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POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 1:42 PM
William G. Bowen, a former Princeton president, called the Haverford protest of former Berkeley chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau as speaker "immature" and "arrogant." (CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer)

As members of the Haverford College faculty, we were disappointed by William G. Bowen’s remarks at Sunday's commencement.

Dr. Bowen’s condescending speech marred an otherwise celebratory occasion. In our view, in raising questions about the conferral of an honorary degree on ex-UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau, the students whom Dr. Bowen sought to shame at Commencement took a principled stand on police brutality and the defunding of public education.

Unlike finger-wagging from a lectern bearing an institutional seal, engaging in activism is a messy and challenging business. It has no built-in resources, and it has to discover its methods as it goes along. As the debate about Birgeneau proceeded over the past few weeks, the students did a marvelous job of refining their articulation of their views while maintaining the passion of their commitment. We were inspired by their work, and in many cases, by their eloquence.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 4:20 PM
Darrell Clarke. (AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer)

What kind of game is City Council President Darrell Clarke playing?

He has failed to gain any traction on his proposal to scrap the legislatively approved 1-percent sales-tax extension that would provide $120 million for city schools and a smaller amount to the city's decimated pension fund. But he won’t give up on his idea to give half the new sales-tax revenue to the schools and half to the pension fund.

Instead, Clarke is proposing that the 50-50 split be delayed and its implementation spread out over several years.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:35 PM

As a teacher of Middle Eastern History, I am astonished by the ugly irony of the Congress voting unanimously to deny a visa to the potential Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi.

Because he was a translator during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979, we are expressing “righteous indignation” about his nomination. We must be suffering from historical amnesia.

That very same embassy in Teheran, that was stormed by Iranian students in 1979, was the very den of spies from which the 1953 CIA coup d’etat was staged to overthrow the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister, Mohammed Mossadegh.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 4:25 AM
File (LEONHARD FOEGER / Reuters)

It’s time we take a look at the real jobs numbers in Pennsylvania, including the Southeast, and recognize how Gov. Corbett’s initiatives are making a positive impact on our state’s economy by consistently adding jobs.

Total nonfarm jobs were up 8,700 in February (the most recent month available) to 5,766,000 due to gains in both the private and public sectors. Jobs were up 24,600 over the year, and up 101,100 since January 2011. In February, Pennsylvania’s jobs count was at its highest level since October 2008. Service-providing jobs reached a record high. So did leisure & hospitality, and professional & business services. Our economy is experiencing record growth in these areas.

Pennsylvania suffered far fewer job losses during the Great Recession than did many other states. From December 2007 to its lowest jobs level during the recession, Pennsylvania lost just 4.3 percent of all its jobs—the 12th smallest loss among the states. Our diverse economy helped us then and it continues to help us now. We have added jobs on a consistent basis for the past four years.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 3:42 PM

Whether affirmative action is a proper remedy for past racial discrimination is open to debate. However, the decision to overturn it should not be left to a popular vote as Charles Krauthammer and a majority of the Supreme Court contend ("Court gets 'Schuette' right," April 28).

Among the reasons the founders rejected direct democracy was that it could allow for a tyranny of the majority. Subjecting the rights and needs of minority groups directly to popular opinion is a recipe for persecution.

Would desegregation and civil rights have happened in the South if voters at the time had been given a say?

Bill Fanshel, Bryn Mawr, wfanshel@hotmail.com
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POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014, 3:42 PM
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The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians champions health reform policies that provide all Pennsylvanians access to affordable, quality care.

As negotiations proceed between the Corbett administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, we hope for a quick resolution so Pennsylvania’s thousands of lower-income uninsured residents can receive coverage.

The Affordable Care Act has been a mixed bag for many patients. Our physicians and staff work hard to help answer patients’ questions, ensuring those who purchased plans on HealthCare.gov fully understand their options. We’re all wrestling with the changes—no one should feel alone.

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POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014, 2:05 AM

Born in New Jersey in 1977, my son’s closed adoption was arraigned by an agency in New York (“Adoptees’ rights,” April 25).

I was never promised lifelong confidentiality. When I attempted to pass critical medical information to him via the New York State registry, I learned I could not because New York law did not allow the agency to disclose the state where had been adopted.

When my did son contact the agency, he was told I was dead.

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POSTED: Monday, April 21, 2014, 11:40 AM
ESPN

Philadelphia Eagles’ management is to be applauded for its decision for a second time in a decade to release one of its showcase players at the peak of his career (Terrell Owens was the other player), presumably, in the interest of maintaining harmony in the locker-room and in the case of DeSean Jackson, possibly, for reasons of off-field activities and questionable relationships that he had cultivated.

Beyond an isolated local story of interest, DeSean’s release has a far more reaching implication, namely that of broadcasting to youngsters seeking athletic careers that demeanor and ethical standards are important and must be observed, and that no player, however talented, can ignore societal standards.

It’s unfortunate that a standard of behavior has not been formally adopted and practiced by all collegiate and professional athletic institutions, so that youngster might have a clearer understanding of what is expected to succeed, rather than being influenced by the present tattooed, bejeweled generation of athletes that they observe on TV.

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