Bass’ no-plexiglass bill could stir racial tensions

Opinion | December 7th, 2017 | 2 Comments

  Jay A. McCalla It’s comforting to know my physician, like all physicians, took the Hippocratic Oath upon commencing his medical career. The initial promise under that oath – primum non nocere – “first, do no harm,” makes a lot of sense to me. Don’t make things worse. Watch out for unintended consequences. Whatever you […]

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We’re all enablers if we don’t act on sexual harassment

Opinion | December 6th, 2017 | Leave a comment

  Recent stories of powerful men sexually harassing and assaulting women have taken over the news in a flood of ever-more-shocking scenarios. From movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to actor Kevin Spacey and from comedian Louis C.K. to veteran NBC anchor Matt Lauer – many men who used their powerful positions to proposition and assault women […]

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The too-quick, cruel hands of time

Opinion | November 30th, 2017 | 1 Comment

A joke du jour of late night comedy depends on the sensation that the 12 months since Donald Trump was elected president seem a lot more like 12 years. Or more. The nearly daily outrages, scandals, dustups and Twitter battles the President has left in his wake defy the very concept of time. There’s just […]

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The winding road to school reform

Opinion | November 22nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

  Public-school advocates scored a rare victory last week when the state-appointed Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to dissolve, returning control back to the city. Many public-school activists cheered when the vote was cast. They had been calling for a return to local control for schools since the 2001 move by state lawmakers took it […]

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Winds of change are seldom welcome

Opinion | November 16th, 2017 | 2 Comments

  In 1960, conservative UK prime minister Harold Macmillan gave a speech to the parliament of South Africa, then an independent British commonwealth, in which he coined the term “winds of change.” “The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political […]

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Will a local school board make a difference?

Opinion | November 9th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla “Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” is one of those rare, neat phrases that requires neither explanation nor context. It’s a pithy warning about certain futility and probable doom. With that in mind, let’s turn our attention to Mayor Jim Kenney and his announcement that Philadelphia will – by June […]

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