September 25, 2014
ISSUE | SPORTS UPDATES An A's childhood I still have fond memories as a 7-year-old taking the 59 bus to Margaret and Orthodox and the El to Lehigh Avenue, then walking the few blocks to Connie Mack Stadium to watch the A's ("The Athletics' last game in Philadelphia," Sept. 19). Berry's Cookies used to put general admission tickets into specially marked boxes, and my friends and I always took advantage of the offer. Times have changed, and I don't know if 7- or 8-year-olds can even travel by themselves today, but in the '50s it was pretty normal.
September 24, 2014 |
LEAVES changing colors. School bells ringing. Footballs spiraling. Clearly, it's fall, a season filled with ribbons and walks to bring greater focus on health issues such as diabetes, HIV and breast cancer. Domestic-violence prevention is another cause that gets an autumn spotlight. This year it's burning brighter. Recent headlines from the NFL certainly have helped thrust the matter even further into our consciousness. With high-profile cases involving players such as former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice and San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald, intimate-partner violence again has become public fodder, for men and women, boys and girls.
September 24, 2014 |
Times are tough, right? That's one of the few reasons I can imagine for the spreading revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters , which opened this week both at Delaware Theatre Company and on Broadway. Gurney's romantic comedy about a half-century-long friendship with benefits, as revealed through the couple's correspondence, usually spends its production dollars getting recognizable names into the pair of chairs and desks that compose its set. The names then read their characters' letters aloud and, while seated, adjust their body language and facial expressions so that we watch them age from grade school until sometime in the sort-of present (the play premiered in 1988)
September 23, 2014
OVER THE PAST 15 years in the U.S. Congress, I have been representing the citizens of the city of Philadelphia with pride and honor. I have been fortunate to see how our city has grown to respect and promote diversity. The LGBT community in our city has worked hard and been very lucky to have some great political leaders to ensure their acceptance and a place at the table. This recent gay bashing in downtown Philadelphia, in what I consider to be a hate crime, has no place in our fine City of Brotherly Love.
September 19, 2014
STU Bykofsky's insulting piece, " 'White privilege'?- I just don't see it," contradicts itself, since no African-American writer at your paper or any other big-city newspaper around the country would be able to have an article published that is called " 'White privilege'?- I just don't see it," for example. Actually, I despise the term "white privilege," because I see it as a way for white liberals to impose the psychological hegemony of white supremacy upon African-American people, under the guise of the former pretending to demean themselves, when in reality they are merely exhibiting an emotional "flexing of the muscles," as it were, at the latter body.