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[3 Jul 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
State Should Stay Out of the Circumcision Debate

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The decision was a journey on my part.  While one of my cousins had chosen not to circumcise their kids, everyone else in my family was circumcised.  I had not given it a lot of thought.   But when Tara became pregnant, and not knowing the sex of Theory, the issue suddenly was in front of us.
In …

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[13 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Fat Lip

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Heart pounding I grabbed her, still strapped to the seat.  Within seconds she was hollering and crying.  I had her out of the street …

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[13 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
You Shall Eat Chicken Nuggets

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Sara Palin makes my skin crawl.  So my tendency is to discount anything that comes out of her mouth.  This includes her declaration of Pennsylvania being a “nanny state run amok” when the schools tried to limit sweets at classroom parties.
At the heart of the issue is who gets to choose.  What is the role of the school, and hence government, in the life of the family.  Here my libertarian bent comes out – unless there is an imminent public safety issue at stake (inclusive of …

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[12 Apr 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Homebirth and Insurance Pitfalls

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A gap-exception letter is issued when there are not enough medical professionals or services within the network to serve you.  They allow you to reach outside the network to get care, and bill you as if they were in-network.  In our case, there were not enough home …