AMERICAN NOTES: Watching New York Writhe

As New Yorkers reflect on the reluctance of other Americans to rush to their rescue (see story page 8), they are sometimes tempted to imagine that they are victims of the outlander's hatred for the sophisticated metropolis. As Queens College Professor Andrew Hacker put it last week, "By all means let us have some serious belt tightening if that is Kankakee's condition for buying our bonds. But what is also wanted is some kind of mea culpa: repentance for past profligacies." Certainly some Americans are not above a little gloating. A group of Rotarians applauded...

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