December 22, 1986
Lewis H. Lapham's Dec. 13 Op-ed Page column, "Surviving the White House follies," was the best yet. It was also good for a few laughs - especially the closing line "On watching Reagan's bungling geopoliticians wander in and out of press conferences . . . at least it's reassuring that they didn't choose to become airline pilots or water engineers or surgeons. " Marilyn Fusfield Doylestown.
October 26, 1995 |
I have been wondering whom to invite to my Halloween party. Of course, I'll ask the usual passel of friends. But I want this year to be different. Special. Full of VIPs. So since I think and write about them all the time, I am writing up an invitation to the stars of our system, our wise and worldly politicians in that great pulsing hub of Washington. My only problem is, I can't see them doing Halloween. Sure, it's possible that they're not so different from the rest of us. Maybe those who have kids stock up on chocolates and jawbreakers, escort their kids around a familiar neighborhood, or take them to parties where everyone eats too much candy corn and the adults muse over the good old days of knocking on doors and saying, "Trick or treat!"
September 8, 1992 |
As Hurricane Andrew gave its final shriek and retreated into the Everglades last week I knew we were really in trouble. Within minutes my worst fears were realized. The tiny screen of my battery- powered TV overflowed with the unctuous faces of politicians taking credit and assigning blame, promising and demanding comfort. The particulars varied but there were a few constant themes: Someone else should have predicted the hurricane earlier, prepared for it better, provided more aid for its victims.
December 25, 2011
Václav Havel was past president of the Czech Republic, and the author of 21 plays and the essays "The Power of the Powerless," "Living in Truth," and "The Art of the Impossible. " He wrote this essay in 1998. He died Monday/ Does an intellectual - by virtue of his efforts to get beneath the surface of things, to grasp relations, causes, and effects, to recognize individual items as part of larger entities, and thus to derive a deeper awareness of and responsibility for the world - belong in politics?
December 20, 1993 |
In his interview with Rolling Stone, Bill Clinton exploded at the claim that he had not honored his commitments. "I have fought more damn battles here for more things than any president in 20 years with the possible exception of Reagan's first budget and not gotten one damn bit of credit from the knee-jerk liberal press. I am damn sick and tired of it. " To the press, the outburst was the self-indulgent grousing of a thin- skinned politician. But Clinton was right that the press has been overly negative.
August 28, 1987 |
Former state Sen. James R. Lloyd Jr., named this week as Gov. Casey's adviser on eastern Pennsylvania matters, said that one of his tasks was to smooth relations with local politicians. So far, the appointment has had just the opposite effect. "This thing with Jim Lloyd upset the whole city," one Philadelphia Democratic leader said yesterday, asking not to be named. "Some of our guys don't even know him or like him, and nobody was consulted. Not even the mayor was called in on it. " Mayor Goode could not be reached for comment yesterday.
March 1, 1990 |
When the Northwest Summit convenes this weekend at Chestnut Hill College, it will bring together community leaders from neighborhoods poor and affluent, black and white and mixed in a search for creative solutions to problems that recognize no boundaries. The problems include crime, drugs and cutbacks in city services - issues that summit organizers say demand prompt and coordinated attention. "We call it a summit because at a summit you take care of business," said Horace Small, Northwest director of the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, one of the organizers of the event.
October 15, 1997 |
The winds have yet to blow. The rain has yet to pour. But this fall, the threat of a powerful wallop from El Nino hangs like a rare storm cloud over the perpetually sunny skies of Southern California. Constant publicity about the unpredictable worldwide weather phenomenon has brought big business to West Coast insurance agents, who are writing out flood insurance policies by the thousands every day. It's also been a boon for politicians, who have been quick to position themselves as defenders against the deluge.
October 1, 2010
IFOR ONE AM a proud senior citizen. I've seen many come and many go. I say we need term limits to any elected office. Some of these geezers are like fixtures on the wall. Two terms and hit the road. We need some young blood in office to represent the taxpayers. Vote the bums out, the people must push for this resolution. Pat Panichelli, Philadelphia
January 26, 2004 |
We're in for nine solid months of politics. There will be moments in those months when our attention will be drawn to events that seem to be divorced from politics. Don't let them fool you! Almost every important pronouncement defending old policies or projecting new programs that comes out of the White House will have been studied, restudied, vetted and revetted to assess its effect on the November election. So will statements from the Democratic side. If we, the voters, react as we have in most of our past elections, there will be a not inconsiderable amount of grousing.