June 10, 2013
Wisdom from Jack Smalley, 7, the most philosophical second grader in America: Jack's prizewinning philosophy: Which is more powerful, love or hate? "It's very powerful to hate, but it feels better to love. You shouldn't hate someone because they're different. It doesn't matter what they look like, it only matters how they act. Fear causes hate and love is fearless. That is why I think love is more powerful than hate. " Favorite philosopher: Socrates. "I like what he said, 'The wise man admits he knows nothing.' You can't go around saying, 'I'm the smartest ever,' because you always have something else to learn.
January 22, 2013 |
James P. Cooney, 68, of Harleysville, a professor of English and philosophy at Montgomery County Community College, died Saturday, Jan. 19, of complications from kidney cancer at home. In his 46 years as an educator, Mr. Cooney turned down offers to be dean or vice president. "His focus was always on teaching," said his son, Gregory Cooney of Flagstaff, Ariz. "It was important for him for people to never go without education. " Mr. Cooney taught through the end of the fall semester and had no intention of retiring, his son said.
November 8, 2012 |
LAST YEAR, the Temple Owls just missed out on a chance to dance in the NCAA Women's Tournament. Now, coach Tonya Cardoza faces a new challenge heading into the 2012-2013 season: dealing with the six freshmen who now call North Broad home. "Everyday is going to be a new experience," Cardoza said. "It's obviously the first time I've ever had to deal with it, and it's been frustrating at times, but you just have to have patience, you've got to understand that this is all new to them and teaching things that they might not ever know that it might take a little longer than normal.
October 14, 2012 |
Boy, I sure wish John Galt were president. He'd know how to fix the country! A cross between Jesus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Alan Greenspan, Galt (D.B. Sweeney) is the enigmatic, shadowy power that animates the momentous events in Atlas Shrugged: Part II , the soporific, seemingly interminable second part of a projected three-part adaptation of self-styled philosopher Ayn Rand's sophomoric 1957 novel. The Russian-born Rand used her ungainly, staid novels to impart her libertarian philosophy.
September 21, 2012
Credit the man in the arena Tony Danza's remarks about the state of public education in the United States are absolutely correct ("Tony Danza's school of hard knocks," Sept. 13). The so-called experts who criticize public education, but have never actually taught in a classroom, should heed Theodore Roosevelt's remarks: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
September 7, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The NFL is a league that adapts with unforgiving ease, a fundamental truth that was hammered home in an opening-night slugfest that offered a loud glimpse at what it is going to take to win the NFC East this season. Last year, the Giants and the Cowboys combined to score 116 points in the eight quarters they faced each other. On Wednesday night, they spent the first two quarters of 2012 battering each other into the MetLife Stadium Turf, the front sevens of both defenses dictating the action.
May 20, 2012 |
America the Philosophical By Carlin Romano Alfred A. Knopf. 672 pp. $35 By general consent, the great classic of 20th-century American philosophy is John Rawls' Theory of Justice, which appeared in 1971. Bill Clinton once said that when he and Hillary read it in law school, they immediately realized that liberty, equality, and human rights had been established on a "brilliant new foundation of reason. " Around the same time, a pushy Princeton undergraduate with journalistic ambitions asked the mighty philosopher for an interview, only to be turned away with a gentle Harvard smile.
February 14, 2012
WHAT IS IT about the sports teams in this town that the only one interested in creating a defense-first identity is its pro basketball team? Yes, its pro basketball team. The football team thinks it will win a championship by outscoring you. You can argue the Phillies are defense-first these days, but that's more out of default than design. When they acquired those ace pitchers, it was to complement a high-octane offense, not replace it. The hockey team? I don't know if it has an identity.
November 16, 2011 |
URBANDALE, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain sought to sharpen his grasp on national security and foreign policy while campaigning in Iowa Tuesday, a day after botching his answer to a question about his support for the U.S. role in Libya. On his first trip to Iowa since decade-old sexual harassment allegations surfaced, Cain indirectly addressed the foreign policy problem by telling more than 200 people at a northeastern Iowa restaurant that the U.S. needed to leave no doubt about its allies and enemies.
November 10, 2011 |
There were 25,000 copies initially printed, but Marc Vetri's new cookbook, Rustic Italian Food , went into its second printing before the Nov. 1 release date. Compare that to Il Viaggio Di Vetri , his first book, which sold 25,000 copies after three years. "I just got a $420 royalty check. . . . my first one, three years later," says the chef, sitting on a broken-in brown leather sofa in his newly renovated home kitchen. After two years of recipe testing, writing, and waiting, Vetri is ready to show the world his latest collection.