March 3, 1998
Choose the best answer: (A) It's comforting to know that 73 of 100 New Jerseyans know Gov. Whitman is a Republican. (B) It's discomforting that 27 out of 100 New Jerseyans don't know. A Star-Ledger/Eagleton Poll conducted last month asked some rather simple questions about state politics. And if this had been a test, New Jersey would have flunked. Heck, it would have had to stay after school and clap erasers. Only 49 percent know that the Republicans control the state legislature.
June 29, 2003 |
Long before becoming a U.S. citizen, Dominican immigrant Birmania Romero raised her right hand and swore to die, if need be, for the United States. It mattered little to Romero that she had fewer rights than a citizen, could not vote, and would not qualify for certain jobs. Joining the U.S. Army was something she had wanted to do since first seeing an ROTC uniform in high school in Michigan. "It's truly taking part in what's going on in the world," said the Army specialist, 22, of Grand Rapids, Mich.
September 16, 1991 |
Strolling down the street on a sunny day, pushing their 7-month-old son's carriage, Roberts and Olga Ancvers seemed to be a young couple facing a brighter future in newly independent Latvia. Free of the shackles of the Soviet system, this little Baltic republic is expected eventually to flourish, providing greater economic and political opportunities for Roberts and Olga, better educational chances for their son. But Roberts and Olga are facing an unexpected problem. Although both were born here, they may soon find themselves citizens of different countries.
September 10, 2001 |
I AM THE daughter of legal immigrants from the Philippines who proudly chose to become Americans. They stood in line, aced their citizenship tests, filed tons of paperwork, and - speaking in English - swore allegiance to the United States. The 206-year-old oath my parents took declares, in part: "I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty . . . I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . . I will bear arms on behalf of the United States . . . I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God. " For millions of naturalized Americans like my parents, the oath of allegiance is sacred.
July 3, 1986 |
Throughout the war that finally brought communism to her native Vietnam, Nguyen Nguyet Vien held on to her hope that someday she would study computer science. She told an audience at a naturalization ceremony yesterday that she began living her dream on coming to the United States six years ago. America, she said, became a "promised land. " "Even though my English is not good, I am proud of being an American citizen and the education I received here," Vien said. She graduated from Philadelphia Community College in 1984 and now works in data processing for a supermarket chain.
June 4, 2006 |
This spring, my household features two graduates, Sara from college, Matt from high school. So forgive a proud dad for trotting out an old columnist's chestnut: the "advice to graduates" riff. First: Yes, by all means, wear sunscreen. With homage thus done to the classic example of this genre, let me offer other earnest advice to all of you who this season will flip the tassel on your mortarboard. Much of this you may know, or will soon learn the hard, best way - by making your own mistakes.
March 20, 1986 |
Poet Margaret Randall, trying to stave off deportation and regain her U.S. citizenship, yesterday told a federal immigration judge that she praised Fidel Castro during her 11-year stay in Cuba, but said that had no bearing on her love for the United States. Randall acknowledged under cross-examination by immigration lawyer Lupe Gonzalez that she had praised Castro, but denied that she had joined the Communist Party or espoused communism. Gonzalez asked Randall whether she had ever described Castro as "the most brilliant, courageous world leader of our time or any time," and Randall said she had written those words.
July 6, 1989 |
Right up there with the Pledge of Allegiance and the "Star-Spangled Banner" is a handy piece of information every American should know: Don't leave anything of value unattended in a public place in a big city, not even for a second. Brothers Tuan and Vinh Vu learned that lesson the hard way Friday less than three hours after they became U.S. citizens in Philadelphia. A video camera, a videotape and a suitcase filled with presents were stolen from them in broad daylight. "They were devastated," said Jack Duffy, a Levittown resident and friend of the brothers.
April 27, 2000 |
The 1999 Philadelphia Award for outstanding citizenship, officials announced yesterday, is going to Cecilia Moy Yep, a grassroots activist who spent three decades revitalizing Chinatown and defending it against encroaching development. But the 70-year-old community leader said last night she has been too busy defending the enclave against its latest threat - a proposed Phillies ballpark at 12th and Vine - to revel in the high honor. Yep was thrust out of semi-retirement three weeks ago when the Street administration announced that it would consider building a 44,000-seat stadium just north of Chinatown, in addition to a handful of other locations.
April 4, 2003 |
Courage is not a willingness to take action in the face of danger without fear; courage is the determination to act despite fear. The young Americans we have asked to put their lives on the line in the name of liberty and liberation provide lessons in courage every day. Images and examples of bravery come to us now with incredible immediacy as unprecedented media coverage gives us rare glimpses into the daily sacrifices our troops are required to...