Welcome

by Diane Dimond on February 21, 2013

Welcome to my home base where you’ll find my weekly Creators Syndicate crime and justice newspaper columns re-posted.  The paper of my childhood — The Albuquerque Journal — continues to be my column’s showcase spot for as long as they’ll have me.

My writings here are  always different.  Sometimes I’ll simply tell you a story. Sometimes I’ll share my opinions, praise or criticism. Other times I’ll hold a mirror up to our society and invite you to form your own opinion. I hope the columns will give you something new to think about each time you visit.

It’s a complicated world out there, full of situations of good versus evil, right versus wrong. My job is point them out.

I’m also a contributing writer for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and you can find my articles at my homepage here.

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Experts Warned of Massive Infection

Experts Warned of Massive Infection

How is it that some of the pending catastrophes we read or hear about in the media simply fade away? What seems so cataclysmic today barely gets a mention next week.

If only irresponsible reporting was declared an actual crime, even just a misdemeanor, there might be less of it. And a lot more doubling back to correct the record when journalists come to realize they’ve been duped.

Case in point: The much ballyhooed prediction of a widespread — even worldwide — Ebola epidemic.

Consider this my mea culpa. It’s my attempt to double back to underscore what appears to be deliberate misinformation from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. [click to continue…]

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After Deadly Disputes, Policing Can Never Be The Same

by Diane Dimond on December 15, 2014

Law Enforcement on Notice

Law Enforcement on Notice

 Note to Sheriffs and Police Chiefs: If you aren’t actively seeking ideas to foster better relations between your community and your officers you probably should resign.

If you are still operating under the illusion that social unrest could never come to your town you better think again.

If you don’t realize that a new day has dawned in law enforcement – a day where a growing number of citizens automatically mistrust cops – you might want to get back out on the street and walk a beat for a day or two.

There is now a nationwide, colorblind call demanding a change in the way law enforcement interacts with the people they have sworn to protect. [click to continue…]

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What Kind of Country Are We?

by Diane Dimond on December 8, 2014

Founding Father, Franklin

Founding Father, Franklin

Following my recent column about racial tensions in America I got an e-mail from Gary L. Hoe, of Albuquerque, which made me re-think what our founding fathers had in mind when they established this country.

Hoe reminded me of a quote from Benjamin Franklin, attributed to the statesman as he left the secret confab which hammered out the U.S. Constitution.  Asked by a woman what kind of government had been decided upon – a republic or a monarchy – Franklin replied, “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”

Somewhere in the 227 years since then many Americans have adopted the idea that we are a democracy not a republic. Nothing could be further from the intent expressed at that Constitutional Convention in 1787.     [click to continue…]

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Are We Asking the Right Questions About Police and Race?

by Diane Dimond on November 24, 2014

Why Are Black Arrest Rates So High?

Why Are Black Arrest Rates in Some Places So High?

As the nation continued to watch for the grand jury announcement out of Ferguson, Missouri this week, USA Today released a disturbing analysis of arrest records from across the country.

After pouring over FBI records from more than 3,500 police departments the newspaper finds that blacks are far more likely to be arrested than people of other races – and for all sorts of crimes – from murder to marijuana possession.

USA Today called the racial divide in America’s 2011-2012 arrest rates a, “staggering disparity” with at least 70 police departments from Connecticut to California arresting blacks at a rate 10 times higher than people of other races.

But before you jump to any conclusions, the paper also quoted experts who said the lopsided nature of arrests didn’t necessary prove racism or racial profiling.

Read that sentence again, please. [click to continue…]

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Robert Mitton – Lost in the ‘Right to Die’ Debate

by Diane Dimond on November 17, 2014

Terminally Ill and Planning His Own Death

Terminally Ill and Planning His Own Death

While many are debating whether more states should pass “Right to Die” laws Robert Mitton is methodically planning his own death. Death on his terms, as he slips through the cracks of the current conversation about who qualifies for help in ending a life of unbearable pain.

Mitton, 59, has suffered from acute heart disease most of his life, the result of a near fatal childhood bout with rheumatic fever. Fifteen years ago, on November 17, 1999, Robert finally agreed to allow surgeons to swap out his damaged aortic heart valve with a bovine replacement. He was told the cow valve had a shelf life of ten to 15 years.  Next week marks the expiration date for the lifesaving foreign body that lives in his chest. [click to continue…]

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One Proud Cop

by Diane Dimond on November 10, 2014

Sgt. Edward J. Burns as a Young NYPD Officer

Sgt. Edward J. Burns as a Young NYPD Officer

Generally speaking law enforcement types are a quietly proud bunch. They are proud to put on the uniform every day, proud to catch the bad guys and proud to dedicate their lives to keeping the public safe.

There might be no prouder cop these days than Sgt. Edward J. Burns, the retired New York Police Department’s media liaison. Besides dedicating 27 years of his life to public service — much of it as the TV face representing the NYPD — Burns has much to brag about. A lovely wife named Molly and three beautiful children. His daughter, Mary, was celebrating her 28th wedding anniversary the day Burns and I last spoke. And, oh yeah, his two sons are famous.

The sons didn’t go into law enforcement but each has dedicated parts of their careers to cops in another way, telling captivating stories about the job to which their old man dedicated his life. [click to continue…]

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Why Do Politicians Get to Lie in Ads?

Why Do Politicians Get to Lie in Ads?

                    We’re assured truth in advertising — unless its political advertising…

Are you absolutely sick to death of all the snarky campaign ads on television?

Yeah, me too.

November 5th cannot come fast enough. Let’s get this mid-term election over!

Nasty cracks, smarmy innuendo, selective editing of opponents interviews and downright lies. Isn’t there something that should be done to a candidate who deliberately tries to deceive the electorate? [click to continue…]

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What Glorifying Football Says About Us

by Diane Dimond on October 27, 2014

Football Fans Can't Get Enough

Football Fans Can’t Seem to Get Enough

This question is going to sound like blasphemy to some but here goes: Why do we glorify the game of football and its players the way we do?

I’m not really an NFL fan but I watch occasional games with my husband. I can take it or leave it but I know there are millions of others who live-breathe-and-eat the game. But, why?

In the aftermath of yet another round of NFL scandals I’ve been thinking about what the game of football, and the fallout from its disgraces, really says about us. I wonder what football’s influence has done to generations of America’s boys. [click to continue…]

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A Modern Day Pandora’s Box – Ebola

by Diane Dimond on October 20, 2014

The Microscopic Swirls of Death

Microscopic Swirls of Death

We have got to get smarter about controlling the ever-widening Ebola epidemic – and quickly. Ebola is not just a problem for the West African hotspots of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. And, the Department of Homeland Security’s new system of simply questioning and taking the temperature of incoming air travelers from West Africa isn’t enough to control this potential pandemic.

This is a modern day Pandora’s Box with deadly, worldwide consequences and our Government’s response, via the Centers of Disease Control? The CDC now admits it dropped the ball from the get-go.

At this writing there are two known cases of American nurses contracting Ebola from a Liberian patient who traveled to the U.S. in late September and died in a Dallas hospital October 8th. [click to continue…]

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Attorney General’s Resignation – Suspicious Timing

October 13, 2014

When someone decides to retire they tell the boss and within a few weeks there’s a party, maybe a gold watch, and they’re gone. Not so if you are Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder recently announced his retirement as the nation’s top cop but promised to stay on until a replacement is confirmed by Congress. […]

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