Besides its tall skyscrapers, nothing screams "New York City" more than bright neon lights. While neon signs are not unique to New York, at one point they proliferated in tens of thousands of storefronts throughout the city. And just like Broadway, which they are often associated with, neon signs became an iconic part of the city's landscape by the middle of the twentieth century. But a changing landscape is unfolding and an increasing number of neon signs are disappearing.
If Ireland had Roe v. Wade, women like Savita Halappanavar wouldn't have to die needless deaths.
On a recent trip to Mexico City as part of a delegation of Mexican-American and American Jewish leaders, I heard a joke that is circulating among the intelligentsia: "Mexicans are observing daylight savings time in a major way. On December 1, they'll turn the clocks back 100 years." Actually, it's not quite a century. The reference seems to be to 1929, when the Institutional Revolutionary Party (or an earlier version of it) kicked off what would be a 71-year hold on the presidency. In the 20th century, PRI became notorious for the brutality, corruption, election rigging, and brazen thievery of its leaders and their cronies.