As Richard Cohen wrote in his excellent column in Tuesday’s Washington Post, “there is something cleaving this country.” It is a scary idea. I feel this too, and it worries me more than a little. Cohen bases his comments on the embarrassingly crude behavior exhibited by some of the demonstrators who protested unsuccessfully against health care reform last weekend, and then tries to figure out what is behind the commotion. Surely it goes deeper than anger with the initiatives of a president who is “the very soul of center-left moderation,
As I write New Mexico is celebrating a surge of religious activity that despite its deep Roman Catholic roots has little to do with the new Pope Francis, with allowing female priests or married male priests, or with church policies on gays and abortionists. For many members of old New Mexico families this is a happy and non-political day that derives comfort from the traditions of of centuries past.
New Mexico, a huge state nestled between Texas, Arizona, and Colorado, is about to celebrate Easter. Hardly anyone here can ignore it,
Nissan’s welcome announcement this week that it will build a U.K. production line for its all-electric Leaf commuter car, and another for its lithium ion battery, reminds me that things are getting very serious indeed for this initiative. By this time next year we will probably start seeing these vehicles regularly on urban streets, fresh from the Japanese factory. (The second production line will be in Tennessee, followed by the third in northeast England). It’s good news for the environment, but not quite so “green” as some people think.