After three years of renovation, Rose Hardy Middle School in Georgetown reopened its new, bright blue doors on Monday. Along with the physical improvements, Hardy may be one of the schools used as a testing ground for a new program in which middle school students are rewarded for academic success.
As Oliver Wendell Holmes observed of the First Amendment, free thought is “not free thought for those who agree with us, but freedom for the thought we hate.” We must be willing to accept those protests which represent political orientations that we find distasteful. But regardless of content, there are some forms of protest that are inherently illegitimate. This week’s Save America Fund “Truck Out Rally,” which took a stand against allegedly lax immigration policy, was one such protest.
The war in Iraq and the crisis in Darfur dominate the minds of 18 to 24 year olds across the country, according to a new Harvard University survey.
Brian Trivers has lived in the District of Columbia for all of his 59 years. His family has been on the same street in Southeast D.C. since 1869. Trivers loves the city and is about as Washington as they come. But as the Washington Nationals open their third Major League season, will Trivers be supporting them?
Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) presented the first budget proposal of his mayoral tenure to the District Council on Monday, where it was greeted with both praise and concern. Though councilmembers said they had not had time to look at the budget in depth, many voiced uncertainty. Fenty requested $5.7 billion in local spending, but added no new taxes. The District’s Chief Financial Officer, Natwar Gandhi, said in a letter attached to the budget that this was an 8.8 percent spending increase over the budget for 2007.
“I’ve become a kind of professional wet blanket,” he said. “I feel like there are all kinds of fun and depraved things going on until I arrive.”
New faces in government have a way of fading quickly into old faces. Two months into Adrian Fenty’s (D) term as mayor, everyone has their fingers crossed that this time, things might be different.