Vittoria Romero and her daughter Celia were celebrating with high-fives and big smiles on a bright but chilly morning this week: Theyād successfully filled their compact carās gas tank after less than 30 minutes in line. Across Mexico, people like the Romeros have been contending with hours-long bumper-to-bumper waits at the pumps, reduced bus transportation, and other daily inconveniences for the past two weeks. The fuel distribution problems began after President AndrĆ©s Manuel LĆ³pez Obrador ordered the closure of key pipelines in late December in an effort to curtail rampant fuel theft.
Hector Dias, one of some 400,000 federal employees who are being asked to work without pay, has a blunt message about the governmentās partial shutdown. āWe should not be taken hostage of the political atmosphere,ā says Mr. Dias, a Department of Transportation worker in Washington, echoing the concerns of legions of employees deemed too essential to be furloughed.
The Negroes of Montgomery, Alabama, have started something which will not be stopped by the conviction of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the charge of organizing an illegal boycott. The bus boycott is not halted. It is difficult to see how that process can do anything but hurt the segregationistsā cause.
How do you unrig a rigged election? The question is now playing out in the heart of Africa after a disputed election in Congo last month. The simple answer, of course, is to insist on integrity in the vote count.