July 8, 2015
WHEN NIGHT fell on Independence Day, I stood outside with my children and watched fireworks fill the evening sky. As I did so, I contemplated the meaning of freedom here in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American independence. To be sure, the definition of American freedom is complicated. It was from the very beginning, when the shackles of slavery were interwoven into the ideals of independence and democracy. Our concept of freedom remains convoluted today, as America grapples with the fact that we imprison more people than any nation on Earth.
January 24, 2015 |
Sam Katz can't help himself. If there is a race for mayor in Philadelphia, his instinct is to jump in. He has made the leap thrice, but will tell you he's been tempted and passed as many times. It comes as no surprise, then, to hear that the lure is still there, and all the more attractive with Wednesday's sudden withdrawal of Ken Trujillo from the May 19 Democratic primary. So much so, Katz said Thursday, that he's giving a fourth run serious consideration. "I need to take a couple days to really talk about it with my wife," Katz said.
July 8, 2014
ISSUE | TEA PARTY Toss these slights of critics overboard On Independence Day, the editorial board maligned tea party groups ("It's our government," July 4). In fact, the vast majority of its members want a government that represents the people; one that we don't have now. As for tea party-ers being anarchists, the politician hailed as great - George Washington - was one as well. I guess the board isn't so critical of all anarchists when it suits. Gregory Busch, Sewell Need broader vision The July 4 editorial shattered my illusion (delusion?
July 5, 2014
What better occasion than Independence Day to reflect on a political movement whose adherents insist its essence is embodied in one of the seminal events of this country's birth, the Boston Tea Party? The spirit of protest is what today's tea-party patriots refer to as they liken themselves to those early Americans who, in 1773, hurled an East India Company cargo into Boston Harbor rather than pay a tax levied by the British Parliament with no colonial representation. With names like the Berks Sons of Liberty, Northeast Pennsylvania Spirit of 1776, Defenders of Freedom, and Tea Party Time Network, today's purported scions of the colonial rebels try to incite the passions of Americans who believe government looms too large in their lives.
July 2, 2014
Thursday, July 3 Pennsylvania Upper Darby: Upper Darby Concert and Fireworks at Upper Darby High School Memorial Stadium in Drexel Hill (7:30 p.m.) Ambler: Ambler Kiwanis Fourth of July at Wissahickon High School. Through Saturday. Celebration and fireworks Thursday night (6 to 10:30 p.m.) Lower Providence Township: Fourth of July Celebration at Eagleville Park (6:30 p.m., fireworks at dusk) Friday, July 4 Pennsylvania Philadelphia: Wawa Welcome America!
February 11, 2014 |
LOOKS like Will Smith has declared his independence from the movie franchise that made him a superstar. Deadline.com reports that the pride of Overbrook will not be part of "Independence Day 2," planned for release in July 2016, the 20th anniversary of the original Fox sci-fi smash. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to reprise their roles as alien-fightin' Earthlings, and rumor has it that Michael B. Jordan will step into the lead. Then again, director Roland Emmerich and co-writer and producer Dean Devlin drafted two scripts - one with Smith, one without - and gave both to scriptwriter James Vanderbilt ("The Amazing Spider-Man")
July 9, 2013 |
On a sweltering summer day on the Schuylkill, the Vesper Rowing Club captured the Mariner Points Trophy Sunday at the Independence Day Regatta. Vesper won the women's eight final en route to a dominant showing in the points race. The champions finished with 522.75 points; runner-up Penn A.C. had 291. "This is where we want to be: We want to be a power in rowing again," said Joanne Iverson, president of the Vesper Rowing Club, which is based on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill.
July 5, 2013
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