August 9, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I was recently offered a job that pays substantially more than I make now. I'm overqualified but generally happy where I am. I wasn't looking; the offer fell in my lap. Though tempting in some ways - well, just financially, since we could really use the money right now - the thought of accepting the new job made me miserable. After much soul-searching and discussion with my husband, I turned it down. He is now livid, so seething angry that, months later, we still can't have a civil discussion about it. There are lots of under-the-breath comments and bitter, sarcastic remarks about my choosing my personal happiness over helping our family.
July 1, 2016 |
The topic was "voter anger" in the 2016 presidential election, but columnist and TV and radio host Michael Smerconish suggested that many Americans are not seething with discontent. "If there's a new silent majority in the nation, it's not tea-party activists, it's not millennials who are feeling the Bern, it's the tens of millions of Americans who are not angry but too complacent," he said. Smerconish was the featured speaker Wednesday at an event hosted by Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of the Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com, at the Independence Visitor Center.
June 11, 2016 |
He was a Sudanese refugee, suffering from post-traumatic stress order, his attorney told the jurors, and he never intended to fatally attack his co-worker. But in its closing argument, the prosecution countered that Peter Jok Atem, 34, "had specific intent" to kill Danny Vasquez, 25, at a Franconia, Montgomery County, meat-packing plant with a 41/2-inch butterfly knife on a frigid day in February 2015. The Montgomery County Court jury in the first-degree murder trial before Judge Gail A. Weilheimer deliberated for less than an hour late Thursday before recessing until Friday morning.
March 22, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am a young man in college. When I was an infant, I was circumcised, and I feel violated that my parents decided to circumcise me without my consent. When the doctor performed the surgery, he took too much off, which causes me pain. When I was in grade school, I was sexually assaulted by an older classmate, but I feel much more violated from the circumcision because it took a part of me that I can never get back. I am filled with hate and anger toward my parents, even though I know it is unfair to them because they believed they were making the right choice at the time.
March 17, 2016
ISSUE | DONALD TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN Candidate's threats Donald Trump started the confrontations between supporters and protesters, such as at the canceled rally in Chicago on Friday, by encouraging violence ("Chaos derails rally for Trump," Saturday). Trump has said about a protester, "I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell you that," and has offered to pay the legal expenses of those who commit violence against those who don't agree with him. He has also reminisced about the "good old days" when protesters were taken out on stretchers.
March 4, 2016 |
Why did Bernie Sanders fail? Sanders continues his campaign after his Super Tuesday losses, but he has no real chance of wresting the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton. The socialist insurgent went further than most thought possible, drawing huge crowds, amassing vast sums, and forcing Clinton to adopt more populist positions. But the Sanders challenge was doomed by a fatal flaw: Democrats aren't as unhappy as he needed them to be. It is an article of faith this year that voters are angry.
March 1, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My husband cheated on me and told me to find somebody else. He moved in with the other woman and spread lies about me, telling my in-laws that I had cheated on him. He was on probation, so I reported to his probation officer that he was lying about where he was living. He was arrested for it. He is now incarcerated and facing a two-year prison sentence. We're trying to work on our marriage, but I haven't told him that I'm the person who reported him to his probation officer.
February 18, 2016
By B.G. Kelley I'm angry. The guy in the car behind me on Roosevelt Boulevard is unmercifully honking his horn. I am going too slowly for him, and he's angry as a blister. When I look in the rearview mirror, I can see he's cursing me out. Anger surrounds us. It's in our politics, our streets, our music, and our movies and television shows. It's in the video games our kids play on the Internet. We see it in sports - athletes being arrested for domestic abuse or parents assaulting coaches for not playing their kid more.
February 12, 2016 |
The expanded 25th-anniversary edition of Karen Finley's Shock Treatment brings her Thursday to the Free Library. In the introduction, Finley reminds readers of the 1980s and '90s culture wars and social divides that first brought the performance artist/poet to prominence. The new edition of the 1990 book contains the raw record of Finley's controversial late-'80s and early-'90s theatrical performances, embracing then-taboo topics. Her graphic discussion (and frenetic, naked depiction)
January 26, 2016 |
Some small side streets in South Philadelphia still looked Sunday as if they could have been scenes from Alaska or the Arctic. Residents complained that the city had cleared bigger streets like Broad, Chestnut and Spring Garden - but that smaller streets had been untouched. In South Philadelphia, snow was piled a couple of feet deep on streets like Percy, Darien, Mildred, and Beulah, between 6th and 10th streets. On Ritner, a Mercedes-Benz was mired in snow, blocking in neighbors who said they couldn't get to work.