Politics of unity


In Saturday’s inaugural address, George W. Bush promised to work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity. The stated reason that this goal was attainable was not Bush’s deftness as a conciliating force, but the fact that “we are guided by a power larger than ourselves who creates us equal in His image.”…

Not a black-and-white issue


Questions regarding racial politics have plagued Mayor Anthony Williams since the day he entered office, and he continues to face the question the Washington Post asked at the beginning of his administration: Is he black enough? To some extent, Williams is not to blame for dealing with this issue. He stepped into a culture of…

Culture of consumption


With each passing day, the energy crisis in California grows more acute. Prognosticators of doom may have well-founded claims in this case, as predictions for the long-range impact of this crisis are growing more and more ominous. Utilities are reaching the brink of collapse, and it now seems that drastic action must be taken to…

A bill on the hill


In a tradition almost as time-honored as the inauguration of a new president itself, throngs will descend upon our fair city for a round of protests this weekend. In a sense, we have seen it all before. In fact, many of the organizers of these rallies were responsible for the World Bank-International Monetary Fund protests…

Cleaning up the cabinet


Many across our country have risen in indignation over the nomination of John Ashcroft to be the attorney general, and perhaps their anger is justified. But Ashcroft is not the greatest threat to American democracy in George W. Bush’s cabinet. While Ashcroft’s positions on many social issues are extreme, the American public is fully aware…

Let boys be boys


The announcement by leaders of the Reform Jewish movement recommending that their congregations withdraw their support of the Boy Scouts of America sets a strong example for other groups to follow in the fight for gay and lesbian equality. The Boy Scouts won a legal victory last June when the Supreme Court upheld the right…

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