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September 9, 2004
AS THE third anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches Saturday, we expect you are remembering that terrible time, when we came together as a people and mourned our losses. Back then, we could not have imagined that an American leader one day would cynically exploit for political gain the fear and grief that engulfed our nation. Vice President Dick Cheney proved us wrong on Tuesday when he said a vote for John Kerry would risk another terrorist attack. The man is a disgrace.
NEWS
May 1, 1986
Killing innocent people and young children is morally wrong, no matter who the perpetrator is. Violence begets violence, and the "mad-dog" approach solves nothing. As a veteran of the First World War, I remember very well that when we went to France with the Allied Expeditionary Force in 1918 we were proud to be Americans. I do not believe that the Reagan administration is entitled to bring disgrace to our country. R. H. Horner Margate, N.J.
NEWS
November 9, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
President Reagan yesterday called the U.S. budget process a "disgrace" and said he would seek major reforms from the Congress next year. "The way the budgets are put together is a disgrace - simply unworthy of the legislature of the greatest democracy in the world," the President said in his weekly radio address, delivered from Camp David in Maryland. Reagan said that under the present system, the budget had become a dumping ground for special interests, adversely affecting the country's fiscal health and even touching foreign policy goals.
NEWS
July 5, 2002
THE OTHER day, I took my seven-year-old to swim at the Sheppard pool in West Philly. As a former certified lifeguard, I was appalled at what I saw. The changing rooms reminded me of a subway with graffiti-scrawled instructions on walls instead of signs. But the most overwhelming disappoinment were the so-called lifeguards. I sat and watched two female guards socializing with their backs turned away from the pool for minutes on end. One lifeguard still had her pocketbook slung around her shoulder while another was in the pool swimming among the kids, having a jolly ol' time.
SPORTS
February 23, 1998 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
It might be overstating to say John LeClair was thrilled to hear the news from Nagano yesterday. LeClair was pleased for his Philadelphia Flyers teammate, Petr Svoboda, who scored the gold medal-winning goal for the Czech Republic, but he would much rather have done that himself, for Team USA. Instead, LeClair was back in South Jersey, where his wife, Tina, was five days overdue with their second child. He remained unhappy with the way the Olympic tournament went for the sixth-place Americans, and with the image the team developed, largely because of reports of property damage in the Athletes' Village after their elimination by the Czechs.
NEWS
August 30, 2007
ICAN'T begin to count the editorials and stories that I've read in the Daily News about our military fighting for us in Iraq and Afghanistan. You've also had many good stories about various events surrounding Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. All are important topics. I'm also truly grateful for all of the support that your paper gives to both our current soldiers and our many veterans, heroes to all of us! But I wish you'd pay more attention to an even more difficult subject: the atrocity that more than 200,000 of our veterans are now homeless.
NEWS
September 26, 2006
MICHAEL SMERCONISH writes of the phrase "Habeas Corpus Matters" - "How appalling. " What's appalling is that a graduate of Penn law school believes that the very foundation of our country's legal system, which has its roots in the Magna Carta, is something to be tossed away in the name of political expedience. If Mr. Smerconish truly believes that those charged with a crime should have no right to challenge that claim in a court of law, then he is no better than the terrorists he pretends to oppose.
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NEWS
July 25, 2016
With new flags on the Parkway, new lights on the boathouses, and new efforts to shelter the homeless, the Democrats who have run Philadelphia for more than half a century have cleaned up the city for the Democratic National Convention. If only they could clean up themselves. Given its historic resonance, continuing revival, and convenient location in a politically important state, Philadelphia is a fine place for a convention. The city's chief flaw as a backdrop for the Democrats is, well, the Democrats.
