The title of this column comes from the now-defunct comic strip Pogo. The character named Pogo lived in a swamp, and the strip documented the adventures of the swamp's citizenry who, not surprisingly, encountered many of the same problems as those of us who live on putative higher ground. Pogo often encountered characters who tried to do the right thing, but without bothering to check with those impacted by their actions. Here on the high ground, we've all heard of well-intentioned doctors ...

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