Gender and geography
The magnificent author and son of the Great Santini, Pat Conroy, began “The Prince of Tides” with these words: “My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call.” Those 13 words imprinted on my brain when I first read them years ago and have stuck with me. Somewhat oddly, they came to mind a few days ago upon the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Much has been made of Kagan’s career path and her professional t...
It’s still man’s world
Barbara Kellerman writes in the Harvard Business Review that she’s sick of hearing about the “great strides” women are making in society. She cites these grim facts: Just 3 percent of Fortune 500 companies are headed by women. Just 7 percent of tenured engineering faculty in four-year colleges are women. And women are just 16.8 percent of the Congress. The figure on Congress places the United States a woeful 74th among the parliaments and cong...
If you can’t beat ‘em, play by their rules
In the early years of the 20th century, European immigrants were taken to Ellis Island in New York’s harbor to be processed for possible entry into the United States. Not all made the cut for a variety of reasons. If a person did not receive entry into the country, they were sent back to where they came from. Some were sent back due to diseases of various kinds, some were sent back for criminal history and some were sent back as their abilitie...
Can't stand the heat? Stay out of Arizona
If you look like an illegal immigrant in Arizona, you are subject to being stopped by the police. One sheriff spoke out against the law, posing the question, “How can you tell who is illegal or not?” Without any guidelines, no one is safe from being detained. Our immigration policies are quite restrictive so there are very few legal immigrants being admitted each year into the United States. So if you are a blond, white male in Tucson and spea...
Cannon fodder terrorists
The historic record is replete with examples of warlords willing to send their troops into sacrificial attacks without regard of the losses.
Arizona Immigration: Move the White House to Baghdad
The state of Arizona is taking the law into its own hands and finally dealing with illegal immigrants crossing its border from Mexico. Some argue it’s one giant step forward in curbing illegal immigration. Others argue that it could be two steps backward, promoting discrimination and social injustice for all American citizens. Last week, Arizona passed legislation designed to enforce current federal laws that prohibit the unlawful crossing of ...
School districts dangle by the dollar
The love of money is the root of all evil, especially if those bucks deprive our local children of the right to a decent, challenging, cutting-edge education that could make them competitive with children in other states.
Bridging the Mexican-American border
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Senate Bill 1070, which gives law enforcement officers in the state of Arizona the right to question the immigration status of an individual. Minority groups around the country have been up in arms about the passage of this bill ever since stating that it is discriminatory and racial profiling and that its passage violates their Constitutional rights. Police officials have stated that profiling is one of...
What entertainment has become
We in America seemingly have taken a strange path in search of entertainment. Maybe I have a skewed view of what entertainment should consist of, but I think not. Entertainment should be the kind of thing that soothes the psyche. Entertainment might even make you laugh and, at the least, make you smile and cherish the better things in life. This change of what entertainment is has occurred most obviously in movies, television and show business...