November 14, 1991
Voters in Takoma Park last week narrowly approved a referendum calling for the extension of municipal voting rights to non-citizens. Sometimes derided as "Berkeley East," Takoma Park has a history of trendy gestures. It has proclaimed itself a nuclear-free zone and a sanctuary for Central American refugees. Now it has declared that aliens, legal or not, shouldn't be discriminated against just for not being American.That sounds noble, and furthermore appears at first sight to rest upon a principle as old as the Republic -- no taxation without representation.
August 19, 1997
CHICAGO -- You do it all the time. You do it wildly, at cocktail parties. You might even do it in the shower. You certainly do it on the phone. And you absolutely do it whenever you explain to someone how to get from there to here.You flail. You point. You curl and uncurl your fingers. You twirl your hand this way and that.In a word, you gesture.Ah, you think, nothing to it. Just random fly-swatting. Something to do with your paws while your jaw flaps up and down.No. You are, in a word, wrong.
March 7, 2004
President Bush doesn't get much praise in this space. He hardly gets any at all, actually. But last week, the president indulged in a single, simple gesture that made me proud, for it symbolized what real democracy is about. The president picked up the telephone and called Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to congratulate him on his effective victory as the Democratic Party's nominee for president - that is, for the right to run against Bush in this year's election. American freedom and liberty are much bally-hooed in support of many causes, from war to religion and many other enterprises, some decent, some not. Often the rallying call is misused, abused even.
August 11, 2006
A Major League Baseball official confirmed yesterday that the league fined Miguel Tejada, who was caught by television cameras making an apparent obscene gesture to a fan during the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday. The amount of the fine was undisclosed, but both league and Orioles officials considered the gesture out of character for Tejada, who is regarded as one of the most fan-friendly players in baseball. "I want to apologize to everyone, especially to the Orioles fans and the fans in Toronto, for my action in Wednesday's game," said Tejada in a statement released by the Orioles yesterday.
May 3, 1997
The first time I interviewed him, about a year ago, he came out of his office to meet me, smiling warmly and extending both his hands in an open, welcoming gesture.I did not know it then, of course, but in those first moments of our meeting the very essence of Taghi Modarressi was laid bare: His warmth, his optimism, his eagerness to welcome and embrace the world.Such qualities served Dr. Modarressi well in both his passions: psychiatry and writing.As a child psychiatrist he set himself the highest of goals -- to find the answer to one of life's most compelling and mysterious questions: What goes on in the mind of a baby?
March 25, 1991
We have the uneasy feeling that City Councilwoman Sheila Dixon may have done herself a regrettable but lasting disservice with her dramatic gesture with her shoe last week. As has been amply reported, Dixon took off her shoe to dramatically underscore her statement, which was ominous enough in its own right: "You've been running things for the last 20 years. Now the shoe is on the other foot. See how you like it."By "you" she meant her white colleagues on the Baltimore City Council. Dixon's sense of indignation is, no doubt, rooted in demonstrable injustice in the past.