December 2, 2015
HAVE THEY gone crazy? From reports of the kinds of protest, some college students are auditioning for "The Gong Show. " Today's activists are the minority of college youth, as they always are, and are starved for an inspirational, generation-defining issue. Over the weekend, journalist and analyst Juan Williams said something that summarized my thoughts. When he was in college, he and his activist friends had explosive issues such as segregation, voting rights, the draft, the Vietnam War to protest.
November 23, 2015
ISSUE | CITY FIREFIGHTERS Keep Sawyer at helm As a proud supporter of Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Club Valiants, a Philadelphia association of minority firefighters, urges him to retain Derrick Sawyer as the city's fire commissioner. Sawyer embodies the qualities that every successful leader must have: competence, knowledge, courage, loyalty, and dedication. Sawyer is a self-driven and meticulous individual who can multitask and function in high-stress, fast-paced environments. He is a quantitative and analytical thinker with a professional attitude and diligent work ethic.
November 20, 2015
ISSUE | CLIMATE CHANGE Focus on today Amy Feldman, the Narberth homeowner who came to appreciate the effects of environmental conditions on health and became an active member of the Citizens' Climate Lobby, should reconsider her support for the CCL's dangerous plans ("A facelift for this cold house," Sunday). Around the world, people suffer because of climate change. Yet aid agencies are unable to properly help them because of the nearly $1 billion spent globally every day on climate finance, only 7 percent is dedicated to adaptation support.
November 12, 2015 |
At the end of the Obama administration's speed-of-tar deliberations on the Keystone XL pipeline, even the president acknowledged that the project was not especially important to the environment or the economy. Which raises a question: Why on earth did he spend seven years considering it, let alone take the unprecedented step of smiting it by presidential fiat? The answer, of course, is that environmentalists decreed Keystone a symbol of global climate change and fought it as if it were the pipeline to the planet's watery doom.
November 4, 2015
ISSUE | PROCESSED MEATS New warnings are tough to stomach It can boggle one's mind when all these reports of foods that are unhealthy come out ("Beware that bacon burger - processed meat linked to cancer," Oct. 27). There are a plethora of diets, some of which conflict with each other. Now, the World Health Organization reports that processed foods are harmful. I don't doubt the science, but the absolute risk is rather low and seems to reflect the group that ate processed foods daily.
October 30, 2015 |
The lowest-polling Republican presidential candidates sparred over a new budget accord and other issues Wednesday, but they also shared broad goals of reducing the size of government and lowering taxes. The debate, which preceded the main GOP event, was telecast on CNBC from Boulder, Colo. Focusing on the economy, it featured Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and former Gov. George Pataki of New York.
October 21, 2015 |
TORONTO - Canadian journalist Naomi Klein became an important commenter on the world scene with her 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism . Her latest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate , talks about the overhaul needed to our economic system if we want to save our land, water and food from destruction. It's a controversial approach, especially here in the U.S., where a very loud faction of the political class does not even believe that climate change is real.
October 13, 2015
ISSUE | CLIMATE CHANGE Trust the market A letter writer misses the point on climate change, energy, fossil fuels, and innovation (Oct. 5). He does get one thing right: Privation will not solve the problem. Any policy that lowers our standard of living will not get public support. On the other hand, continuing to burn fossil fuels without reductions and relying on technological innovation to get us out of the climate mess it will create will not work. The science is clear. We need to reduce our consumption as fast as possible, as much as possible.
September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - What a way to start. If the White House welcome of Pope Francis was any indication of what's coming in the next few days (including, of course, in Philadelphia), the pontiff's visit to America promises to be immensely impressive. At the "People's House," on a flawless first day of fall, all stops were pulled for the "People's Pope. " Under a brilliant morning sky at a ceremony yesterday including military bands and welcoming remarks by President Obama, some 11,000 invited and ticketed guests enthusiastically embraced His Holiness and his message.
September 25, 2015 |
THE U.S. HOUSE and Senate were dark yesterday because of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, but they were to be jarred awake this morning when Pope Francis brings his message of peace and goodwill to the legislators. The pope has already made it clear that climate change and immigration are among his priorities, and they are also topics of considerable controversy in the Republican-controlled Congress. Nevertheless, he will be the first pope ever to address a joint session of Congress, where he is expected to emphasize to Americans that being the most powerful nation on Earth carries with it a moral responsibility.