October 23, 2003 |
This week, we officially pay attention to a building, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry. I am all for paying attention to buildings. In fact, if I were mayor (I'm not saying I will be, I'm just saying my opponent's arrogance is somewhat astounding), I would pick out a Tuesday and declare it Pay Attention to a Building Day. It would probably be scheduled sometime between Columbus Day and St. Patrick's Day.
October 12, 2003 |
On this Columbus Day, 511 years after the explorer arrived in the New World, it's time for Spain to start paying back some portion of the trillions of dollars in gold that it took from the Americas after the Taino Indians allowed Christoper Columbus to discover them. In order not to seem punitive, I am not suggesting that Spain pay it all back. In fact, it might just start by returning the equivalent of a single year's take, with interest, of course.