October 2, 2013
Honor proud legacy Camp William Penn in historic La Mott, Cheltenham Township, was the first and largest federal training camp for the U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War ("African Americans' historic regiments," Sept. 19). All that remains is the original gate, but the memory was alive and well last month at the 150th anniversary commemoration, with descendants of troops and reenactors keeping history alive. The camp's museum, mothballed for years due to lack of funds, was filled with amazing artifacts for the occasion, and had a room paying homage to local heroine Lucretia Mott, abolitionist and suffragette, for whom the community is named.
September 26, 2013 |
Ann Montchyk doesn't have to tell you that she's a Phillies fan, a Christian, and a political conservative. Her 2005 Toyota Camry - specifically the many stickers on its bumper - does that for her. Her car is a mobile messaging system, her way of expressing her views while encouraging others to share them. "I want people to think about these things," said Montchyk, 88, of Erdenheim. "If they're stuck at a traffic light, staring, they're reminded. " It's easy to get lost in the crowd of the billions of humans crowding the planet.
October 11, 2011 |
OLYMPIA, WASH. - Former Washington Gov. Albert Rosellini, a son of Italian immigrants who became the oldest living former governor in America, died yesterday. He was 101. Rosellini served as governor for eight years ending in 1965. Albert Dean Rosellini was born in Tacoma in 1910. He was a boxer in college and took three jobs to put himself through school. In 1927, his father and a friend were arrested and charged with trying to smuggle drugs out of Mexico, according to a 1997 biography by Payton Smith.
August 28, 2011 |
Last Sunday, I lamented that the country is broke, poorly represented, lacking confidence in its leaders, and understandably pessimistic about government's ability to right the economic ship. I questioned why we continue to look to the culprits who got us into this mess to get us out, and solicited suggestions via Twitter and Facebook for creative solutions that don't require government assistance. So what thoughts were offered? A reader named Andrew suggested a national lottery in which half the proceeds would be paid to the winner and the other half dedicated to paying down the national debt.
June 10, 2011
By Paul F. Bradley The bull shark is known to travel up the Mississippi River, with sightings reported as far north as Illinois, so it's conceivable that one could navigate the Delaware's dangerous maritime traffic and become a fearsome Camden Rivershark. But what exactly is a karate shark? I ask because I constantly see karate-shark stickers on SUVs and minivans, usually accompanied by other stickers denoting the drivers' favorite vacation spots and their children's greatest achievements.
May 17, 2011 |
HE'S THE Joe Namath of Doomsday hucksters, but the stakes are much higher than Super Bowl III. Harold Camping, the 89-year-old Christian evangelist from Oakland whose Family Radio broadcasts are heard in 61 languages, doesn't think that Judgment Day will come Saturday. He guarantees it. "It is absolutely going to happen," said Camping, who has determined after five decades of studying Scripture that May 21 marks the beginning of the end. "We do not have a Plan B at all. There is no possibility that it will not happen, because all of our information comes from the Bible.
October 18, 2010 |
In honor of Teen Driver Safety Week we return to Pennsylvania, where the legislature keeps it legal for a 16-year-old motorist to call for a pizza from behind the wheel. Or send a text message. You'll be stunned to learn that a national safety group gives the state the lowest grade for protecting its people on the roads. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety rate Pennsylvania a Red Light. That means dangerous. The Advocates, a coalition of consumer, health, and safety organizations as well as automobile insurers, weigh whether states have in place 15 types of laws, including restrictions on handheld cell phones and requirements for motorcycle helmets and seat belts.
May 20, 2010
Bumper-sticker alert The Flyers, who could have been called Dead Team Skating because they were on life support four times against Boston in the conference semifinals, have four shutouts in this year's playoffs. Two were by Michael Leighton, one was by Brian Boucher, and the other was a combined shutout by the two goalies. Only one time in franchise history have the Flyers had more playoff shutouts - 1975, when they had five. Bernie Parent had four and Wayne Stephenson had the other.
April 7, 2008 |
I JUST saw "Fitna," the short film by Geert Wilders, head of the Dutch Freedom Party, which takes a hard-line stance against Muslim immigration. Released on the Internet about a week ago, "Fitna" juxtaposes Koran verses with images from the world of jihad. Heads cut off, bodies blown apart, gays executed, toddlers taught to denounce Jews as "apes and pigs," imams calling for global domination, protesters holding up signs reading "God Bless Hitler" - just some of the images from "Fitna," an Arabic word that means "ordeal.
September 28, 2007
Protect our rights I understand that congressional Democrats are under pressure to protect the party from seeming lax on homeland security. But to make the domestic spying program permanent - as President Bush is pushing for - would be a step toward fulfilling a presidential agenda that has more to do with producing a constant climate of fear than with protecting the nation. If the administration truly seeks to protect our country from further attacks, Bush should respect the present legal infrastructure and seek to perform his executive duties within that framework.