Iraq. Partisan squabbling in Congress. The pricing and marketing of prescription drugs. Global warming. Global poverty.
As we segue from the little things back to the big things, I hope that we don't lose the sensibilities of summer. Let's try to keep summer in our hearts and minds as a guide for dealing with the big issues of the rest of the year.
Summer sensibilities can improve national health. Nutrition and exercise are alternatives to high-cost prescription drugs. If you like your leaner look from summer activities, keep walking. Then think about children. Lobby for universal childhood immunization, more nutritious school lunches and enhanced exercise programs. Tell businesses that their workers are much more productive and healthier after quality time with their families.
Summer experiences can increase environmental awareness. Surely the extreme weather of recent summers should raise interest in getting Washington to deal with global warming. Surely the beauty of beaches and mountains should make more people want to protect our natural treasures.
And perhaps summer memories can help us feel more generous toward strangers, whether in Africa, Iraq or American inner cities, as we address problems that threaten the social fabric of America and the world.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter is a Harvard Business School professor. CORRECTION-DATE:September 8, 2005 CORRECTION:
Columns by Rosabeth Moss Kanter that ran on this page July 4, Aug. 17 and Aug. 29 should have indicated they were copyrighted by the Miami Herald, where they first ran. The Herald regrets the omission. LOAD-DATE: August 29, 2005
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watch this! BYLINE:By AMY AMATANGELO BODY:
Fox is first out of the gate with the new drama ``Prison Break,'' premiering tomorrow at 8 p.m. on WFXT (Ch. 25). I'm going to let you in on a little secret: Star Wentworth Miller is so the next big thing, and you can be the first among your friends to announce this.
Today Aug. 28
** The artist formerly know as Puff Daddy - I mean the artist formerly known as P. Diddy - OK, Diddy hosts ``2005 MTV Video Music Awards'' at 8 p.m.
** What has sex, bad language, disloyalty, adultery and an Italian man desperately trying to hold on to his empire? No, it's not ``The Sopranos.'' HBO bides its time before Tony's final season with its 12-episode series ``Rome'' (with Polly Walker) premiering at 9 p.m.
Tomorrow Aug. 29
** Cameron Bancroft guest stars as Lynn's new boyfriend, Joe, on ``Beautiful People'' at 9 p.m. on ABC Family. Joe better watch out because Daphne Zuniga's former ``Melrose Place'' neighbor, Grant Show, soon will be showing up as Lynn's ex-husband.
** Robert is acting like a cold-hearted snake, so Paula Abdul guest stars as her tearful, gushing self on UPN's ``All of Us,'' at 8:30 p.m. on WSBK (Ch. 38).
Tuesday Aug. 30
** Catch Monica Potter and Rhona Mitra while you can on ABC's ``Boston Legal'' at 10 p.m. on WCVB (Ch. 5). Those ladies are out and Julie Bowen (Carol on ``Ed'') is in when the David E. Kelley legal drama returns for its second season on Sept. 27. Because Kelley's ``The Law Firm'' was banished to Bravo, he needs our support right now.
** Vivica A. Fox and David Carradine are in Shelly's kung fu class on UPN's ``Eve,'' at 8:30 p.m. on WSBK.
Wednesday Aug. 31
** ABC is adding three cast members to ``Lost'' next season. If I were one of the original castaways, I'd be a little nervous. It's the beginning of the end for Boone when he and Locke go in search of a way to open that blasted hatch at 10 p.m. on WCVB.
** Smoke (Kirk ``Sticky'' Jones) is in trouble in FX's ``Over There'' at 10 p.m. But it's really FX that is in trouble with the ratings of this Steven Bochco drama. Some say the series about the war in Iraq is too current. Others say it's too confusing. FX is probably just happy that the new season of ``Nip/Tuck'' starts soon.
Thursday Sept. 1
** Did you miss ``Prison Break''? Fox repeats the two-hour pilot at 8 p.m. on WFXT.
** Carmen Electra does her best Carmen Electra when she guest stars as Joey's new co-star on NBC's ``Joey'' at 8 p.m. on WHDH (Ch. 7).
Friday Sept. 2
** Everybody knows that Kelly and Dylan belonged together. Die-hard ``90210'' fans finally get their day when Luke Perry guest stars on WB's ``What I Like About You,'' at 8 p.m. on WLVI (Ch. 56). An inebriated Val (Jennie Garth) accidentally marries old high school fling Todd (Perry). Because Perry stars in NBC's midseason replacement ``Windfall,'' don't look for this union to last long.
