Friday, March 9, 2012
With a possible conflict between Iran and Israel, could Russia and Iran form an alliance? Don't rule it out.
With Israel openly discussing a possible attack on Iran, the thought of revisiting the cold war seems, for some, a frightening idea and, for others an unfinished fight that deserves a second look. The recent (and controversial) Russian Presidential election that propelled Vladimir Putin back to the throne has highlighted some worrisome trends in Russia. Russia is still a country that attracts the attention of average U.S. citizens. In fact, in the 2008 Presidential election, Arizona Sen. and presidential candidate John McCain said that he saw “ the KGB” when he looked into the eyes of former and (newly) elected Russian president Vladimir Putin—as opposed to former President Bush, who said he had seen Putin’s soul. With two American …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Does the Mayor's recent State of The City speech signify the end of busing? Or does the word "busing" itself hinder the process for the ultimate goal of better schools?
In history, a handful of phrases have conjured such hostility as to forever alter their original, mundane meaning. In Boston, we have "bussing,"—or "forced busing" if you will. The city cannot progress forward with this same failed system in place. Supposing the factors around busing now are different than they were in the 70's when Judge Garrity made his infamous decision, is it possible to correct the mistakes made in yesteryear regarding this original decision? I believe we can, but we must study history, or we will repeat the same mistakes. The philosophy, the purpose behind busing is something I wholeheartedly support. Segregated school systems and/or underfunded programs and schools in minority districts are not only unfair, but …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Discussing the Tim Thomas affair.
[Editor's note: This column originally ran on Wednesday, Jan. 28] As many people in Bruins nation are now aware, Tim Thomas decided to skip President Obama's invitation to the White House. The fallout has been immense, filled with some legitimate commentary as well as some hypocritical condemnations. Thomas, who subscribes to a strict adherence to the Tea Party ideology, made it clear his reason for not attending the White House event. Thomas, on his Facebook page released this statement, citing among other things, “out of control spending of the federal government” andhis interpretation of the constitution. Thomas, as he stated, had every right to not attend this event. But, some of the pundits who have opined on this subject have missed …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Get ready Boston for Tebowmania!
Ladies and Gentlemen, on Saturday night at 8 p.m., the Tim Tebow train comes roaring into the commonwealth. For those of you who are unfamiliar or baffled by the enormous exposure of one Tim Tebow or simply do not follow football, here is the 411: -Tim Tebow is a professional football player who play's for the Denver Broncos. -He is a polarizing figure because of his unabashed Christianity. -He claims he is a virgin and saving himself until marriage. (And I believe him without a shadow of a doubt.) -He made a controversial pro-life ad with his mom that aired during the Super Bowl. -And his football ability has been questioned from the moment he entered the NFL draft. As well as a million other things, but the point being, this is more …
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Time magazine said the "Protestor" was person of the year. But if we are to choose a group, it should be the men and woman coming home from Iraq.
Trying to pick a Person of the year is a difficult task. Every year, thousands of newspapers , magazines and countless blogs try and spin who they deem worthy of person of the year honors. This year is no different except, this year, as far as this writer is concerned, picking the person of the year is quite easy. In addition, little thought was put into who it would be, but a deep sense of reflection and thought was devoted to why it was who we have chosen. Considering this is the first time I have done this sort of annual thing, I felt it was necessary to ponder the exact particulars of what should qualify someone as a candidate for person of the year. Is it notoriety? Must it be born from something deemed morally sound? Or should we …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Should we say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Me, much a do about nothing!
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Jack Kelly
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
There are certain guarantees in life: death, taxes and the annual and always 'controversial' what do we say to someone during the holidays, I mean Christmas or, man, never mind. Truth, I believe there are far more important issues to argue about than this and am indifferent as to how someone addresses me to acknowledge a season that has become far too commercialized anyway. However, sometimes like many others, I care, but not because of the actual topic, but because of the emotions people display when arguing this. Except, I guess something that does bother me, is the annoying fact I have to think about this when I say it to someone. For example, when bumping into a casual acquaintance who I enjoy a quick hello and the usual small talk …