Opinion

Justices uphold delegated duties

The other day I was urged to sign a petition clamoring against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. That youthful activism was refreshing, if not entirely predictable. After all, Alito was nominated by the scourge of quasi-politically knowledgeable college students everywhere – President Bush.…

For ‘Next Great City,’ please hold the phone

It was last October when Philadelphia was labeled America’s “Next Great City” by National Geographic Travel. This was terribly exciting. City politicians called it long overdue, local media proudly brought the distinction to agreeing Philadelphians.…

Retouched reality: Altered photos warp beauty

While it’s nothing I like to admit, I spent a great deal of my childhood watching television. There wasn’t much I liked more than watching old sitcoms before going to bed.…

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.…