About

About the Author

Arthur R. Kamm, PhD (Dr. Art Kamm) devoted his career to the study of patient populations and the research and development of treatments to alleviate pain, suffering, improve quality of life, and save lives.  He obtained his doctorate in Biochemistry at the Medical College, University of Arizona, in the field of cancer research – his research was accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Art was a twenty year member of the American Academy of Dermatology and a 10 year contributing member of the Dermatology Foundation’s Leaders Society.  He served as Vice President Clinical Development (medical studies of therapeutic agents) at Glaxo, Inc.  He has served as a corporate officer for Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. holding the posts of Sr. Vice President Research and Development and Chief Development Officer.  He was founder and CEO of his own regionally-recognized drug development services company and served as Adjunct Professor Campbell University School of Pharmacy as course director and instructor for Leadership Development (2006-2008).  Art left his corporate pursuits in 2005 to support and devote time to his wife who was stricken with serious illness.  He is currently a student of social and political issues where he applies his skills to writing and speaking.  Art has engaged in humanitarian work including a hunger relief mission to Zambia and Zimbabwe, donating time to foster children in personal leadership practices to improve self-esteem and performance, and was invited to speak at the Duke University/UNC-Chapel Hill Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution.  He is a ‘Friend of the Center’ with the Southern Poverty Law Center through his regular financial contributions. His continuing education has included courses and/or seminars through Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Vital Learning’s Leadership curriculum, The Service Quality Institute’s Customer Service curriculum, and multiple executive training retreats.

About the Blog

Following his wife’s illness Art had the opportunity to engage in extensive reading about issues that are often clouded by special interests and media spin.  This blog is dedicated to his study of many topics including, but not limited to, debt, deficits, economy, leadership, healthcare, climate, politics, hunger, intolerance, etc.  The intent is to disseminate information and open dialogue based upon consideration of information rather than spin.  Some articles will use humor, some will be letters/e-mails submitted to various media, and others will be a condensation of information and opinion.  Some of the e-mail submissions sent to shows have undergone minimal editing for grammatical corrections and better clarification as they were produced quickly, but the communications are in very large part what was sent to the media. It should also be noted that the communications sent to these shows do not represent the views of the shows, their sponsors, affiliates or employees – they are simply the views of the writer.  Fully understanding that Mark Twain’s quote (used as the tag line for the blog) may well apply to his own opinion and information from time to time, the blog is intended to provide a learning experience for all parties and foster a climate of open communication and exchange.

Recent Posts


Aligning Gun Violence Prevention and Human Rights for Political Impact

Like any successful merger, synergy exists between the gun violence prevention and human rights movements. Together they are stronger than they are apart and have practical application in shaping Congress to the ultimate benefit of both.


The Link Between Gun Violence, Race and Politics in America versus US Human Rights Obligations

This article explores the interrelationships between gun violence, race and politics in America versus human rights obligations our country assumed following its ratification of the International Convention to End all forms of Racial Discrimination. Our country’s progress under that treaty will be reviewed by the UN’s CERD in August of this year in Geneva, Switzerland. In what was called an act of public shaming by media, in March of this year the UN committee overseeing our country’s obligations under another treaty we have ratified (the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights) cited numerous human rights abuses by our country – included was rampant gun violence and the proliferation of stand-your-ground laws. An important question becomes why our government is not aggressively intervening to put a halt to the grossly disproportionate loss of life and injury to gun violence in a segment of its own citizenry.


NC Voter ID Law vs Human Rights: Lawmaker Communications Should Be Made Available

Did NC lawmakers knowingly put a law into effect that violates legal obligations the US has accepted under an international treaty to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination? Additionally, the deleterious effects of racial discrimination and political marginalization on longevity, health, and childhood development are well-publicized. Did lawmakers knowingly put a law into effect that could only help to sustain, and even create, conditions that contribute to premature death and a host of serious health problems in African-Americans, including impaired childhood development? With our current knowledge base regarding the millions of lost and damaged lives due to the deleterious effects of racial discrimination, laws like NC’s Voter ID law should be viewed as something far more serious than just an obstruction of a civil right.

Featured Article


The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.