June 17, 2007
Dads at Dinner?
"EACH night, in the United States, more than 50 million children eat dinner without their fathers. Given this grim statistic, it seems appropriate to wonder what difference a father makes anyway. Or, put differently, does dining with Dad matter, or is a father at the dinner table like a kidney or a lung — nice to have but not essential for living?"
By Cameron Stracher, NY Times Link to Article (last visited 6-17-07 NVS)
Detention and Deportation of Fathers
"“Something else could be done,” his 13-year-old son Junior pleaded to the New York-based advocacy group Families for Freedom, “because kids need their fathers.”
Right now the physical, emotional, financial and legal status of American-born minors like Junior can neither delay nor prevent their parents’ detention or deportation. Last year, Representative José E. Serrano, a Democrat from New York, introduced a bill that would allow immigration judges to take into consideration the fates of American-born children while reviewing their parents’ cases. The bill has gone nowhere, while more and more American-citizen children continue to either lose their parents or their country."
By Edwidge Danticat, NY Times Editorial Link to Article (last visited 6-17-07 NVS)
"First Family Values"
". . . a different kind of first family could also blur the sharp line of red-blue antagonism. The endless fight over “values” always seems to pit two idealized states against each other — the prelapsarian world of “the intact family” against the liberatory culture of “the ’60s.” Who actually lives in one of these worlds — besides the current tenants of the White House? Wouldn’t it be to our benefit to scramble those boundaries?"
By James Traub, N.Y. Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/17/magazine/17wwln-lede-t.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin Link to Article (last visited 6-17-07 NVS)