April 8, 2016
ISSUE | JURY DUTY A civic responsibility If only 14 percent of Philadelphia residents summoned to jury duty show up, it's past time for the Inquirer to run a series about all the privileges of being an American ("Seeking new way to get jurors," Monday). Jury duty is not supposed to be - never has been - cushy, convenient, remunerative, or entertaining. It's an obligation of all legal residents, who should be proud to serve. |Bruce M. Brown, Bryn Mawr
April 8, 2016 |
WHEN ANSWERING questions about race, religion or gender, a little perspective is always a good thing. In an interview with Cosmopolitan , Scarlett Johansson talked about why she doesn't like to discuss the gender pay gap in Hollywood. "There's something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole," Johansson said. "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage . . . I think every woman has [been underpaid]
March 28, 2016
ISSUE | BRUSSELS This is not Islam My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the tragic attacks in Brussels. How pathetic that the alleged mastermind is Salah Abdeslam, whose name means "servant of peace," a drug dealer and bar owner who now claims to be a religious extremist. He and others who perpetrate violence in the name of Islam are impostors who don't even know the basics of the faith. |Madeel Abdullah, M.D., Newtown Square, firstname.lastname@example.org War is the answer Enough of the infuriating "thoughts and prayers" response from President Obama and other leaders following another cowardly attack on civilians by Muslim fanatics.
March 24, 2016
Leave it to Donald Trump to express absolutely the wrong view on the terrorist attacks that left at least 30 people dead and more than 200 injured in Belgium Tuesday. "Brussels was a beautiful city, a beautiful place with zero crime. And now it's a disaster city. It's a total disaster," Trump said. "And we have to be very careful in the United States, we have to be very careful and very vigilant as to who we allow in the country. " The Republican presidential candidate seems intent on making America's open society as closed as the European nations that have become breeding grounds for the terrorist acts being committed by disconnected, disaffected immigrants.
March 24, 2016
By Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos Since November, our Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago has undertaken a major lobbying effort to gain official recognition by President Obama of the genocide taking place in Syria and Iraq. On Thursday, that became a reality with a historic announcement by Secretary of State John Kerry. That followed a unanimous bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives and previous support from the European Union, Pope Francis, and others. Some may dismiss this act as merely words, devoid of significance.
March 23, 2016 |
It's the easiest thing, when you pay close attention to sports, to be cynical about them, and then Fran Dunphy delivers a genuine moment of grace on Friday and makes it so hard. The Temple Owls had just lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 72-70, to Iowa in overtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The winning basket, the play that ended Temple's season, had come on a tip-in at the buzzer. It was the kind of loss that leaves a coach feeling as if a pile of frozen gravel has settled at the pit of his stomach.
February 19, 2016
DEAR ABBY: At least "Renee in Oregon" (Sept. 10), who asked her adult daughters for their friends' phone numbers, cares enough to want someone to call if her adult children don't respond. I didn't regard her request as nosy or overbearing, simply so she'd have a "just-in-case" number. Renee's daughters sound like ungrateful brats who don't care anything about worrying their parents. I'm thankful my four adult children will text me in response to my call to let me know they are OK. I have never had a problem getting a contact number from them for a neighbor or friend.
February 16, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have been working for four years. I need to work to help my husband financially. However, over the last few months, I've felt torn about not being a stay-at-home mom. My grandmother, who is in her 70s, has been taking care of my son full time while I work, but her health isn't the greatest now. I don't trust any of the day care in my area and can't afford one anyway. I really want to be a stay-at-home mom, but still feel obligated to help bring in money. How do I get over my guilt for not wanting to work outside the home full time?
February 15, 2016
Payback can be sweet. For Lou Lou, a women's accessory boutique, setting up shop comes with a global responsibility. In mid-January it opened its 25th store in the country, at 143 S. 13th St. in Center City. The boutique caters to women of all ages and claims to sell uniqueness. It sells boutique brand items, as well as private-label brands, among its stock of jewelry, sunglasses, scarves, gloves, and handbags. "It's like a candy store for accessories," said Ben Wegdam, who owns Lou Lou with his wife, Tara.
January 27, 2016 |
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority to manage demand response, the market for compensating electricity customers who reduce their power consumption during peak demand hours. Big electricity generators, who compete with demand response in power markets, had challenged FERC's authority. They argued that the federal agency may only regulate wholesale sales of electricity, and that demand response intrudes on the retail market, which is the sole province of state regulators.