Frieda Wallison en Speech and Censorship on Campus <p>As an alumna of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, one of the last all-women institutions of higher education, I decided to put aside the other topics about which I’d like to write to comment on the “disinvitation” of Christine Lagarde as this year’s commencement speaker at Smith.&nbsp; Madame Lagarde is the head of the International Monetary Fund (the “IMF”), a woman with a lengthy list of barrier-breaking accomplishments in both the public and private sectors.&nbsp; Growing out of the Bretton Woods Conference convened in 1944 to determine how to help reconstruct the global econo Fri, 30 May 2014 15:48:23 +0000 Frieda Wallison 19280 at Speech and Censorship on Campus Campaign Finance Post-McCutcheon <p> The April 2 five-four decision of the United States Supreme Court on campaign finance in <em>McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission </em>has elicited the predictable polar opposite reactions from commentators.&nbsp; The decision has been hailed by many as reinforcing the fundamental Constitutional right of free speech and strengthening the role of the parties in the political process.&nbsp; Conversely, the decision has been vilified in some quarters as giving the wealthy a larger voice in politics than they may already have to the detriment, it is said, of the general public.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:54:18 +0000 Frieda Wallison 17579 at Campaign Finance Post-McCutcheon Voting in Peru <p> 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> 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 legislation an Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:26:50 +0000 Frieda Wallison 11874 at A Different View of the Constitution The New Health Care Reality <p> 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 declare hims Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:55:06 +0000 Frieda Wallison 10787 at The New Health Care Reality