October 16, 1994 |
The descendants of President Ulysses S. Grant threatened Saturday to move the bodies of the Civil War hero and his wife out of Grant's Tomb unless the blighted site gets a multimillion-dollar renovation. The family, represented by the President's great-great-grandson, Ulysses Grant Dietz, delivered the same message to the National Park Service at a meeting Friday. The tomb, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, has become a magnet for the homeless, graffiti and drug use in recent years.
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February 22, 1999
Richard Goodwin's Feb. 17 commentary on Lyndon B. Johnson suffers from selective amnesia. True, LBJ saw through the nation's despicable racist traditions and effected the passage of the great civil rights legislation from 1964-1967. But LBJ and his same cadre of advisors escalated the Vietnam War, and did so in a surreptitious manner, secretly paying for it with an inflation scourge that gutted the government's ability to carry out the Great Society programs. Truth be told, this nation never truly tried to end poverty, for if we did so it would end--the resources are there.
June 11, 2003 |
Americans will forgive their celebrities nearly anything but silence. Though she has made her life in politics, Hillary Rodham Clinton is every inch a product of that culture of celebrity, which -- like encroaching seawater -- has infiltrated and brackened the wells of our politics over these past few decades.
December 25, 2009 |
When she was 10, Joan Waugh did what millions of eager readers have done over the decades since its 1936 publication: She read Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" again and again, admiring Scarlett O'Hara's resourcefulness and pluck, swooning over a handsome scalawag named Rhett Butler and savoring the novel's descriptions of the South's valiant, doomed struggle against the hated Yankees. Then Waugh grew up, physically and intellectually. She became a history professor at UCLA, writing books about 19th century America such as "Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell" (1998)
June 18, 2004
I take issue with Lynne Foringer's June 14 letter, in which she states that Ulysses S. Grant is perhaps the least important person represented today on U.S. currency. Promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in 1864, a post not held since George Washington, Grant commanded the Union army in order to preserve the Union. "The rebels are our countrymen again," he told his staff during the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Without his military success, his generous and nonvindictive terms of surrender given to the Confederacy and his zeal as U.S. president to protect "citizens of every race and color" in the "peaceful enjoyment of the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution," we would not be the present-day United States.
March 3, 2010 |
Ronald Reagan is honored by, among other things, an airport, a freeway, an aircraft carrier and -- ironically for a critic of big government -- one of the biggest federal buildings in Washington. Now, some of the late president's admirers are launching a new effort to add another honor: printing his likeness on a $50 bill in place of Ulysses S. Grant's. In polls of presidential scholars, Reagan consistently outranks Grant, said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.), who introduced legislation to make the change.