March 30, 1996 |
Nationwide, illegitimacy stands at 31 percent and growing. At its current growth rate, we risk becoming a nation of bastards well before the end of the next century. Today's illegitimacy is new. In 1940, the illegitimacy rate was 3.5 percent. How do we explain this? If we believed the preachments of former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, in 1940 there must have been greater high school condom distribution and more birth control clinics as well as more sex education classes and more abortions.
November 11, 2000
What are the values [for the Digital Age]? For me, they are best expressed in a modern idea of community. At the heart of it is the belief in equal worth, which is the central belief that drives my politics - and in our mutual responsibility in creating a society that advances such equal worth. Note: it is equal worth, not equality of income or outcome; or simply equality of opportunity. It affirms our equal right to dignity, liberty and economic opportunity, as well as freedom from discrimination.
December 30, 1991 |
The Republican Party in general and the Bush Administration in particular may be about to dance again with the issues that have brought them victory in every presidential election except one since 1968. President Bush began the rediscovery of the political benefits of traditional values or "social issues" a few days ago when he inveighed against "filth" on television (referring to the graphic testimony during the William Kennedy Smith rape trial) and the condom giveaway in some public schools.
January 9, 1990 |
There are those who like to label decades, and people have been wondering what to call the 1990s. Good Housekeeping magazine editors have decided they want the next 10 years to be known as the "Decency Decade. " However, the magazine also has been trying to sell a very interesting label of its own: "New Traditionalist. " The magazine has an ad campaign featuring pictures of "new traditionalist" women and their daughters. There are no husbands or fathers in these pictures. The magazine's editor, John Mack Carter, tells me this was a marketing decision designed to reflect the readers of the magazine and not a surrender to the single-parent household as the societal norm.
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 16, 1986
I am appalled at the shoddy journalism presented in the Sept. 21 editorial "Robertson's stormy weather. " Raising fears such as persecution, inquisition, feud, suspicion and pogrom with no substance whatsoever, other than the man's being a truly dedicated Christian, is an insult to any intelligent reader. The author who accuses Pat Robertson of having things backward is the one who has things backward. Our country was founded by men who acknowledged God almighty as sovereign above all else.
January 1, 1987 |
When Rabbi Abraham Shemtov recently met with President Reagan in the Oval Office, he thought he was at the end of the road. "They say, 'The buck stops here,' " Rabbi Shemtov said. "We went beyond that. " Rabbi Shemtov, along with nine other regional representatives of the Lubavitch movement of Orthodox Judaism, met with Reagan on Dec. 22 to set the stage for celebrating Hanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. They presented Reagan a menorah, or candelabrum. And Rabbi Shemtov, who represented Pennsylvania and South Jersey, said the President displayed the menorah not on his desk - where the buck usually stops - but behind his desk, among pictures of the first family.
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)
August 27, 1986
Congratulations to Dorothy Storck for her enlightening Aug. 17 column expounding on a timely, and timeless, issue - adultery via the media. Hollywood and television are both guilty of glamorizing, if not in fact subtly legitimizing the problem. Nothwithstanding the disturbing statistics of present-day infidelity, it is neither funny nor fashionable to cheat on one's spouse, on or off the camera. The media's depiction of this as an innocuous and frivolous social pastime is in itself immoral.
March 13, 1996 |
OK, quick, identify this slogan: "A Memory That Lasts A Lifetime. " If you answered that it's the new Pennsylvania tourism slogan, the one that's part of a $1 million promotion, the one intended to evoke "traditional values," the one that's replacing "America Starts Here," you're wrong. That would be: "Pennsylvania Memories Last a Lifetime. " "A Memory That Lasts a Lifetime" belongs to another enterprise that wants to lure visitors. It was tripped over by a Democratic staffer here during a recent walk through the yellow pages.