January 6, 2015
MY DAD, who was buried yesterday, died happy, but not satisfied. Happy for the gifts of family, good health, longevity and love, but not satisfied, because America had not achieved all she could. He believed that America's people deserve health care - the last crusade of his life - as they deserve, say, free education through college. Sydney Bernard Bykofsky, who spent 98 years among us, believed that every American deserves a job that pays at least a living wage, and that a rich America had no excuse to allow a child to go to bed hungry - anywhere . Since moving to Florida about 20 years ago, and acquiring a wardrobe as colorful as the Seychelles flag, Dad's single extravagance was leasing a new car every three years.
April 5, 2014 |
For the fourth year in a row, a Cherry Hill girl is a winner in C-Span's national StudentCam competition. Madeline Bowne, a sophomore at Cherry Hill High School East, will be awarded $1,500 for her second-prize documentary, "Driving Under the Influence (of Cell Phones)," about cellphone use while driving. Bowne's piece will be shown on C-Span on April 14 at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day. Bowne, the daughter of teachers, has become a regular in the highly competitive contest. As a seventh grader, she took a third prize.
March 9, 2013 |
Two area teenagers - a Downingtown High School East senior and a Cherry Hill High School East ninth grader - won honorable mentions in C-SPAN's national StudentCam competition, contest officials announced Thursday. "What's the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?" was the question students were asked to answer for this year's contest. Alexander Merker of Downingtown East asked President Obama to address Iran and nuclear weapons in his winning documentary video, Iran and America NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
March 8, 2013 |
A Downingtown High School East senior and a Cherry Hill High School East ninth grader - earned "honorable mention" in C-SPAN's national StudentCam competition, contest officials announced today. For this year's contest, students were asked to answer the question: "What's the most important issue the President should consider in 2013?" Alexander Merker of Downingtown High East asked President Obama to address the issue of Iran and nuclear weapons in his documentary video, "Iran and America NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
November 28, 2012 |
FEW THINGS are more characteristic of business as usual in Washington, D.C., than closed doors. Nothing will do more to end business as usual than opening them to C-SPAN cameras. With the "fiscal cliff" of sequestration approaching, now is the perfect time to establish a precedent: The bigger the deal, the more important it is that negotiations be done in public. It took about 12 seconds after the 2012 campaign winners were declared for the maneuvering toward a "grand bargain" to begin among President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner.
May 2, 2012 |
Heading off to a lakeside vacation, most girls probably would pack a swimsuit and suntan lotion. But Madeline Bowne is not most girls. Last August, with her family bound for New York's Finger Lakes, the middle schooler put her camera bag, filled with audio and video equipment, atop her "don't forget" list. Nearby her family's vacation spot was Seneca Falls, home to Women's Rights National Historical Park — the perfect place to shoot some footage for her documentary on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which won women the right to vote.
January 7, 2011 |
The frustrating irony of Casino Jack - director George Hickenlooper's overinflated account of super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff's downfall - is that its protagonist, played with hammy exuberance by Kevin Spacey, emerges with even less clarity than he does in the documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money , which came out in the spring, and in which Abramoff barely appears. The doc, full of C-Span clips, talking heads, and archival footage, told the same story: a charismatic hustler from Orthodox Jewish roots who worshipped Ronald Reagan, chaired the College Republican National Committee, produced a Dolph Lundgren action pic, set up shop in the capital, and became its preeminent pay-for-play power broker.
September 10, 2009 |
A decision by Central Bucks School District officials not to show President Obama's speech on education this week incited anger and dismay among dozens of residents, who protested on the streets and at a school board meeting. Between 50 and 75 residents attended the meeting Tuesday night, hours after Obama encouraged students to work hard and stay in school, board member Thomas Baldwin said yesterday. For an hour, residents expressed their dissatisfaction. Some contended that politics played a part, and others said the board had censored the president, said Baldwin, a Democrat.
September 2, 2008 |
Coverage of the first day of the 2008 Republican National Convention was more meteorology than politics. Gustav/GOP gave the 24/7 news channels a chance to show what TV can do, and the result was both breathtaking and mind-numbing. Swirling red, blue, yellow and red, Gustav's TV image edged farther and farther northwest throughout the day, and MSNBC, CNN and Fox News made sure that image was usually either center-stage or tucked in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, even during commercials.
August 26, 2008
Gavel to gavel For me, the only way to view national political conventions is to turn on C-Span and leave it there (Democrats descend on Denver," Aug. 25). One, two or more "expert" blabbermouths giving their interpretations of the proceedings, with the actual speaker occasionally seen but seldom heard in the background, infuriates me. Only designated major "stars" are heard live. C-Span, with a live mike and few distractions, is better than being there. It is fascinating to digest ideas and hear words of mayors, House members, senators and others who speak during these gatherings.