August 1, 1995
This is where the job of being a city official gets real tough. Imagine, having the awesome responsibility of picking the name of someone worthy to associate with the city's long-awaited criminal justice center, which is scheduled to open - finally! - sometime next month. The names submitted to City Council so far are a mixed bag of heavy- hitters, all sadly no longer with us: Clerk of Quarter Sessions Edgar C. Campbell Sr.; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; state Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott, and Mayor Frank Rizzo.
July 18, 1988 |
Sure, politics makes strange bedfellows. But isn't a marriage of Wilson Goode and Vice President Bush's brother taking things just a bit far? Maybe Goode has seen the light. It sure looks like it. Goode and Prescott Bush Jr. have agreed to become co-chairmen of the national Privatization Council. As Goode put it when his appointment was announced, he "believes strongly in privatization as an appropriate tool for delivering public services and facilities". If you put aside the ruling conventional wisdom in this town for just a little while, the concept of Goode embracing privatization - with a vengeance - actually makes sense.
August 10, 2004
A GRASSROOTS movement can sometimes turn out to be an Astro Turf joke. It looks real at first. But on closer inspection - and frankly, you don't have to look too hard - some of this year's politicians are strange bedfellows indeed. Let's see . . . A local Democratic Senate candidate unabashedly supports a conservative Constitution Party candidate for the same job. Nationally, Republicans ride the bandwagon of pesky independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, while Democrats are working hard to steer that wagon into a deep ditch.
August 14, 1992 |
TOP HEAVY Tragedy struck the U.S. Olympic team during closing ceremonies when an unidentified member was crushed by the weight of the advertisements on his warm-up uniforms. YOU'RE WRONG, KISS ME Mary Matalin, deputy manager of the George Bush campaign and author of the infamous "sleaze memo," is romantically linked to Bill Clinton strategist James Carville. Politics makes for strange bedfellows. LIGHT READING Last week, 30th aniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, saw the number of people writing books about the star actually outnumber those who saw her films.
October 18, 1986 |
Funny Dirty Little War takes place in 1974 Argentina, the year Juan Peron died and left a political vacuum violently filled by a military government. Director Hector Olivera's slapstick tragicomedy, a funny, dirty little movie, satirizes how Peronism, which came to mean all things to all Argentines, led to the military takeover. In the sleepy pampas hamlet of Colonia Vega, word comes to the local Peronist boss that he, Suprino (Hector Bidonde), must eliminate left-wing infiltrators of the Peronist party.
June 9, 2002 |
Back in the Gilded Age, when money lubricated the machinery of machine politics, the U.S. Senate was known as "the millionaire's club. " New Jersey, where millionaire political neophyte Jon Corzine was elected to the Senate in 2000, and where millionaire near-political-neophyte Douglas Forrester won the Republican senatorial nomination last week, appears to be reviving the tradition. Though he was the first of New Jersey's new breed, Frank R. Lautenberg thinks Do You Want to Be a Millionaire Senator?
November 6, 1991 |
Many people are questioning Wilt Chamberlain's recent claim that he's slept with 20,000 women. They say it's impossible, and that Wilt is a big bragger. They're wrong. I know from personal experience that it's possible to sleep with 20,000 women. I've done it myself. It happened at an Eagles preseason game earlier this year. (Now that they've stopped serving beer at halftime, lots of people nod off.) Plus, counting a very crowded screening of "The Sheltering Sky," I'd say the actual, total figure is closer to 20,100.
May 15, 1991 |
Voters in the 8th District are faced with a hodgepodge of fresh faces as they choose their first new Council member in 20 years. When Council President Joseph E. Coleman announced earlier this year that he would retire, after two decades in office, he left no clear front-runner. That has brought seven Democratic candidates scurrying to carve niches for themselves in the economically and racially diverse district. The 8th encompasses parts of Tioga, Nicetown, Olney, Germantown, East and West Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill.
July 27, 1989
CHURCH AND STATE I appreciate your editorial of July 5, "A Judicial Lie: The Court Votes Against the Law. " It is essential to determine to what extent the personal religious convictions of each Supreme Court justice (?) influenced his position and actions. Have any of them violated Article 1 of the Amendments to the Constitution? Is enforced pregnancy (via the court) contemplated in Article XIII on "involuntary servitude"? We have heard of efforts to "pack the court.
April 16, 1997 |
It wasn't so long ago that George Bush was ridiculed by Democrats for extolling volunteerism and invoking "a thousand points of light. " That same George Bush will be hawking volunteerism in Philadelphia next weekend - but this time, with support from his Democratic successor and the moderates who now run the Democratic Party. The Presidents' Summit for America's Future is being staged at a time of upheaval in American politics. Old labels are being shed. The traditional dichotomies of left and right are no longer operative.