July 31, 1998 |
Unless they can pass a law forbidding telemarketers from calling at dinner time, there's nothing much I want the federal government to do at present. How about you? Any burning issue you are desperate to see Congress address? I suspect not. I have been asking people this question regularly since January, and it usually provokes a long pause, after which people come up with something like: "More aid for mass transit" or "More money for early-childhood education. " But aside from such minor rejiggering of line items in the federal budget, there doesn't seem to be any great cause that people want to see addressed, no pressing need they feel must be met. I know, I'm leaving out the need to refinance Social Security.
June 5, 2013 |
CAIRO - An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced 43 nonprofit workers, including the son of the U.S. secretary of transportation and 15 other Americans, to prison in a case against foreign-funded pro-democracy groups. All of the Americans have left the country. The ruling and jail time of up to five years deepen worries over the operations of nongovernmental organizations in Egypt as parliament considers a bill proposed by President Mohammed Morsi that critics warn will profoundly restrict their activities.
March 17, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Leon Funchess listened closely as the black man in the white coat spoke about how African Americans are especially prone to heart disease and how they can fight it with diet and exercise. Even better: They can aspire to wear a white coat themselves. Funchess, an 11th grader at Masterman High School, was sold. "I see him as a person I want to be," Funchess said. The teenager was listening to Albert Hicks III, a cardiology fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
December 11, 2009 |
When Patricia Shaw first came to Norway, she was fired up and ready to fight for equality. Ted Bailey fell in love and never looked back. Jason Nemor Harden followed one dream and found another. All of them discovered a new life beyond a country they left behind without many regrets. But in came Barack Obama, changing their views on what it means to be an American abroad. For African-Americans living, working or simply traveling overseas, yesterday represented a moment in history few wanted to miss - witnessing a president of a shared heritage being honored by the world for his role in helping to re-engage and reset a global agenda for peace.
April 23, 2012 |
Before we get to the dancing penises at the National Institutes of Health, let's begin our discussion with the Secret Service agents' dalliance with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia. "We're representing the people of the United States," President Obama said Sunday when asked about the agents and military personnel who, after a night of heavy drinking, reportedly procured prostitutes at a strip club called the Pley Club. "And when we travel to another country, I expect us to observe the highest standards.
May 27, 1994 |
Was it John F. Kennedy's "ask not what your country can do for you" speech that launched the unprecedented era of personal involvement in social change still fondly remembered by an entire generation? Was there something peculiar about the times that made possible unprecedented series of opportunities for personal involvement - the Peace Corps, the Teacher Corps, Volunteers in Service to America? What prompts the questions is the effort of President Clinton to ignite a similar explosion of can-do optimism to combat the problems that government alone cannot solve.
April 21, 1986 |
I'm glad to be an American. It has nothing to do with President Reagan's battle with Moammar Khadafy. I'm proud to be an American simply because we live in the freest country in the world. Americans can do what they want and go where they want. That's sort of what it means to be an American. But lately, I've noticed that signs are beginning to crop up all over the place, restricting our freedom, telling us we can't do this or we can't do that. One that I find most irritating concerns right turns on a red light.
June 16, 1991 |
Pitcher Jen Wunsch and catcher Barb Kuntz rapped two hits apiece, leading the American team to a 6-2 victory over the National in the first South Jersey all-star softball game at Taylor Bell Field last night. The American team lashed 11 hits in the game, which featured the best senior players from the seven-county area. Starting pitchers Darlene Gareis of Pennsville and Meg Knudsen of Cumberland, each of whom pitched her high school team into the state final this season, dominated in the first three innings last night in the same way they dominated opponents over the last two seasons.
June 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Friday defended the government's collection of data on the phone records of millions of Americans, saying that it was a modest encroachment on privacy and one he thinks is both lawful and justified in order to identify terrorists plotting to attack the United States. Obama emphasized that the government does not collect information on individual callers or eavesdrop on Americans' conversations without a warrant. He said he would welcome a debate on the classified surveillance effort as well as the previously secret workings of a second program that gathers the e-mails and other digital content of targeted foreigners outside the United States from major American Internet companies.
July 18, 1994 |
There was at least one good thing about Team U.S.A.'s loss to Brazil in World Cup in July: It put the so-called soccer boom in perspective. Shorn of the artificial boost of nationalism, ratings for the game plummeted from the record-high of the July 4 game - which was a little below the average NFL early Sunday game - to about the level of a good golf match. In fact, for all the talk of World Cup soccer's unexpected ratings success, before U.S.-Brazil it was actually running behind golf.