Winnetka, IL., Ruth attended New Trier High School, and Smith College, then went on to be the first woman to graduate from Boston Architectural College. On February 22, 1948 she married William Francis Ganong, and raised four children. More from Berkeley Patch
She dedicated her life to public service, serving in many roles including as Albany School Board President, Mayor of Albany, and on the Boards of the Albany YMCA and AC Transit where she served one term as president. She was involved for many years in protecting San Francisco Bay and improving education in Albany. She loved to entertain, paint, build things, play Scrabble, travel the world and cook exotic foods. Despite being told she would never walk without a brace after having polio as a child, she never let it slow her down and also enjoyed jogging, bicycling, backpacking and sailing.She survived her late husband, William Francis Ganong and leaves behind her children and their spouses, Francis Ganong and Marilyn Newman, Susan and Howard Hardie, Anna and Ginny Hobbet, and James Ganong and Cynthia Lorence, 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a great community of life-long friends in Albany.Donations in her honor can be made in lieu of flowers to The Albany Education Foundation (1320 Solano Avenue, Suite 203 Albany, CA 94706) or to the Albany YMCA (921 Kains Avenue Albany, CA 9... http://patch.com/california/berkeley/loving-memory-ruth-margaret-jackson-ganong-0
The Boston Globe on Britain possibly leaving the European Union:
In promising his constituents a vote on whether to quit the European Union, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron made a high-risk move - one that, under the right conditions, could also have a high upside both for his country and for the cause of European integration.
At the moment, voters tell pollsters they're worried about the immigration of workers from other EU countries and the security of Britain's borders. Complaints about the unwieldiness of the EU apparatus are widespread. For these and other reasons, Cameron hopes to negotiate looser terms of membership that may make Britons more comfortable with staying in the union. One way or another, though, a vote will occur - perhaps next year, and certainly by the end of 2017. When that happens, advocates of continued membership will need to do something they rarely do: make a forceful case to British voters for why EU membership has been healthy and productive for the country.
If forced to do so, opponents of Brexit - a British withdrawal from the union - can cite significant benefits that membership in a larger European market brings to a modest-sized island nation. Europe is the major export destination for the products of major British industries. For American, Canadian, and Australian companies, it's only logical to use Britain as an entry point to the mainland. London has emerged as a financial center for the entire continent.
British voters see lots of news coverage of the difficulties that come with EU regulation and the inordinately complex politics of a political body with more than two dozen members. Whatever else it achieves, a ballot campaign will highlight the day-to-day economic benefits of membership.
None of which means that every form of integration is worthwhile. Britain's refusal to adopt the euro now looks prescient. The economies of Germany and Greece are too different to share a common monetary policy without a common fiscal policy. While Germans bristle at Greece's mismanagement of its own finances, German industry enjoys more favorable exchange rates on its products than it would if Greece weren't bringing down the value of the euro. As the debate over "Grexit" - should Greece leave the euro? - dragged on during the past several years, the British public was lucky to be able to observe it from a distance.
Still, Britain has developed trade relationships and treaties based on its membership in the EU, and voters there shouldn't opt for breakup without taking stock of what they'd be losing. Amid the profound transformation of major industrialized economies and the considerable uncertainty in global geopolitics, it's easy for anxious voters to lay the blame on the conspicuous struggles of bureaucrats from Brussels. Especially for countries that, like Britain and the United States, have reigned as the world's dominant superpowers, it's deeply unsatisfying to concede autonomy to multinational institutions, which are inevitably cumbersome and flawed.
Yet even proud, prosperous countries can often achieve more when enmeshed in alliances - political and economic - than on their own. The challenge for pro-integration leaders in Briton is to persuade the public that it's better to reform imperfect institutions like the EU from inside, rather than leave them entirely.
The Wall Street Journal on Hi... http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151230/news/312309839/
I can precisely recall was for a story that never got published.
“He will ride forever in the streets of Boston,” I typed in the Shea Stadium press box on Oct. 26, 1986, moments after Dave Henderson hit a 10th-inning home run that put the Red Sox in position to win their first World Series since 1918. The shot appeared to cap a remarkable postseason for Henderson, who’d kept the Red Sox alive with a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer that prevented the Angels from clinching the American League Championship Series in five games.
The “ride forever” reference was from “M.T.A,” a 1959 song by The Kingston Trio about a Boston subway passenger who didn’t have the correct change for the exit turnstile.
I’m not sure why I presumed a 1959 song by The Kingston Trio would resonate with readers in 1986, but the night was long, my filing deadline was looming and besides, I was right: Henderson’s leading-man role with the Red Sox had set him up to be an eternally revered legend in Boston.
Henderson’s ride didn’t last forever. It didn’t even survive the 10th inning of Game 6, famous for the Bill Buckner error that enabled the Mets to conclude a thr... http://www.bellinghamherald.com/sports/mlb/seattle-mariners/article52219160.html