Sunday, June 17, 2007
"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)
"“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)
". . . 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)