Twenty-five years ago this week I stood on the White House lawn and watched the famous handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, as President Bill Clinton nudged them toward each other. The occasion was the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords, mapping a path to a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living peacefully side-by-side. The Oslo process failed, with plenty of blame on both sides.
After last year’s Hurrican Maria debacle, let’s pray FEMA has healed itself and is now up to the task of dealing with Hurricane Florence – despite the inaction of a president in denial and a Congress giving him cover.
When Florence finishes with us, human need necessarily will displace the longing for our lost things. But in their stead, we may rejoice in the beauty of the human spirit, which, ever resilient, will get back to the business of art in good time.
John McCain's funeral united former presidents in a call for shared American values. A conservative columnist misses Obama's "seriousness, dignity and dedication to ideals larger than self." Liberals miss the relative eloquence and good intentions of George W. Bush. That's how bizarre the world is today. But there is hope.
It is neither realistic nor fair to ignore the current damage of mass incarceration and failed educational institutions on minority groups. Repentance is in order – along with a passion for social justice that is inseparable from the Christian gospel.
Rebecca White's well-written comprehensive article last Thursday ("Pushback over hire of new 911 director," Aug 30) covered a thorny topic that has multiple layers. As one of the people quoted in the article, I'd like to add a few points:
A Medicare for All system combined with a tithing would align patients, insurers and providers toward providing good care while being more cost-conscious. It would motivate all of us to make more cost-effective decisions, and limit excessive defensive medicine practices.
The tang of fall is nearly in the air. The summer is all but over. Football season is here. Are you ready for some . . . culture war? This war may feel unending, but it only began a little more than two years ago. During a preseason game on Aug. 26, 2016, Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of my beloved San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans. Soon the trend spread across the NFL.