November 26, 2013 |
LOWER MERION Like many who lose a loved one to suicide, the family and friends of Officer Sean Quinn said they didn't see it coming. Quinn, 46, was a veteran of the Lower Merion Police Department, a former DARE instructor who loved working with children. He was a private man with a strong jaw and youthful features. After a bumpy stretch, his life had smoothed out in recent years, and Quinn was doing what he loved - patrolling the streets. "It was all he ever wanted to do," said his wife, Eileen.
November 15, 2013
EVERYONE HAS an opinion about abortion. God knows I do. Out of the more than 500 columns I've written for this paper, a good 30 to 40 percent must have been about Roe v. Wade in some way, shape or form. To me, abortion is murder, pure and simple. I do not believe in exceptions for health and incest and rape, which obviously puts me on the farthest right edge of the social battlefield (it's just me and Sarah our here, eating s'mores and warming our hands by the rhetorical fires.) I am infinitely grateful that I have the opportunity to express my views to a fair-sized audience on a regular basis, and am proud of a system that gives me that communicative freedom.
November 5, 2013 |
OAKLAND - Riley Cooper does smug very well. And yesterday, as he headed for the locker-room door after his five-catch, 139-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Eagles' 49-20 win over the Raiders, smug was radiating from every pore of the wide receiver's 6-3, 225-pound body. "Y'all want to talk to me?" he said in mock surprise as a few reporters stopped him. "For what?" Cooper will tell you he doesn't read the papers or listen to the radio talk shows or pay much attention to the negative comments about him on social media.
October 25, 2013 |
Sean Patrick McIlmail kept his secret for 12 years as it chewed away at him and as his close-knit family watched him descend into mental illness and drug abuse. On Wednesday - four days after they buried the 26-year-old - his parents, brother, and sister decided the time for secrets was over. In an interview at their lawyer's Bucks County home, McIlmail's parents, older brother, and younger sister confirmed it was Sean who accused former Philadelphia Catholic priest Robert L. Brennan of sexually molesting him over four years beginning when he was an 11-year-old altar boy. Sean's death was still painfully fresh for the McIlmails.
October 21, 2013 |
I'm so excited about a new restaurant that just opened in a trendy part of Brooklyn. You know what's on the menu? Silence. You got it. I'm going, and I'm taking Mother Mary. It's true. This new restaurant has rules, and one of the rules is that you're not allowed to talk in the restaurant. This is an even better restaurant rule than my personal favorite, Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work. The restaurant owner got the idea for a silent-dining restaurant after a trip he took to India, where he saw Buddhist monks eating breakfast without talking.
September 6, 2013
THERE ARE a number of legitimate reasons to oppose intervention in Syria. There are many smart people, people whom I respect and with whom I share a philosophical foxhole, who lay out those reasons with eloquence and passion. * Why now? (Why, indeed, when we did nothing in Rwanda and the Sudan?) * Syrian President Bashar Assad is no worse than the Islamic jihadists challenging his authority. (True, even though he has bigger guns.) * It's a civil war. Why should Americans risk our own blood and treasure to save Syrian souls?
August 19, 2013 |
It's difficult to imagine that at the all-star break, the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were on even footing. Now one team is gearing for October, and the other for next season. The differing paths continued with the Dodgers' 5-0 win Saturday night over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, making interim manager Ryne Sandberg 0-2 and waiting for his team to score a run. The Phillies have been shut out 12 times this season. After games played on July 14, the Phillies entered the all-star break 48-48, and the Dodgers were 47-47.
July 11, 2013
JOHN BAER complained that the state of Pennsylvania should have given more money to Philadelphia public schools. Why should some taxpayer in Altoona or Pittsburgh give any money to Philadelphia's public schools? They have enough trouble funding their own. No one asks Philadelphians to fund Altoona public schools. Throwing money at Philadelphia is like throwing money down a black hole that keeps getting bigger every time you throw money into it. The responsibility lies with Philadelphia voters, who vote for politicians who can't handle Philadelphia's problems.
July 7, 2013 |
An honest misunderstanding, or politics as usual in Delaware County? Depends whom you ask. County Democrats want answers as to why David Boonin, a Democratic candidate for Delaware County controller, was told by Upper Darby Township officials to stop discussing his campaign with prospective voters at a fireworks event on the eve of the Fourth of July. According to Upper Darby officials, Boonin was campaigning on school property without permission. To Boonin and his supporters, the incident, in a county that traditionally has been a Republican stronghold, felt more like political intimidation.
July 4, 2013 |
Harrisburg, as difficult as this seems, may turn out to be good for the gays. After freshman State Rep. Brian Sims was literally silenced on the House floor, he used the moment to push for gay equality in a state that has been stuck, according to one activist, in the mid-19th century. "Ultimately, what I want everyone to do is turn this into a call for action," said Sims, a Philadelphia Democrat and Harrisburg's first openly gay legislator. "When you hear that someone turned off the microphone because of 'God's law,' that flies in the face of everything I know about our Founding Fathers, the Constitution.