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April 10, 2008
SO OBAMA didn't make the obligatory stop at Pat's or Geno's. I applaud him on skipping the two tourist traps that are the McDonald's and Burger King of cheesesteaks in the city. There are other joints to get a great cheesesteak, including Jim's, D'Allessandro's and John's Roast Pork. Bryan Flannery, Chalfont
NEWS
March 15, 2007
WHAT IS HAPPENING to our city? A soldier had to come home from the war to bury his mother. He's been in the Army for 16 years and the last two, he's been defending our country and protecting us against the terrorists. Unfortunately, while he was over in Iraq, no one was looking out for his mother. She was a woman who worked hard trying to make a living for her family, a mother who raised five children, 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren - and all she wanted was a ride home.
NEWS
December 4, 1990
Bejamin Frankin offered his thoughts on the efficacy of war in a letter to one of his sisters written from Philadelphia in 1787. It was selected by Roy Goodman, research librarian of the American Philosophical Society. I agree with you perfectly in your disapprobation of war. Abstracted from the inhumanity of it, I think it is wrong in point of human prudence, for whatever advantage one nation would obtain from another, whether it be part of their territory, the liberty of commerce with them, free passage on their rivers, etc., etc., it would be much cheaper to purchase such advantage with ready money than to pay the expence of acquiring it by war. An army is a devouring monster . . . when you have raised it, you have not only the fair charges of pay, clothing, provision, arms and ammunition, with numberless other contingent and just charges to answer and satisfy, but you have all the additional knavish charges of the numerous tribe of contractors . . . (who take)
NEWS
April 21, 2003
COLUMNIST Michael Kinsley wonders what an honest opponent of the war should do now (OpEd, April 16). First, most of the organized antiwar groups aren't honest - they are the Socialist Workers Party and the free-Mumia crazies on the far left. Others, though, might admit that they were wrong, and question their weakness of character in always opposing their country. Finally, the Hollywood antiwar crowd like Tim Robbins and Mike Farrell might opt for the ancient Japanese rite of contrition called hara-kiri.
NEWS
June 2, 1995 | Associated Press, KRT Graphics, Defense Dept., United Nations; DAILY NEWS GRAPHIC
Any attempt to rescue the hostages by force would be "an absurd, catastrophic mistake. " - Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic On sending U.S. troops: "As long as the mission was strictly limited for a very narrow purpose and it was something that we could do for them that they couldn't do for themselves, upon proper consultation with Congress, I would be inclined to do that. " - President Clinton "The U.N. mission in Bosnia has failed. It must be withdrawn and the U.S. should not refuse to assist in its withdrawal.
NEWS
January 27, 1991 | By David Zucchino, Inquirer Washington Bureau
After the first 24 hours, there was the illusion that this war would be easy. But there was a nagging sensation that the antiseptic, technology- controlled script the White House and Pentagon had created was too clean. The euphoria is gone. Now, 11 days into the war, the White House is warning that the conflict may be long and bloody. What America has seen is not the war itself, but the illusion of war. It is war by briefing, not battle. Satellite TV can relay the life and death of a smart bomb, but the war below remains inscrutable.
NEWS
February 12, 2003
I am writing about the people who are protesting against the war. I think that our President knows what he is doing. . . . All of the protesting is just making his job harder. Anthony Conway There must be other options beside war. I feel President Bush is seeking revenge for, or to complete, what his father was unable to complete. This is the wrong reason for war. Ashley Taylor The writers are juniors at Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia.
NEWS
November 10, 2006
SIGNE WILKINSON'S Nov. 8 "Stop the War" editorial cartoon accurately depicts the election results as a clear referendum on the war in Iraq. Nevertheless, her analysis is dead wrong on two fronts. First, Republicans and Democrats alike evidently voted for a change in U.S. policy in Iraq. So the words "Stop the War" ought to be purple. Using blue, over a red map of the U.S., perpetuates a false dichotomy of the electorate with regard to Iraq. Second, the cartoon implies that those who voted Democrat want the war to end, regardless of the situation on the ground.
NEWS
January 31, 2003
HAS ANYONE considered researching how many presidents since FDR have had sons of eligible draft age? Almost every president has had some dealings with war. However, none, to my knowledge, has had sons who enlisted, fought or were eligible to fight in an existing war during their term. Most presidents, Kennedy excluded (John was only 3), had daughters. I believe presidents, congressmen and senators would exhibit a different mind-set if their sons were going off to war. Regina Powell, Lansdowne
NEWS
August 22, 1991 | Special to The Inquirer / CHERIE KEMPER-STARNER
Members of the Rolling Thunder Pa. group rode from Phoenixville to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Saturday. The group brought back etchings of the names of the eight Phoenixville men who were killed in the war. They will be part of the area's planned Vietnam memorial.
