April 18, 2008 |
LAST year, when the nation's eyes were focused on Hazleton, Pa., there was no shortage of opinion about Mayor Lou Barletta's attempt to limit illegal immigration. Some felt the mayor was justified in supporting local ordinances that made it a crime to house or employ undocumented aliens. Others thought it was a shameless grab for attention, and a mean-spirited one at that. I fell into a middle category, understanding why the mayor felt frustrated but condemning his acts as grandstanding.
August 23, 2005 |
Iraqi political leaders delivered an incomplete draft of a new constitution to the National Assembly moments before a midnight deadline yesterday and gave the parliament three more days to resolve the remaining disagreements before voting on the document. Shiite Muslim and Kurdish leaders, after weeks of haggling over issues such as the powers of the central government and the role of Islam, pushed the draft forward over the objections of Sunni Muslim politicians. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the three major issues blocking a deal were federalism, purging former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party from government organizations, and whether some of the officers of the assembly should be elected by a majority or two-thirds vote.
September 17, 1987 |
Today the bicentennial of the Constitution will be marked by patriotic parades, colorful fireworks displays and ringing speeches lauding our Founding Fathers. Yet, how many Americans really understand what the bicentennial represents? Despite all the bicentennial hoopla, "constitutionalism" is a foreign word to most Americans. A national poll conducted last fall found that only 54 percent of the public knew that the Constitution created the national government. Barely 40 percent knew what the Bill of Rights is. Almost two-thirds incorrectly believed that the Constitution made English the nation's official language.
July 22, 1986 |
The first draft of the U.S. Constitution, which is owned by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, is undergoing conservation work before it goes on display Sept. 17 at the National Park Service's "The Miracle of Philadelphia" exhibit at the Second Bank of America. Rolf Kat, a conservator on the society's staff who is doing the work, says the document should be ready this week. The document also will be displayed at the society's bicentennial exhibit on the Constitution next June.
May 21, 1987 |
Consumer activist Ralph Nader plans to open a temporary Bicentennial Citizens' Center in Philadelphia to inform visitors about how to make the Constitution work for them. The center is to open tomorrow and remain open through Sept. 17 in an $800- a-month, first-floor apartment at 108 Front St. near Chestnut Street. Joan B. Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, a Nader public-interest group, and Nader himself are to announce the opening at a news conference this morning at the Front Street location, Claybrook said in an interview from Washington yesterday.
May 14, 1987 |
Upper Darby Township's "We the People" parade celebrated the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution on Saturday morning. Students from Drexel Hill Middle School's band and color guard led the parade, followed by students carrying flags of the original 13 states. Other students carried placards stating key provisions of the Constitution. The parade included bands, floats and marchers from area schools, clubs, civic organizations, businesses and fire companies, as well as antique cars.
March 10, 1986
Once again, rather than simply balancing the federal budget, many in Congress want to amend the Constitution so it will tell them to do so. This is a nonsolution to a very real problem. Aside from wasting time, congressional debate on this phony cure-all might be amusing except that it endangers the Constitution, and thus America's system of government, which is no trifling matter. Senate debate on this hardy perennial of capital con games began once again last week, so there they go again.
March 16, 2007
KUDOS TO Mr. Lee, the diner owner. Now that's one robber who won't rob again. Mr. Lee was totally within his rights to defend his property and family from the scum that steals. And I like the way he beat the stuffing out of the other guy. The Constitution gives people the right to bear arms, and Mr. Lee took advantage of that right to protect his business. Robbers beware: The next store might be your last - and the last minute of your sorry life. Cheryl Gilbert, Oaklyn, N.J.
June 30, 2005 |
In Washington, conservatives and liberals are quietly loading up on drinking water, D batteries and extra ammo, in preparation for the forthcoming battle over judges. This is a battle between the forces of life and death, and, as inconvenient as it may be to the marketing efforts of abortion opponents, we are resolutely on the side of death. For we are those who believe the only good constitution is a dead constitution. We've all heard about how great "living" constitutions are. Without a living constitution, we're told, slavery and other such evils would still be constitutional.