July 12, 2013
Re "Catholic bishops cry wolf," Editorial, July 8 Conservatives and progressives hold conflicting conceptions of liberty. For conservatives, liberty has meant being free to dominate or control others. For progressives, liberty has meant liberation from others' control. Edmund Burke, the archetypal conservative, viewed English "liberty" as including a hierarchical, hereditary monarchy and aristocracy. In the post-Civil War period in the U.S., Southern conservatives viewed maintaining laws that favored whites as part of their liberty.
July 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As Americans were learning that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting their phone records, a privacy board intended to monitor government surveillance finally came into existence last month - years after the Sept. 11 Commission recommended its creation. The nonpartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board held its first public hearing Tuesday, taking comments from former government lawyers who support expanded surveillance and from privacy advocates who oppose it. "We are looking for solutions," not just commentary, said board member Elisebeth Collins Cook.
July 8, 2013 |
When the Supreme Court struck down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said it was a "tragic day for marriage and our nation. " But the bishops go further, arguing that when the state legalizes same-sex civil marriage, "conflict results on a massive scale between the law and religious institutions and families.... Religious liberty is then threatened. " The bishops are equally alarmist about what they see as the threat to religious freedom posed by the Obama administration's requirement that employee health plans - including those at religious colleges and hospitals - include contraception services.
July 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Romance can be tumultuous, and no one knows that better than the Statue of Liberty. Over and over, Lady Liberty has been separated from her adoring public, most recently by an uninvited guest named Sandy who stormed through, leaving heartbreak and ruin in her wake. For eights months, the statue stood alone in New York Harbor, but the painful breakup was pushed aside Thursday as visitors returned to the Statue of Liberty for the first time since the superstorm shut her down on Oct. 29, 2012.
July 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty reopened to visitors Thursday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy washed ashore in October and severely damaged the island on which Lady Liberty sits. The statue was spared storm damage, and tens of thousands of visitors began lining up in Battery Park in lower Manhattan to pile onto the first ferry to the grassy island. Tickets to visit the statue's crown , a climb of 354 steps from the pedestal, sold out long ago. But visitors who could only enter the lower part of Lady Liberty weren't disappointed.
July 4, 2013 |
The holiday we observe today is a flag-waving celebration of the uniquely American values that have endured since Colonial times. First and foremost of these is liberty, which for the founders meant being liberated not only from the tyranny of King George III but from the oppressive hand of any ruler. It was one of the inalienable rights they asserted in the Declaration of Independence, and it remains a beacon that draws people from other nations to these shores. Yet the founders also recognized that some problems were too big to be solved by individuals on their own terms.
July 3, 2013 |
SPARKS VS. NEW YORK When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TWC SportsNet. Records: Sparks 6-4, Liberty 5-5. Record vs. Liberty (2012): 1-1. Update: The Sparks are 6-0 at home, while the New York Liberty is 1-4 on the road. Dating back to last season, the Sparks have won 16 consecutive regular-season home games - but they remain the only team in the WNBA this season that has not won on the road. The Liberty and the Sparks are in third place in their respective conferences.
June 27, 2013 |
As the Statue of Liberty prepares to reopen to visitors on July 4, one Manhattan hotel brand is ready with a Lady Liberty package. The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square are offering rooms starting at $225 a night that include reimbursement to guests holding sightseeing tickets to the statue's crown. The deal: The offer favors travelers who already have tickets to visit the statue's crown . (I had a hard time finding times and dates available in late July and early August)
June 17, 2013 |
The National Security Agency's program of scooping up raw data on nearly every phone call placed in the United States should freak us all out - not so much because of what the agency is doing, but because it has the technological capability to do it. So far, there is no evidence that the government is zeroing in on any phone calls besides those linked to terrorism suspects. Personally, I'm glad our intelligence agencies have that wormhole into the dark redoubts of fanatics who want to kill Americans.
June 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - He was a high school dropout, sometime junior college student and failed Army recruit. But Edward Joseph Snowden found his calling in America's spy services, using his computer skills to rise from a lowly security position to life as a well-paid private contractor for the National Security Agency. At age 29, he rented a bungalow with his girlfriend north of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and claimed to earn $200,000 a year. On Monday, hours after he admitted disclosing a trove of intelligence secrets to the media, Snowden checked out of the glitzy Mira Hotel in Hong Kong, where he had holed up for weeks, and dropped out of sight.