May 4, 2015 |
During last week's civil disturbances in Baltimore, when a baseball game had to be contested in a vacuum, America's fault lines were again exposed. Black and white. Left and right. Rich and poor. Choose your side and dig in your heels. As it turned out, Wednesday's eerie White Sox-Orioles game, a spectacle meant for fans being played in a ballpark where none were present, came a day before the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War's end. That long and profoundly painful conflict felt like a decade of Baltimores.
February 28, 2015 |
American kids often have a raised-eyebrow reaction when they find out Israel has conscription: All citizens over 18 must serve with the Israel Defense Forces. Men for three years, women for two. Although there are ways around it, military service is a fact of life there, so it's natural it would figure in dozens of home-brewed books, movies, and TV shows. The two men who return home after nearly two decades of imprisonment in Prisoners of War , the international hit that yielded Showtime's Homeland , were new, young conscripts when they were taken.
June 6, 2014
WHEN YOU practice immigration law, your idea of what it means to be "American" is both fluid and sacred. The fluidity comes in seeing new applicants for that great gift of citizenship with their changing faces and histories. Color, creed and cadence are interesting variations on a theme of longing to belong, but they're ultimately inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. Multicultural isn't all that it's cracked up to be, if you listen to my clients. It's simply the politics of "feel good.
January 23, 2014
LAST week's column, "Until women can match men's prowess they should not be Marines," provoked some finger-wagging outrage at the gym, but the readers who wrote in mostly agreed with my sentiments. It's OK! Although equal, men and women are different. Honestly, can we at least get a consensus on that? In hopes of continuing the conversation, here's what some readers had to say: I take great issue with your subheadline - "Until women can match men's prowess they should not be Marines.
December 10, 2013
"WHY SO MANY bad cops?" I asked in October. That column brought a lot of reaction, from citizens and current and past officers, some with questions, some with suggestions. In the light of continuing personnel problems - it seems to fall short of a crisis (or does it?) - and in an effort to clear up misconceptions about the Philadelphia Police Department, I requested some time with Commissioner Charles Ramsey. I wanted to know about the quality and training of recruits, and more. I hate to explode widespread myths, but the Police Department does not hire high-school dropouts, nor does race play a role in hiring, Ramsey told me. Let's start with race, that evergreen and explosive topic.
November 13, 2013 |
For many, Veterans Day was merely a day off. For others, it allowed for reflection upon the generations of Americans who have gone overseas to protect our nation's freedom. But for Union midfielder Danny Cruz, military holidays are consumed by one unrelenting fact. His father, Army Sgt. First Class Alejo Cruz Jr., who goes by Al, is in harm's way in Afghanistan. "It's something you think about every single day," Danny Cruz said. "But as time goes on, I try to understand that this is what my father is passionate about.
June 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With broad support from Republicans and Democrats, a House committee Wednesday approved legislation to tackle the growing problem of sexual assault in the armed forces by taking away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases. The bill passed by the House Armed Services Committee also requires that anyone found guilty of a sex-related crime receive a punishment that includes, at a minimum, a dismissal from military service or a dishonorable discharge.
May 27, 2013 |
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Saturday they must stamp out the scourge of sexual assault in the military. His remarks, made a day after President Obama delivered a similar edict to U.S. Naval Academy graduates, follow a series of widespread incidents of sexual misconduct across the armed services in recent months and a new report showing the problem is growing. The challenge is particularly poignant for West Point, because an Army sergeant was charged earlier in the week with secretly photographing and videotaping at least a dozen women at the academy in New York state, including in a bathroom.
May 24, 2013
MOORE, Okla. - Students from a suburban Oklahoma City elementary school destroyed by this week's tornado reunited with their teachers yesterday and collected whatever could be salvaged from the ruins. Meanwhile, family and friends attended the funeral of a 9-year-old girl who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Monday's storm, which killed 24 people. Back at the school, Cheryle Dixon, grandmother of first-grader Crisily Dixon, talked about how hard it was for the little girl.
March 27, 2013 |
Frank W. Wellons, 93, an engineering executive and former resident of the Philadelphia suburbs, died Friday, March 15, of pneumonia at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Wash. Mr. Wellons lived in Devon and West Chester for 72 years before moving to Seattle in January to be near his daughter, Amy. He was recognized as an expert in roller bearings and was instrumental in developing a version of the buffering mechanisms that were used in aircraft turbine power plants. He also helped develop international engineering standards for roller bearings, his family said.