March 25, 2016
HOW DARE Stu Bykofsky ridicule our Mayor, Jim Kenney. There is no way anyone can understand the Irish psyche unless you come from an Irish background. We can all look back on the stories told us by our ancestors . . . Hard times in the beginning. We were mostly servants, indebted to the WASP families who came over on the Mayflower. Bykofsky needs to understand that the Irish weren't fleeing despots like his people. They were starving to death, thrown off their land or forced to pay rent on their own land.
July 14, 2015 |
ECONOMIC POPULISM is having a moment of celebrity these days. But so is economic gluttony. These conflicting impulses - equality vs. liberty - have been in constant competition. For some, equality of opportunity and outcomes is the ultimate political value; for others, it is liberty, which is degraded when property rights are too restricted by taxation and regulation. There is a view in both parties that voters are in an egalitarian mood. I don't buy it. The icon of economic gluttony in politics today is Donald Trump, however grotesque and trivial that may seem.
April 21, 2015 |
WHEN CHIP KELLY makes his first draft pick two Thursdays from now, he will do so exactly 1 year to the date this town last had a whiff of the postseason. The Rangers eliminated the Flyers that night, beginning a famine that already has included a long summer of bad baseball, the late-season collapse of Kelly's Eagles, the predictable and somewhat hoped-for futility of the Sixers, and the sloppy start and bad finish of the Flyers. It's a famine that is all but certain to last into next year, too - even if Kelly's collection of risk-reward players proves his genius, and not just his hubris.
March 10, 2015 |
It's called a "famine church," built by Irish who fled starvation in their homeland to make new lives in Philadelphia. The history of St. Malachy Parish is carved into its walls and ceilings, evident in the shamrocks on the altar and the tilework based on the Book of Kells. Now, more than 160 years after its founding, its heart beats strong but its bones need work. On Sunday, parishioners gathered for the third annual Hibernian Mass and Concert - and the start of a campaign aimed at raising $200,000 for critical maintenance during the next five years.
December 5, 2013 |
SOMEONE in Barbara Walters ' camp needs to look up the word "fascinating. " What could be her final show presenting the "10 Most Fascinating People" of the year is seriously lacking in the fascination factor. Two stars from "Duck Dynasty"? Daffy Duck is more fascinating. Prince George ? He's a baby. Not fascinating. Except to his parents. Robin Roberts ? Anyone whom you can spend every morning with is good company, but not that fascinating. Edward Snowden ?
October 1, 2013 |
Twenty-eight years ago, Randall Claggett moved from Florida to Montgomery County and was blown away by what he saw - stained glass all over the place. Not just in churches, but also in homes, businesses, museums, and estates. For Claggett, the brilliantly hued panes combined the best of both worlds: art and income. "In Florida, they don't say, 'Oh, you can be a stained-glass artist.' It's just unheard of there," Claggett, 48, of North Wales, said. "I jumped in full force and clawed my way to where I am. " Over the last 25 years, Claggett's Castle Studios has weathered the ups and downs of the economy to become one of the state's premier stained-glass studios, specializing in restoration of historic windows.
May 4, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - A decision by Islamic extremists to ban delivery of food aid and a "normalization of crisis" that numbed international donors to disaster made south-central Somalia the most dangerous place in the world to be a child. The first in-depth study of famine deaths in Somalia in 2011 was released Thursday, and it estimates that 133,000 children under age 5 died, with child death rates approaching 20 percent in some communities. That's 133,000 under-5 child deaths out of an estimated 6.5 million people in south-central Somalia.
April 30, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - The 2011 Somali famine killed an estimated 260,000 people, according to a new report to be published this week, officials told the Associated Press. The total more than doubles previous estimates, and half of the victims were age 5 and younger. The aid community believes tens of thousands of people died needlessly because the international community was slow to respond to early signs of approaching hunger in East Africa in late 2010 and early 2011. The toll was also exacerbated by extremist militants from al-Shabab who banned food-aid deliveries to the areas of south-central Somalia that they controlled.
January 19, 2012 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - Thousands of people died needlessly and millions of dollars were wasted because the international community did not respond fast enough to early signs of famine in East Africa, aid agencies said Wednesday, while warning of a new hunger crisis in West Africa. Most rich donor nations waited until the crisis in the Horn of Africa was in full swing before donating a substantial amount of money, according to the report by the aid groups Oxfam and Save the Children. A food shortage had been predicted as early as August 2010, but most donors did not respond until famine was declared in parts of Somalia in July 2011.
September 25, 2011 |
With a degree in economics, Yevgeniy Levich, 23, may understand better than most why so many people his age are out of work. He blames the lack of jobs on a myriad of reasons: the lack of regulation in banking that led to this economic crisis; a failed theory that lowering taxes leads to investment; a proposal for infrastructure jobs that doesn't do much for someone who doesn't work with his hands - that's all the macro stuff. Microeconomics is this: Levich, a Central High School graduate with degrees in economics and journalism from New York University, is still living with his parents in Northeast Philadelphia and hoping that he'll land a job as a nightclub office assistant.