August 27, 2012
The platforms that the two political parties publish every four years are a lot like the warranties that come with washers or refrigerators: Nobody ever reads them, but if you do, you find that nothing in them actually applies. This year, though, the Republican platform is getting lots of attention because it contains a plank calling for a human life amendment to the Constitution that outlaws abortion and makes no exception for rape, incest or the health of the mother. That's pretty much the same pro-life plank that was in party platforms in previous campaigns, but it is in the spotlight because of the clueless comments of Congressman Todd Akin - that a woman's reproductive system actually shuts down during rape, preventing conception - and the selection by Mitt Romney of Paul Ryan as his running mate, a man who describes himself as "as pro-life as you can get. " But let me ask you this, as the Republicans convene in Tampa: Are you pregnant and contemplating an abortion?
October 19, 2012
Today's editorial "What about climate change?" (Oct. 18) was great! Thank you for asking the question that CNN's Candy Crowley decided was less important than the economy during the debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. You described Mr. Obama as "head-and-shoulders above his challenger," but being as far behind as we are on climate change isn't a virtue. James Hansen of NASA is the planet's best-informed climate scientist. He said we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6 percent per year, until we reach zero emissions.
November 6, 2012
I am a proud Democrat and have been for my entire adult life. So when the Supreme Court ruled that George W. Bush was the winner of the 2000 presidential election, I was deeply disappointed but consoled myself by thinking, "how much harm could one president do?" Well, I found out. In the eight disastrous years of the Bush presidency, our country went from prosperity - the budget surplus was a huge campaign issue! - to nearly complete economic collapse, and from a nation whose president helped to end long-standing international conflicts (remember President Clinton's actions in Bosnia and Ireland?
April 6, 1991
MOSCOW -- The Russian Federation parliament scheduled yesterday a presidential election for June 12, setting the stage for the first popular election of a Russian leader in history and handing front-runner Boris N. Yeltsin a political triumph.In a convincing 607-228 vote, the parliament also gave final approval to expanded powers for Mr. Yeltsin, now the parliamentary leader, until the first elected president with full executive powers takes office."I want to thank you for your confidence," the big, white-haired Russian leader told the Congress of People's Deputies after prolonged applause.
September 6, 1992
Travelers overseas on Nov. 3 and 4 will be able to keep abreast of the presidential election results at get-togethers around TV sets. American communities in cities like London and Paris, for example, usually organize such events, although some are private. Now Hong Kong has taken up the election theme.Several American groups in the colony, including the League of Women Voters, the American Chamber of Commerce and the American University Club, are presenting a gala called Election Central '92 Hong Kong in the Marriott Hotel ballroom from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 4, the day after the election.
November 24, 1991
NEW YORK -- A year from now, Wall Street's great question about the 1992 presidential election will have been answered.No, not whether George Bush will be re-elected.Rather, it is whether the stock market will turn in a positive performance in the next year, as it has in nine of the 11 post-World War II presidential contests.According to William LeFevre, market strategist for Tucker Anthony Inc., the stock market "can't be counted on to predict an election winner," but it has "shown a reasonably predictable pattern for the year heading up to the election."