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NEWS
June 24, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Casey: Senate must take action On Monday, the U.S. Senate defaulted on its basic obligation to keep America safe by rejecting commonsense gun legislation to expand background checks for firearms purchases ("Gridlock on gun violence," Tuesday). Universal background checks and a ban of those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns represent the bare minimum steps the Senate should take to address gun violence. Some senators believe the only thing our nation can do to confront gun violence, which killed 33,646 Americans in 2014, is enforce existing law. I refuse to accept that.
NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I CAN FEEL the moment slipping through our fingers, and I just can't have it. Not without at least pausing to acknowledge the relentless daily drip of gun violence in Philadelphia. So I have an idea - I'll get into that in a moment. For a little while, the world seemed to stop as we recoiled from the latest mass shooting. This time, in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12. We cried. We prayed. We yelled: Enough is enough! Something must be done! And then, a week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern history by a lone gunman, the Senate voted down four gun-policy measures.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Art may or may not be the answer to society's most nettlesome ills. But sometimes in the face of abject destruction, the only thing you can do is to draw yourself up to the beauty of creation as closely as you possibly can, and listen. Sunday afternoon's musical response to the Orlando massacre could have achieved quite a lot with any number of pieces of music, but the repertoire choices were particularly wise. About 300 packed the pews of First Presbyterian Church at 21st and Walnut Streets for the concert by conductor Andrew Senn, a chamber orchestra of mostly freelancers, and a chorus of about three dozen (all donating their time and talent)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | By Julia M. Klein, For The Inquirer
With controversy over immigration, nativist tensions and gun violence dominating the news, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's elegant production of West Side Story has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel. Instead of a border wall, set designer Steven TenEyck's chain-link fence represents the ethnic divides and misunderstandings that will lead to tragedy. There's more foreshadowing in the blood-red color of the tenements in which Tony and Maria, the show's contemporary Romeo and Juliet, pledge their undying love.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Lynne Honickman and Kathy Ruyak
GUN VIOLENCE pervades American life: What do we do besides scream? The mass shooting in Orlando was the kind of unbearable slaughter grown from 10 years of constant destruction and complacency that has born a continuous escalation of gun violence. Many people blame our government ("They're due their fair share"), many blame God ("God gave us 'free will' "), and many blame the NRA and its lobbyists, as well as the gun manufacturers (who don't seem to give a damn about the blessing of "life" and our responsibility for its endurance)
NEWS
June 20, 2016
Pete Mackanin is manager of the Phillies During my six decades in baseball, as a player, coach, and manager, I have worn more caps than a New Era model. Two dozen in all, including my present one, as manager of the Phillies. But the most important cap I have worn is that of father. This nomad's life hasn't always been easy for me, or my son, Shane, or my wife, Nancy. During our 40 years of marriage, we have moved at least 57 times. Shane, now 38, attended 12 different schools before the ninth grade.
NEWS
June 20, 2016
ISSUE | MASS SHOOTING Set tone from pulpit Maybe if we straight priests, ministers, rabbis, imams, and anyone else who preaches morality preached that homosexuality is not a sin, we would be less complicit when a demented zealot takes an automatic weapon into a gay bar in God's name. For any actual sin to be sinful, one has to actually will or choose it. Psychologists say, however, that a child's gender identity is fixed by the age of 3, if not earlier. The familiar biblical injunctions were meant to stimulate responsible parenthood, to discourage sexual experimenting at a time when disease saw to a serious need to populate for the chosen people, and to condemn oppressive prostitution, especially of children.
NEWS
June 20, 2016
Exactly one year ago, I was assaulted in my neighborhood. It's not the sort of anniversary you want to celebrate, but one you can't help but remember. During the attack, I believed the stranger could kill me. Thankfully, I escaped only badly beaten and robbed. My assailant was never caught. In the months following, I dealt with some of the typical post-traumatic psychological issues. But my most lingering fear wasn't that I would be attacked again. I was afraid of becoming a different person.
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