- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 24, 2001

Unwelcome Rosie
"Nyack-on-Hudson is quite civilized… There are about 6,000 people in this village, happily watching land values skyrocket and pitying the poor sods who call Manhattan home…
"Now the quiet happiness of this riverside village, 25 miles from New York, is about to be marred by the return of Long Islands Most Unwanted, Rosie ODonnell.
"ODonnell is a fat television host. She considers Tom Cruise a desirable male and Madonna an intelligent and attractive female… .
"There is grief galore with ODonnells move to Nyack. She has lived here before, made herself deeply unpopular and is not wanted back… .
"The court of all testimony against ODonnell is ODonoghues Pub… Opinions are at their most eloquent just after happy hour… . 'Couldnt make friends here, thrown out of Hickville, Conn. Should go back to Long Island.
"It has been noted in the Nyacks that ODonnell, a rabid antigun activist, employs a plethora of heavily armed bodyguards around her and her children at all times. There are many Marine and Army veterans at ODonoghues, and this hypocrisy does not sit well with them. Her avowed lesbianism draws no comment."
—Ian Hunter, writing on "Rosie Invades Nyack," in the April 18 issue of New York Press

Generation gap

"I went jogging the other day. It was a beautiful sunny day. I live in a typical, middle-class neighborhood, two- and three-bedroom houses, mostly families with school-aged kids.
"Something seemed odd, though… . It was so quiet. Then I realized, there were no kids out playing. A perfect day, late in the afternoon and for blocks and blocks, not one kid riding a bike or throwing a ball or shooting baskets. In fact, no one was outside doing anything.
"When I was a kid, there seemed to be an endless game of kickball going on in my neighborhood. Kids came from blocks around. We all knew each other by name and often by nickname… .
"So what are kids doing today? Playing video games. Thats what. Or downloading bomb-making recipes off the Internet.
"Kids can find anything they want on the Internet these days. When I was a kid we had to be creative. If we wanted to see naked women (and we did), we looked at topless pygmies in the National Geographic."
—Phil Perrier, writing on "Its a beautiful day; where are the kids?" Wednesday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

'Tyranny of awareness

"Perhaps it is too harsh to pronounce the debate over the Mississippi flag as meaningless. No question, it is understandable for a debate to rage about the representation, painful or positive, of a peoples heritage. But what also surely deserves debate is the wisdom of solemnly wrapping real issues into the form of a fight over a flag…
"We are living in … a tyranny of awareness, or the idea of awareness as an end in itself. Its not that awareness is not generally a very good thing. But those who believe that replacing a flag would accomplish anything other than … replacing a flag should bear in mind our national talent for denial…
"None of this is to say that the flag might not have been a very good thing. But it is a very bad thing indeed — bad for the culture, bad for our politics — to conflate the small, the simplistic and the symbolic for matters vast, the complicated, and the real."
—Tish Durkin, writing on "Racial Politicking, " in the April 21 issue of National Journal

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