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NEWS
January 21, 2016
By Peter Lems and Mary Zerkel Saturday marked 25 years since the 1991 launch of Operation Desert Storm with bombing attacks against Baghdad and other cities in Iraq. U.S. ground troops entered the country by late February, and a cease-fire agreement was signed in March. A quarter-century later, Iraq is still spiraling down, the United States is still bombing, and a devastating war rages in Syria, further destabilizing the region. Twenty-five years ago, this country could have chosen another path - away from a militarized foreign policy that served the Pentagon's priorities and toward meeting human needs using the peace dividend transferred from war-making to peace-building.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2016
Gasoline prices continued to fall in the region last week, though the average retail price of $2.08 per gallon in Philadelphia is still well above the national average of $1.90 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com. But nothing can match the madness taking place in Michigan, where a price war has broken out among some retailers. One station in Houghton Lake on Sunday lowered its price to 47 cents per gallon, according to Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. The retailer's price did not even cover the cost of taxes -- the combined state and federal gasoline tax in Michigan is 48.94 cents per gallon, according to the American Petroleum Institute (taxes are 68.8 cents per gallon in Pennsylvania and 32.9 cents per gallon in New Jersey)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2016
_ WAR & PEACE. 9 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 8, Lifetime, A&E, History Channel. It's a classic of Russian literature, spoken with the inevitable English accent (even Gillian Anderson has one), but this four-week Leo Tolstoy story, adapted by Andrew Davies ("Pride and Prejudice"), is also a splendid, sprawling romance. Lily James ("Downton Abbey") plays Natasha and Paul Dano is Pierre, who unexpectedly inherits a title and fortune but finds it can't buy happiness. _ MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Retired circus elephants may provide the next frontier for research in the fight against cancer. How rare when one good deed leads to potentially two positive outcomes. The first bit of good news was that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has decided to end its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire its final 11 touring elephants in May. These eleven elephants will join 29 more pachyderms (two additional elephants are at zoos hoping to make more elephants)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
MAY THE fourth be with you. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" stayed on top of the North American box office for the fourth straight weekend, bear-ly beating out Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant," and becoming the third-largest grossing movie in the world ever. According to studio estimates yesterday, the latest "Star Wars" film raked in $41.6 million in the U.S. and Canada and $104.3 million overseas, led by a record-breaking opening in China. Disney distribution Executive Vice President Dave Hollis said the expected $53 million debut weekend in China was "spectacular" given the film is the first "Star Wars" episode many Chinese people have ever seen.
NEWS
January 10, 2016
When Elvis Presley died in 1977, legendary rock critic Lester Bangs famously wrote in the Village Voice: "I can guarantee you one thing: We will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis. " Bangs, who died in 1982, was more prophetic than he knew. Because, of course, Elvis is the least of things we can agree on. Depending on your point of view, Presley might be the rock-and-roll king who ignited a sexually liberating youthquake or just another culture-appropriating white guy who took the black man's mojo to the bank.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Star Wars' No. 1 in history Look, I warned you this would happen, but you went to the movie anyway. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the highest-grossing movie in North America since the Declaration of Independence. On Wednesday, the pic, which stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega , Harrison Ford , Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver , surpassed Avatar 's $760.5 mil lifetime gross, and did it in a mere 20 days (now, that's really using the force). EntBiz bits HBO prez Michael Lombardo tells John Horn , host of NPR's The Frame , that the second season of True Detective failed because he rushed writer-creator Nic Pizzolatto . The author, he said, needs time to gestate ideas naturally.
NEWS
January 1, 2016
ISSUE | PLEDGE Don't brainwash kids What Mark Smith recalls with pride I find deeply disturbing for a nation that is dedicated to freedom of speech and thought ("Vision behind sometimes controversial Pledge," Monday). Smith recalled his 2-year-old son solemnly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, which he had learned at play school, when they drove past an American flag. At that age, the child could barely speak full sentences, let alone make a decision about his beliefs and digest the propaganda of pledging allegiance to the flag of a nation "under God" that supposedly provides "liberty and justice for all. " For Smith, a university professor, to be proud of the brainwashing of his toddler is shameful and even un-American.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IT DIDN'T take a Jedi to know "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was going to be a big hit at the box office. But this big? The movie has surpassed the $1 billion mark at the box office in a record-setting 12 days. The previous quickest to reach $1 billion was "Jurassic World," which did it in 13 days in June. But "Jurassic World" had the benefit of record grosses in China. "The Force Awakens" doesn't open in the world's second-largest movie market until Jan. 9. "Force Awakens" also posted the biggest Christmas Day box office in history with $49.3 million and the best second-weekend earnings with $153.5 million.
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