Tuesday December 10, 2013
May 30th, 2013
The observance of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Bureau of Colored Troops in the District oof Columbia ccurred this week, only a few days before Memorial Day. It seems fitting that the sesquicentennial of the Colored Troops Bureau falls close to the day originally set aside to remember those killed in the Civil War.
President Obama's speech declaring that the United States is not committed to "perpetual war" signals no swift end to America's fight against terrorism. But it does lay out his redirection from the previous open-ended Bush policy that went beyond self-defense to nation-building in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Given what a mouthy thing I grew up to be, it's shocking to me that I began talking later than most children do. But I didn't need words. I had my older brother, Mark.
It's always seductive to know where one stands in relation to the average. As an overly confident college freshman, the first time I received a below-average score on an exam was a needed wake-up call. Today, I find it encouraging to read that I exercise more than the average woman my age.
For all the speculating in Washington about how the Affordable Care Act will work, there's been too little attention given to the best evidence we have on the subject: How the extremely similar reforms in Massachusetts have worked.
It's as bold a move as one could imagine. The Rockefeller Foundation, celebrating its 100th anniversary, is launching a "100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge." It will invest $100 million in 100 cities across the world that come up with the best and broadest plans to cope with massive natural and manmade shocks of the time.
What first caught my eye was the op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal. Published in late February, it was written by Andrew N. Liveris, the chairman and chief executive of the Dow Chemical Co. Liveris, an Australian, has become quite the Washington player in recent years. Among other things, he heads President Barack Obama's efforts to revive manufacturing.