** Justin Kirk (``Angels in America'') is fantastic as Nancy's no-good but well-intentioned brother-in-law on ``Weeds'' Friday at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
Saturday Sept. 3
** Nicole Sullivan returns to her old stomping ground as a guest on this repeat of ``MadTV'' at 11 p.m. on WFXT.
** Every season, the seven strangers say it, but this year it actually seems true: This is the most dramatic season yet of ``The Real World.'' Catch up on ``The Real World: Austin,'' when MTV repeats two episodes beginning at 5:30 p.m. LOAD-DATE: August 28, 2005
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Keith lets it rip in the name of patriotism, partying BYLINE: By SARAH RODMAN BODY:
TOBY KEITH, WITH LEE ANN WOMACK AND SHOOTER JENNINGS, last night at the Tweeter Center, Mansfield.
The big dog was let off his leash last night and a sold-out crowd at the Tweeter Center was more than happy to hear him bark.
On The Big Throwdown II tour Toby Keith let loose with his raucous brand of beer-drinking, flag-waving, boot-stomping outlaw country in an hour-and-45-minute set that would've prompted even the most diehard blue-stater to let loose with at least one yee-haw.
Hard-charging songs such as the Mr. Right Now number ``I'm Just Talking About Tonight,'' the swaggering ``Country Comes to Town'' and vigilante jamboree ``Beer For My Horses,'' featuring duet partner Willie Nelson on video, went down like they knew the way and spotlighted Keith's gift for anthemic melodies and catchy slogans.
The brawny Oklahoman owned his big stage - a multitiered replica of a spaceship with a pickup truck busting through that tied into his sponsor's obnoxiously loud preshow commercial - and graciously spotlighted his big band.
That band included an indispensable horn trio and female backup singer who not only added bright flavors to songs like ``I Wanna Talk About Me'' and ``You Ain't Much Fun,'' but also jazzed things up with simple but spirited dance steps.
The trumpet player also took center stage to do a little toasting during a surprisingly effective reggae version of ``Should've Been a Cowboy'' that featured some of Keith's best vocals of the night.
Keith also brought out songwriting partner Scotty Emerick for a short acoustic set that included the comic tale of smoking ``Weed With Willie.''
It was disappointing that Keith ignored the many fine ballads in his catalog that help offset his rowdy redneck image.
While the singing was solid, the band tight and the production values high, the party-hearty vibe could've used a few breaks for emotional substance.
But for some in the crowd that void was likely filled by the aggressively patriotic tunes he dedicated to our armed forces, including the closers ``American Soldier'' and the fire-starting ``Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).'' On the latter he played a guitar tricked out like Old Glory and played footage of him putting his money where his mouth is: meeting and playing for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Luckily, LeAnn Womack took care of emotional business with her shimmering middle set. She classed up the joint with her powerful soprano on ``I May Hate Myself in the Morning,'' a showtopping cover of the classic weeper ``Little Things'' and ``I Hope You Dance.'' GRAPHIC:ROWDY HOWDY: Toby Keith sings in Mansfield. HERALD PHOTO BY MARSHALL WOLF LOAD-DATE: August 28, 2005
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No war stories, no problem. But if Gov. Mitt Romney wants to run for the White House in 2008, he'd better put a lid on his ``landslide'' victory predictions for the governor's office next year, political observers and rivals said yesterday.
On Friday, Romney told the Herald he has not urged his five sons to enlist in the military. Nor does the governor, who backs President Bush's Iraqi war policy, have military experience himself.
The same day, during a nationally televised interview on the MSNBC political talk show ``Hardball,'' Romney predicted a ``landslide'' Massachusetts re-election if he runs for governor next year.
``The president had limited military experience and the vice president never served and yet we have Sen. Kerry as a Democratic nominee, who is a genuine American hero, and that certainly wasn't determinative in the last election,'' said U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Quincy), a Coast Guard veteran.
Michael Goldman, a former longtime Democratic political consultant and co-host of ``Simply Put'' on Bloomberg Radio New York, said, ``One has to be a believer in both Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny'' to think Romney hasn't decided to run for president. And that means he needs to brace for the military question.
``It just seems that someone who supports this war ought to be able to get someone in their family to join the children of Americans already there,'' Goldman said.
Attorney General Tom Reilly and Deval Patrick, both Democratic candidates for governor in 2006, declined to comment on whether Romney's support for the Iraq war appears discordant given that none of his own children is at risk. But they happily slammed their rival's ``Hardball'' comments regarding a gubernatorial run.
