July 1, 2010
Enraged over a rave Re "Girl, 15, dies after rave," June 30, and "Scores injured at music festival," June 28 If I am reading your article -- or at least its emphasis -- correctly, a girl died after attending a downtown rave because she managed to slip in underage. Thousands of teenagers crash movies, concerts and other age-restricted events throughout America every day. They don't all die. The raver did not die because she was 15. She probably died because, according to preliminary tests, she took Ecstasy.
June 29, 2010 |
The Senate convened Monday with white roses on an empty desk in the second row where Robert C. Byrd last sat, an institutional vacancy that will not soon be filled even after his successor is named. When the nine-term Democratic senator from West Virginia spoke, Washington listened. He commanded attention in a way that no other modern lawmaker does, leaving the question: Who will guide the chamber now? "The first answer to that is, nobody," said Norman Ornstein, a constitutional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
June 28, 2010 |
West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, was seriously ill in a Washington-area hospital, a spokesman said Sunday. Byrd, 92, was hospitalized late last week with what was believed to be heat exhaustion and severe dehydration stemming from hot weather. But other unspecified conditions developed and his condition is now serious, his spokesman said. Byrd, a Democrat, has served in Congress for 57 years. A former Senate majority leader and Appropriations Committee chairman, he is legendary for sprinkling floor speeches with references to the Bible and Roman history, his mastery of the chamber's rules and traditions, and his skill in delivering pork-barrel projects to his state, where scores of things have been named after him. "We are truly hopeful that he gets well soon," West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III said in a statement, "because West Virginians need his leadership in Washington."
August 27, 2009
For once, the extravagant elegies for a departed public figure are appropriate. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, in President Obama's words, was "the greatest United States senator of our time," at least for those who shared his passion for an activist federal government attuned to the needs of the poor and the marginalized. Speculation about whether Kennedy might have pursued his passion for equality from the White House once occupied by his brother is inevitable, as is meditation on the multiple misfortunes of the Kennedy clan.
July 22, 2009 |
Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving senator in history, returned to the chamber after being absent for more than two months because of an illness. The 91-year-old West Virginia Democrat voted to extend production of F-22 fighter planes, but was on the losing end of the 58-40 vote.
June 11, 2006 |
Former Sen. George Smathers used to tell a story about how Robert C. Byrd turned down half a dozen invitations to join other senators in Florida for deep-sea fishing or golf or gin rummy or tennis. "I have never in my life played a game of cards. I have never had a golf club in my hand. I have never in my life hit a tennis ball," Byrd told the Florida Democrat, according to an interview Smathers gave a Senate historian. "I don't do any of those things. I have only had to work all my life."