Posts Dated Archive: October 2014

Common sense about Ebola

Public health used to be something almost no one cared about. With Ebola cases reaching the U.S. it suddenly, it seems that all politicians have become public health experts, creating on the fly policies about an infectious disease about which they know little and about which there still are many scientific questions. Wikipedia has a pretty good brief explanation. A New Republic article opened with, “This week’s news on Ebola should make you breathe a sigh of relief—and seethe with anger.”… Read More

When a parent dies

My father’s passing Last week, my 93-year-old father, Irving Rimer, (and father of Liz and Sara) died after a brief illness, peacefully, as he had wished, without extraordinary measures. All of us were present, and his ease in passing was possible because of a compassionate medical team at UNC Hospital… Read More