March 22, 2013
I ONCE KNEW a woman who was adamantly, stridently, proudly pro-choice. She and I met at our freshman orientation in 1979, which prompted a panicked phone call to my mother along the lines of, "Rescue me from this place!" Over the years, I followed the woman's progress as we eyed each other from opposite sides of the ideological barricade, connected only by a love of our shared alma mater. Then, through a friend of a friend, I learned that this classmate was living in Kentucky and had five kids, including one with special needs.
September 14, 2012
A specter is haunting the affluent societies of the West. Across the rich countries, and across the political spectrum, there is an unstated but palpable longing for the 1950s. This '50s nostalgia takes different forms on the left and on the right. For progressives, the backward-looking wish is for the shared and growing prosperity that allowed unions to thrive and enforce a relatively egalitarian social contract. Back then, Democrats in the United States, and social and Christian democrats in Europe, created social insurance systems that were largely endorsed by conservatives.
January 11, 2012 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is planning to close 49 schools, and thousands are feeling the pain. Michael Wetzel, a veteran English teacher at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High Schools in Drexel Hill, told The Inquirer that the news of their closing was "tantamount to a death. " I sympathize with Wetzel. I graduated from Monsignor Bonner in 1990, and I understand his sense of loss. Students will be uprooted, and teachers will be out of jobs. Worse still is the end of a tradition - as well as the decline of the traditional values that once fueled Catholic education.
October 1, 2010 |
Almost 10,000 people from the region are expected to travel to Washington tomorrow to help draw attention to the need for more jobs and better education. The "One Nation Working Together" rally will be held at the Lincoln Memorial from noon to 4 p.m. and will include members of the Philadelphia NAACP and Asociacion Puertoriquenos en Marcha (APM), a Philadelphia-based Latino health, human-service and community-development agency. The rally is described as nonpartisan but is expected to draw more than 400 mostly liberal organizations, including the NAACP, APM, labor unions and gay-rights groups.
July 1, 2010
EAGLES wide receiver Jason Avant knows he's going to get teased in the locker room because of what you're about to read. After all, it's not often that you hear a professional football player talking up the importance of marriage and commitment. You all but expect a man in Avant's position to hang out in nightclubs enjoying some of the benefits that come with being a player in the National Football League. But instead of getting his party on, Avant is all about his young family and about encouraging his teammates and others to embrace the institution of marriage.
April 27, 2010 |
The newest investor in a local group seeking to win The Inquirer at auction is tough in business and generous in charity - and Philadelphia through and through. Raymond G. Perelman, 92, whose name adorns buildings on city institutions ranging from the Art Museum to the Kimmel Center, confirmed his involvement Monday. Perelman's son, the wealthy financier Ronald O. Perelman, owner of Revlon cosmetics and the former husband of movie star Ellen Barkin, also is investing. "Why don't you wait and see if we get it?"
March 14, 2008 |
If John Howard were running for president this year, he might be dubbed the anti-change candidate. Not that he thinks the world is standing still. The former Australian prime minister recognizes the challenges and turbulence of the times, but he's not suggesting some vacuous call to "change" as the answer. Instead, last week while accepting the Irving Kristol award from the American Enterprise Institute, he emphasized how important it is for nations - especially Western democracies - to hold fast to their values and ideas in an ever-changing world.
February 8, 2008 |
The scene at American University was electric: thousands of young people filling an arena to hear Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy endorse Barack Obama for president and praise the Illinois senator's ability to inspire and move a new generation of Americans. It was the perfect setting for Obama, who has been focused on this new "millennial generation" from the start. Almost a year ago, in a speech to African American leaders in Selma, Ala., he underlined the differences between two different types of generations: the "Moses generation" that led the children of Israel out of slavery and the "Joshua generation" that established the kingdom of Israel.
August 16, 2006
RONNIE Polaneczky weighed in on the city's side in the latest controversy concerning the Boy Scouts ("Boy Scouts in a jam," Aug. 2). I'm waiting for the day when a DN columnist does something really rad and stands up for traditional values (the horror!) and the Boy Scouts (shudder). But I have a question on Ms. Polaneczky's statement that the city has embraced principle while "the Cradle" (meaning the local Boy Scout council) cannot. In the land of political correctness, does an embrace of principle only count as such when one supports an item on the left's agenda (in this case, acceptance of homosexual scout leaders)
June 10, 2003 |
The modern world is divided into two camps: those living in reality and those living in fantasy, delusion and illusion, where truth is subjective, ethics situational, love conditional, and things are rarely what they appear to be. Detached from ageless wisdom, traditions and values, they wrap themselves in a comfortable materialism and expedient morality to ward off the perpetual uncertainty, distraction and despair they suffer but dare not admit....