January 28, 2006 |
I'm having an identity crisis. When this happens to women in their 50s, it's usually hormones. Or stress. You can blame almost anything on stress. But that's not what's happening this time. This time, it's rhetorical. I am American. I am People. But at least half the time I hear a politician talk about what the American People want, need, believe and understand, they're talking about someone else. Yoga won't fix this. Ditto, black cohosh. I'm beginning to feel like the three faces of Eve. Except it's, like, 296 million.
August 18, 2011 |
An unsolicited memo to Barack Obama: Mr. President, can you speak Truman? If you want to stay in office beyond 2012, you need to channel his language. Enough, already, with all your overtures to the Republicans. Why bother trying to extend your hand to people whose primal impulse is to devour it? You surely remember what happened the other day. You suggested extending the payroll tax cut in order to boost consumer spending, and key House Republicans naturally said no. They won't even cooperate with you on a tax cut. That alone proves there's no point in talking to them anymore.
March 7, 2011
REPUBLICANS swept into office in November claiming they were "listening to the American people. " Well, I guess there aren't any Americans in Wisconsin because a majority want unions to keep their collective bargaining rights. In fact, the number of people siding with the unions is higher nationwide. Which people are Gov. Scott Walker (no relation) listening to? They also badgered President Obama about where all the jobs were, but somehow Gov. Walker is content to threaten layoffs if he doesn't get what he wants.
February 25, 2011
The grassroots protests taking place in North Africa and the Middle East appear related to the change that took place in the United States in 2008, when we elected Barack Obama to be our first African American president ("America's needless losses," Thursday). In a free and fair democratic election, the American people elevated a member of a racial minority to the presidency of our nation. This was a sign to the rest of the world of our great respect for people who show an ability to lead, no matter what racial or ethnic background they come from.
July 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders were defiant Thursday that Capitol Hill lawmakers should not release their tax returns - even as Democrats kept demanding that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney release his. "When I run for president of the United States, you can hold me to that standard," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who refuses to disclose her returns, told reporters during a tense news conference. A day after McClatchy Newspapers reported that most members of Congress refused repeated requests to release their tax returns, Pelosi talked at some length about why Romney, who has released 2010 returns and says he will release 2011 data when it's ready, should release even more returns.
December 28, 2013
Owls as canaries The story "N.J.'s 'Crazy Year' for Owls" (Sunday) was interesting and disturbing. It focused on a rare incursion into New Jersey of snowy owls, arctic birds hardly ever seen this far south, and considered why it might be taking place. While there are no conclusive answers - there is either too much or too little food for the owls in the Arctic - the story notes other recent anomalies in animal migration patterns, including those of wildebeests in East Africa, right whales off the Maine and Nova Scotia coasts, and monarch butterflies in Mexico.
September 4, 2014 |
D efinition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein Unbelievably, the drumbeat has begun for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to run for president a third time. The man who lost twice for president is now being encouraged by many party leaders to give it another try. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, recently told MSNBC: "I think he's proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he's actually going to run and I think he will be the next president of the United States.
September 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Republicans lashed out at President Obama and senior administration officials over their evolving description of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, a late campaign-season broadside challenging the veracity and leadership of an incumbent on the upswing. Desperate to reverse the apparent trajectory of the White House race, Republicans sense a political opportunity in Obama's reluctance to utter the words terrorist attack as well as the varying explanations emerging from the administration about the assault in Benghazi that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
April 22, 2011
MOST OF the pundits, politicians and experts believe that Americans had little or no impact on the movements sweeping the Middle East. I totally disagree. Yes, President Bush's ill-advised war on Iraq had nothing to do with these events. And the unwinnable war in Afghanistan isn't a factor, either. And, yes, our government's diplomacy, foreign affairs, intelligence and military had no effect on what's happening in these volatile areas today. But, I contend, the actions of American voters in 2008 have had a profound impact on the psyche of the unprecedented protests we are witnessing.
December 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Recalling the shooting of 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Obama pledged Sunday to put his "full weight" behind a legislative package next year aimed at containing gun violence. In an interview with NBC's Meet the Press , Obama voiced skepticism about proposals to put armed guards in schools in the aftermath of the deadly assault Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. In his boldest terms yet, he vowed to rally the American people behind an agenda to limit gun violence and said he supports increased background checks and bans on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.