Happy Holidays!

I’m behind in my posting again. Sorry. If you like the new look of the blog, let me know. I appreciate your feedback.

Before I go on and on, as I typically do, let me wish you, your family, and your friends happy holidays. Merry Christmas to those who observe the holiday. Also, happy new year!

Woohoo! The United Auto Workers won new solid contracts with GM, Ford, and Stellantis. New pay raises. New cost of living adjustments. The ink wasn’t dry on these new contracts before Honda, Toyota and Hyundai announced that they are raising pay at their US plants. Do not tell me that unions are not critical to America. This is going to be a massive boost to the American middle class.

Representative George Santos has been kicked out of the House of Representatives. After an Ethics committee investigation revealed that his scams had scams, he was using campaign money to gamble, buy expensive clothes, get Botox treatments, and pay off personal debt. Even Republicans said that was too much. In a vote of 311 – 144, the House threw Santos out of the front door. Well, the House has not done much of anything this session but they did get this done!

Henry Kissinger
I do not want to spend the whole column talking about Henry Kissinger. Unfortunately, he is such a controversial figure that I could easily spend several days discussing his good points and his many bad points. Henry Kissinger died at his house at the age of 100. He was the Secretary of State to Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He was more than that. He was a rock star. He was a celebrity. In the late 1970s, he was invited to all the important parties. He went out with some of the most attractive actresses and models. Everybody wanted him on those Sunday morning talk shows. His story was fascinating. His family fled Nazi Germany. He grew up in New York. He went to Harvard undergrad and grad school. He was so good they kept him on as faculty, which rarely happens at Harvard. From Harvard, he got into the State Department and worked his way up to Secretary of State. He had a near-photographic memory of history. On the good side, he opened relations with China. On the bad side, he made a deal with North Vietnam, which ended the war in Vietnam but left South Vietnam out in the cold. He trivialized the consequences of expanding the war into Cambodia. The carpet bombing of Cambodia was inexcusable. We left Cambodia almost as quickly as we got in. Unfortunately, our destruction of Cambodia destabilized the peacefully elected government and paved the way for the genuinely despicable Khmer Rouge to enter. Oh, there is more that I could say. I’ll say – rest in peace.

The fighting has stopped for now. We have a pause in the action. There has been an exchange of prisoners/hostages. I don’t know where we go from here. Of course, we can start fighting again. I don’t know what that would accomplish. Northern Gaza has been almost totally flattened. Tunnels have been discovered near hospitals. Somebody, hopefully, the United States, is talking to both sides about an endgame. Now is the time. For decades, we have come up with excuses for why now was not the time. There is never a good time. There is always conflict. There is always disagreement. In order to save more lives, we must come up with a permanent peace solution. Doesn’t that have to be a two-state solution? This Christmas, I’m praying for peace.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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