BLOG Posted 01/30/2007 @ 5:35pm
Many Nation readers know that the inimitable, invaluable, iconoclastic columnist Molly Ivins has been battling cancer. It started in her breasts and now has spread throughout her body. This past weekend she was back in the hospital for the third time since the disease was first diagnosed in 1999.
In the second-to-last syndicated column she's been able to write she declared herself on an "old-fashioned newspaper campaign" and vowed to use every column she had to "write about this war until we find some way to end it."
But since then she's only managed to write one more column. That one ran on January 11 and opposed President Bush's proposed "surge" escalation of the war. In strong language -- even for a writer famous for plain talk -- Ivins stated: "We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war."
And now, with Ivins too sick to write, the rest of us will have to carry her "old-fashioned newspaper campaign" forward.
To read more about the "Molly Ivins Festschrift," at the Berkeley Daily Planet. Click here.
Here's Molly's obit in the Texas Observer.
Paul Krugman & Readers weigh in thoughtfully on Molly's passing.
Here's a tribute by a favorite Terrier (Roxie): Roxie's World: What Would Molly Say?
Read Maya Angelou's Tribute to Molly Ivins, HERE.
Point Austin: What Molly Wrote by David Denison