The rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care act was a major screw-up and when the president described it at a press conference as a “fumble,” he insulted our intelligence.
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed 50 years ago today, dead of an assassin’s bullet while riding in the streets of Dallas. Like so many others of a certain generation, I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the shocking news.
For the past couple of years I have written Baseball Notes during the major league season. For a while I did them every day, but even for me that was too much, so this season, 2013, I did Notes on weekdays.
When people suggest I am a “writer,” my inclination is to reject the characterization. Given that my life has been surrounded by writers, not a few of whom are famous — Richard Reeves, Gay Talese, George Plimpton, David Halberstam, Gloria Steinem, John Farrell, Michael Gordon, Gordon Edes, Dan Shaughnessy and Juliet Schor — I simply cannot accept that I belong in such company, because I know I don’t.
While browsing recently in the fiction section of the Adams Avenue Book Store in Normal Heights I came across a book about Ayn Rand, although the book I pulled from the shelf was not fiction, but was leaning against “Atlas Shrugged.”
"If we know a nation is capable of enduring continuous discussion, we know that it is capable of practicing with equanimity continuous tolerance." — Walter Bagehot, "Physics and Politics" (1872)
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Some Republicans have no shame, especially Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The senators’ attacks on Ambassador Susan Rice over Benghazi are relentless. Why, because of something she said on "Meet the Press"? Really?
In mid-summer I wrote an op-ed in which I said Barack Obama would be reelected president and it wouldn’t be close.
I am a confessing Christian, but understand people have a right to their own faith — or the absence thereof.
The Boston Globe reported this week that during the 10-year ownership of the Red Sox by John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino and their partners, the team has contributed more than $52 million to charity, the most by any team in baseball, and probably in all professional sports.
On April 6, 1992, the first major league game was played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, ushering in a new era for Baltimore and its beloved O’s. From the day it opened, more than 46 million people have seen the O’s play at Camden.
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George Mitrovich is president of The City Club of San Diego and The Denver Forum, two leading American public forums....About the author