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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 | 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 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.
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 17, 2016
By Ted Martin The facts are still rolling in about the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, and, as they do, each one is more troubling than the last. I can't imagine how the families and friends of the victims must feel. Even without knowing a victim personally, I am numb and deeply saddened. I'm remembering many nights out with some friends to blow off some steam and enjoy a weekend - and imagining how terrifying it would have been to end up in a massacre of this magnitude. However, I would be lying if I failed to note that I didn't always feel safe being myself in a public place.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Pat Toomey
DEAR ED, Thank you for your kind words about me in your recent "open letter" in the Daily News. I have long enjoyed our good working relationship, and look forward to continuing it. In this time of extreme partisanship, it is very valuable for our state and our country to have mutual respect across the aisle, as you and I have shown is possible. On the critical issue of stopping gun violence, we share much common ground. As you noted, in 2013, I was proud to cross the aisle and join Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to support an expansion of background checks to prevent more people with criminal histories and dangerous mental illnesses from obtaining guns.
NEWS
June 17, 2016
CHRISTINE FLOWERS wrote in the wake of the Orlando shootings: "What happened to the days when deaths were mourned, and fingers pointed afterwards when the heat of anger and despair had cooled to the equally painful but more manageable state of sad clarity?" OK, ma'am, pray tell. When is the right time to point fingers, investigate, question or assign blame? The day after? A week later? A month from now? Or the day before the next incident? Assuming your crystal ball is not too foggy.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Ed Rendell
DEAR PAT, You know that we have had a good working relationship, and I believe you to be a decent and honorable man. In fact, you have used that quote in a campaign commercial. Now is the time for you to demonstrate that decency in what might take a strong dose of political courage, as well. I am sure you were as shocked and disgusted as we all were when you heard about the carnage that occurred in Orlando, Fla., in the early hours of Sunday morning. You probably watched, as I did, a news conference on Tuesday morning, when a governor, mayor, police chief, sheriff and FBI supervisor all said what a great job the first responders, police and medical personnel did. They all went on to say how the community has banded together in common grief with unprecedented unity.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By John Baer
THE ONLY THING as predictable as America's gun violence, including mass shootings, is America's political rapid reaction, especially in an election year - calling for legal measures to save us from America's gun violence. If that sounds annoyingly repetitive, it's because it's like everything to do with this issue. The Orlando nightclub shootings early Sunday set off yet another national debate on guns, offering politicians at all levels yet another platform for themselves. So, no surprise, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is calling out her Republican opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey, to do more to fight gun violence.
NEWS
June 16, 2016
By Jeremi Suri Terrorism on American soil is not new. Nor are crimes of hate. Since at least the 19th century, politically motivated citizens have used violence to kill for a purpose. What makes the horrible massacre in Orlando stand out is its connection to a more recent phenomenon - the murder of large numbers by a single attacker. Even though gun ownership has always been widespread in American society, premeditated murder of innocent mass crowds has only become common during the past 20 or so years.
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