June 13, 2004
The article "Veteran in Conflict" (by Gerald Nicosia, May 23) shows what a great leader John Kerry has been for decades. To have accomplished what he did at so young an age is very impressive. I heard nothing of President George W. Bush's leadership skills until he won the Texas governorship in 1994. Kerry has made it quite clear that he was born to be a leader and has proved it through his actions. It's also admirable that with all of the angry and violent veterans Kerry was working with, he stuck to his beliefs and refused to endorse or participate in any violent protests.
October 2, 2004 |
It's no secret that politicians don't always mean what they say. In an effort to get inside the brains of Botox Boy and the Grammarian in Chief, we purchased a mind-reading machine on EBay and used it to analyze comments from Thursday night's presidential debate. Here's the scoop on what President Bush, Sen. John F. Kerry and moderator Jim Lehrer said versus what they were really thinking.
August 9, 2004 |
At first glance, it wouldn't seem that Reynaldo Palaso's fortunes would be tied up with the U.S. presidential election. But the father of two, who zips his dune buggy through the sugar-fine sand of Cuba's biggest resort enclave to deliver sodas and snacks to sun-worshiping foreign tourists, says he is avidly following the latest polls and candidate statements. He is watching for indications that the Democratic nominee, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, is pulling ahead.
February 22, 2004 |
John Kerry enlisted in the Navy four months before graduating from Yale University in 1966. With U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War escalating rapidly, joining voluntarily offered more attractive options to a young college graduate than did waiting to be drafted. After completing officer candidate school, 23-year-old Ensign Kerry was assigned to the guided-missile frigate U.S.S. Gridley, based in Long Beach.
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November 1, 2004 |
Irving and Beatrice Zeiger, proudly liberal 86-year-olds who support Sen. John F. Kerry for president, would give anything to vote in the battleground state of Ohio. But stuck here in non-swing California, they're doing their best to sway voters in Irving's hometown of Cleveland. A month ago, they began writing to everyone in Cleveland whose last name begins with Z. It may be a tenuous connection, but Irving Zeiger figured that Z-people are part of a special club.
September 30, 2001 |
Sen. Barbara Boxer got her start in politics protesting the Vietnam War. But when it comes to the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, she sounds like an unabashed hawk. "It cannot stand," the California Democrat declared. Rep. Jerrold Nadler is another veteran of the antiwar movement. But the New York Democrat hasn't the slightest hesitation about a war on terrorism. "When someone attacks you," he said, "you've got to respond."
July 19, 2004 |
There isn't a reality show yet called "Trading Faces," but you kind of wish John F. Kerry and John Edwards could swap. Edwards has an easy, open face to Kerry's darker, Lincolnesque one. Kerry's face could tell us more than we know about him, but it doesn't. Put him in one of those automated photo booths and you'd probably get back a dozen pictures of the very same man and the very same moment. Here in L.A., people aspire to the expressionless face. They pay lots of money for it, in fact.
February 26, 2004 |
He fought Ronald Reagan over Nicaragua and missile defense programs. He fought for more cops on the street, cleaner air and protecting the Alaska wilderness. To hear John F. Kerry tell it as he runs for the Democratic presidential nomination, he has been in the vanguard of dozens of legislative and policy battles during his almost 20 years as a senator from Massachusetts.
March 3, 2014 |
In the wake of a federal judge striking down Texas' gay marriage ban and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoing an anti-gay bill, I feel compelled to confess something uncomfortable: I was totally wrong about gay marriage. I never opposed gay marriage on principle. I have always believed -- and continue to believe -- that a legal contract available to one pair of people should also be available to another pair of people. Because of equality. But after seeing how the words “gay marriage” fired up conservative voters in 2004, I found myself arguing with friends both gay and straight that it was the wrong issue at the wrong time.
May 23, 2004 |
Gerald Nicosia is the author of "Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement" (Crown Publishers, 2001, forthcoming in a new edition from Carroll & Graf this August). His research for the book included a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI in 1988 for records of the agency's surveillance of an antiwar group, Vietnam Veterans Against the War. On June 21, 1989, Sen.