April 7, 1987 |
A group of state representatives have pooled their talents to introduce a bill that would prohibit state and local governments from providing government forms in any language but English. Since the other language we see on ballots and welfare forms is Spanish, we can be forgiven for assuming that the target of the ban is Spanish. This raises some questions: First, why? Do these legislators feel a strong need to express their patriotism - to assert that they are good Americans?
June 17, 2006 |
They know Claudio Reyna and DaMarcus Beasley and that's about it. The rest of the U.S. World Cup players are mostly no-names to some of their Italian counterparts. "Hopefully," Reyna, the U.S. captain, said yesterday, "they'll remember them after the game. " Trying to stave off elimination, the Americans take the field today in Kaiserslautern, Germany, against the famous Azzurri, a team stocked with many of the sport's richest and splashiest stars. Following their quarterfinal finish 4 years ago, the Americans hoped to become contenders in the world's game.
September 19, 2000 |
In watching President Clinton speak at the National Constitution Center site Sunday I felt the giddy elation of witnessing a vision become reality. Back in September 1996, when the future of the center was at best in doubt, I sought to offer encouragement by writing a scenario of how things might turn out. It concluded as follows: "In 2000, during the final year of his presidency, and at the dawn of a new millennium, Clinton will come to Philadelphia to lead the celebration commemorating the opening of the most important institution ever created for the perpetuation and promulgation of democracy.
December 9, 1987 |
Not even at glitzy White House dinners, where guest lists usually read like joint editions of Who's Who and Variety, are you likely to find Henry Kissinger and Yoko Ono in the same room. But the Russians pulled it off yesterday at the Soviet Embassy, where Mikhail Gorbachev assembled an array of Americans unlike any this town has seen in ages. Norman Mailer and John Denver hobnobbed with Cyrus Vance and Billy Graham. Paul Newman and Robert DeNiro schmoozed with John Kenneth Galbraith and Robert McNamara.
October 30, 1987 |
For decades, this city of confused identity, of narrow streets and sleazy bars, has catered daily to the tastes and temperaments of a transient population of American military personnel. Yesterday, the Americans stayed away. "When I first got here about 10 months ago, everything was G.I. Joe," an Air Force serviceman said as he shopped for trinkets in a shop on the sprawling Clark Air Base. "It was all just like World War II. We were the liberators. We were the heroes.
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.
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.