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June 11, 2009
FATIMAH Ali's condemnation of the "Deadbeat Dads" TV show required courage and her personal experiences lend her views credibility. The show's unacceptability lies in the way it targets a single demographic group - divorced fathers - and offers a portrait in which all group members commit crimes. This is repugnant stereotyping. "Bridezilla" pokes fun at members of a specific class, but doesn't present them as candidates for incarceration. A program called "Mothers Who Abuse and Neglect Their Kids" could never appear.
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February 7, 2016
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October 3, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
COMMENTARY | BY BOB FORD
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December 25, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
COMMENTARY | BY BOB FORD
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August 24, 2011 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
What comes after the Arab Spring? Commentary by Trudy Rubin, A2.
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May 11, 1999
In Larry Atkins' Sunday commentary on the basketball playoffs, Philadelphia 76ers guard Larry Hughes was misidentified.
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September 21, 2016
By Jon Caroulis A man in ancient Rome named Claudius tells members of the Senate he is half-witted, but adds, "I have survived to middle age with half my wits while thousands have died with all of theirs intact. Evidently quality of wits is more important than quantity!" Those words were spoken on one of TV's greatest shows, I, Claudius , a 12-hour BBC miniseries about the first four emperors of Rome that debuted 40 years ago this month. One year later, it appeared on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre and became one of the network's most-watched shows.
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September 21, 2016 | By Francis J. Deasey
By Francis J. Deasey The sight of people kneeling during the playing of our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," requires a response. Unquestionably, we are an imperfect and flawed country, where bigotry, racial inequality, and social injustice exist. But the notion that the American flag created or perpetuates these social ills is simply wrong. It is people who create and perpetuate these social ills and, unfortunately, some of these people wear the American flag on their sleeve.
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September 20, 2016 | By Jake Corman
  A constitutional amendment is required to change the retirement age for judges in Pennsylvania. Both chambers of the General Assembly are required to undertake this change in two separate sessions and pass identical language, which takes four years. Only after that can the ballot question go to the voters. The process to place this question on the ballot has been transparent and the question is far from misleading. The legislation that passed the General Assembly twice in that four-year period included a sample ballot question that strongly resembled the final question from the secretary of state.
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September 20, 2016 | By Bob Dick
  Imagine you find a way to help others live healthier lives, and this passion leads you to invest your savings to start a related small business. Now, imagine state government taking it all away from you with the stroke of a pen. This is the reality facing hundreds of Pennsylvania "vape" shop owners who employ more than 1,000 people - they went to bed one night living their dreams and woke up the next morning facing a nightmare. In July, lawmakers passed a $650 million tax hike to pay for a $1.6 billion spending increase.
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September 20, 2016 | By Eric M. Freedman
  A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia recently issued an unprecedented opinion that undermines a fundamental mechanism of checks and balances and poses a broad threat to civil liberties. In Castro v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security the court refused to allow women and children fleeing violence in Central America and being detained by the immigration authorities in Berks County, to seek writs of habeas corpus challenging the legality of the government's plans to remove them from the country.
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September 19, 2016
Bob Martin is a retired Inquirer writer and editor For many of us, this is not just the best time of the year; it's the greatest three months of the last four years. When the cooling temperatures of fall collide with the hot air mass of presidential politics and football, we move into a divine volatility, where from our armchairs we can feast on visceral verbiage, crushing hits, and a language that seems to feed on itself. In a realm where sports parlance has long been the province of politics, the football vocabulary offers a rich menu.
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September 19, 2016
Pat Browne is a Republican state senator from Lehigh County, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and a certified public accountant and tax attorney In 1834, nearly two centuries after the Duke of York conveyed the land and water of the present state of New Jersey to Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret, the U.S. Congress passed a compact between the states of New York and New Jersey. This compact was adopted to finally and permanently define the territorial rights over the Hudson River and the islands between the states.
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September 19, 2016 | Robert P. George
Robert P. George is the McCormick professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University.  Early in 1998, as the Clinton White House was trying to discredit Monica Lewinsky, a rumor began to circulate that Lewinsky had in her possession conclusive evidence of her affair with Bill Clinton - a stained blue dress. Clinton propagandists were initially terrified. Proof that the president had carried on a sordid affair with a 21-year-old White House intern would not only destroy their campaign to depict Lewinsky as a liar, a fantasist, even a stalker; it could bring down Clinton's presidency.
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September 17, 2016
By Mical Raz Cynthia Figueroa has begun her tenure as commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Human Services (DHS). She assumes responsibility for a department that is often thrust into the spotlight because of dysfunction and tragedies, such as the 2006 death of Danieal Kelly, a 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who had been under the supervision of DHS and a contractor company. In the past decade, DHS has taken numerous steps to improve its care of children. These reforms have further relied on outsourcing care to private contractor companies in the communities, with the goal of supporting families and caring for children in their homes.
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September 17, 2016
By Jared Rosenblatt There is justified outrage over the six-month sweetheart sentence that Brock Turner, a former Stanford University swimmer, served following his conviction of three felonies for his attack on a young woman. As bad as Turner's vile and despicable actions were, they pale in comparison to what Pennsylvania State University is about to do. Last week, Penn State announced plans to honor former head coach Joe Paterno on Sept. 17 - at a home football game to commemorate Paterno's first-ever game.
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