In ancient Greece, the birthplace of
democracy, power derived from "demos," the people. Well, the people of
contemporary Greece have been reeling under austerity for five years,
and have voted to put an end to it.
Last week, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order that no same-sex marriage licenses be granted in the state. He was responding to a decision by a federal district court that
declared unconstitutional Alabama's ban on gay marriage.
It has been just over 50 years since
U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report,
"Smoking and Health." The report concluded, "Cigarette smoking is a
health hazard of sufficient importance in the United States to warrant
appropriate remedial action."