December 14, 2009
UNITED STATES President Barack Obama email@example.com www.whitehouse.gov/ president The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20500 (202) 456-1111 Vice President Joe Biden vice_president@ whitehouse.gov www.whitehouse.gov/ vicepresident The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20500 (202) 456-1111 Congressman Adam B. Schiff (D-29th District)
December 7, 2009
GLENDALE — School board President Mary Boger had her job description grow exponentially last week after being elected vice president of the largest state educational association in the nation. Boger will not have to relocate to Sacramento, but her position in the California School Boards Assn. leadership will require a lot of traveling. “It’s a far greater commitment of time for me, but it also means a larger platform for me to advocate for children and public education,” she said.
May 30, 2009
So I’m driving home the other day, and we pass a barber shop. The kids notice the candy stick-like barber pole out front and ask what that means. “I’m glad you ask,” I tell them, and proceed to enlighten them with what Wikipedia told me. “In the Middle Ages,” I start, “barbers not only cut hair, but also performed surgery and tooth extractions. Oh, and they used leeches for bloodletting. A basin at the top of the pole represented the vessel in which the leeches were kept.
May 16, 2009
President Obama decided to end the National Day of Prayer event at the White House, which for years was a staple for President George W. Bush, disappointing evangelicals and other religious groups who saw it as an important endorsement of the role of religion in guiding a nation. What message do you think rescinding the event sends? And what role, then, should the president and other government leaders play in promoting faith-based messages? Scaling back the White House observance of the National Day of Prayer after so many years is an unwise decision, because this step sends a message that religious beliefs and values may not be central to the president’s agenda.
April 25, 2009
Some might call it calculated diplomacy, but President Obama’s statement Friday on the Armenian Genocide was nothing short of failure. Despite repeated pledges during his presidential campaign and statements as a U.S. senator, in which he called the 1915 genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire undeniable, Obama on Friday instead issued a carefully worded statement calling the massacre of roughly 1.5 million Armenians “one of...
January 23, 2009
What an exciting week! Whether or not you voted for the man, Barack Obama is now firmly installed in the White House and with his inauguration a new era has been ushered in. Seeing this family man with a huge smile on his face, his wife and children nearby, as he took the oath of office was very uplifting, I thought. And, of course, having young children in the White House again brings a whole new energy to the presidency, an energy that no doubt the former senator from Illinois is going to need in the years ahead.