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Archive - Jun 6, 2013
When you're young, three years seems like a lifetime. The difference between 15 and 18, or 18 and 21; the difference between a 2-year-old and a kindergartner; the difference between the first date and the wedding.
It's been three years since my beloved friend Kath died. It feels like yesterday.
I’ll never forget the first time I went to a farmers’ market. I hated it.
Like many who buy food only from the grocery store, I didn’t realize that local farmers can’t produce every food all year round. I didn’t expect pineapples or anything, but the extremely limited selection in early spring shocked me: spinach, arugula, green onions, radishes, and rhubarb. That was it.
Luis Ubinas knows what poverty is all about. Today he's president of the Ford Foundation. But he grew up in the 1960s and '70s in New York City's fire- and demolition-ravaged South Bronx, in the midst of some of the most dangerous streets in America. He was raised by a mother who made $50 a week.
President Obama wisely avoided the phrase "mission accomplished" in his major speech last week about the "war on terror," but columnists aren't obliged to be so circumspect: It is time to declare victory and get on with our lives.
What does it take to make a Wall Street banker squirm with shame? Not content with having swindled tens of millions of Americans out of their homes and life savings, the very bankers who caused the biggest economic catastrophe since the Great Depression are now subverting government regulations designed to prevent comparable disasters in the future.
Guy writes a film script full of four-letter words. But when the actors repeat them, he gets all huffy about the dirty language. An absurd reaction, wouldn't you say? But it's not so different from the scene in which our lawmakers scold corporate chieftains for exploiting tax loopholes their legislatures helped create.
Judging by the caterwauling of many in the national media, you'd think Orwell's Big Brother had taken over the White House. The Justice Department's issuance of subpoenas to press organizations to find out who in the government had leaked classified information to the Associated Press and to Fox News reporter James Rosen has First Amendment purists in an uproar.
You wonder if President Obama sometimes finds himself singing a variant on Kermit the Frog's anthem about the burdens of being green: It's not easy being Barack Obama.