April 28, 2016 |
While Pennsylvanians were choosing nominees in contested and costly races for the U.S. Senate and House, state attorney general, and the legislature, the often rambunctious and acrimonious presidential contests clearly were the big draw for voters in Tuesday's primary. Final figures were not available, but the consensus was that turnout was heavier than usual for a primary election, and it was quite brisk at some locations. "I tell you, man, it's like the opening of Batman v Superman ," said Peter Jacobus.
February 16, 2016 |
The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliché that the 2016 campaign is an antiestablishment revolt of both the left and the right. Largely overlooked, however, is the role played in setting the national mood by the seven-year legacy of the Obama presidency. Yes, you hear constant denunciations of institutions, parties, leaders, donors, lobbyists, influence peddlers. But the starting point of the bipartisan critique is the social, economic, and geopolitical wreckage all around us. Bernie Sanders is careful never to blame Obama directly, but his description of the America Obama leaves behind is devastating - a wasteland of stagnant wages, rising inequality, a sinking middle class, young people crushed by debt, and the American Dream dying.
January 26, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH Teen week Gov. Wolf has proclaimed Jan. 25-29 the first Pennsylvania Teen Health Week, focused on the holistic health of teenagers. There are nearly two million Pennsylvanians ages 10 to 19. The health behaviors that often start or are reinforced during those years include substance abuse, diet and exercise habits, violence, and mental illness. In a survey of Pennsylvania students: 10 percent reported binge drinking; 10 percent had used marijuana at least once in the past 30 days; 7 percent said they had been attacked at school; More than 15 percent had considered suicide; 25 percent were overweight or obese; More than 10,000 babies were born to teens in 2011.
June 26, 2015 |
* HUMANS. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. ROBOTS are such a sci-fi staple that it might seem as if there's nothing left to say on the subject, at least until Roomba comes out with a vacuum cleaner that looks like a supermodel and wants to talk about its feelings. Yet, there has to be a reason we keep making - and watching - movies and TV shows about robots, and AMC's new "Humans" has a few ideas about that that go beyond Stephen Hawking's fear that artificial intelligence may eventually decide to destroy us. An eight-episode British-American remake of a Swedish show, "Humans," which premieres Sunday, takes place in what the network refers to as a "parallel present.
March 27, 2015
ISSUE | MARKETING A grande win-win After Starbucks Coffee was criticized as being opportunistic for having baristas write race together on coffee cups, the company discontinued the practice ("Starbucks ends cup messages," March 23). But virtually all capitalist enterprise is inherently opportunistic. The green movement in marketing is one example. Companies employing the strategy are at least partly attempting to take advantage of customers' current environmental values to increase sales.
March 6, 2013
Medicaid boost will aid elderly The indigent elderly who require nursing home care are another group, in addition to the working poor, who rely on Medicaid. So if Gov. Corbett turns down the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, these Pennsylvanians' children - often middle-aged themselves, and facing their own economic hardships - will be forced to provide care. My husband and I gained experience in this area when his mother suffered a massive stroke that left her bedridden and speechless until her death five years later.
December 31, 2012
By Llewellyn King Here are 20 vital questions for New Year 2013. In every case, the answer is "probably not. " 1. Will the telephone companies, the credit-card issuers, and every other organization stop torturing their customers with automated phone systems that deny the right to speak to a human being? 2. Will President Obama tell us where he thinks the nation is going, and what it will look like in four years? 3. Will the tea-party folks finally get over tea and try something a little stronger, like head-clearing bourbon?
November 9, 2012
WHEN I WOKE up Wednesday morning, it was dark. There was something ominous about that midweek morning, something that I hadn't felt in many years, something that I hadn't even felt when my father died decades ago. It was sense of intangible, yet visceral, loss. Barack Obama will have four more years to lead this country. Millions are happy about that fact, millions worked to make it a reality, millions would have wept had Mitt Romney won the election. I understand that I am on one side of a deep divide, a polarization that is similar in nature - if not in degree - to that which existed during the Civil War. We aren't ready to shoot our brothers and sisters who disagree with us, thank God. But there is a certain level of enmity that can't be chalked up to political difference.
June 6, 2012 |
The ragtag tent encampment outside City Hall is long gone and Occupy Philadelphia events have been gathering fewer headlines, but loyalists held a news conference Tuesday to say not only that are they as dynamic and determined as ever, but that they're planning a national blowout event. Right here in Philadelphia. On Independence Mall. During the peak week of the patriotic season. The first "National Gathering of the Occupy Movement" will begin June 30 and continue through July Fourth "in and around Independence Mall," said Julia Alford-Fowler, 33, a composer and Occupy organizer from Port Richmond.
July 23, 2011 |
LINDSAY LOHAN can't complete psychological treatment because she doesn't have the scratch. Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley , said that her client couldn't attend court-mandated private sessions because of "financial issues. " Look, we're just saying that if we had universal health care, Lindsay wouldn't need to worry about such burdensome health-care costs. Then again, in court that day she was wearing a pair of Christian Louboutins that retail for $995. Holley also said that cheaper group therapies were out of the question because the paparazzi that trail Lohan would surely derail the treatment of other patients.