Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Mark Segal

Mark Segal

Mark Segal is one of Philadelphia's most awarded opinion writers and has been recognized by the National Newspaper Association, Pennsylvania News-media Association, Suburban Newspapers of America and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others.

Most people describe you as: Upbeat, fun, exciting, opinionated, a crusader and a Philadelphia Chauvinist

People would be surprised to know that: I'm a homebody

What is your drink of choice? Diet Coke and Vodka.

Where is your happy place? Home.

What is your biggest regret? Many, but all were learning experiences.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Height, weight and lets talk hair...

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Helping the community achieve great things.

Which trait do you most value in another person? Intelligence

If you could interview anyone, past or present, who would it be? Way too many choices: Oscar Wilde, Lincoln or Baron Von Steuben.

Favorite movie? Classics like Auntie Mame, Some like it Hot, Citizen Kane, and Casablanca

What TV show is currently your DVR/On Demand obsession? The Good Wife

The worst thing anyone said or did to you is: Do you really want me to repeat it? Not going to happen.

I believe in: Good food and a warm bath.

What is your motto or inspiration? Life is a banquet and most people are starving to death.

If you could go back in time, where would you go? Too many choices... so much of history I'd like to witness to understand better.

By Mark Segal
Some legislators want to require wasteful, time-consuming, and costly sonograms for women who want abortion. In that case, then it’s only fair...
Mark Segal: What did I learn from my first column last week? From your many emails, it’s clear that many of you find it difficult to sign onto the site and comment., get your act together. But beyond that, you wanted to know more about me.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) believes that anyone should be able to go to a gun show and purchase almost any kind of gun. So considering that, I thought to myself, who might be in need of a gun?
As you're reading this, Mayor Nutter and City Council are struggling to deal with AVI, the city's new suggested property tax system which is causing major concerns among home owners, since the new home assessments seem to be somewhat volatile.
With the announcement that the Pope will resign on February 28th, what is the next step for the Vatican?
Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush as well as Pennsylvania's former Governor, supports marriage equality. He's come a long way and we in the LGBT community should appreciate his evolution.
Mark Segal: Philadelphia becoming the nation’s most LGBT-friendly city ... construction on the LGBT-friendly affordable senior apartment building ahead of schedule ... the LGBT media conference all set ... so I think there might just be some time for a new project.
Philadelphia City Council passed a pioneering equal-rights bill Thursday offering tax incentives to businesses that expand health coverage for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees - a measure hailed as the first of its kind in the nation.
Almost every Republican is now in a head-on sprint to catch up with public acceptance of LGBT marriage, but Santorum, with his stagnant views, he has become the party's official dinosaur.