I hope it is as beautiful where you are reading this as it is in NYC today… I also hope this perfect spring day isn’t a tease. I want to put the cold weather stuff away for good!
It’s a lovely day for flying – too bad many of you who want and need to fly somewhere today may be grounded. Another 900+ flights canceled by American Airlines today. I know I touched on this yesterday, and I definitely prefer to be safe, but how did it get this bad? Nearly 2,500 flights now canceled over the past three days, 140,000 passengers stranded, and this afternoon word the American MD-80 fleet won’t be ready before Saturday. I think it’s going to take more than a voucher to win some travelers back.
Senator Barack Obama doesn’t think “don’t ask, don’t tell” works. He told The Advocate, “I think there's increasing recognition within the Armed Forces that this is a counterproductive strategy. "We're spending large sums of money to kick highly qualified gays or lesbians out of our military, some of whom possess specialties like Arab-language capabilities that we desperately need. That doesn't make us more safe."
It’s interesting he’s bringing this up. Yes, I know he gave the interview to The Advocate after being criticized for not giving the gay press enough attention, but the headline did grab me. I wonder how aggressively Obama would pursue a change in the policy? I wonder how the country would react to the issue this time around? I’d like to find out.
The Dalai Lama supports the Olympic Games – he doesn’t support efforts to silence those protesting the situation in Tibet. He spoke out on a stopover in Tokyo, en route to Seatlle. In some ways, it’s sad the two have become so intertwined that it’s tough to tell what the demonstrators are protesting. While the upcoming Beijing games offer incredible visibility for those protesting China’s increasingly tight hold on Tibet, I find it sad for the athletes and the games.
The Olympics are supposed to be about bringing the world together, promoting understanding and unity. Athletes spend their lives dreaming of this moment, and work harder than many of us can imagine to get there. It would be wonderful if – in the true spirit of the games – the summer Olympics DID bring the world together this time around, joining the globe to push for better treatment of people everywhere. I hope it’s still possible.
OK, let’s end this News Note on the upside – after all, with the most perfect spring day right outside my window, how can I not be positive? I even snuck in a family picnic with my husband, son and dog before work… not bad at all. I leave you with baby Liam and his now strongly beating heart…
– Erica Hill, 360 Correspondent
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