December 7, 1991 |
Bruce Cockburn's a word man. The 46-year-old Canadian singer plays a fine, bristling guitar, but music nearly always seems secondary to lyrics in the conception of his songs. When he has something to get his dander up, that's fine. Cockburn's world view is more thought-through than any politically minded pop songsmith this side of Billy Bragg, and nearly all of the gripping moments at the Keswick Theater Thursday night came when he was looking injustice in the eye, and seething.
May 16, 2005 |
Consider Christianity. It is a faith broad enough to encompass everything from a pope in Rome to a missionary in South America to a snake handler in Appalachia. Apparently, however, it is not broad enough to encompass a Democrat in North Carolina. That, at least, is the inference to be gleaned from the experience of nine people who say they were kicked out of their church last week because they voted for John Kerry in the 2004 election. The nine former members of East Waynesville Baptist say the Rev. Chan Chandler led the drive to oust them.
May 5, 1987
Did Gary Hart spend much of last weekend in his Capitol Hill townhouse with a young blonde woman while his wife was in Denver? If he did, what (if anything) does that tell us about whether he should be president? Historically, Americans have been ambivalent about the sexual conduct of public figures. Grover Cleveland, for example, was elected to the presidency despite the disclosure that he had fathered an illegitimate child. The reputation of John F. Kennedy has been besmirched but hardly destroyed by revelations - after his death - regarding his extramarital amorous adventures.
March 5, 1989 |
After an unsuccessful attempt to rock the party leadership, Stanley A. Casacio has decided to run for re-election as Ward 2 commissioner in Cheltenham Township after all. He will face Kenneth A. Kind, a lawyer who is national marketing director for Resource America, a Center City energy company. Kind won the Democrats' endorsement late last week. Casacio had set his sights on fellow Republican David Webb, who for 10 years has been the township finance director. But Casacio did not have the votes in the party leadership, and Webb won overwhelming endorsement for the May 16 primary.
November 3, 1988 |
Six Rosemont College alumnae, speaking at a panel discussion on "Women in Politics," told an audience at the college Saturday that despite continuing sexism, politics is gradually opening up to women. "We have gotten over the hump of women's liberation. We can't say that (sexism) isn't there, but we can deal with it," said Tracey Massey, Tredyffrin Township supervisor. "I think that we sometimes have trouble being taken seriously," said Patricia Dohrenwend, town clerk in Eastchester, N.Y., arguing that woman face fewer problems with sexism as candidates than they do as office-holders.
February 24, 2006 |
Ever since he lost his reelection bid to Christie Whitman in 1993 in a wave of voter disaffection over the state income tax, former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio has kept a low political profile. In the ensuing years, he founded a Morristown-based company called Xspand Inc., where he is chairman and CEO, that helps local governments manage and collect on tax liens. The company recently was sold to the investment banking firm of Bear Stearns & Co. Florio briefly ventured back into electoral politics in 2000, when he ran unsuccessfully against Jon S. Corzine for the New Jersey Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
June 15, 2000
There was a time when broadcasters leaped at the chance to serve as unofficial hosts of the presidential campaign. It was a way to earn their spurs as newscasters; to make household names out of their anchors and reporters; to inform their viewers; to serve the public interest. Now they view politics as a burden, a bore, a "sad show. " At local stations, it's now the ad sales manager, not the news director, who operates the only political desk on the premises. The Feb. 28 issue of Broadcasting & Cable magazine nicely captured the Gilded Age mindset of broadcasters toward politics.
December 27, 1993 |
The new Performing Arts Centre in Toronto opened this fall with a revival of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "Showboat. " The opening was stormy because of a picket line of protesters, who felt the musical denigrated blacks. In October the producers flew in the eminent black American historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., who attempted in a lecture to place the musical in historical context. Some critics responded with indignation at what they saw as a typical display of American imperialism.
November 29, 2006 |
Barbara McIlvaine Smith has politics in her blood. Her roots in Chester County go back to the days of William Penn, when her family bought 5,000 acres in the Exton area from the founder of Pennsylvania. Three of her ancestors served in the state House - one in each of the last three centuries. The last to serve, Martha Thomas, was elected in 1924 after women won the right to vote. Until five years ago, Smith, 56, had been a lifelong Republican. But she found herself in the middle of a fight with the county's two Republican commissioners, Colin Hanna and Karen Martynick, over the siting of a new justice center.
July 23, 1999 |
The coverage of Steven Van Dyck's comments (June 11) was as unexpected as it was interesting. His revelations about politics and high finance are why Americans feel disenchanted with government and disenfranchised. In the article, state Rep. Dwight Evans is quoted: "One of the problems with politics is this 'pay to play,' " and that city government should be performance-driven. Van Dyck says: "It's only a democracy for the people who can afford to pay the money to sit at the table.