Last week: The 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country was a day of somber remembrance, yet hopeful. It's estimated that some 35 million Americans participated in some type of service project on Sept. 11, which speaks to the spirit of our country. As I was driving to work last Tuesday, it was a gloomy, rainy morning fitting the mood of the day, but then a rainbow appeared on the horizon. It was a sign of hope and renewal. That is a legacy that we want for 9/11 — triumph out of tragedy.
Looking ahead: Diplo-speak: Mr. Putin’s new career as an Op-Ed Page writer and PR spinner. Will the world reach a diplomatic solution to stop the carnage of civil war in Syria? Will the Syrian arsenal of chemical weapons be found, contained, destroyed? The world is waiting.
Last week: Labor Day has taken a whole new meaning in our country. I think of those struggling without jobs, unemployed and under-employed. Think of the talent we are wasting and robbing the next generations of hope. We're a country full of smart, resourceful people. There have to be better ways to create productive, meaningful jobs so that people can support themselves and their children.
Looking ahead: The "red line" in Syria that the Assad regime is believed to have crossed. So much is at stake. The lives of people in Syria – especially its youngest. The credibility of the United States of America on the world stage. The future of the entire region and countries – friend and foe – in the Middle East. And for so many families – ours included – it is personal. We have two nephews in the Army – one already in his third tour of duty in the Middle East.
Last week: The announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder on new guidelines issued by the Department of Justice on drug-related offenses has far-reaching implications. The Attorney General spoke from the heart about how our system of justice should aim at rehabilitation rather than warehousing. Consider how it affects particularly young black and Latino men. Can't we do better as a society? This is an important step — one with vision and compassion.
Looking ahead: Voting rights under fire. We all should be paying close and careful attention to these rights so fundamental to our democracy.
Last week: As someone who worked for newspapers for more than 30 years (in my other life), the news that entrepreneur billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million really got my head spinning. Think about the possibilities of the traditional media and new technology coming together in absolutely amazing ways. Wow!
Looking ahead: Russia and U.S. relations. The old cold war seems to be heating up. Summit plans postponed, Russia giving sanctuary to Edward Snowden, questions about how gay rights will be protected — or not — at the upcoming Olympic games. Interesting times.
Last week: News about the economy continues to be a big focus -- and worry. It's a mixed picture -- the economy seems to be improving by same measures, but unemployment levels continue here in Florida, young people not being able to get jobs, older workers being displaced, boomers worrying about retirement, retirees worrying about living comfortably in retirement. Meanwhile in Washington, the political posturing on who should be the next Chairman of the Fed continues to spin.
Looking ahead: Will the Washington gridlock continue? What is it going to take to get our country truly moving forward again?
Last week: The Royal Baby news was splashed everywhere! It provided some happy news, but the harsh realities of civil war in Syria, the refugee camps in Jordan, the uprising in Egypt and terrible conflict in Africa remain. In the news of the absurd -- what about the New York mayor's race? Really, Mr. Weiner.
Looking ahead: Military sexual assault legislation. Think about this: every 21 minutes, a service member is assaulted. 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact last year alone. Only 9.8 percent of victims report these crimes because of fear of retaliation. This according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Support the efforts of Sens. Gillibrand, Cruz and Paul and the 36 bipartisan co-sponsors of the Military Justice Improvement Act (S.967).
Last week: The aftermath of the Zimmerman trial dominated all media channels. We are confronted in a very painful way that racism is deep and ingrained in our country. I was taken back by the comments of the juror who spoke out first to the media and seemed to have made up her mind from the outset — as one national commentator said, the verdict was decided at jury selection. As long as black families have to have the "talk" with their young sons to keep them safe, something is deeply wrong and divided in our society.
Looking ahead: Washington wrangling in the House and Senate continue to dominate the news this summer, while some very important dialogue and action needs to be taken on issues such as immigration reform and sexual abuse in the military. I think the world will get a break this coming week with Royal Baby news coming from London. We need some happy news!
Last week: Arab summer and the stunning development in Egypt and the ouster of its president. It underscore the volatility of the Middle East and how it affects us here in the US and globally. It serves as a dramatic reminder of our freedoms and how precious our democracy is here in the USA.
Looking ahead: Marriage equality, immigration reform, NSA and privacy issues -- adn will the Congress act on students loans when it comes back from the holiday recess?
Looking ahead: The Supreme Court rulings — major news now and for years to come. Affirmative action, voting rights, marriage rights. Huge implications for our society. Fascinating insights into the makeup of the court and the views of the justices who make up the most influential court in our country.
Looking ahead: "I was intrigued by the announcement of the Ready for Hillary super PAC and the strategists working on this effort. ... The crisis in Syria continues as a tragic international hotspot.
Last week’s headline: Big stories continue to be the ones coming out of Washington -- NSA surveillance, immigration reform, rulings coming out of the Supreme Court,how US will aid Syrian people.
June 16, 2013
Last Week: The NSA security leak was the story of the week -- huge implications for national security vs. right of privacy.
Looking Ahead: For South Florida, it will be the Miami HEAT playoff finals.
The NSA security story will continue to dominate. Immigration legislation in Congress and its political implications.