Opinion

Like a good neighbor, Wal-Mart is there

I lived in a housing development in the Philadelphia suburbs – Fox Heath – for much of my childhood. Despite the rustic promises of its name, there was a striking absence of both foxes and heaths, as the construction likely destroyed the natural habitat of such things.…

Best fall fashion trend: individuality

Somewhere in the world – at this exact moment – a smart, sophisticated, highly fashionable woman in killer Manolo Blahnik shoes is being ruthlessly pursued by a snaggle-toothed, flannel-wearing man with Wal-Mart boxers from 1986 wedged tightly into his posterior.…

Mental health parity a necessity

Suicide consistently ranks as one of the top 10 causes of death in America. The surgeon general reported that in almost all cases, the victim has a diagnosable mental illness, a substance abuse problem, or both.…

Racial role exposes fans’ hypocrisy

“Brangelina is completely out of line.” That was this columnist’s first reaction to the news that Angelina Jolie would be playing the role of Mariane Pearl in the movie, “A Mighty Heart,” a true story about the wife of slain “Wall Street Journal” reporter Daniel Pearl.…

Netting classism

Flash forward 50 years. You are sitting with your grandchildren, telling them about your golden years. In the middle of your spiel, they ask you what the Internet used to be like.…

Lock n’ load: Safety, not protection is first

Imagine that you are the parent of a 3-year-old who shot himself. Could you imagine the pain and agony of losing your child to something that could have been prevented? The death of 3-year-old Tylib Bailey-Hankerson, who accidentally shot himself Oct.…

‘Generation Xers’ live, breathe complacency

Terms like “Baby-boomer” and “Generation X” characterized people of the epochs before us. We, on the other hand, remain an unclassifiable generation. And fittingly so, as it would be difficult to label a group that doesn’t represent anything in particular.…

Absentee voting can hurt elections

It is Election Day 2006, a joyous day that is commemorated by standing in long lines at the polls and being accosted by boosters of the candidates. Millions of Americans, however, will be missing out on all the fun, as they have already voted upwards of a month ago.…

Societal role models not exempt from law

“It happened before in the 80s,” my father commented, far from being shocked. Excuse me? I found my head spinning as I tried to wrap my mind around this. Apparently, Mark Foley is not the first congressional representative to make sexual advances on underage male pages.…