March 9, 2011
WHEN I stopped in the old CJ's Bar at Memphis and Susquehanna for what was the best tip a paperboy could get - an ice-cold fountain soda on a hot day - I never thought that some day I'd have an occasional byline in the People Paper. A few years back, I started communicating with the editorial board, and, since 2007, they've printed my op-eds every month or so. Some of you liked them. Some hated them. Some sent pictures of dead groundhogs with lottery tickets in their paws or sought to engage me in a street fight to help get your point across.
December 6, 2010
RE OP-ED writer Dom Giordano, the teacher-turned-talk-show-host - and just another hater of Michael Vick - who wants to impose his opinion and views of parenting: Who gives you the right to tell parents what to buy their children? You gave up teaching, and, boy, are parents from that school happy. Were you still there, your children would probably never learn to give a person a "second chance. " After reading all that garbage, what you really want from Vick is his checkbook. (Are you thinking, "I'm not paid that much!"
October 30, 1994 |
On a beautiful fall day at Belmont Plateau, hundreds of teenagers in colorful sweats and playful moods stretched, laughed, set up temporary camps with classmates in a field or under a tree, and went for a run in the park. At least one teenager, a veteran of Public League cross-country meets, didn't bother to show up for the 3.1-mile race. For Melody Rawls, a senior at Bartram, cross-country no longer cuts it. "I practice but I don't run the meets because we don't have enough girls to qualify," she said.
November 21, 2014 |
As security guard Carlos Cadiz walked down the sixth-floor hallway around 2:30 a.m. making his nightly rounds, the air around him started to feel cooler, denser. He fought back an overwhelming feeling that someone was striding along with him, close but not quite touching his arm. Suddenly, a locked door leading to the old jail started rattling violently. "I just ran for the elevator," said Cadiz, a guard at Camden City Hall. "I got out of there fast as I could. " This month, with the help of 10 paranormal investigators who blanketed the sixth floor with spirit-detection technology, Cadiz was introduced to his walking mate.
July 5, 2013
INDEPENDENCE Mall was awash with red, white and blue yesterday, and covered with patriots. The one I wound up passing time with was a 65-year-old Philadelphia virgin who is the first announced 2016 presidential candidate. An independent, Ed O'Donnell plans to run under the Patriot Party banner, which sparks a conversation about being a patriot: What it meant then and what it has come to mean today. "Patriotism" has been captured (some say held hostage) by the political right, while it is minimalized (some say abandoned)
September 23, 2011
Player School Class Major Hillary Allen Drexel Jr. Elementary ed. Lindsey Atzert Cabrini So. Educational studies Paige Collings Drexel Jr. Biological sciences Danielle McDevitt Holy Family So. Elemen./sp. ed. Ashley Minch Rowan Jr.
December 14, 2006
THE Daily News op-ed page welcomes a variety of voices and viewpoints from the city and beyond. The same standards for fairness and accuracy that inform the rest of our pages apply to these pages as well. We're very serious about our commitment to the public trust on every page of this paper. It was brought to our attention that there were similarities between an op-ed we ran this week from Vern Anastasio and a policy document by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. On further investigation, it turns out that the bulk of the op-ed appearing under Mr. Anastasio's name came from Mayor Newsom, without attribution.
January 4, 2001 |
In an illuminating yet disturbing report issued last month to Congress, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice found that as many as 75 percent of young people in the nation's juvenile justice system suffer mental health problems. They are children, and yet in many respects they have suffered through experiences that most adults would find tough to endure. Consider a youngster named Ed, who found his way into one of Pennsylvania's secure treatment facilities. Growing up, Ed was severely abused by his alcoholic father.
April 18, 2007
An April 3 op-ed on former NFL player Pat Tillman caused some reader confusion. He enlisted for duty and served as part of the 75th Ranger Regiment (also known as the U.S. Army Rangers), first in Iraq, and later in Afghanistan, where he was killed in action. In the April 8 Currents, SaraKay Smullens wrote an op-ed on The Sopranos; her correct Web site address is http://www. sarakaysmullens.com. The April 15 Currents carried an op-ed by Sharmain Matlock-Turner of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition; her correct e-mail address is sharmain@gpuac.
July 24, 2011
"We were dead," Cy the Cynic told me, "until Ed worked his magic. " Cy's team, which included Ed, my club's virtuoso player, trailed by 12 IMPs entering the final set in a Knockout Teams match. "The deals were uneventful," the Cynic said. "One was passed out, the others were flat games. When we got to the last deal, I figured we had gained nothing and I was right. We were still down by 12. " Cy and his partner were North-South at one table and bid easily to 3NT. East led a heart, and Cy forced out the ace of diamonds and made two overtricks, plus 660. At the other table, South wrongly jumped to four spades at his third turn.