Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - Jul 10, 2013
Every Fourth of July, somebody reminds us there's more to this national holiday than hotdogs and fireworks. Take time over the weekend, we are piously admonished, to remember what it's all about. Annoying advice, perhaps, but important. And, this year, more so than ever because one of our most basic rights is under attack.
Of course it's amnesty. The whole point of comprehensive immigration reform is to bring 11 million undocumented men, women and children out of the shadows, which means giving them some kind of legal status, which amounts to amnesty. Otherwise, why bother?
The political football of health care insurance, supposedly taken off the playing field in 2012 by the Supreme Court decision declaring the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act constitutional, is being kicked around again.
Evan Wolfson received a "B" on the law school paper that helped change the world.
It was 1983 and Wolfson, submitting the paper required of all third-year students at Harvard Law School, had chosen a topic -- constitutional protection for same-sex marriage -- seemingly so far-fetched that some of the distinguished scholars he had asked to serve as faculty advisers declined.
Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, who rocketed to fame by filibustering the Texas legislature for 11 hours over abortion rights, reminds me of Ginger Rogers. I mean that in a good way.
Rogers famously did everything that her great dance partner Fred Astaire did, as the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards, among others, used to say; "She just did it backwards and in high heels."
Ten generations have come and gone since 1776. Yet the Founders still fascinate us. Books about Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington still regularly dot our best-seller lists.
What so attracts us to these men of means who put their security and their considerable comfort at risk for a greater good? Maybe the contrast with what we see all around us.
Thomas Black, Leslie Picker and Callie Bost
Support for gay marriage by companies as varied as Goldman Sachs, Microsoft and Starbucks gathering steam to change policies in states that bar same-sex couples from tying the knot.
For them, it was a wondrous cultural exploration filled with new tastes, sounds and smells.
For me? It was exhausting.
I spent three weeks introducing my children to my parents' homeland - the Czech Republic. Two American boys were plunged into a world of castles and cobblestones, of wild boar goulash and Czech-speaking cousins and our family's ancestral village in Southern Bohemia.
For a newspaper that's small and underweight even by British standards, the Guardian has a knack for making some big noises, both in its home market and across the pond.
Defying heavy rain, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marched Monday on the 16th anniversary of the city's handover to China to demand the government address a widening wealth gap and introduce broader democracy.