cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The consolidation of health care entities in our area was a favorite topic of mine last year. We discussed the heavy competition and its cost to all of us.
Thomas Hobson was a livery stable owner in England who offered a seemingly free choice of taking the horse closest to the door or taking none at all. In effect, not much of a choice.
There is a troubling story circulating about our new Energy Secretary, Steven Chu. He has said that he wants half of the $35 to $40 billion he expects to get in the "stimulus" bill to be spent in a year. This is going to happen in the Energy Department that is still trying to spend money allocated by Congress in 2005 because of the red tape that exists.