Archive: February, 2010
Sometimes caricature is more memorable than character. So it may be with former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr., who died Saturday at age 85. He may be remembered more for a misstatement than for his long, illustrious career of dedicated public service.
The retired four-star Army general advised three presidents, including Ronald Reagan, whom he served as secretary of state. It was in that capacity that Haig declared after Reagan was shot in an unsuccessful assassination attempt in 1981 that, “I am in control here, in the White House.”
Haig said he was merely trying to reassure Americans that the government was stable, but critics implied he was trying to grab power by ignoring the constitutional line of succession. Regardless, the ammunition for stand-up comics colored any future political ambitions.
With a win at home Tuesday tonight, the Philadelphia University Rams will put basketball coach Herb Magee atop the record books.
Magee, head coach at the school since 1967, has amassed 902 wins in his career. No men’s basketball coach at any college level has won more games.
Not Bob Knight, who’s currently tied with Magee at 902. Not Adolph Rupp at Kentucky. Not Dean Smith at North Carolina.
The much-maligned American Recovery and Reinvestment Act approved by Congress last year set aside $5 billion in welfare funding, but much of the money hasn’t been tapped.
Pennsylvania is eligible for $359.7 million; New Jersey is eligible for $202 million. But each state so far has used only a fraction of that money. The deadline for using the funds is Sept. 30.
With so many people out of work and hurting, officials in Harrisburg and Trenton need to work harder to make sure their states apply for available stimulus money from Washington to create local jobs.