July 8, 2016
IMAGINE THAT, 40 years ago, Coors brewed a beer called Down With Queers. Or that 60 years ago Falstaff had a beer named Whites Are Supreme. It never happened because, though both breweries held some strong political views, neither advertised them on beer cans. Which is why the widely publicized campaign against North Carolina's anti-transgender law by a group of Tar Heel breweries is a remarkable step down an uncertain path. For, while brewery operators - like any business owner - hold personal opinions, they typically don't wear their politics on their sleeve.
September 29, 2015
ON HIS FIRST VISIT to America, Pope Francis turned the conversation in this country upside down. Instead of talking about the evils of immigration - a popular topic with so many politicians - he talked about the good immigrants do and how we should welcome them. He also reminded Americans about something we should never have forgotten: that we are a nation of immigrants, that our strength comes from the wave after wave of foreigners who came to our shores, some of them in chains.
September 27, 2015 |
UNITED NATIONS - Pope Francis on Friday hailed the role of the United Nations in promoting human rights, peacekeeping, and advancing the rule of law, and urged its member nations to do more to protect the environment and the world's neediest. Before a stage of world leaders, Francis amplified the themes he has struck during his historic North American journey. Speaking in his native Spanish, his message was more fluid - and at times more pointed - than the unprecedented address he gave in halting English to Congress on Thursday.
February 28, 2015 |
Pianist Marcus Roberts is known for many things: a genius skill that makes him the logical successor to Thelonious Monk's wild style (with a lot of Fats Waller in his stride), an immense love of the blues, technological innovations in regard to composing for the blind, and a soulful sense of tradition and invention. Roberts is also renowned for developing a philosophy in which, in a trio setting, the bass and drums are equal to his piano. Drummer Jason Marsalis and bassist Rodney Jordan are featured equally with the bandleader and are just as liable to set the temperature and mood of a particular performance as is the pianist.
January 1, 2015
ISSUE | UTILITIES Reflecting on PGW moves by Council Gas Workers Local 686 lauds City Council's decision to kill the Philadelphia Gas Works sale. While Mayor Nutter excluded stakeholders, Council involved everyone in meetings with its consultant. Council President Darrell L. Clarke and his colleagues had concerns that PGW's privatization would lead to the loss of family-sustaining jobs with health care and put the city's poor at risk. It also was a bad deal for PGW workers, with no protections for jobs, pensions, or health care.
September 9, 2014 |
THE EAGLES are this good: Their Pro Bowl quarterback and their best cornerback can play their worst, and they can still win. They can be without their second-best, fifth-best and sixth-best offensive linemen, and they can still win. They can cut their kicker in the last week of the preseason and cut their top receiver from a playoff season and still win, going away. They can spot a visiting team 17 points in their season opener, commit dumb penalties and make head-scratching play calls (a pass on first-and-goal from the 5, with LeSean McCoy in the backfield and Nick Foles firing blanks?
May 29, 2014 |
Scott Stewart rode Golden Rule to victory in the High-Performance Working Hunter Class Tuesday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Stewart also rode the second-place finisher, Everly. Taking third was Mindful, with Kelley Farmer aboard.
December 5, 2013
IN PENNSYLVANIA, money makes the pols go 'round. And, yeah, it does in other states, too, but our state is one of only a dozen where money tends to matter most in statewide races. That's because here, unlimited giving by individuals, political parties and PACs is the law of the land. No other Northeastern state is so wide open. Every state but the "dirty dozen" - Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Pennsylvania - limits political contributions from such sources.
July 20, 2013
Camden public officials apparently never learned that making the same mistake over and over again won't change the results. Their state overseers must have missed that lesson, too. For 15 years, the impoverished South Jersey city has been hiring the same politically connected auditing firm to review its books, including the more than seven years when it was run by the state. The relationship between Camden and Bowman & Co. was cited by the State Comptroller's Office in a 2008 report.
July 2, 2013 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On the destructive power of the anonymous note: Thirty years ago, I'd taken a part-time job at a shopping center to supplement my income. I really enjoyed it and the people I met through this job. I was married with three children and I'm not inclined to engage in affairs. An anonymous letter turned up in the mail one day accusing me of "fooling around" with the people at work. Even though my husband was unemployed at the time, I immediately quit the job because he felt someone there had sent it. He immediately became distrustful and accusatory.