February 2013

Gwen’s Take | The Blame Game and Other Perplexing Things

Posted: Thu, 02/28/2013 - 6:42pm

The man in my audience at Ohio University this week was exasperated. Why, he wondered, can’t Washington get its act together?

Why indeed?

I can’t say I had a good answer. But it was clear that –- in Athens, Ohio, at least –- the latest budget cutting debate is going over about as well as that moment when your misbehaving children blame each other for starting it first. This is when you threaten to pull the car over.

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Gwen’s Take | Inside the Supreme Court with Sonia Sotomayor

Posted: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 5:50pm

There are few places in Washington as grand as the Supreme Court. The staircases sweep; the marble columns soar, and the carved archways inside guide visitors down hushed hallways. The chamber itself, with its velvet drapes, elevated bench and rich history, makes you drop your voice to a whisper once you’re inside.

Gwen’s Take | Happy 100th Birthday, Rosa Parks

Posted: Thu, 02/07/2013 - 3:31pm

We know instinctively that not everything we come to believe as history is true. But we want it to be.

We want to believe that a timid seamstress sat down on a city bus in December, 1955 and refused to give up her seat to a white man because she was just too tired.

We want to believe that she was a solitary heroine who single-handedly desegregated public transportation in Montgomery, Alabama overnight.

And we want to believe that she spent the rest of her days comfortably, secure in the knowledge that her meek, nonviolent approach to injustice made all the difference.