October 24, 2006 |
Michael Schiavo criticized Bob Casey Jr. and Pennsylvania Democrats yesterday for using the death of his wife, Terri, as a weapon against U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) in the Senate race this fall. Schiavo, visiting Philadelphia to lend his support to two Democratic congressional candidates, noted that Santorum and Casey had supported legislation Congress passed in March 2005 to let the federal courts review Terri's case after state courts in Florida had allowed removal of her feeding tube.
September 12, 2006
KENNETH Carchidi's Aug. 28 letter criticizing Michael Schiavo's campaign against lawmakers who interfered in his and his late wife Terri's affairs made me laugh. He is quick to belittle Mr. Shiavo's and the Democratic Party's beliefs, yet can sincerely state that "Republicans weren't looking for a fight" and Terri "was executed"? Not everyone who followed this story believes as you do, Kenneth. We the public will never truly know the full facts about Terri's case, and, therefore, judgment of both sides on the family battlefield should be withheld by us mere mortals.
August 28, 2006
THANK YOU very much for your article "Think it's funny?" (Aug. 21), in which you bring a major problem in our communities to the forefront. Too many people don't understand how entrenched the "crime = cool" culture is in our communities in Philadelphia. To quote Will Smith: "Just because you can do it doesn't mean that you should do it. Did you take time to think about all the seeds you ruin?" I think that we must stand up and speak out against stores and shops that are preying on our children.
August 24, 2006 |
THE EYES of the political world will be on us come fall. Pennsylvania is home to the hottest Senate race and three of the most contested House races in the nation. The outcome of the Santorum-Casey, Fitzpatrick-Murphy, Gerlach-Murphy and Weldon-Sestak races could determine control of Congress. The vulnerability of many GOPers is war-related. But there are also important social issues, notably the attempted intervention in the case of Terri Schiavo. Some clues on that might be found in Connecticut, which just had a bruising Democratic primary between Joseph Lieberman and Ned Lamont.
June 1, 2006
MICHAEL Smerconish recently devoted a column to our reaction to his participation in a seminar at Penn concerning Terri Schiavo. We wrote that the seminar "celebrated the death of Terri Schiavo. " He objected. In March 2005, at the request of her husband, a Florida judge ordered that Terri Schiavo be denied liquids and food until death. Many Americans protested this incredible cruelty, but 13 days later, she died. This was not a case of foolishly keeping a dead person alive through the use of a machine.
May 1, 2006 |
Two seminal figures in the right-to-die movement - the husband of Terri Schiavo and the mother of Karen Ann Quinlan - yesterday described strikingly different experiences with the news media at a conference at the University of Pennsylvania. Julia Quinlan, who fought to have her daughter's respirator removed 31 years ago, said, "The media can be very helpful, and were in our case. " Television and print reporters were in her Morristown, N.J., home night and day, and she felt they understood and even supported her fight, she said.
April 30, 2006 |
Why is it so hard to die in America? That is the question posed by a symposium that begins today at the University of Pennsylvania titled: "The Legacy of the Terri Schiavo Case: Why Is It So Hard to Die in America?" Theresa Schiavo was finally put to rest a little more than a year ago after a long struggle between her husband, Michael Schiavo, and her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, over whether to disconnect her feeding tube. Since then, she has become a symbol not only of how we die in America, but also of the "culture wars," the continuing moral struggle in this country that seems to have pigeonholed us all into red and blue states, conservatives and liberals, pro-life and pro-choice.
July 21, 2005 |
The drama of the Terri Schiavo case brought unprecedented attention to end-of-life issues from activists and lawmakers, but there has been relatively little legislative reaction in the 16 weeks since she died. A handful of state laws, mostly dealing with peripheral matters, have resulted from the globally watched case and the passions it evoked. No federal legislation has resulted. Any impact in the voting booth is still unknown. The Schiavo effect "may be a very transitory one. It's hard to tell right now," said Charles Sabatino, director of the American Bar Association's committee on law and aging.
June 23, 2005
Bravo, skateboarders It was wonderful to see our city filled with skateboarders on Tuesday. They seemed to be enjoying their urban skate, and it was fun for those of us who live here to watch them. Mayor Street should be doing all he can to encourage these young people to come to Philadelphia. He talks about improving the image of our city, making it a hipper place. He bent over backward to bring MTV's reality show to Old City. But the city continues to ban skateboarders from Love Park and banishes them to the hinterlands of the city - under I-95, in FDR Park.
June 22, 2005
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's decision to sic a state prosecutor on Michael Schiavo, ex-husband of Terri Schiavo, smacks of a politician trying to save face. Bush has been wrongly injecting himself into this family tragedy for a long time, ignoring reams of evidence about her grim medical state and the assertions of her husband and legal guardian that she didn't want to live that way. An autopsy revealed last week that Terri Schiavo, 41, had indeed suffered profound and irreversible brain damage when she collapsed 15 years ago. It showed that she was blind and that her brain had deteriorated to about half the size of the brain of a healthy adult, leaving her no chance for recovery.