May 8, 2007 |
RECENTLY, A friend engaged in a rather lively debate concerning Don Imus and the consequences of his stereotyping remarks. My friend wasn't trying to defend Imus' tasteless commentary, but he has constantly been exclaiming, "Foul - there is a double standard. " He claims that African-Americans are allowed to make statements that non-African-Americans are not allowed to, and he then continues to bellow on about rap music. Of course, I responded. "There is no double standard here, and what does rap music have to do with anything?"
April 16, 1999 |
Stephen Carter, author of Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy and a professor of law at Yale University, will be the speaker at a community forum 7 p.m. Sunday at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave. Carter will speak on "Civility and Morals. " Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughans Lane, Gladwyne, will host a scholar-in-residence program the weekend of April 23. Ellen Umansky, professor of Judaica studies at Fairfield University, will speak at evening services April 23 on "Reform Judaism in the 21st Century: Where Are We Heading?"
March 16, 1997 |
Good evening. I'm Peter Lemmings. Tonight we bring you an exclusive report from the closed-door congressional retreat held last weekend in Hershey, Pa. The retreat was billed as a private chance for bipartisan fellowship, not open to the press or public. But our crackerjack reporter, Barbara Blah-Blah, posed as a Food Lion catering employee to penetrate the secret world of congressional collegiality. What happens when political adversaries spend a weekend playing golf and eating chocolate?
February 3, 1991 |
For the first-time visitor to this pear-shaped paradise in the southeast corner of the Caribbean, the process of getting to Barbados may appear to be a you-can't-get-there-from-here exercise. But once you set foot on this island, after what can amount to nearly a full day of flights, it becomes clear that the arduous journey was worth the effort. It is not for nothing that they call Barbados "the pearl of the Caribbean. " It would, in fact, be difficult to hype the island's assets: endless white-sand beaches, rolling hills and jagged highlands, waving cane fields, quaint fishing villages, all set amid azure waters in a climate that varies little from perfection the year round.
November 14, 2006 |
The morning after the election, I received a powerful reminder of why so many of us choose public service as our life's work. While walking into my office, I ran into a group of schoolchildren who had come to visit the Capitol. Talking with them reminded me of the solemn responsibility each generation has to the ones that follow. Their enthusiasm and energy spoke more powerfully than any words could that they are inheritors of the future we choose to build today. This year, voters elected Democratic candidates from every region of our country, giving Democrats the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and entrusting us with a great deal of responsibility for building that future.
July 8, 2011
IPRETTY MUCH disagree with almost all of Christine Flowers' beliefs. That said, I found her July 1 column disheartening, not because of the ideas she expressed but because of the emails she says she regularly gets from readers calling her, in her words, a "rhymes-with-witch," "rhymes-with-punt" or "rhymes-with-trucker. " I've had numerous email exchanges with Ms. Flowers. She has always been polite in responding. In one of our first, she thanked me for expressing my views without resorting to name-calling.
April 30, 2009 |
This is an edited excerpt from Michael Smerconish's new book, "Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking," published on Monday by Globe Pequot Press. It's a political manifesto and an inside look at today's split-screen cable TV and talk-radio world. On Saturday, Michael will be at the Jenkintown Barnes & Noble (10 a.m.) and the Exton Barnes & Noble (2 p.m.) for book signings. Visit www.smerconish.com for more on the book and upcoming signings. THE Pennsylvania Society dates from a time when Philadelphia was the center of the universe.
January 25, 1999 |
Perhaps it could happen only at a time when the public seems to have had its fill of scandal. While music blared from parties at a dormitory next door, students packed into Olin Auditorium at Ursinus College in Collegeville on Friday night to hear local congressional representatives discuss a program titled "Civility and Comity in National Legislative Affairs. " Transmitted live to a cable audience from Harrisburg to Atlantic City, the program sponsored by Suburban Cable drew more than 250 students and local residents.
November 8, 2005 |
The land of the free. The home of the angry. I've just returned from an eight-city tour promoting a book - and let me tell you: A trip like that really can open your eyes to the mood of people across the country. I didn't like what I saw. People are angry. They walk the big cities and the airport terminals tense and unfriendly, eyes unwilling to make contact. Everywhere I went, it was 1968 all over again. That year, for those of you who don't remember, was one of the most hateful in our history, with people taking sides for or against the Vietnam War and the civil rights struggle.
August 17, 2010 |
Can we be candid here? The public is a bunch of rude, obnoxious jerks. OK, so I overstate. A little. Yes, there are exceptions. I'm not such a bad guy, and you, of course, are a paragon of civility. But the rest of them? A cavalcade of boors, boobs, bums, bozos, and troglodytes. So it is small wonder the tale of Steven Slater has hit a nerve. Reports say Slater, a flight attendant for JetBlue, got into it with a woman who cursed him when he asked her not to stand up to retrieve her bags while the plane was still taxiing.