December 15, 1997
American films reflect changes in society The change in consciousness reflected in the movies has to do with the recognition by American society of its pluralism. Both moviemakers and moviegoers have learned to accept that in addition to millions of white Protestants in America, there are millions of people who are not white or Protestant. . . . More and more the sex symbols are men and women from the Caribbean or the islands of New Zealand. Characters simultaneously embody several ethnic identities.
August 6, 1997
On compassion, responsibility, history Our society is a compassionate one, and so it is tempted to excuse the individual from responsibility because of past injustice or social ills. A concern with these deficiencies is necessary if we are to improve our society, but this concern ought not to be carried so far that the idea of personal, moral responsibility is eroded. . . . When our nation accounts to history, we will not have the defense of diminished capacity. And when our heroes are counted, they will be the ones who recognized that individual responsibility is a celebration of freedom, not its denial.
April 10, 1986
The motion picture industry has a responsibility to present to the public films that are uplifting and not injurious to society. That responsibility has been shirked in large part in recent years however. It would be interesting to see the effect on our society if themes of love and laughter replaced those of outlandish sex and uncalled-for violence. Instead of gratuitous foul language, maybe some good old-fashioned, intelligent dialogue, spiced with wit and meaning, could be added.
June 9, 2010
RE FRANCIS Palmer's May 22 letter taking aim at a previous letter of mine: Socialism isn't about handouts. The working class creates nearly all the value in America. But since we are a capitalist society, most of the value generated by our hard work is taken by a tiny minority of wealthy owners in the form of profit. This is plain to see when we observe a corporation pulling in billions in profits while so many hardworking people struggle to get by on $9-$10 an hour. I envision a society where workers, the vast majority of Americans, can work hard and live comfortably.
December 6, 2013 |
Dewaine Osman digs Dixieland banjo. Sanford "Sandy" Catz has a thing for swing. But what these two Tri-State Jazz Society volunteers really love to hear is applause - for the rootsy, traditional jazz performers they present in the Philadelphia area. "We're helping keep something alive," says Catz, 70, a retired engineer who is the society's president. Adds Osman, the vice president, "Without promotion, this music would probably disappear into history. " The monthly concerts feature local, national, and occasionally international artists whose music echoes the early 20th century sound of New Orleans, as well as subsequent jazz forms that flourished before bebop took off in the 1940s.
October 25, 1996 |
It's that fragrant time of year again.The Affiliated Orchid Societies of Southern New Jersey is staging its sixth annual show at the Moorestown Mall. Doris Maxim eyed some of the orchids on sale yesterday. There are more than 25 society, individual and commercial exhibits. The show's last days will be today and tomorrow (from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and Sunday (from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
May 26, 1988 |
The Abington chapter of the Society for the Preservation & Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America celebrated its 50th anniversary by putting on a show at Abington High School Friday. At left, Joe Redgate leads group members in a last-minute rehearsal. Above, Tom Alexander gets into the seafaring spirit during a rehearsal of "Row Row Row Your Boat. "
July 3, 2008
WHEN I was growing up, I recall a world leader making a statement to the United States. His words said we do not have to destroy you ourselves, capitalism will do that. I didn't pay much attention until now. I pick up the paper and read about people being killed over material things. I asked myself, is this what we've become, a society of things, iPods, cell phones, videos? I listen to people say the problem is guns. I can't go along with that. The problem is our value system.
March 19, 1987
Each mother should have the right to choose to work or not to work without being criticized by those with opposing points of view. I am not a working mother. I teach my youngest son at home. I love every minute of teaching (and learning from) him. However, there are times when financial pressures make me feel guilty about not working. And there are times when the attitudes of my older children (who also had the benefit of a stay-at-home mother) make me wonder if it really made any difference to them.