May 14, 1986
"Animal research, a dismal record" (Op-ed Page April 28) renders a monstrous and misinformed disservice to the health and welfare of people and animals. While there can be no doubt that there has been and will continue to be inconsiderate treatment of animals in research - just as in numerous other activities such as bullfighting, cockfighting, hunting, unnecessary confinement of domestic and commercial animals, as well as religious sacrifices, none of which can be condoned - nonetheless it is essential that we take a balanced view of the "costs and the benefits.
November 15, 1986
I was very disturbed by the Oct. 28 article "Hasidim in N.Y. school dispute. " I cannot believe that this type of forced segregation still exists in this day and age. By building walls in a public school to separate boys from girls, human beings give shape and form to the age-old problem of prejudice. It has always existed as a concept or an idea, an artificial barrier created by man to categorize, divide and destroy. Isn't that why the Berlin Wall was built, to separate one type of people from another?
November 10, 2009
I'M A BLOCK captain in Germantown. There is a house on the corner where I live that needs to be renovated. When the contractors came to inspect the property, they were met with at least 20 raccoons. They asked me if I could get in touch with my local officials and ask if they could have some traps set inside the property. The response was no - there was nothing they could do about it. So I asked if I could use some deadly bait to get rid of them - and they said I would go to jail if I did. Our system seems to take care of animals more than human beings.
March 12, 2012
This is a post by David Murphy on High Cheese, the Daily News' Phillies blog, available at www.philly.com/highcheese . FORGET FOR A second about how transparent the Nationals' attempts at legitimizing their existence have been: It's still fun to have something to talk about, isn't it? While conventional wisdom suggests that a perceived underdog should do everything in its power to maintain its status, Washington realizes that its biggest opponent is still fan apathy.
May 3, 2012 |
THE WOMAN'S 5-foot-3, 100-pound nude body, beaten and bruised, with her bra strap tightly wrapped around her neck, was found behind her 4th Street building in a lot strewn with rubble and dog waste, a city prosecutor said Tuesday. "Tiny, small, petite but so vulnerable. Perfect prey," Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax said of Sabina Rose O'Donnell during his opening statement. Sax told the jurors that Donte Johnson — the 20-year-old high-school dropout accused of abducting, raping and murdering the popular Northern Liberties waitress — stalked O'Donnell along Girard Avenue, as she rode a borrowed bicycle home in the early morning of June 2, 2010, because "he knew he could dominate, overwhelm and control" her. But as Johnson rode his own bicycle behind hers, Sax said, he was recorded on store video cameras, which the jury will be shown.
August 10, 2012 |
At the monthly breakfast meetings of Dining for Dignity, the food is tasty but the subject matter is unappetizing. Human trafficking. Exploitation of women and girls. Online prostitution across the globe and around the corner. "It's happening through your iPad, it's happening through your iPhone," says Kelly Master, leader of the nonprofit group. "Is it happening in America? You bet. " The Collingswood mother of five, a self-described abuse survivor and devout Christian, founded Dining for Dignity in 2011.
October 12, 2012
* THE WALKING DEAD: 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. WATCHING AMC's "The Walking Dead" always reminds me I was the girl who skimmed over most of the war parts in War and Peace . I slowed down for the love stories, the family drama, the society stuff, much of which is really delicious, but the battles and the military strategy left me cold. Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece is a much shorter read that way, of course, and it's possible that my ideal version of "The Walking Dead" would be shorter, too, with fewer zombies and even fewer scenes in which these unfortunate former human beings are cut down by the only slightly luckier human survivors.
November 7, 1994
ENLIGHTENED PEOPLE MUST DEFEND ALL ANIMALS AGAINST VIOLENCE The vigil for Duke was profoundly moving indeed. My rage intensified toward the murderously defective human monsters who tortured and killed Duke when I learned that one of them allegedly had placed Duke's severed ears in the sun to dry before embellishing a hat with them. The human narcissistic propensity to think in terms of our own species obstructs attainment of the rightful treatment of other species. The enlightened among us must be vigilant defenders of other species, acting to end the gratuitous violence wreaked upon them.
June 16, 1997
While Dolly, the cloned Scottish sheep, has munched away on her feed these last few months, her human neighbors (still made the old-fashioned way) have chewed over the legal and moral implications of her existence. It's still hard to swallow. At least bioethics panels in Europe earlier this month and in America last week came down squarely on the same side of the key issue, saying that the cloning of human beings should be banned. President Clinton was quick to endorse that approach, calling for a national law barring human cloning.
April 5, 2005 |
OF THE many great legacies of Pope John Paul II, the one I prize the most is this: He was instrumental in helping the Catholic Church reach a position of principled opposition to the death penalty - an opposition that brooks no exceptions. The effects of the pope's leadership will be felt for years to come. Where polls once showed that U.S. Catholics supported the death penalty about as much as other Americans, they now show that support has fallen below 50 percent. Just last month, U.S. Catholic bishops inaugurated a vigorous educational campaign to end the death penalty.