- The Washington Times - Friday, May 9, 2003

Noble: Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, proud patriot.

Mrs. Schlossberg could be enjoying the easy life of a blue-blood. The daughter of John Fitzgerald and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, she has the life story and the financial security to support whatever lifestyle she desires. She’s also got plenty of things to do. When she is not raising funds for the schools of New York City, she’s looking after her three children. She doesn’t really enjoy the spotlight, and almost certainly has a number of high-brow friends for whom patriotism is, at best, an unseemly business.

So, why did she take time ill-spared, risk alienating her friends and embark on a publicity tour for her new book, “A Patriot’s Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love”?

The simple answer is that she’s proud of her country. The book is a collection of the words and works that sculpted America. It is not simply a celebration of the American land. It is a celebration of the American character — of what makes America, as a nation unique and blessed. There are speeches from all the recent presidents (yes, there are several by her father), but there are also poems and songs, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride” and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.”

Mrs. Schlossberg sees American citizenship as far more important than membership in a particular political party. “I certainly grew up feeling incredibly patriotic, and obviously I think service is a huge part of that,” she told CBS’ Harry Smith. “I don’t think it’s liberal or conservative. I think — you know, Ronald Reagan called for an informed patriotism that starts at the dinner table, and I think that’s really what we want.”

When Mr. Smith reminded her of Samuel Johnson’s remark, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” she responded by noting Thomas Jefferson’s observation in his first inaugural address, “We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists,” and rightly reminding her host that the bonds that were formed during the Revolutionary War continue to hold us together.

That they do is thanks to the proud service and spirited works of red-blooded patriots like Mrs. Schlossberg.

Knaves: Larry Eustachy, pathetic partier.

The married Mr. Eustachy apparently enjoys the campus party scene about as much as he enjoys coaching. The Iowa State basketball coach resigned this week, after photographs of him partying with co-eds at the University of Missouri were published in the Des Moines Register. He was also seen drinking and flirting with Kansas State students at a party last year.

The pity is that he’s an outstanding coach, at least in the statistical sense. He led Iowa State to two Big 12 titles, and he was named National Coach of the Year in 2000.

However, he seems to have forgotten the first principle of college coaching — character-building. Although college athletics have become intensely commercialized, coaches are still supposed to be more than simply than game-masters. They are expected to be mentors. They are supposed to be behavioral models for their developing charges, teaching them not only on-court technique, but also off-court character. While they might not always be the most temperate examples, they should be more than pathetic partiers.

Mr. Eustachy apologized and admitted that he has an alcohol problem. He resigned from his coaching position after agreeing to a $1 million settlement. He’s reportedly in a treatment program — hoping to find a way to cork the demons he’s dealing with. Perhaps, he will even rediscover his first love — coaching — in the fullest sense of the word.

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