August 22, 2014
TO THE EDITOR: My name is Christine Flowers and I am an immigration lawyer. I am also an avid reader of the People Paper, and love your Letters to the Editor section. They're usually a lot more articulate than the rants you read at Philly.com in the comments section. I'm sure the columnists have stopped reading those online firebombs long ago. If they haven't, they should. Every now and then, though, it seems as if some of that Philly.com vibe spills over onto the printed page.
June 19, 2007
It's true, says Christopher Pearo. When you think you're about to die, your life really does flash before your eyes. Pearo, 36, a newspaper-delivery driver for the Daily News and Inquirer , had just been robbed of $15 by two assailants and shot in the neck as he deposited papers yesterday in a locked drop-box at a deli at 64th Street and Buist Avenue, Southwest Philadelphia. It was 3:40 a.m., the streets were empty, and the movie of his life played in his mind. What Pearo saw, as he ran down Buist Avenue screaming for help, were those he loved and what his death would do to them.
June 21, 2004
YOU HAVE TO hand it to Bill Clinton. Using four little words, blowing away any whiff of psycho-pop B.S., he articulated what often motivates people to do the wrong thing: "Just because I could. " Stupid, but honest. And sadly reminiscent of the arrogance that comes with power. Clinton has said he regrets his Monica mistake, which almost shattered his family. When will George Bush admit his mistakes, which have shattered so many more families?
July 26, 2000
Needless to say, President Clinton fell short of his 1992 vow to run "the most ethical administration in history. " Still, he deserves credit for blocking the revolving door between policy-making in office and lobbying on K Street. Unfortunately, as the lame duck begins to waddle to the exit, this ethics policy may get weakened. Job-hunting Clintonites are pressing for that. Such a change would be one more mark on a tarnished record. When Mr. Clinton took office, federal ethics law required only a one-year "cooling off" period before an ex-official could lobby his or her former agency.
July 3, 2000
"It's so heartaching when people come up on your property to take a piece of your house. " That's what Lillie Mae Williams, 74, of Olney, told the Daily News about waking up one morning and discovering that a piece of her house - and her life - had been stolen during the night. In this case, the brazen and heartless thief had taken a valuable architectural column from her home by using an auto jack to prop up her front porch. Every day, in every neighborhood, residents are hit by the same manner of callous and destructive thievery: irreplaceable wrought-iron gates, rain gutters and downspouts, finely-crafted antique windows and, in one celebrated and especially outrageous case recently, an entire brick sidewalk at a historic cemetery in North Philadelphia.
January 24, 2000
Ed Rendell was a hell of a deal maker, but no demon for details. As an example we offer the troubled - and troubling - DisneyQuest development. This multi-million-dollar project promised to bring suburbanites and their kids back to Center City with an entertainment center that screamed Disney. It seemed like an enticing project in 1998 and worth the city's financial support. But so far all that developers, headed by Ken Goldenberg, have delivered is a giant hole at 8th and Market.
May 24, 1999 |
It's the first thing you notice about Philadelphia Police Officer Bernard Turner. He has a good face. Kind. Gentle. Sincere. Serene. Friendly. Open. Soft brown eyes that inspire trust. A kind face is not a requirement of the job - being a Philadelphia police officer - but it's a good start. It's also comforting to know that Turner has a heart to match the gentleness of his face. His goodness makes him especially well-suited for his job as a cop working mostly with juvenile offenders.
October 4, 1998 |
They are the Boston Red Sox. They do the wrong thing, it turns into the right thing. They do the right thing, it turns into the wrong thing. They are the Boston Red Sox. They are one of baseball's great franchises. They're just allergic to the month of October. They lost another tragic October baseball game yesterday, 2-1, to the Cleveland Indians. They lost another tragic October postseason series along with it, three games to one. For Cleveland, that means a trip to play the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
September 4, 1998 |
There are advantages, bassist William Parker said, to being an outfit that has played together for almost two decades. Parker's group, Other Dimensions in Music, works in a free-jazz mode, but doesn't necessarily stay there all the time. It does, more often than not, play without charts. "In a quartet, everyone in the band has to be able to navigate second by second to make it work," Parker said. "You start with silence, and you are doing OK until you hit the first note. After that one, the second one is the most important, and everything you do after that has to be perfect.
February 22, 1998 |
When the folks who hand out Grammy awards were looking for a design for the statuette, they should have chosen an empty cup. However the awards were originally imagined in the beginning, they have become a symbol of ephemera, a prize for the passing fancy. This culture hardly needs to be reminded of the value it places on material to be thrown away, but the awards reinforce the idea that recordings, the only means we have to give music some longevity, should be valued for their triviality.