Monthly Archives: August 2006
By JOSE DE LA ISLA
It was August of 1966. Summer and my teen years were ending. From the Trailways bus station in Houston I telephoned my college-bound friend Steve with a request. Could he meet me at the Austin bus station and drop me off at a spot on the highway about 60 miles south of there? When he picked me up, I explained my intention was to join La Marcha.
America chose the automobile over other forms of transportation long before 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, legislation that authorized the construction of our national interstate highway system and represented a deep commitment to private transportation by means of the internal combustion engine. Without our 47,000 miles of four-lane, limited-access interstate highways, America would be a very different place.
By CLIFFORD D. MAY
We are where we are in Iraq, and it's not a comfortable place. We are where we are in Iraq because mistakes were made both in planning and executing the war. If we could do it all over again, what would we do differently?
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
British Petroleum caused barely a ripple in announcing late last week that a troubled compressor had forced it to cut oil production at Prudhoe Bay, already halved by a leaky pipeline, by almost half again. Nor has it been easy to find headlines about the alarming disclosures from various investigations into BP's record on maintaining equipment and following regulations.
One of the perks of being president is being able to take credit, deserved or not, for good news. Of course, the opposite is also true, and adding to President Bush's run of bad news is a softening economy.