April 2, 2013 |
The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics say could open the door to the risky lending that caused the housing crash in the first place. President Obama's economic advisers and outside experts say the nation's much-celebrated housing rebound is leaving too many people behind , including young people looking to buy their first homes and...
May 11, 2013 |
Shorty needed a ride home. She got confused sometimes, the result of some undefined mental condition, and wasn't always sure where she'd wandered. Her family knew this about Michelle "Shorty" Knight, all 4 feet 7 inches of her, and that's why they worried. She got in a car. It begins there, with that simple act, a 21-year-old — in many ways still very much a girl — got in a car. Aug. 22, 2002. If she'd looked up in that last moment of freedom,...
December 27, 2008
It's true that humanist parents have difficulty finding a supportive community similar to that found in a church [news story, Dec. 21]. Luckily, our area has three Ethical Societies -- one each in Northern Virginia, Washington and Baltimore. Each group is a "congregation" that provides Sunday school for children, meetings for adults and other activities. All welcome visitors seeking an alternative to traditional religious beliefs and doctrines, people who have faith in reason and compassion and who seek a...
November 29, 2008
Judith Levine's Nov. 23 Outlook article illustrated a point -- "Don't Buy It" -- that can't be made enough to our overborrowed and overstimulated nation. I would, however, like to complicate the seemingly simple dichotomy Ms. Levine drew between public and private consumption. She stated that we choose between private consumption or investment via taxes in the public good ("we're in this together"). I would argue that there are structures and policies that prevent us from feeling connected as a community and that this "choice" between public and...
August 5, 2011 |
One of my emotions after being laid off was sadness over the loss of community. I felt like I had been banished from a community where I had worked for five and a half years. During my first interview, I found myself continuing to say "we" when discussing my former job. No. You are no longer "we. " "We" is now "they. " The very pleasant surprise, though, has been watching my personal community grow bigger and stronger. I have reconnected with old friends. I have established new friendships.
April 7, 2012
Regarding David Malitz's April 3 Style review, " Bringing darkness, depth to the party ": On the night of March 30, I held two tickets in my hands — one a Mega Millions fantasy and the other a Bruce Springsteen dream. By the next morning, I'd chucked the two-buck thing, and the Boss's bargain was to become my latest salvation. Without needlessly recounting the redemptive and reflective qualities of an E Street Band experience, I shamelessly invite the uninitiated to join the Springsteen multigenerational community...