September 18, 2007
JOHN Dougherty's op-ed claim that he is only interested in providing parents with a "choice" of schools, and that's why he wants federal tax money spent on parochial schools in the form of school vouchers, is suspect. He says it's a matter of "social justice," but he is flat out wrong. If Dougherty were concerned with social justice, he would be looking into why so many parents working multiple jobs still can't earn enough to send their kids to a private or parochial school, if that's what they want.
June 5, 2008 |
IT IS THE impossible question, but when you get Ron Turcotte on the phone, it has to be asked. Which one of Secretariat's Triple Crown races was best? "They were all great," Turcotte said last week from his home in Canada. In fact, a very strong case can be made that the same horse ran the greatest Derby, greatest Preakness and greatest Belmont, all in one 5-week period. As Big Brown, after totally dominating the other horses in the Derby and Preakness, gears up for the Saturday's Belmont Stakes and a run at the elusive Triple Crown, it is hard not to think of the horse who during that 5-week stretch was the greatest race horse who ever lived.
October 30, 1998 |
Revenge is sweet. Just ask Tom Cruise and wife Nicole Kidman. They accepted a "substantial" settlement from London's Express Newspapers, which had accused Cruise of being gay and called his marriage a sham to cover up his alleged homosexuality. The amount of the settlement was undisclosed. But the sum was believed to be $167,000 for each of them plus legal costs of about $250,000. McBurger, McBeal? If Calista Flockhart, TV's Ally McBeal, wants people to stop accusing her of having an eating disorder, then why doesn't she eat more?
January 3, 2007
FOR 15 YEARS, I've been an activist and a reporter, and one thing I've learned is that there are an incredible number of ways that rich, powerful people screw over poor people. They cheat us. Steal from us. Sue us. Take our homes. Pollute our air and water. Lie to us. Lay us off. Fire us if we try to unionize. Scare us into thinking we have no power. Control us any way they can. But never, ever in the last 15 years have I seen anything as egregious as what happened with the casinos.
January 31, 2013 |
NOW THAT the NCAA has revealed that it is investigating its investigators, isn't it time to end this fraud once and for all. One of the great political mysteries is how an organization that generates ridiculous amounts of cash for the television rights to the NCAA basketball tournament and oversees a never-ending arms race among its member schools in search of endless revenue streams is able to maintain its tax-exempt status. Seems that everybody gets paid expect the players, aka, the "student-athletes.
February 14, 2002 |
NEWSFLASH: The woman who helped launder Al Gore's Buddhist temple money has not served a single day in jail. And probably never will. The hidden story of how funny-money honey Maria Hsia escaped any meaningful punishment for corrupting our election system shows just how empty all of this week's sound and fury over campaign finance reform really is. In the spring of 2000, Hsia was convicted by a federal jury in Washington of five felony counts...
January 12, 2004 |
IMAGINE protecting your car from thieves by placing a decal in the window that warns of an on-board security system. There is no system, just a decal. While it may fool some people, real thieves will laugh as they drive away in your car. That's what the long-awaited CAN-SPAM law is like. Congress has slapped a decal on your computer monitor, warning spammers that there's a price to pay if they continue their onslaught of unwanted mail. But there is no price to pay, just the decal.
February 22, 2000 |
Last Dec. 16, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain made front pages across the nation by shaking hands with a leading Democratic contender, Bill Bradley, and pledging to fight to reform America's campaign finance system. But on the very next day, the Arizona senator netted at least $15,750 at a fund-raiser largely attended by executives, spouses and business associates of Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp., the cable-TV giant with a major interest in legislation in front of the Senate Commerce Committee - chaired by McCain.
September 27, 2000 |
I've once more to click on the tube and see Dubya or Big Al fondling a child in a classroom or schoolyard. About once more to see America's next Education President mug for the cameras with a pointer in his hand and a chalkboard as a backdrop, before I launch my early warning system for America's public schools. I'd post pictures of the grinning gladhanders with red slashes through their grillwork and a warning: "Candidate-free school zone. " An armed militia would be posted as lookouts for motorcades and minicams with orders to terminate with extreme malice.
June 21, 1994
Signing into law the state budget that will be the legacy of his eight years in office, Gov. Casey called the spending plan "fair and equitable. " Hardly. The big winners are businesses that will enjoy tax cuts, and maybe the Legislature, which voted itself a $20 million increase for operating costs. The governor says his budget adds 7,000 people to the welfare rolls, including victims of domestic violence and children up to age 20. Nice. But he doesn't mention that for every person added, 30 others have been cut off - most of them old, feeble and unemployable.