Opinion

Dancing our way toward a generational gap

Waltz, tango and twist all have something in common: They were once considered indecent and immoral. Today, morality critics turn toward the new dance style – “freaking,” or dry humping, grinding and “sex with your clothes on.” Parents are outraged and school principals in California, such as Jim Bennett of Lemoore Union High School and Patricia Law of Windsor High School, canceled school dances due to the inappropriate dance moves.…

For Playstation fanatics, life’s a game

Can you imagine standing in line for days at Best Buy or having a gun pointed in your face over a video-game system? Many people across the country can, as they struggled to get their hands on the coveted new gaming system, Playstation 3.…

Out-of-towners can take a bite out of this

It’s easy to grab a soft pretzel and water ice before class, and removing the wrapper from a Tastykake cream-filled chocolate cupcake while relaxing in front of the TV is common practice.…

Fans make their name

It could be called “Philadelphia class.” With a cheesesteak in one hand and a Miller Lite in the other, our city’s sports fans run their mouths, would boo their own mothers and still show no shame.…

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.…