September 14, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Open debates to Johnson, Stein I agree with Michael Smerconish's column advocating opening up the presidential debates to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, but also to the Green Party's Jill Stein ("Open debates to Libertarians," Sunday). I expect that most people are tired of the litany of lies and might be willing to hold their noses while voting for either of the main candidates. I want to go a step further and vote for Stein, a competent, honest, intelligent, and caring candidate, and her vice presidential candidate, Ajamu Baraka.
August 25, 2016
ISSUE | FRANK RIZZO Statue 'is deeply offensive' I moved to Philadelphia in 1971 to attend graduate school. Living my first eight years in a city where Frank Rizzo was mayor did not inspire civic pride. I watched his "law-and-order" regime treat with contempt the North Philadelphia community where I was attending school, provoke what would become the MOVE tragedy, destroy the nation's bicentennial celebration with his vicious response to possible protests, and instill fear among law-abiding African American and gay residents.
August 8, 2016 |
Currents columnists Trudy Rubin and Michael Smerconish are on vacation.
July 1, 2016 |
The topic was "voter anger" in the 2016 presidential election, but columnist and TV and radio host Michael Smerconish suggested that many Americans are not seething with discontent. "If there's a new silent majority in the nation, it's not tea-party activists, it's not millennials who are feeling the Bern, it's the tens of millions of Americans who are not angry but too complacent," he said. Smerconish was the featured speaker Wednesday at an event hosted by Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of the Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com, at the Independence Visitor Center.
May 2, 2016 |
Since I announced last month in a column that I changed my voter registration to Republican so I could vote in the Donald Trump referendum, a.k.a. the Pennsylvania primary election, my friends and family have been treating me like Kramer on Seinfeld . You know, the kook who lives next door and who comes and goes as he pleases and who leaves the toilet seat up, no matter how many times he's been told, nicely, not to. My liberal progressive Democratic...
May 1, 2016
From Day 1, the Pa. Senate race is all about attacks. A3. Delegate scorecard. A3. Trump goes all in on gender politics. A8. Buffett: No matter who wins, business will be fine. A8. Currents It's time to take Trump at his word. Trudy Rubin, C1. The end of the GOP affair. Michael Smerconish, C1.
November 7, 2015
ISSUE | ELECTION DAY The right to vote is priceless If the ancestors of the vast majority of Philadelphians were alive today, they'd be ashamed that a city company gave a $10,000 prize to some "lucky voter" on Tuesday ("South Philly woman gets $10k prize for voting," Philly.com, Wednesday). Most Philadelphians fall into at least one of these categories: a woman, an African American, a Catholic, a Jew, someone age 18 to 21, a tenant, or a descendant of someone not allowed a vote in his or her native country.
September 12, 2015 |
It's the quiet days when the pain surfaces for Ellen Saracini, the family milestones that sting without her late husband, pilot Victor Saracini. Birthdays. Graduations. Her daughters' first kisses. Their proms. Fourteen years after Victor's United Airlines plane was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center's South Tower, Saracini has learned that those occasions can be harder than the memorial-filled, nationally marked anniversary of his death. "This is your hard day," her daughter once told an interviewer about reliving 9/11 each year.