March 18, 2003
The sun will rise each day this week as it has for years untold. The neighbor will walk the dog. The school bus will rumble by, spring will keep burrowing its way up through the thawing soil. But one day soon, the ordinary will come wrapped in the extraordinary. Routine will be knocked off-balance by a blessedly uncommon fog. President Bush last night told Americans - and the world - that the United States will soon unleash war in Iraq, unless Saddam Hussein and his two sons go into exile by Thursday.
January 31, 1986 |
With mixed regret, worry and relief, about 100 American workers and businessmen - who had raced to settle their affairs here - left Libya yesterday to meet President Reagan's deadline for them to get out or face prosecution. The Americans took flights to Malta, Rome, London or Frankfurt to avoid violating tomorrow's deadline for all Libyan-American commercial transactions to cease and all Americans to leave. Although there were no hard figures, it appeared that nearly all of the 1,500 Americans who were believed to be here a month ago now have left, although many said they hoped to return to jobs here that in some cases were being held open temporarily by Libyan companies.
July 4, 2002
Most Fourth of Julys are happy. The Declaration of Independence - that rebellious contract signed 226 years ago by the Jefferson gang - has survived faction and riot, revolution and civil strife, depression and world war. A happy thing. But this Fourth is tinged with uncertainty and melancholy. That urges a question: What institutions bless this holiday? Not only church or state, not only anthem or pledge, not just Declaration or Constitution. What else, then? Look around: Millions of people, magnetized by a common festival, rushing all over the country to be together.
July 4, 2002 |
We'll eat hot dogs and hamburgers on red and blue paper plates with white napkins this afternoon. As night approaches, we'll head to the ball field, where we'll ooh and aah as fireworks fill the sky with mesmerizing explosions of shapes and colors that, I swear, get better every year. There's a pleasant predictability to Independence Day that is as satisfying as a ripe summer peach. Or so it has been. I wonder what will be different today. This is, after all, the first Fourth of July after the 11th of September - the first scheduled celebration of American independence after the latest war, the war on terrorism, has begun.
June 18, 2010 |
It was either the slick pitch of Royal Bakofeng Stadium or the slick gloves of English goalkeeper Robert Green, but as a result of its 1-1 draw to England last Saturday in Rustenburg, renewed confidence has emerged among the Americans. The Stars and Stripes are walking - and talking - tall heading into their second game of FIFA World Cup play today in Johannesburg against Slovenia, an unassuming team that battled Algeria in its opener and emerged with a 1-0 victory, currently sitting atop Group C with three vital points.
June 22, 1994 |
"If I don't get excited about this soccer stuff," Slats said, "does that mean I ain't a good Chicagoan?" This is a unique event for our city and the nation. The World Cup is the biggest sports event on the planet. Billions of soccer-loving foreigners are watching on TV. "So what? All that proves is that most of the world is too poor to build bowling alleys, golf courses, tennis courts or baseball fields. There's hunnerts of millions of people still ain't got indoor plumbing, but that don't mean there's something great about an outhouse.
October 22, 2012 |
Pierre Brondeau thinks that President Obama should dial down on his tax-the-rich rhetoric and that Mitt Romney should get real on economic details. "I was hoping for a major breakthrough with one of them doing the math in public," Brondeau, the head of Philadelphia's FMC Corp. and the newest American citizen among top Philadelphia executives, said Wednesday morning after the second Romney-Obama debate. "A big statement on how they are going to tackle the deficit," Brondeau added.
September 25, 1999 |
The Europeans were decided underdogs in the 33d Ryder Cup Matches. They had players ranked too low in the World Golf Rankings. They had too many rookies. They lacked experience. They weren't used to Ryder Cup pressure, especially away from home. Blah-blah-blah. On a sunny and windy day in suburban Boston, Europe got great play from such veterans as Colin Montgomerie and such rookies as Sergio Garcia and threatened to blow out the United States on the very first day of competition, winding up with a 6-2 lead over the Americans at the Country Club.
November 10, 1994 |
When Marty Clark was playing squash at Harvard just a couple of years ago, he was regarded as one of the two or three best hardball players in the country. Grown men would quake in their tennis shoes as they ducked into a squash court to face him. His forehand was lethal. If you were good, really good, Clark might let you linger for a half-hour or so before he sent you packing. And then Clark graduated from college, and his squash life changed. He decided to test his wicked right hand on the international squash tour.
May 26, 2002
Making sacrifices My parents speak of the sacrifice that all Americans made during World War II. Both civilians and soldiers gave up a lot, every day, for what they believed in. Now it seems that only the soldier - and his or her family - makes a sacrifice. The rest of us go about our daily business, working and playing, hardly even noticing that we are at war. Look at the front pages and only rarely do you see anything about the soldiers we have sent to war. This Memorial Day, Americans should ask themselves: What am I willing to sacrifice to be an American?