Wednesday, January 31, 2007

We Lost A Good One

Molly Ivins dies of cancer at 62.

This world doesn't need to be losing feisty, intelligent, politically-aware, funny, poignant women. She fought off breast cancer for nearly eight years. A few of my favorite bits from this little eulogy:

"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," Ivins wrote in the Jan. 11 column. "We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, 'Stop it, now!'"

"The trouble with blaming powerless people is that although it's not nearly as scary as blaming the powerful, it does miss the point," she wrote in a 1997 column. "Poor people do not shut down factories ... Poor people didn't decide to use `contract employees' because they cost less and don't get any benefits."

she was assigned to a beat called "Movements for Social Change" and wrote about "angry blacks, radical students, uppity women and a motley assortment of other misfits and troublemakers."

But Ivins' use of salty language and her habit of going barefoot in the office were too much for the Times


Kate Massey said...

I almost cried when I read the Times article. We need more like her.

Jeannie's New Mid Life said...

She always made me think and laugh even when I disagreed with her. I am not sure who will fill Molly Ivans or Ann Richard's shoes.