Until Washington gets the courage to trust the American people to handle hard and sobering decisions -- and develops a plan of action that does not favor one interest group over another -- real economic solutions are not going to come from Washington.
The second I heard his voice, I knew something was wrong. I had never heard this tone before. "Terry," he said, "the building has been hit by a plane, there is a lot of smoke. We have cell phones and we're going in to the stairwell."
Now that the earthquakes and hurricanes have past we'll be inundated with news about the upcoming 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history. Exploitation of an American tragedy, some might say.
While Judge Hellerstein has looked after the financial interest of the victims' families it's not always about the money. I believe he dreads sifting through these documents and being held accountable for his ruling.