Opinion

U.S. policy undermines Latin America

There aren’t many who would deny a South American revolutionary his right to abhor the U.S. government. Examples abound of American intervention in the growing democracies of the continent south of ours, often after leftist regimes take power.…

Join the blame-book writers club

Janis Karpinski was in Philadelphia last Monday. For those of you not interested in spending the $20 for her new book, I’ll spare you. Karpinski’s Army Reserve unit was in control of the Abu Ghraib prison when Iraqi detainees were physically abused and sexually humiliated in fall 2003.…

Preservation of famous Philly

Where 18th Street meets Berks Street, six boots hang on power lines. Facing south on the corner, the view of the William Penn-topped City Hall is obstructed, as if to remind this neighborhood that, in many ways and to many Philadelphians, they are out of sight and forgotten.…

Rock star charity will not eliminate African poverty

Paul Hewson is among the world’s most famous celebrities. Bono – his nickname – may be more familiar to most, but his band U2 and his fundraising for African countries has helped to make him a cultural icon that spans continents.…

Crichton’s questions lead to environmental caution

In the minds of many Americans, science is less than reliable. Recently, advocates for intelligent design have made huge strides in grappling with evolution, and now, it seems that the environmental movements of the past few decades are being questioned as well.…

Local flavor fizzles while suburbanites flock Philly

I grew up in Philadelphia – home of the Liberty Bell, Elfreth’s Alley, and most importantly, soft pretzels and cheesesteaks. Philadelphia is one of America’s most historical cities. However, the residents are not exactly standing in lines to see those historical sights.…

Success reflects fulfillment, not accomplishments

To all outward appearances, Lewis Gordon is a success. The Temple philosophy professor’s resume boasts universities like Purdue, Brown, and Yale. He finds time to be a part of Temple’s religion department and direct institutes of social concepts.…

State legislators undervalued, not underpaid

There aren’t many who wouldn’t give themselves a raise if offered the opportunity. But there has been an uproar of disapproval since Pennsylvania’s state legislature did just that nearly three months ago.…

Vulnerable U.S. cities still beg for action

“Hurricane Katrina was terrible.” The words of Gene C. Ulmer, a professor of geology at Temple, are nothing new since late August. As the death toll in the Gulf Coast region reaches 1,000, it is important to become aware of other communities in the U.S.…