NEWS
March 22, 2016
ISSUE | PA. SUPREME COURT Eakin puts himself above the rules Once again, Pennsylvania stands disgraced on the national stage, and it is again through the actions of a state Supreme Court justice, the "Honorable" J. Michael Eakin. Rather than resign after it was revealed that he had exchanged coarse, crude, and profane emails designed to denigrate women, minorities, and homosexuals, Eakin tried to hang on to his position. There should be no doubt that he ultimately left the court because he concluded that continuing the fight was futile and that he saw that his pension was at risk if he were to fight on and lose.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Let the record show that Wednesday's public meeting of the Philadelphia City Commissioners came and went without a word spoken about the work habits, voting record, renewed chairmanship, and half-million-dollar pension expectations of the man running the meeting, Commissioner Anthony Clark. But within minutes of the meeting's end, a key voice that had been silent in recent days about Clark's various issues was speaking out loudly and angrily. "He's an absolute disgrace," said U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, longtime chairman of the city's Democratic Party.
NEWS
December 10, 2015
WHEN YOU nearly succeed in making retired-in-disgrace Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery look like a boy scout, it's time to step down. With the fumes surrounding Michael Eakin's email porn scandal growing increasingly loathsome, this justice's insistence that he will not resign despite calls from the governor, among others, is a sure sign that he is unqualified and ill-equipped to serve on the highest court in the state. Speaking for his client, Eakin's attorney told the Inquirer that the judge is not going to resign.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Ayad Akhtar's smart, brutal drama Disgraced will be the most-produced play in the country this season. Philadelphia Theatre Company gets the first local crack at it, with a visually satisfying but stiff production. But then again, this is a play all about how nothing is quite what it seems. Amir (Pej Vahdat), a handsome, successful mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer, is a secular Muslim version of Don Draper. Running from what he considers a shameful past, he has taken a new name, new nationality, and a blond, white, painter wife, Emily (Monette Magrath)
NEWS
October 16, 2015
IT HAS BEEN decades since the United States was as ethnically and racially polarized as it is now. Between Donald Trump 's threats to round up 11 million Mexicans, the "Black Lives Matter" movement ignited by a seemingly unending series of tragic encounters between law-enforcement personnel and young African-Americans, and the still-festering post-9/11 paranoia and Islamophobia, a drama about racial, religious and ethnic identity and the "us-and-them"...
NEWS
August 28, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Josh Duggar in rehab Embattled reality star Josh Duggar has availed himself of the services of a rehab facility, his parents announced. No word on what precise malady or addiction he seeks to address. "[Josh] has . . . brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear," Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar say. "Josh [has] checked himself in to a long-term treatment center. For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. " This comes days after the onetime spokesman for conservative Christian family values admitted he used the Ashley Madison website to arrange adulterous liaisons.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lawyer for Thomas Coffee - accused of luring a man into a fatal robbery using a Craigslist ad - will try to challenge the integrity of the prosecution case Thursday by questioning the now-disgraced Philadelphia homicide detective who led the criminal probe. Ron Dove, fired two years ago as a homicide detective and facing obstruction-of-justice charges of covering up a killing allegedly committed by his girlfriend, will appear before Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson for a hearing without the jury to determine if he will testify.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
YOU PROBABLY could use a lot of adjectives to describe the 29-count indictment that U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was hit with yesterday, but "shocking" isn't one of 'em. For one thing, it was widely known that federal investigators had spent much of the last eight years probing Fattah's finances, lending an air of inevitability to the whole thing. The charges he's facing - racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering, falsification of records - are the kind that can earn a guy an extended stay at a federal penitentiary to be named later.
NEWS
July 1, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
SGT. DONNA Bachmayer didn't mince words yesterday when asked what her reaction was after learning that Brandon Ruff - whom she and other cops had a confrontation with outside the 35th Police District - was a police sergeant. "I said, 'Holy s---. You're one of us?" Bachmayer testified before a federal jury. "How could you do this?" she testified she told Ruff. "How could you do this to us? You are a piece of s---. You are a disgrace to this badge and this uniform I put on every day. " Bachmayer is one of six cops in the 35th District, at Broad and Champlost streets in Ogontz, who was sued by Ruff, who at the time of the Aug. 3, 2014, incident was a sergeant in Powelton's 16th Police District.
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