March 22, 2013
Flag down on coed gridiron play Sometimes the old ways had meaning that, sadly, is being lost in our increasingly genderless world ("On further review, girl can play," March 15). We used to teach boys to honor the strengths and protect the inherent differences in girls. We raised men who shielded their wives and daughters from the particular harm that can come to a woman because of her physical and emotional differences - not because she was weak, but because she was differently made and wired.
February 28, 2013
By Joe Ferraro Montgomery County officials say they are coming up $750,000 short in last year's budget, and they are looking for cuts. I have a suggestion that could save about $300,000, maybe more. Pennsylvania has a closed primary system, meaning that only Democrats and Republicans may participate in the primary election. The turnouts are abysmal. Many times, less than 25 percent of the population shows up at the polls. Hence the savings: Plan No. 1: Only open 25 percent of the polling places for the primaries.
February 27, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's largest opposition bloc said Tuesday that it would boycott the country's forthcoming parliamentary elections, heightening the prospect of future instability after months of political crisis and damaging the credibility of the country's fledgling democracy. The National Salvation Front, a loose coalition of liberal and leftist political parties, said that it would boycott the late April vote because the Islamist government of President Mohamed Morsi did not consult it in passing a new electoral law and disregarded pressure from the group for, among other things, a new cabinet and a redrafting of the country's constitution.
February 3, 2013 |
"Nobody ever said criminals were smart," Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan said Friday, summing up an unusual case his office had won the day before. A West Chester couple were convicted by a Chester County Court jury on misdemeanor charges of forging a letter opposing a district judge during a 2011 primary that the judge then won. The jury found Donald Skomsky, 59, and his wife, Valerie Palfy, 48, guilty of writing a letter smearing Judge Rita A. Arnold. Investigators found that an employee of a stationery firm not only remembered copying the letters for the couple, but also recognized Arnold's name on them because a relative worked for the judge.
January 2, 2013 |
CAIRO - The leader of Egypt's largest Islamist ultraconservative party announced Tuesday that he is forming a new political party, splitting from the Salafi Al-Nour, which has emerged as the country's second-strongest political group. The new party is part of a proliferation of religion-based political parties. Another prominent ultraconservative TV preacher, who was a presidential candidate, has also announced plans to form a new party. The plans come just two months before President Mohammed Morsi is expected to call for new parliamentary elections.
November 21, 2012 |
THE UNTOLD story of 2012 is how "not" became the new relationship normal - not married, not a parent, not a close friend, not a loyal customer, not a committed employee, not a Democrat nor a Republican, not affiliated with organized religion. This flight from relationship flies in the face of a society that says individual relationships matter most and where many organizations attempt to brand themselves as relationship-focused. We speak in the poetry of relationships - home, family, friends, community, colleagues, customers, fellow citizens and even brothers and sisters in faith, but we increasingly live in the prose of divorce, single-parent families, transient communities, alienated employees and customers, partisan political discourse and religious divisiveness.
November 12, 2012
By David M. Kennedy Barack Obama made history in 2008. It may now be his fate merely to mark time. Obama's election as the first black president closed a chapter - though surely not the book - in America's long, vexed racial history, just as John F. Kennedy's election amounted to a major cadence in the nation's turbulent religious history. Kennedy proved to be both the first and last Catholic president, in the sense that Catholicism has never since defined political identity as it did for most of the republic's first two centuries.
October 16, 2012
The following passage from "Life Among the Cannibals," by Sen. Arlen Specter, documents his process in 2009 for deciding to switch political parties: I HAD DECIDED to switch parties several days earlier, after getting the results of a poll we had commissioned from the major Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies. The family gathered in Shanin and Tracey's kitchen over the weekend to discuss my political options, all of them unappealing. I called Shanin's house, in Gladwyne, my center of gravity, where my four granddaughters dashed and darted.