December 8, 2014 |
In the 35 years I've been writing about Camden, the city has often appeared to be on the verge of a comeback. But while a bit of skepticism is advisable - even amid the latest flurry of economic development announcements - I do get a sense of actual optimism in the air. Because the latest proposals look stronger, smarter, more realistic, and less grandiose than many of their predecessors. "I remember those grand announcements," says Cooper Health System Chairman George E. Norcross 3d. "Sadly, most of [them]
March 31, 2013 |
Hard to believe, but just four years after crashing in the Great Recession, stock prices are hitting record highs. The surging market not only reflects an improving economy, but also helps drive its improvement. This is one of the best reasons to be optimistic about the country's prospects. The stock market's resurrection has been impressive. Major indexes have nearly doubled since the worst of the downturn. The market is near where it was just before the start of the housing crash, and this time it stands on more solid economic ground.
March 11, 2012 |
I got the horse right here, The name is Paul Revere . . . Can do, can do - From "Guys and Dolls" Your first thought is, Lord but he's big. Freight train big. And that white blaze that runs down his forehead, it reminds you of a lightning bolt. Could it be an omen? Is this, at long last, The One? Steady there, Pilgrim. Throttle back. We know you're ready to fall in love all over again, that you've been standing out here in the rain waiting forlornly and forever and a day for the next Big Red. But it's not fair, and you ought not to be saddling this one with all your Secretariat expectations.
February 17, 2012
Lila Downs Mexican American singer-songwriter Lila Downs has always forged her own path musically, mixing the personal with the political through an enticing fusion of Pan-Latin sounds and lyrical storytelling. Using the current turmoil in her homeland of Mexico as a thematic springboard - and her deep faith in its people as its musical heart - Downs' latest effort, Pecados y Milagros ( Sins and Miracles ) is a mix of originals and reworkings of classic Mexican songs. Each track is accompanied by a devotional painting, or retablo , that Downs commissioned - and each painting helps to illuminate the songs, which touch on everything from morality/spirituality to crossing class lines.
April 13, 2011
IF AMERICA is supposed to be the place that's keeping alive the hope of becoming "a more perfect union," why do we pledge allegiance to a "republic"? "Union" or "republic"? I'm confused. Usually, when I see the word "union," I think of union country, standing together to improve the workplace, in the hopes that "democracy" will prevail and make the fruits of their labor just a little sweeter. And when I see the word "Democrat," I think of people willing to work together so everyone can reap their own piece of the pie. But when I see "republic," I see something sinister.
April 8, 2011 |
The Rangers' playoff chances were squarely in their hands heading into the final days of the regular season. The visiting Atlanta Thrashers, with nothing else to play for, took it away without much of a fight. Rob Schremp and Andrew Ladd scored 15 seconds apart in the second period, Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves, and the Thrashers delivered a crushing blow to the Rangers' postseason hopes with a 3-0 victory last night. For the second straight season, New York will play its final game with the playoffs hanging in the balance.
July 6, 2010 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Its plans for a multibillion dollar casino resort in Atlantic City are dead, but Mirage Resorts is still paying the city $6 million, the remnants of a long-ago landfill cleanup deal. The struggling gambling resort is eyeing the money to help cut a massive budget deficit. In 1995, the company cleaned up a city landfill. The site is where the Borgata now sits. State legislation allowed Mirage to recoup a large portion of the cleanup costs. Under the deal, $8 million of the $20 million reimbursement was to go back to the city.
May 10, 2010
THE MAY 3 letter by Loretta Brown in which she expressed a belief in a future color-free society is one of the main issues of those who espouse a one-world society. To achieve what Ms. Brown foresees would, at a minimum, take thousands of years and never fully meet its goal. Predicting the future makeup of society is for fantasizing theorists and their followers, and that's as far as it ever gets. Ephraim Levin Philadelphia
July 22, 2009 |
THE MEDIA often claim we're in a post-racial era, but all too often they also help promote the racial divide. And if we're a post-racial society, how did we get there? When did white privilege, black victimization, educational apartheid, institutional racism, structural inequality, mass incarceration of black and brown people and all forms of marginalization and oppression cease to exist? America has not embarked upon a post-racial course. This country is still racist, and racism is more then a disease, it's an industry that profits the ruling class and disadvantages others.