Thursday, January 26, 2006

Plenty of blame to spread around

Today's news summary from Kaiser points us to an op-ed by Flavia Colgan, who is apparently a commentator on MSNBC and former chief of staff to a Pennsylvania Lt. Governor. Her thesis according to the Kaiser summary is that there's plenty of blame to go around in the continuing spread of HIV/AIDS in the US. Colgan certainly does spread that blame around: Bush, Congress, gay men who continue to practice risky sex, people who complacently believe that cure is just around the corner and therefore practice risky sex, the media. It's a fairly feisty piece and well worth the read.

What it lacks, probably because of the space constraints of an op-ed, is any solution or call to action. Perhaps we can deduce that all of the things that she says are part of the problem could, if reversed, be part of the solution. We just aren't told how Colgan thinks we should go about getting them reversed. Then again, perhaps this is merely a starting point for Colgan:

Though these times often revolve around some hot button issues, more can be accomplished by settling down, leaning in, and having a serious conversation rather than by yelling. Such it is with the issue of AIDS. And though it is somewhat antithetical to my nature, I'm going to try to lean in, and ask you to do the same.

We look forward to hearing more.

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