Those of us who are optimists believe that someday sanity will return to our society. Our media, our officials -- perhaps even our schools and colleges -- will begin to talk sense. Those of you who are young may live to see it.
Michel Houellebecq may have been guilty, but I'm still glad he was acquitted. The award-winning novelist, who has been dubbed "a literary Eminem" and "the Ozzy Osbourne of modern French letters," stood accused of inciting religious hatred, an offense that in France carries a sentence of up to 18 months.
Since Congress has just passed a bill to include the "city" of Washington, D.C., in the Quarter Dollar Program commemorating the 50 "states," we asked readers to help Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill select an appropriate design for the tails side of the coin.
The anti-death penalty lobby never sleeps. Unable to convince the public that savage murderers should be given radio shows rather than lethal injections, anti-death penalty zealots have turned to lying about proof of guilt.
"You've got an economy that is in shambles," complains Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat, whose party is now hounding President Bush for neglecting America's poor, the disenfranchised, the elderly and the unemployed.
When asked to comment about Secretary of State Colin Powell's position on the possible use of military force against Iraq, singer/activist Harry Belafonte said: "There were those slaves who lived on the plantation, and there were those slaves that lived in the house.
Someone set Rita Montero's Volvo on fire as it sat parked in front of her Denver home last week. Maybe it's just a coincidence that Montero is leading the effort in Colorado to replace failing bilingual education programs with English immersion classes.
I'm thinking of writing a column about North Korea's recently revealed nuclear capability, or the latest sniper attack, or Saddam Hussein's sudden beneficence toward his prison population -something newsy -but am stopped in my tracks by the realization that I am not yet in touch with my feelings.
To appeal to the entire black-tie audience, two guests of honor have agreed to be on hand for next month's presentation of Service to America Medals to top U.S. government officials: White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. and White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry.
One reader, Randy Yelverton, asked some good questions from a biblical perspective about support for the Bush administration on Iraq. Yelverton notes, "If we believe in the sanctity of life, then we must seriously scrutinize any action that will take so many lives."