Opinion

Ditch casual flings for old-fashioned romance

Once upon a time, there were only real relationships – holding hands, walks in the park, kissing, romance and commitment. But people have lost the ability to make meaningful connections. A risk-free system has now replaced them with what is known as “friends with benefits.” It is like a convenient place between a serious relationship and simple friendship, but it’s really just someone who does not want a relationship with you, enjoys having sex with you and knows they can call your phone number at 2 a.m.…

Real-life tragedies not a game to victims or families

We have been hearing the argument that “video and computer games are way too violent” for years. With the growing number of shootings, society has come to the conclusion that these games, along with music videos and movies, have encouraged impressionable children to believe violence is acceptable.…

Even dictators deserve to die with some dignity

The death of Saddam Hussein passed without much public fanfare in the United States. Fidel Castro, whose death is imminent, will not be so lucky. The city of Miami reportedly planned an event at the Orange Bowl Stadium that would celebrate the death of the ailing Cuban dictator.…

Pass or fail: I get to choose, not my prof

Most college students have had a professor who grades the student based on his or her attendance. These professors may implement policies that lower a student’s grade by a full letter if he or she misses a couple of classes.…

Liberty, justice and insurance for all

There are currently 767,000 uninsured persons in this state. This statistic may soon be fixed by Gov. Ed Rendell’s “Prescription for Pennsylvania,” a proposal to expand public health care coverage. Pennsylvania is the fifth state to present such a plan, following Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and California in what is hopefully the first step toward developing a national health insurance system.…

In Barbaro, Philly finds a true hero

Philadelphia is desperate for a hero. This city had the chance to be the home of the Super Bowl champions, the World Series champions and almost every other sort of champion there is.…

A Royal Day in Philly

It was a joyous occasion for those who waited in the cold outside of Independence Hall last Friday, holding welcome signs and waving small British and American flags, to welcome Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to the City of Brotherly Love.…

Feds finding a quick fix for skyrocketing tuition rates

During the holidays, Democrats waited in the wings, salivating at the chance to finally be in charge. Once the first day of the season came, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and company wasted no time going through a rapid- fire legislation session that enacted a variety of projects, including legislation to cut college loan rates in half.…

Point-Counterpoint: Charitable celebrities

Public image a perfect selling point for charity Love them or hate them, celebrities are a major part of global culture today. Their influence on music, film, television and nearly every form of entertainment is immeasurable, though the benefits are often extending only to themselves.…