Harold Pollack


The 59th Street METRA Station, 25 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act

And this was a nice day. On the sunniest day, Hyde Park residents with disabilities, a 12-year-old Laboratory School student who uses a wheelchair, a University of Chicago visitor, student, staff member, or faculty member with impaired mobility cannot use the nearest train station marked “University of Chicago.”  My 84-year-old mother might want to see… Read more »

Unsolicited Advice to Moderate Republicans (Yes, I See You)

Trump will lose, probably in ignominious fashion. You don’t want any part of that. It’s shocking but true that I have Republican friends. Some are mainline conservatives, pro-life, or otherwise drawn to a Republican social policy agenda. Others are close to the Republican Party on Israel, or are socially liberal but conservative or libertarian on… Read more »

Better mental health care: The Right Answer to the Wrong Question in Preventing Violence

Yesterday’s Washington Post has a nice story under the self-explanatory headline: Most mass shooters aren’t mentally ill. So why push better treatment as the answer? Drawing on work by Columbia University forensic psychiatrist Michael Stone, Post reporter Michael Rosenwald notes that a surprisingly small fraction of mass shooters suffer from severe mental illnesses such as… Read more »

“Is Your Pain a 7 or a 10?”

My brother-in-law Vincent is now off on a short hospital stay due to an infection. Decades of morbid obesity compromised the circulation to his legs. He’s thus susceptible to chronic infections and sores that require IV antibiotics and other interventions. The hospital nursing staff has been quite kind. Vincent is having a good stay, made… Read more »