Last weekend, during a trip to Asia that was designed to build U.S. influence in the area, President Obama bowed to Japan’s Emperor Akihito. This single action caused a storm of controversy. Responses have been polarized, divided down party lines. Obama’s Republican critics say it was a sign of subservience, and the president was showing weakness. The State Department, however, has stressed that “the president was simply showing respect.”
This week, there is great news coming from the New York City Council. There are new faces on the council. A quarter of its members are new.
Wow! And we thought that this year’s elections would pale in comparison to last year’s exciting presidential race.
On Oct. 1, the new name of a rail line in Doraville, Ga., is currently under fire for being racially insensitive. Formerly called the Doraville to Airport Line, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) decided to give its lines color designations instead. The Doraville line is now called the Yellow Line.
Last Tuesday, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) proposed a new method for student enrollment: assigning students to schools based on their addresses. SPS plans to phase in its new method over the next several years starting next fall.
“I’m guessing that by the end of the year that the U.S.- China relationship is going to be sailing higher and will be more positive as a relationship than at any other time in the 30 years of our formal diplomatic relationship,” Jon Huntsman said. Huntsman is the new U.S. ambassador to China. “That’s just my hunch.”
By now, most of us are all aware of Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst at President Obama during the president’s speech about health care reform to Congress. Wilson’s comment came at the moment when Obama promised that illegal immigrants would not be covered by his health care bill.
Something we hear a lot these days: Seattle is the gateway to the Pacific.
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, many kids were waking up before noon for the first time in months. They were going back to school. This year, however, their first day started out a little differently. Many watched and listened to President Obama on TV as he delivered some remarks about getting an education and doing well in school.
Mayor Greg Nickels conceded defeat last Friday in his bid for a third term. The two men who will advance to the general election in November are T-Mobile Executive Joe Mallahan and Sierra Club activist Mike McGinn. All three candidates are Democrats.