BEIJING -- I can testify from my own experience in Singapore that the country has evolved into a more compassionate society. In the early 1990s, the talk was all narrowly selfish behavior and being afraid to "lose" in a highly competitive society. Two decades later, Singaporeans take pride in behaving well to others, including disadvantaged members of society, even when nobody is watching.
I do appreciate the love and the consideration that Mr. De Blasio has toward his Italian heritage, but he is the Mayor of New York, a place where his own family arrived to pursue the American Dream. I expect that he will conduct himself with respect for the rules of the place where American Dreams are possible. Nothing less.