Molly Ivins “still not dead”

Texas newspaper columnist Molly Ivins fights cancer in an Austin area hospital. Molly Ivins

Editor & Publisher:

Her assistant Betsy Moon says she may be able to go home Monday. She adds that those close to Ivins are “not sure what’s going to happen, but she’s very sick.”

The 62-year-old columnist had taken an earlier break from her syndicated column, but resumed writing earlier this month.

Last October she had suggested this headline to an E&P interviewer: “Molly Ivins Still Not Dead.”

Ivins’ column carries a strong defense of traditional American liberalism, the love for education, home, family and a good story. Fiercely dedicated to getting the story right when she was a beat reporter (I encountered her when she covered the Rocky Mountain area for the New York Times), Ivins contributed some of the best stories on politics over the past three decades that I have read her work.

Heal up, get back to work, Molly.

Also see:  “A ‘troop surge’ is not acceptable to most Americans,” Bangor (Maine) Daily News, January 17, 2007

Tip of the old White House scrub brush to Virgotext.

2 Responses to Molly Ivins “still not dead”

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    You’d probably enjoy Bushwhacked!, too.

    Molly was very close to Ann Richards. She’s probably the closest thing, the last remnant, of Richards’ voice in Texas.

    Ivins is always incredibly funny, and a great drinking companion. I was unaware her illness was so deep, and I am one to hope for, and pray for, miraculous cures.


  2. R. Becker says:

    Damn. First ran into her work at an airport where, desperate for flight delay reading, I picked up an oddly titled book called “Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She?” Hooked. Her voice is one we can ill-afford to have fall silent these days. Or any days. Thanks for the heads up. Did not know she was this ill.


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