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The View From Here

Looking for Hope in All the (Wrong?) Places

It’s easy to spot revolutions where none exist, which is why claims to see anything beyond mere realignments in historic electoral results must always...

Save Our Schools

Stepping into voting booths across southeastern Pennsylvania on Nov. 7, voters encountered ballots chock full of aspirants and incumbents in a host of municipal...

Putting Balfour into Perspective

This week I had the pleasure of serving my civic duty as a juror at Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center. Now, there’s nothing inherently Jewish...

One Man, One Vote — Really

History and literature are chock-full of stories of bad situations not only turning themselves around, but benefitting others in ways unheard of before. There’s the...

It’s Bad Out There, But Voter Apathy Is Worse

One night this summer, my wife and I took a walk around our neighborhood. As we passed by the house of Philadelphia’s now-disgraced former...

Division Is Not a Winning Strategy

Travelling westbound from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Hersheypark, the turn off from Exit 266 and on to Route 322 offers quite a contrasting drive...

A Rapid-Fire Assault on Our Republic

Witnesses described the sound as firecrackers. Many listening to the recordings of this week’s Las Vegas massacre likened the sound to a military battle....

Anthem Protests A Complex Issue

The one and only time I sat out the Pledge of Allegiance, I was in elementary school. A couple of friends — one was...

Embracing the Moderate Middle

As Hurricane Irma began its long march up Florida’s West Coast, having already decimated much of the Keys, my 14-year-old daughter offered a beloved...

Are We Doing Enough When it Comes to Mental Health?

The apparent suicide of 21-year-old Nicholas Moya last week ratchets up the tally of University of Pennsylvania students lost to suicide to an astonishing...