Frieda Wallison en Voting in Peru <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; My husband and I recently returned from a fascinating trip to Peru, where we floated down the Amazon (the headwaters are in the Peruvian Andes) and hiked Machu Picchu.&nbsp; It’s always instructive to learn that people in other countries have a different perspective on some topics than we do in the United States.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:01:50 +0000 Frieda Wallison 15095 at Voting in Peru A Different View of the Constitution <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; I was listening the other day to the <em>Diane Rehm Show</em> on Aspen Public Radio.&nbsp; It was the Friday news round-up and the conversation included, as it often has over the last three months, the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; I was startled to hear one of the listeners who called into the show assert that the reelection of President Obama in 2012 meant that there could be no questioning of the ACA by any other branch of government, particularly by the majority Republican House of Representatives.&nbsp; The President had won, this was his signature piece of le Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:26:50 +0000 Frieda Wallison 11874 at A Different View of the Constitution The New Health Care Reality <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; About three years ago, a relative of mine went to the emergency room at Aspen Valley Hospital with stroke-like symptoms.&nbsp; He did not have health insurance because of a pre-existing condition and he did not have the ability to pay for emergency health care, but the hospital treated him nevertheless.&nbsp; Following a battery of tests, he was discharged from the hospital with a hefty bill.&nbsp; The hospital gave him three choices:&nbsp; pay the bill immediately in a lump sum and get a 20% discount; pay the face amount of the bill in installments over a period of a year; or Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:55:06 +0000 Frieda Wallison 10787 at The New Health Care Reality Why did the ballot measures fail? <p>Traveling throughout the Roaring Fork Valley in the days leading up to the November 5 election, I was impressed by the slick signs trumpeting two of this year’s ballot issues in Pitkin County: “Vote YES on Amendment 66” and “Vote YES on Questions 4C and 4D.”&nbsp; Amendment 66 was, of course, the statewide financing proposal for public education that would have raised the income tax rate for all Coloradans, by 8% for those making $75,000 or less a year and by 27% for people making above that amount.&nbsp; Questions 4C and 4D were about a new recreation center in the mid-valley Crown Mountai Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:33:22 +0000 Frieda Wallison 10008 at Why did the ballot measures fail?