September 2, 2016 |
In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, 43 percent of eligible citizens failed to exercise their right and duty to vote. That failure rate rose to 64 percent in the midterm elections of 2014, the lowest rate since 1942, when the country was engaged in World War II. Recent data suggest that only 25 percent of citizens called for jury duty bother to show up. Americans say they are dissatisfied with the shenanigans of Congress, but polls show...
April 23, 2012
Can't play without the best It's already apparent that the Phillies without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are comparable to my wonderful Philadelphia Orchestra attempting to play the masterful "Ninth Symphony" without the services of concertmaster David Kim and the first violin section. It's just not going to happen, either at Citizens Bank Park or Verizon Hall. Jules Slatko, Holland Save the United States Joe Henwood aptly describes the concept, design, and construction of the SS United States as exemplifying the "can do" attitude of our country in his call to action to save that iconic symbol of the American spirit from being reduced to a scrap heap, quite likely in a foreign scrap yard ("Time to rescue another great ship," April 15)
February 10, 2012 |
"An old man sat on the sidewalk, placed a hat in front of his crossed legs, and a sign next to them that read: 'I am blind. Please help me,' " my student began. An Egyptian psychologist, Professor Saleh, along with two other visiting professors, was taking English lessons funded by a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The professors were to publish in an American journal during a nine-month stay in the United States, and I was to help them make sure their writing was appropriately polished.
August 26, 2010 |
William James died 100 years ago today, but his influence is still with us. He contributed mightily to the early growth of psychology, writing the first textbook, establishing the first demonstration laboratory, and teaching the first course on the subject. A sibling of novelist Henry and diarist Alice, James was educated in a variety of schools in America and abroad - none of which seemed to suit his father, a brilliant eccentric who preferred the kind of informal education that took place in spirited discussions around the family dinner table.
May 25, 2010 |
They ate barbecue on a Coast Guard cutter in the Delaware River Monday, smiling and laughing, only occasionally talking about the terrible days that bond them. They are old now - many well into their 80s - with rough hands and slow gaits. Like any other tourists, they snapped photos, floating on brown water under gray skies on a cruise created in their honor. The pictures were benign counterpoints to the awful images that every member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge carries in his head.
March 18, 2009 |
For 23 years, Ed Kennedy has brought busloads of students from Scarsdale, N.Y., to Washington Crossing Historic Park in Bucks County. The site of George Washington's pivotal crossing of the Delaware in 1776 is "a magnificent place, full of real history," Kennedy, principal of the Seely Place School, said as 61 excited fifth graders piled out of the visitor center yesterday morning. Kennedy was "horrified" to learn that the center, focal point of Pennsylvania's most popular state-run historical site, might soon close.
November 10, 2008 |
"Project Superpowers" was one of the industry's biggest hits this year and exceeded even Dynamite's most optimistic expectations in terms of both buzz and sales. What is refreshing is that it is a comic that deserves its success and the accolades bestowed upon it. Once it was announced that artist extraordinaire Alex Ross would be co-plotting the book (along with frequent collaborator Jim Krueger) and doing painted covers for the series, it was certain to stand out from the pack on the racks, as all the Ross comics tend to do. What makes this "Project" truly special, however, is that Ross designed every new character in its pages.
October 24, 2008 |
If today's economic outlook has you (or your grandparents) harking back to the Great Depression, take heart: A roster of free public events this weekend is designed to evoke the hopeful spirit fostered in the wake of those grim days. The Posters for the People Expo Festival marks the 75th anniversary of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal - an alphabet soup of programs created to restore the nation's spirit, as well as its economy. Chief among the New Deal programs was the Works Progress Administration (WPA)
March 17, 2008
What does being Irish mean? Beer and parties on St. Patrick's? Music, big families, immigrant stories? How about openness? Events today and in the near future are reminders that the Irish experience connects with the experience of all Americans. Today at 10 a.m., a fifth annual commemoration will take place at the National Irish Memorial at Front and Chestnut Streets. They're celebrating not just the memorial, but also the story it tells. On April 6, the Irish Memorial Run (www.
May 7, 2007 |
The old man in Arizona belonged to no religion, but at 86 committed himself to creating "a temple that is truly a religious tribute to the living God. " And if God is anything like Frank Lloyd Wright's soaring masterpiece of concrete and glass in Elkins Park, he is as remote as a mountain and as intimate as a garden. He is luminous and brooding, aloof yet embracing, unpretty but beautiful. America's premier architect would never know if visitors to his Beth Sholom Synagogue felt they were "resting in the very hands of God," as he hoped they would.