September 15, 2016 |
IN THE MIDST of the growing Colin Kaepernick-inspired protests against racism in America, the Camden Diocese has threatened to suspend student-athletes who sit or kneel during the playing of the national anthem at its sporting events. When I learned of this, I was livid, because the Camden Diocese, under the guise of being a private institution, is stepping on the constitutional rights of primarily black students who might decide to engage in such an action. And make no mistake: Peaceful protest is protected under the First Amendment, which says, in part, "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
August 16, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Toomey missed the boat As more Republicans distance themselves from Donald Trump, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has held his tongue ("Toomey decries sanctuary cities," Thursday). Countless opportunities to disavow Trump have come and gone. The silence has been deafening, and now it is too late. Silent acquiescence is unacceptable. As a mother with young children and the wife of a combat veteran, I've watched in shock and disgust as Trump has demeaned women, Mexicans, Muslims, disabled Americans, and even a Gold Star family whose son made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country.
August 15, 2016
Michael T. Dolan is a writer from West Chester The sound of stone and gravel crushing under tires signaled my escape was at hand. The small lot sat empty, as it usually is, and the trailhead stood in front of me, waiting patiently as it always does. The asphalt road, with its winding path to the impatient world I was running from, lay behind me. I stepped out of the car, and soon my feet touched unpaved earth. My solitary sentence began. Such prison breaks have become increasingly necessary for my soul, as day by day it seems this extroverted world into which I was born grows more and more extroverted, thriving on ever-increasing noise, exposure, activity, and connectivity.
August 6, 2016 |
Question: I wanted to chime in on your oft-repeated statement that the silent treatment is emotional abuse. Sometimes, people are silent because they are too upset to talk and know trying will only make things worse. Sometimes, an emotional reaction can take a while to settle down. Some people have huge emotions accompanied by visceral reactions that make rational communication difficult, if not impossible. Some people have histories that make tangential situations feel much bigger to them than they seem to others and need time to wind down.
June 15, 2016 |
TORONTO - Last month, when Jerad Eickhoff threw a slider that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton missed by a foot, Larry Andersen's eyes widened. Andersen - former reliever and minor-league pitching coach, now broadcaster - considers himself a slider connoisseur. When Eickhoff shelved the pitch in a subsequent start, Andersen approached him in the dugout. Eickhoff, who tossed six shutout innings Monday in a 7-0 win over the Blue Jays, had become too predictable as a two-pitch starter.
May 31, 2016
By Seymour I. "Spence" Toll As Memorial Day has evolved since the Civil War, our nation celebrates it to remember and honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. At the national level, the service itself is more important than the cause. It doesn't matter if the sacrifices were made during World Wars I and II, in Korea and Vietnam, or in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whenever and wherever those deaths occurred, they offer a unifying theme of the spirit: Honor those whose service cost their lives.
May 27, 2016
JOHN "JOHNNY DOC" Dougherty believes there is a time for subtlety. That time is never. So when the hard-charging labor leader weighs in on a topic, he weighs in heavily. Think carpet-bombing, not precision strike. Case in point: Last week in City Council chambers. Topic: Mayor Kenney's soda-tax proposal. Targets: Everyone against the tax. We hear Dougherty, head of the Local 98 electricians union and the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, dropped some verbal napalm after last Thursday's session, making a beeline for opponents of Kenney's 3-cents-per-ounce tax and telling them they need to quit stonewalling the mayor and learn the art of compromise - fast.
May 19, 2016 |
IF LOSING a child is the worst kind of pain, then I can't imagine the kind of gut-wrenching anguish Channabel Latham-Morris will be in Wednesday as she returns to the city where her beloved son, Jamal Morris, died. The 27-year-old mechanical engineer with the bright smile and promising future was fatally injured April 18 in a hit-and-run accident while cycling in the wee hours near 45th and Market Streets. Morris, a 2011 graduate of Drexel University, was an avid cyclist, which is why Latham-Morris is scheduled to make the trek from Warwick, N.Y., to Philly.
April 13, 2016 |
Some stories work in any language. It's not good news that stories about the horrific abuse of children figure among them. Game of Silence , a new drama about childhood friends reunited years after a prank gone wrong landed four of them in a nightmarish juvenile detention facility, arrives at 10 p.m. Tuesday on NBC looking like some other network dramas. There are secrets. There are lies. And there are conspiracies meant to be labyrinthine enough to stretch beyond a single season.
April 10, 2016
The Detour Jason Jones ( The Daily Show ) and Natalie Zea ( Justified ) star in a new comedy - created by Jones with his wife, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee - about a family on a hilariously bad road trip. 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday on TBS. Game of Silence A lawyer (David Lyons) is drawn back into the darkest period of his boyhood by old friends looking for his help. 10 p.m. Tuesday on NBC. The Mindy Project As Season 4 resumes, big changes lie ahead for Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling)