March 14, 2015 |
When a smug political machine sends dutiful functionaries to Harrisburg whose chief responsibilities are to back the party, vote as instructed when instructed, and collect a paycheck, it should come as no surprise when arrests occur. Democratic State Reps. Louise Bishop, Michelle Brownlee, Ronald Waters, and Vanessa Lowery Brown, all of Philadelphia, didn't have the decency to resign after The Inquirer reported in March 2014 that they had been recorded taking cash from an undercover informant in a sting conducted by the state Attorney General's Office.
October 27, 2014 |
Since football, or more precisely football-viewing, is overwhelmingly the favorite pastime of 21st-century Americans, it's no surprise that it too has become a polarizing subject. Those who love the sport subscribe to a heroic narrative: It's a colorful, compelling, athletic spectacle, one whose participants embody the virtues of teamwork, strength, and dedication. Others see football as a militaristic farce. Its coaches are egomaniacal martinets. Its players are incurious lemmings.
September 17, 2014 |
AMERICANS LIKE to believe that our exceptional story was cooked up in the proverbial melting pot. And it's true that we've broadly taken strength from our diversity. But the way we engage our differences has more recently begun to shift. We're more tolerant today than we've ever been, but we're also more likely to wall ourselves off from those who hold opposing points of view. As a result, the latitude to lead lives of our own choosing allows and sometimes compels us to narrow the horizons of our individual experience.
January 18, 2014 |
Lisa D'Amour's Cherokee is receiving its world premiere at the Wilma, and under Anne Kauffman's direction, it's an impressive production: a terrific cast and an eye-popping set (designed by Mimi Lien). But this new script, D'Amour's first play after her big hit Detroit , still needs work. It is crammed with awkward exposition about the five characters' backgrounds and seems to lose its sense of humor without warning. Like Detroit , this play involves two couples, one young, one middle-aged: John (David Ingram)
October 20, 2013 |
Frank Meeink grew up in South Philadelphia three decades ago, but he never met a racist skinhead until he visited his cousin in Lancaster in 1989. He watched his cousin and his friends pound mercilessly on victims at a concert and saw the fear they stoked in others. A vulnerable 13-year-old with a rocky home life, Meeink was drawn into their violent world. He threw himself into the neo-Nazi scene. By 15, his head was shaved, acts of violence were second nature, and he sported a large swastika tattoo on his neck.
July 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Amid a surge of antigay violence and repression in several countries, the United Nations' human-rights office on Friday launched its first global outreach campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays, transgender people, and bisexuals. Called Free and Equal, it's an unprecedented effort by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to change public attitudes around the world on issues that have bitterly divided the United Nations' own member states.
June 24, 2013
By Neil Greenberg Welcome to my idyllic corner of the world, Cheltenham Township. What a cornucopia of affable diversity. We have all the requisite ethnic and religious groups, immigrants from everywhere, and all the possible family structures: traditional marriages, divorces and remarriages, single parents, two-mommy and two-daddy households - I mean everything. And it all works out pretty well. On the rare occasions when we need the police, they're here in two minutes. Ten years ago, when my son Griffin was at Cheltenham High and my daughter Julia was in second grade at Myers Elementary, I wrote about their contrasting social experiences in an Inquirer op-ed.
March 24, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 sites in the United States in a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance. The tree, one of the Jewish teenager's only connections to nature while she hid with her family, was diseased and rotted through the trunk when wind and heavy rain toppled it in August 2010. But saplings grown from its seeds will be planted starting in April, when the Children's Museum of Indianapolis will put the first one in the ground.
February 17, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Dik Bolger is a lifelong Minnesota Democrat, a gray-bearded baby boomer with a braid down his back whose Minneapolis printing company's plant displays work by local artists and sculptors. He backed Mark Dayton for governor, but his take on the Democratic chief executive's plan for new business taxes could be the voice-over for a Republican campaign commercial. "We're screwed," Bolger said, if the tax goes through. His 79-year-old company competes nationwide and overseas for work with major brands like Chanel.
January 20, 2013 |
The Dec. 21 attack on the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting construction site, which police have attributed to union violence, illuminates the grip of fear that the Philadelphia-area union building trades have inflicted on local development for years. Bullying is not tolerated in our children's schools and should not be tolerated in the construction industry. In Pennsylvania, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80 percent of construction employees elect not to join a union, and all construction companies have an opportunity to compete for projects through open bidding.