``I was struck by the word that he uses, `if,' '' Reilly said during his press conference on the Otis Air National Guard Base. ``There's no `if' with me. I made my decision.''
Patrick said, ``If he really thinks that this is a slam dunk then I hope he stays in the race so I can show him just how off he is.'' LOAD-DATE: August 28, 2005
Gov. Mitt Romney, who has comforted the grieving loved ones of soldiers killed in Iraq and promoted National Guard recruitment, yesterday said he has not urged his own sons to enlist - and isn't sure whether they would.
The Herald posed the question as Romney - a potential 2008 White House contender and backer of President Bush's Iraq policy - was honored by the Massachusetts National Guard after he signed a bill extending pay for state workers on active duty.
``No, I have not urged my own children to enlist. I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve,`` Romney said, his voice tinged with anger.
Massachusetts residents can enlist in the National Guard up to age 39. Romney's five sons range in age from 24 to 35. Neither the Romney children nor the governor have served in the military, Romney spokeswoman Julie Teer said.
More than 1,100 guardsmen and women from Massachusetts are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, a guard spokeswoman said. According to federal statistics, 28 Massachusetts soldiers have been killed so far.
``I don't think you should be so `rah-rah' for a war that you aren't willing to send your own family members to,'' said Rose Gonzalez, 30, of Somerville, whose mother, a state employee, was deployed to Iraq in January. ``If he thinks the war is so just and so important and we shouldn't pull out, then he should encourage his own sons to go.``
Nancy Lessin, a spokeswoman for Military Families Speak Out, said if Romney aspires to be president he should consider the sacrifice made by Franklin D. Roosevelt, the father of four sons all of whom enlisted in World War II.
``This is just one more politician who is willing to risk the lives of our loved ones and celebrate sending them off into a war that we never should have in,'' Lessin said.
But Barbara O'Neill of Haverhill, whose only son, Army Pvt. Evan O'Neill, was killed in a 2003 firefight in Afghanistan praised the governor for his warmth and attention to her family after her son was killed.
``He was sitting right behind me at my son's funeral,'' O'Neill said. ``He went out of his way to make an appearance not for political reasons but because he felt really bad about it.''
Alma Hart of Bedford, whose only son, Army Private First Class John D. Hart was killed in Iraq in 2003, said Romney is a ``decent, sincere man'' who truly cares about the Massachusetts troops.
``The governor shouldn't be so pro-war if his own boys haven't decided to go,'' she said. ``. . . but you can't really say since his sons haven't enlisted he can't talk about the war, because he didn't start this war. This isn't his headache.''
A growing number of Republicans have begun to voice concern over the mounting American deaths, but Romney has been a stalwart backer of Bush's position, which is to remain in Iraq until a stable democracy is in place - even if it takes years. GRAPHIC: SERVING DINNER, NOT THEIR COUNTRY: Gov. Mitt Romney shares dinner duties with sons Ben, Craig, Tagg and his wife, Ann. The governor is a big supporter of the National Guard, but none of his sons has served in the military. Staff file photo by Ted Fitzgerald LOAD-DATE: August 27, 2005
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Make no mistake, it's well understood here that her grief is as real and mean as life can get. Anyone saying time heals all wounds has never buried a child. That's well understood here, too.
But her rancor and venom, so predictably exploited by Pavlovian critics of the president, have turned her grieving into grandstanding, making her less of a sympathetic figure and more of a pain in the neck.
If she truly wants an answer to her question she'd be well-advised to step away from the cameras, forfeiting that newfound fame, spending time instead with other families who, even though their pain and loss were just as great, have found a peace in knowing that their loved ones didn't die in vain.
She might, for instance, want to know more about Alex Arredondo.
Like Casey, Alex was a terrific young man, a source of family pride, a 20-year-old Marine who gave his last full measure of devotion while serving in Iraq.
Perhaps more than any parent of any American soldier, Alex's father, Carlos, personified the anguish of being told, ``We regret to inform you . . .''
It was his 44th birthday and Carlos was carrying a cell phone, anxiously anticipating a congratulatory call from Alex, when a delegation of Marines pulled up to tell him his son was dead. In the wrenching moments that followed, Carlos set himself ablaze, incurring wounds from which he's yet to fully recover.
He was about to become the biggest story of the day, bigger even than Cindy Sheehan, until he had an opportunity to clarify his feelings and it became obvious he neither blamed the Marines nor hated the government, at which point the media lost interest in him.
One of Carlos' proudest possessions is a letter Alex sent en route to his first tour in