many Republicans, at the slightest
provocation. "The thought of his being President sends a cold chill down
my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper, and he
worries me," wrote Republican Senator Thad Cochran, shortly
before endorsing McCain.

You've heard about his penchant for bellicose rhetoric, whether
appropriating a Beach Boys song in threatening to bomb Iran or telling
Russian President Vladimir Putin that he doesn't care what he thinks
about American plans to install missiles in Eastern Europe.Collapse )