August 20, 2016
By Patrick J. Morgan and Pedro A. Ramos There's great post-convention buzz in the city right now. But what did one important audience - the next generation of voters - see and experience? What were they thinking as they witnessed this unusual presidential election year? Providing young people with a voice is essential to building a strong democracy into the future. It is also important in creating a culture of civic engagement in Philadelphia and building a community of problem-solvers who are committed to shaping their city.
August 15, 2016 |
It had been more than 19 years since I took a boat ride on the Schuylkill, and this time the accommodations were much better than they were in 1997. The view was different, as well, but I'll get to that in a minute. That May 1997 barge trip from the Market Street bridge to the now-closed Schuylkill Power Plant in Grays Ferry was brief, but the point was that both sides of the river were untapped resources that needed to be tapped. There wasn't much going on then. In fact, the east bank was, in the words of one longtime resident, "a wasteland.
August 15, 2016 |
It's time to pick a new president, and review that familiar question: Are we better off than eight years ago? Democrats brag about low inflation, cheap energy, cheap loans (if you can get one), and low unemployment. Republicans say too many people don't work, investment isn't profitable enough, and the economy is growing too slowly. There's no more basic measure than jobs. So I asked the boss of one of the nation's biggest employers - Steve Jones, chief executive of the newly consolidated Conshohocken- and Santa Ana, Calif.-based AlliedUniversal - how hiring has changed since President Obama was elected amid the 2008 financial meltdown.
August 15, 2016 |
Life in America today is arguably more anxiety-inducing than it's been for any generation since those that fought off the Depression and fascism. Even during the superheated political conflicts of the 1960s, people could get mad at each other, smash a window or a face, and still wind up with a decent-paying job and employer-provided health care. Tom Hayden and his activist generation didn't have to worry about getting trapped in a 1099 economy with no real hope of retirement savings outside of Social Security.
August 8, 2016 |
Heidi and Tom Guy lean back on their white Ikea sectional and survey the land in front of their raised, modern Barnegat Light house. Twenty feet from their toes, grassy dunes continue uninterrupted to walkways that lead to white beaches framed by the Atlantic Ocean. A northern breeze sweeps through a panorama of windows. The quiet is deafening. "It's the nicest when the sun comes up in the morning," says Heidi, as Tom, her husband of 28 years, agrees. Barnegat Light, known for its historic lighthouse "Old Barney," has long been a special place for the couple.
August 5, 2016
IN "LOST in Democrats' Fantasy Land," (July 29) Christine Flowers peddles a dark, stark view of politics that leaves little room for the complexities of real life. Women and people of color know better than most what it's like to have our rights trampled, our safety threatened, and even our lives endangered by politicians and policies that fail to recognize our humanity. We can't afford to live with rose-colored glasses, especially when the Hyde Amendment and other bans on insurance coverage for abortion are used to deny women the care they need and push families into poverty.
July 25, 2016 |
On a bright July day, the vista evokes gasps from visitors to this property in Lumberville, Bucks County. To the southeast is the Delaware River, which on this particular morning is blue and clear. From the driveway, on 10-foot-high stilts surrounded by trees, you see a dwelling that looks like a giraffe standing tall on thin legs. Modest in appearance, the structure is made of stucco and cedar, and seems to blend in with its woody surroundings. It belongs to Monika Hemmers and Stephen Heimann of Chestnut Hill, who built the house to replace a cottage they bought in 2009 that was flooded by successive storms that saw the Delaware overran its banks.
July 20, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - As delegates gathered behind miles of high-security fences for the first day of the Republican National Convention, hundreds of protesters took to the streets, shadowed by hundreds of police officers. But despite a few moments of tension downtown as far left and right rubbed elbows, demonstrations remained peaceful. Two marches Monday were the largest the city has seen this week. Meanwhile, on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, a group called "America First" held an hours-long rally in support of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
July 8, 2016
Of all the iconic foods one could indulge in at the Shore - hot boardwalk donuts, fresh seafood, pizza, saltwater taffy - corned beef and pastrami probably doesn't make the obvious list. But that's likely because the new Margate branch of Cherry Hill's classic deli, the Kibitz Room, is still only a few weeks old. Neil Parish's Shore place serves up the same quality deli fare that has made the original such a standby, from hearty soups with handmade kreplach stuffed with ground deli meats to the deep-flavored comfort of tender brisket platters, fresh-baked knishes, and, of course, those overstuffed sandwiches.
July 4, 2016 |
It comes into view in stages - street-side, front-on, poolside, and, just steps away, oceanside: A sprawling, three-story Nantucket-style home with dark-shingled exterior that seems to be planted exactly where it belongs. A kind of ageless, timeless testament to the best of seashore life. "We wanted a happy house," Marcy Dash Friedman says of the beachfront Margate, N.J., dwelling she and husband Brian, a real estate investor, bought in 2002. "I fell in love with the site," explains Marcy Friedman, a Cherry Hill interior designer.