October 4, 2002
IN TODAY'S world, it is well-established that proper identification is required for virtually every transaction we undertake with a business or government entity. So it defies logic and belief that the Democratic Party can now put forth, without shame, that it is not appropriate to require that individuals present valid identification in order to cast a ballot at polling places. Fraud and error are rampant in our arcane, outmoded election system. It is long past time to permit polling by Internet, mail or telephone.
February 7, 2005 |
Ten years ago last month, the 104th Congress was sworn in. I was honored to be elected by my colleagues to serve as their speaker. A key to our success, the Contract with America, was not only a remarkable political tool, but it served as a blueprint for governmental change. The House Republicans bound ourselves to do something, not simply to be for something. Since leaving the speakership in January 1999, I have been intensely studying the major policy issues that affect our nation and, indeed, its survival.
July 28, 2016
EXCEPT FOR THE tried-and-true applause lines praising our veterans, delegates to both political conventions - like the candidates during the interminable primaries - rarely talk as if they know there's a war going on. Actually, two. Or maybe it's three, four - or more. There's Afghanistan, the longest war in the nation's history. A few weeks ago, President Obama announced that, instead of leaving a residual force in Afghanistan of 5,000 at the end of his term, as he promised, it would be 8,500.
August 23, 2016 |
You wouldn't think that a black gay man living in heavily Democratic Philadelphia would be a big Donald Trump supporter. So, imagine my surprise when over lunch recently, Saleem Khalil Vanderpump - who belongs to all of those groups - told me he had every intention of voting Republican this fall. I was, like, whaaat ? Vanderpump, co-owner of the Bellargo Boutique in the 500 block of South Street, explained that he is a huge fan of the self-described billionaire. I mean huge . He admires Trump's success as a businessman and has bought into the Republican candidate's campaign promise to "make America great again.
June 13, 2013 |
A block party just isn't the same when the U.S. Open is in the neighborhood. Don't bother setting up a volleyball net or wheeling the old grill around to the front of the house - that could fritter away as much as $100 a day that can be earned from drivers wanting to park near the Merion Golf Club. These are days not only of golfing glory, but also of ordinary people in scruffy shorts and wrinkled T-shirts making a buck off this 113th national golf championship. It's not just the U.S. Open.
November 8, 1989 |
In many parts of the country, yesterday, Americans trekked to the polls to cast their votes for the men and women who told the best campaign lies. That's the American way. Almost nobody really trusts politicians these days, except the volunteers who work for them and even that trust doesn't last very long. Most people vote because they believe it's the only voice they have, even if it's only a whisper. If you didn't vote yesterday, many people will consider you to be a poor citizen.
January 15, 1986
Claude Lewis' conclusion that violence is the good old American way is wrong. We Americans are peace loving and we'll kick the hell out of anyone who says we aren't. John W. Shelley York, Pa.
August 1, 1986 |
It's a challenge that faces all United Way organizations every year around this time: How can they graphically bring home to the public the growing plight of the needy as part of their fund-raising efforts? In the past, they invariably used children with crutches and in wheelchairs to make donors feel guilty enough about their own, more fortunate circumstances - and prompt them to dig a little deeper into their pockets. Such graphics "almost embarrassed people into giving," said Chester D. Harrington Jr., a vice president of Lewis, Gilman & Kynett, the Philadelphia advertising agency that has develped a new, year-round campaign on behalf of the Associated United Ways of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
May 12, 2008
THE MEDIA make a big production when a cop is killed. It's on TV, on the radio, in the paper. But cops violate the rights of African-Americans, Latinos and the poor daily. Young black men are killed by the thousands, and there's never much talk about that, other than stating the statistics. Not all, but most of law enforcement, on up to the prosecutors and the judges, violate and exploit the rights of the poor. No black man should have to suffer the degradation of incarceration - isn't it enough that we were brought here in chains and then enslaved for hundreds of years?
September 20, 2001
SUBSERVIENT women who stay at home cooking, cleaning and having kids. Banned homosexuality. Ultra-conservative political beliefs tinged with religious righteousness based on their own interpretations of ancient texts. Instead of helping their congregations heal in the aftermath of the events of Sept. 11, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have decided to lay the blame for those cowardly attacks on the American way of life squarely at the feet of gays, feminists, pro-life advocates and, incredibly enough, the ACLU.