March 20, 2014
Not that '70s show Philadelphia Gas Works union workers must be living in a fairy tale ("UIL's union deal doesn't console PGW workers," March 11). No-cost health care, average hourly wages of more than $26, and the ability to retire with a full pension after 30 years - that's not today's reality. Most of us don't make as much or enjoy such benefits. Welcome to our world. Maybe union members would rather see the gas works driven into bankruptcy, or prices raised so high that utility service is out of reach.
March 19, 2014 |
A MODERN mania is about to descend upon us: March Madness. Sixty-eight colleges and universities will send their basketball teams into a tournament that will end with one team recognized as national champion. And the other 67? All fails, but not major fails: This tournament is such a big deal that just qualifying gets you bragging rights. People will watch, which is fine, unless they are supposed to be doing something else - driving trains, directing traffic, wiring a GFI circuit, proofing a million-dollar contract or running those budget numbers for the coming staff meeting.
March 18, 2014 |
RECASTING the overarching narrative that - outside of sports and music - black men and boys are assets vs. a drain on society is a radical one, based on invisible truths that are no less real. This is the apparent goal of the White House's recent My Brother's Keeper initiative. However, there is another challenging truth that makes this bold civic strategy more complex: The reason African-Americans are in this country at all is because our black ancestors were also highly valuable assets, literally.
March 14, 2014 |
IN AMERICA, our young African-American men struggle to survive, let alone thrive. For many, the deck is stacked against them from day one - dangerous neighborhoods, poor schools, inadequate health care, no jobs and no hope. The challenges we face are both wide and deep. Throughout his career and as president, Barack Obama has taken on these tough problems and shown his commitment to our young people of color. Now, we applaud the president and lock arms with him in support of the new White House initiative, My Brother's Keeper.
March 14, 2014
AND SO it's back to the Kardashians for the U.S. of ADD. As of Sunday, the New York Times kicked Ukraine off its front page, a sure sign that the establishment (let's revive that useful word) is sensitive to the growing ridicule over its claims of national interest in that floundering, bedraggled crypto-nation. The Kardashians sound enough like one of the central Asian ethnic groups battling over the Crimea lo these many centuries - Circassians, Meskhetian Turkmen, Tatars, Karachay-Cherkessians - so the sore-beset American public must be content that they're getting the news-of-the-world.