January 29, 2015 |
BY AGREEING to hear four same-sex marriage cases this term, the U.S. Supreme Court probably will settle the issue once and for all by the end of June. The battles in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee - the four states from which the cases under review come - are not simply about the rights of gay couples. They are about the meaning of marriage for all of us. Defenders of same-sex marriage bans frame the issue as a choice between two incompatible views of marriage: The one they associate with same-sex couples centers on adult relationships and personal fulfillment.
January 28, 2015 |
IN 2011, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, a mild-mannered diplomat named Robert Ford, became the face of American support for the Arab Spring when he boldly visited opponents to the brutal regime of Bashar Assad in the northern city of Hama. In 2014, Ford quit, saying that he could not defend the Obama administration's inconstant support for Syrian rebels. "More hesitation . . . [will] simply hasten the day when American forces have to intervene against al Qaeda in Syria," he warned.
January 28, 2015
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Treating customers' needs a priority While we can't comment on any individual member's experience due to privacy considerations, it was important to us to respond to a recent op-ed about our customer service, as we take this instance and every customer service issue seriously ("No easy access to health care," Jan. 22). Independence Blue Cross insures more than 2.5 million people in our region. We receive nearly five million customer service calls yearly. And we have more than 600 people on our dedicated customer service team ready to assist our members.
January 27, 2015
ON JAN. 16, as I was riding down Market Street, I witnessed a boy lying in the street with a bike close to his body. I thought he was maybe riding the bike and had just been hit by a car. I was just speculating about what happened because I didn't see a car anywhere in sight. SEPTA and Philadelphia police were just then arriving at the scene. He appeared to not be breathing. I could see them performing CPR on him. The incident started to draw a crowd, and I said a prayer and continued on my journey.
January 22, 2015 |
REPUBLICAN voters are divided when it comes to key foreign-policy issues and the role of American power abroad. But listening to the party's potential 2016 presidential candidates at the weekend's Republican National Committee winter meeting, in San Diego, you wouldn't have known it. Not only was foreign policy front and center of every address, but the contenders were all convening around a hawkish, almost neoconservative position similar to...