Lots to hash out on Thursday's DaySide. Rep. Dan Burton (search) of the House Armed Services Committee has agreed to talk to me about the rather stunning pronouncements made by the new CIA chief Wednesday. In case you didn't hear, Porter Goss (search) said very bluntly that Al Qaeda is working hard to get around our post- 9/11 security to attack us again. He also said that Iran has emerged as a serious threat. He went on to add that there's enough nuclear material missing right now from Russia to make a nuclear weapon.
So I have lots of questions for Rep. Burton, considering that he's privy to some of this intelligence. He's open to questions from viewers, so if there's something you want to know — e-mail your question to me at email@example.com.
I'm also planning a segment based on the cover story of this week's Time Magazine: "What Teachers Hate About Parents." I've heard complaints from both sides, but I want to hear from you. If you're a teacher, are parents really a problem for you? If you're a parent, what's your beef with your child's teacher?
Meanwhile, Harvard (search) is releasing a study saying that older doctors 1.) know less, 2.) provide lower quality care, and 3.) expose patients greater risks than physicians who are fresher out of medical school. This is based on 40 years of research. One specific finding: that heart attack patients are 10 percent more likely to die in the care of a doctor who's been out of med school for 20 years or more. What do you think? Do you agree? Or would you rather be in the care of a doc who's been around for decades and has a wealth of experience? Let me know. (Doctors and nurses, please chime in too.)
As for Wednesday's show, seems like every single e-mail I've gotten voices skepticism that Michael Jackson (search) is truly ill with the flu. (What's with that waving out the window stuff?) As for University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill — and the lengthy steps the school must go to if it wants to fire him — check this out from an anonymous e-mailer:
"In regards to Churchill and his tenure, tenure is a disaster in general. It breeds lazy professors and teachers who have a job guarantee despite their job performance.... Can you imagine what corporate America would be like if we were all tenured employees? Talk about a blow to productivity!!! Do away with tenure and do away with the likes of Churchill."
This brings me to anonymous e-mailing. In the future, please use your name and hometown. I am not the secret police! I will not hunt you down! No need to be anonymous. If you're truly worried about your safety for some reason, just use your first name and the initial of your last name, plus your hometown/state. Identifying yourself gives your comments more credibility.
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