December 29, 2014 |
On Christmas Day in 2008, I attended early-morning Mass at the Al Qaleb Al Aqdas (Sacred Heart) Church, in the Karrada district of Baghdad. Although Christians had already become targets in Iraq's civil war and thousands had fled, the Chaldean Catholic church was filled with well-dressed families, and a choir sang near a large Christmas tree. Some worshipers continued on to a Santa Claus show in a nearby park. Those days are long gone. The number of Chaldeans (whose church dates to the early Christian era)
December 15, 2014 |
What can a wronged consumer do to make a situation right? What's a reasonable response? What counts as an overreaction? Those are perennial questions with no simple answers facing anyone who deals with consumer problems. But two recent events highlight what you might call consumerism's Goldilocks problem - the risks of responses that are too hard or too soft. Too hard comes illustrated by Benjamin Edelman, a Harvard business professor and Internet researcher who was flamed across the Web last week for complaining about a $4 overcharge by a Chinese restaurant outside Boston.
December 11, 2014 |
ONE OF THE many things I have never understood is why exactly the head coach is responsible for everything his players have ever done, might contemplate doing or will eventually do. Perhaps I am just missing the point, but I really think the players should be responsible for what they do. Somehow, it has not evolved that way. Now, when a player does something stupid, and players will do stupid things, it is always the coach's fault. The coach should have detected during the recruiting process that a 17-year-old would eventually do something dumb.
October 15, 2014 |
THE UNION pulled an astounding choke on Saturday night. In a span of 5 minutes, it blew a 2-0 lead late against the Columbus Crew to lose, 3-2, and got eliminated from the Major League Soccer playoff race. You decide which of the following statements sounds closer to the truth: In June, when he fired manager John Hackworth and replaced him with current interim manager Jim Curtin, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said: "I think we have a lot of quality in our team. We're a good team; we have quality in the locker room.
October 2, 2014
Global warming concerns aren't worth risking good coal, oil, and gas jobs so soon after the recession. We can put off action on global warming, but we'll pay a worse price in the end. Face reality and adapt. |Stephen M. Smith, Burlington City The long term risks to everyones' health far outweigh the short term goals of a few jobs in these types of energy that aren't clean. |JoAnn Williams, Media With the effects of climate change clearly apparent, action to mitigate it is urgent and can be taken in an economically feasible way. |Bill Fanshel, Bryn Mawr Seriously combating global warming with renewable fuel - wind, sea, sun - should enable us to replace those allegedly lost jobs without economic repercussions.
September 22, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans was born and raised in Bessemer, Ala., a small industrial town in the center of the state. Its namesake invented a process to mass-produce steel, but it's perhaps best known now as the birthplace of Bo Jackson. When people talk about the child-abuse charges filed in Texas against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, about a culture that could empower a father to strike the inside of his 4-year-old son's legs with a tree branch until they bled, Bessemer is the kind of place they mean, where a boy's roughest justice could come at the hands of a parent.
September 21, 2014 |
A string of weather stations will be placed near I-295 and rail lines to assist Gloucester County officials should an event like the 2012 Paulsboro train derailment and toxic leak occur again. The county Prosecutor's Office announced this week that it had secured $150,000 in funding to buy and maintain nine of the devices, which officials say can help them make critical decisions during emergencies. The stations can measure wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure.
July 25, 2014 |
A central question in the debate over a Rutgers University-led study of the ocean floor off the coast of Long Beach Island is whether the loud sound waves used to map the sediment will harm dolphins, whales, and other animals. It is an area of scientific research that has been getting more attention since the mid-1990s, when researchers generated loud sounds in the Pacific Ocean to study the effect of water temperature on sound. People began to wonder whether marine mammals could hear the sound and, if so, if that was bad. Since then, scientists have trained some of the more intelligent species, such as dolphins, to tap a paddle when they hear a sound.
July 20, 2014 |
The Borough of West Chester early this week won the latest episode in a years-long court battle with drugmaker Pfizer over sewer payments owed to the borough by Wyeth, the pharmaceutical company that Pfizer bought in 2009 for $68 billion. Chester County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Shenkin ruled that Pfizer must give the borough $1.72 million for missed payments under a 1984 agreement that called for Wyeth to make quarterly payments of about $200,000 for the life of the Goose Creek Sewer Treatment plant.