August 3, 2016
By Jill M. Geer Before every Olympic Games, there is a continuous, inevitable stream of negativity and doomsday forecasting. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games are not different. It is not my directive in this piece to recount the negativity. It is my directive to recount the personal, truthful, and positive ways the Olympic Games have helped change the world. The ancient Games began in the eighth century B.C. in Greece and changed the Panhellenic world by creating a truce between cities that would just as soon weaponize a Trojan horse as call a timeout on their conflicts.
June 24, 2015
ATHENS, Greece - After a long, but too short, holiday in Greece, I came home changed, and not just by Grecian Formula. I enjoyed a period of introspection and reflection in a nation that gave the world democracy, philosophy, the Olympics, Aristotle, Plato, tzatziki and baklava. After sitting at the Parthenon for hours, then cruising the myth-laden Greek Islands for days, I realized that so much of what I am is rooted here. So I use this forum to announce - move over George Stephanopoulos and Jennifer Aniston - I identify as Greek and wish to be regarded as Greek.
June 5, 2015 |
IF YOU READ only about the Trojan Horse, you might be entertained, but you would not get the full tale of the Trojan War. Both are great stories. So yesterday, Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley knew one of the topics coming at him would be about former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and the firestorm he caused by implying head coach Chip Kelly got rid of him because he got rid of "all the good black players. " Not only had Staley, a former Eagles running back, worked closely with McCoy for the last two seasons, but he also is in the position of being the only African-American lead assistant coach on Kelly's staff.
November 23, 2012 |
'They're not human beings! They're beasts!" So proclaims a German officer in the thick of battle in War Horse , the Tony Award-culling spectacle that spends this week and next at the Academy of Music. Though the beasts in question are played by larger-than-life-size puppets, much of the audience at that point in the World War I saga would disagree vehemently. Thanks to the physical fluidity and expressive precision afforded by sophisticated puppetry, the war horses seem, at times, like superior alternatives to humanity.
October 25, 2012
THE PRESIDENTIAL debates had no questions about the environment. I did hear about the future of our families, but Earth is shaping up with no future. Drilling for oil was a pretty big discussion in one debate, but only more drilling. Bacteria and virus are thriving, droughts are becoming more severe, temperatures are rising at an alarming rate, yet no candidate wants to discuss these issues. Studying to become an environmental scientist in college, I know my job outlook is good, but for all the wrong reasons.
October 31, 2008
Broken promise Usually, politicians wait until they are elected before breaking their promises. But Barack Obama broke his pledge to the American people to support campaign finance reform and limit his campaign spending if his opponent did the same. He did it when he realized he could raise more money than anyone else - a record-shattering $639 million to date, nearing what Bush and Kerry combined raised in 2004. John McCain kept faith with voters and is now at a serious spending disadvantage.
January 12, 2007 |
THE NO CHILD Left Behind Act, which is 5 years old, is up for reauthorization this year or next, depending on the politics. But it's not too early to be giving it a very skeptical look. It was passed by a bipartisan vote, signed by President Bush and imposed on U.S. public schools as a mandate for reform. It was first implemented by then-Secretary of Education Roderick Paige, once superintendent of Houston schools and who helped elect Bush in 2000. Remember Paige? He's the guy who called the National Education Association a "terrorist organization.
July 24, 2006
IN HIS July 14 letter, Sen. Rick Santorum's press person attacked me and showed the same loose interpretation of the facts as Santorum. Santorum's record on raising the minimum wage is abysmal. He has voted 13 times against raising the wage - casting one of these disgraceful votes as recently as last month. Mr. Traynham claims that Mr. Santorum sponsored a wage raise last year, but this amendment was in fact a Trojan horse to eliminate the 40-hour workweek and overtime pay. In addition, the measure would have prevented states from raising the minimum wage for restaurant employees.
January 12, 2006 |
Pennsylvania consumers who have been wrongly billed for mysterious international calls - sometimes at rates as high as $8 a minute - are entitled to a full refund of the charges under a settlement announced yesterday between Pennsylvania and three out-of-state companies. State Consumer Advocate Irwin A. "Sonny" Popowsky said the calls were made by the consumers' computers after they unintentionally downloaded so-called Trojan-horse programs. Such programs, also known as "modem hijackers" or "dialers," can install themselves when a user responds to a spam e-mail or clicks on a pop-up ad, and possibly in other circumstances.
November 26, 2003 |
If you believe the spin from the Bush administration, the Republican leadership in Congress, and the national leadership of the AARP, the Medicare bill that passed yesterday is a good deal for New Jersey seniors and the Medicare program. But spin and facts are two different things. And here are some of the facts: The bill will: Force thousands of New Jersey seniors out of Medicare as they know it into HMO plans; Result in more than 90,000 New Jersey retired seniors losing their drug coverage from their former employers; Cut more than $550 million from cancer treatment in New Jersey to pay for rural health care elsewhere; Do too little to contain drug costs, and, remarkably, not go into effect until the year 2006.