• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Photo: Headshot of Rich Barlow, an older white man with dark grey hair and wearing a grey shirt and grey-blue blazer, smiles and poses in front of a dark grey backdrop.

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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  1. Am I the only person who finds such cultural elements offensive? Of course, we know that some people really do have a serious problem with substances or what have you and would like help and should be offered it (and may refuse if it’s not to their liking), but if a doctor asked me such questions my response would be swiftly that they should not concern themselves with such things or I’ll find a new Doctor without question or exception. The medical field has become an intrusive element into our culture I feel that the Framers of our Constitution would most likely have had concern for; it’s one thing to offer treatment to those who genuinely seek it or want it, but it’s quite another to go on a Witch Hunt as described above for Issues, Diseases, and Disorders often socially constructed and the science found for later after the want of their existence by our culture to feed our terrible need for all people to – “have a disease”. This kind of thing I feel ultimately constitutes a danger to the Civil Rights and Liberties of all Americans and people everywhere. So I hope all Americans will join me in saying – “None of your business” if asked such questions, unless you have interest in the question, after all, it’s about what private citizens want in their own life, not what the medical establishment in an ultimate abuse of power if left unchecked thinks is a good idea.

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