Thursday, April 21, 2005

A pragmatic idealist

I don't know why it seems uplifting to read this, but it is. Bob Herbert writes For Marla, No Sacrifice Too Great of a quixotic quest that to me demonstrates the best of the human spirit. (If you're not a user of the New York Times website, you will need to register.)

You can read the news account of Marla Ruzicka's death and noble life here at

some of the reaction to her passing at Philly

and here, the work of the group she founded: Civic Worldwide .

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Rowing upstream in a quickening current

I have doubts about current efforts to pass a federal "shield law." I don't think Kristof takes a position on that here, but what he writes is a pretty good start on the reasons for my doubts. The New York Times, op-ed page: A Slap in the Face