Don’t forget those who comforted

“Where were you when you found out?” everyone asks. Surprisingly I hadn’t given too much thought to this question over the past couple of years until someone asked, “Who was your most memorable high school teacher?” (Yes, I was still in high school then.) Enterprise 9/11 coverage News: Finally, World Trade Center rises from ground […]

America’s not quite as secure as it thinks it is

The issue: As our security forces decline, it’s up to each of us to be alert In the aftermath of 9/11, the public perception was that there was a massive increase in security all across the board: federal, state and local. Except for the federal government, that was largely illusory. In some areas, we are […]

A jobs program at Obama’s doorstep

The issue: Maintaining our capital city’s parks is not make-work, it’s necessary, and young people can do it President Barack Obama’s jobs plan likely will have a significant public works component and that’s all to the good. The problem with government public works spending — roads, bridges, public buildings, water and sewer facilities, and flood […]

Do we stay in Iraq or do we go?

The issue: Withdrawing our troops has been more difficult that expected Iraq was to have been so simple. A quick three-month conquest of the country with a relatively light force. Be welcomed by the Iraqis as liberators. Oust Saddam Hussein. Destroy his weapons of mass destruction. And then depart, leaving behind a grateful democracy. AS […]

Fear is where we live now

By Rebecca Pope Mr. Rogers would have pronounced it a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Washington’s swampy summer weather had given way to fresher, cleaner air. The sky was clear and blue. I’d finished teaching two of my three classes at Georgetown University. Early days — the students and I were still taking each other’s […]

Each 9/11, I stop to remember

By T. Nietling Sept. 11, 2001, was an ordinary morning in Virginia. The coolness in the air suggested an early fall. Starting the car following my first home visit of the day, I immediately tuned in to my radio. I honestly could not follow what was being said. The announcer’s speech was all over the […]

‘Catching up’ can be a lot of fun

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 20 years. I was laid off recently for the second time. While reviewing our finances, I noticed that our cellphone usage had substantially increased. I asked my wife about it, and she explained that she was catching up with friends. I normally do not look […]

A Kenyan’s view of U.S. democracy

By Peter Mutinda Mutua I come from Kenya, a country that sees the United States as its role model as far as democracy is concerned. I experienced many good things about the American political system. I saw these things for myself when I lived in Davis on the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program. I saw that […]

We’re still seeking the truth

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks that shook America, building experts and volunteers with the nonprofit organization Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth are asking Americans to take a closer look. They are calling for a new, truly independent investigation of the catastrophic destruction of the three World […]

Join with others in resolve

The tragedy of 9/11 was felt not only in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, but across the country and around the world. Our country is a nation of immigrants, and so it was that citizens of different faiths from more than 70 countries died in the terrorist attacks that day. The shock and grief we […]

Daughter too busy for visitation

Dear Annie: When I divorced three years ago, my ex-husband and I worked out a visitation schedule whereby he gets our children three weekends a month. Now that our older child is 13, she is involved with a great many extracurricular activities and has a busy social life. “Sydney” has canceled quite a few weekends […]

Are we there yet?: ‘Boardom’ sets in, in a good way!

I’ve often said to my boss, volunteer extraordinaire Debbie Davis, that I feel like a total slacker when it comes to helping out in our community. Sure, I’ve worked at Birch Lane’s Spring Fling in years past, and I’ve helped man The Enterprise booth at Celebrate Davis, but that kind of volunteering is pretty low-level. […]