September 19, 2014 |
IT WAS ONLY about three years ago Joanne Graham - longtime resident of working-class Eastwick, wedged between the overpasses of I-95 and the Cobbs Creek floodplain under the shadows of jumbo jets landing at Philadelphia International Airport - started to think seriously about the environment. The environment on her block, that is. The nonstop flooding in Graham's stretch of Eastwick, which is causing a corner of her home to slowly sink, turned the part-time consultant into a community activist.
August 13, 2014
ISSUE | PEACE Change U.S. focus While The Inquirer features a somber President Obama announcing a deepening re-intervention in Iraq on its front page, perhaps it should have given more prominence to a small item that appeared inside the same edition ("Obama oks air strikes," Aug. 8). That article noted that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel had arrived in India to press for a number of new weapons agreements. Indeed, the United States should get out of what might be called the peace-through-war-business, and it should beat its swords into ploughshares.
June 5, 2014 |
TOM STEYER, a politically active hedge-fund billionaire from San Francisco who calls global warming "the greatest moral crisis of our time," draws the sign of the cross on his left hand with a ballpoint pen every day. His right hand will soon be busy writing something else: large checks that he hopes will help elect Democrat Tom Wolf as the next governor of Pennsylvania. Political advisers say the progressive, unconventional retired financier has decided to invest a fortune - estimates range from $8 million to a whopping $15 million, depending on the closeness of the race - to block Gov. Corbett from a second term because he believes that the Republican "den[ies]
May 28, 2014
Oldies but goodies Thanks to Wesley Stace for his fair and honest review of the Barry Gibb concert ("Barry Gibb, sole remaining Bee Gee, rocks Wells Fargo with brotherly love," May 21). It was pure joy for my husband and me to hear this music, as Gibb and his band delivered wonderful material highlighting Gibb's 50-year career. Too often, Inquirer reviewers seem favorable to younger performers, failing to give older, experienced musicians the credit they deserve. Denise Minger, Trevose Not tuning out Rumors of KYW's and the industry's demise are greatly exaggerated ("KYW ratings plunge," May 15)
May 23, 2014
EVAN FRITZ, the head brewer at Manayunk Brewing Co., was smiling but looking kind of shell-shocked one afternoon this week. Around him lay twisted pipe, a disassembled boiler, stacks of muddy beer cans, a pile of electronic point-of-sale equipment. All ruined. "I keep joking that this storm didn't even have a name," he said. "What are we going to put on the plaque?" That would be the marker to show how high the waters from the May 1 flood rose. Irene in 2011 and Floyd in 1999 - the high-water marks from those devastating hurricanes are remembered with small signs behind the bar. This one, the storm with no name, came with no real warning.
May 13, 2014 |
* INDEPENDENT LENS: LET THE FIRE BURN. 10 tonight, WHYY12 JASON OSDER was a fifth-grader living just outside Philadelphia on May 13, 1985, the day police firebombed the MOVE house on Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia, igniting a fire in which 11 people, including five children, died, and the surrounding neighborhood was destroyed. He never forgot. Now an assistant professor at George Washington University, Osder's first documentary, "Let the Fire Burn," winner of the best local feature award at last year's Philadelphia Film Festival, makes its TV debut tonight on PBS' "Independent Lens.
April 17, 2014 |
For Horsham sculptor Paula Winokur, a defining moment came when she was in a small boat in Alaska, viewing a glacier. Suddenly, the whole front of it calved off. "It was an overwhelming experience," she later recalled. For Philadelphia sculptor and furniture maker Peter Handler, an altered planet was more of a gradual realization. And when the recession brought about a slowing of commissions for his custom furniture, a friend suggested it was an opportunity to pursue what he wanted.
April 10, 2014 |
'Dear Sophie . . . " The man who is arguably the nation's best-known climate-change scientist was writing to his granddaughter. The letter was about monarch butterflies and a bullfrog, to be followed by others sounding environmental themes. James E. Hansen - "Bopa" to Sophie - wanted to teach her "how science works, how we investigate cause and effect," he said recently. Explaining it to her - in letters he plans to turn into a book called Sophie's Planet - "will help me put the climate story in a language that a broader audience can understand.