Music for nothing? That’s called stealing

Opinion | August 17th, 2017 | 12 Comments

by Christopher Marsceill There is a great store up the street from my apartment called Mango. They sell this adorable “Philly Girl” shirt, one that can be bought elsewhere around the city, but locally it is a Mango exclusive. Imagine someone going into Mango and informing, not asking, but informing the staff that he or […]

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For teens, research finds social media a big problem

Opinion | August 16th, 2017 | Leave a comment

In the current (September) issue of The Atlantic, psychologist Jean Twenge asks a proactive question: “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” Like many feature articles in the Atlantic, it’s long and detailed – in fact it is an excerpt from a book on the same subject. But the gist is not hard to summarize. Twenge writes […]

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How to get the perfect gift for a loved one? Get lucky

Opinion | August 11th, 2017 | Leave a comment

  By Elise Seyfried We’ve been mother-and-daughter-in-law for five years now, and I’ve never found the right gift for her. Sometimes I ask her husband, my son Sheridan. That’s usually not helpful, because Sheridan is totally uninterested in “things.” Asking him about Ya-Jhu’s preferences elicits a sigh, and then: “I don’t think she needs anything, […]

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As 2018 campaign approaches, it’s time for centrist rhetoric

Opinion | August 10th, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Stan Cutler We’re in the early months of the 2018 political campaigns. Yes, it’s sad. The times when campaigns only lasted a few months are over. Seventeen months before the next election, I’m already thinking about the political wars to come. My hope is that  Americans elect enough people to Congress to reverse the […]

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Tech savvy a must for individuals and government

Opinion | August 9th, 2017 | Leave a comment

In a story that most people probably didn’t pay attention to, given the daily tremors of our national political climate, the Inquirer reported a familiar account: The City of Philadelphia is far past deadline and vastly over budget on a number of technology upgrades that are costing taxpayers millions of dollars. The story described the […]

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‘It’s not the crime – it’s the cover-up’

Opinion | August 3rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

  by Jay A. McCalla For political junkies, this is a season of titillating ups and downs where a U.S. Congressman shuffled off to prison, the former District Attorney sits in a holding cell and now – wait for it – the almost mythologically powerful uber pol Bob Brady is involved in a splashy little […]

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Healthcare reform shouldn’t be this hard

Opinion | August 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

“Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated” – President Donald J. Trump, Feb 27, 2017 In the history of human civilization, the United States of America during the last 150 years, may be the most innovative in history. We were the first in flight. The first to manufacture automobiles on an assembly line. We […]

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