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The View From Here

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...

In Defense of Two Little Letters

Last week, in what can only be described as one of those “thank God the kids are soon going back to school” kind of...

Let’s Consider Tearing Them All Down

The Association for Public Art lists 17 statues of political and civic leaders owned by the City of Philadelphia and viewable to the public. Two...

Time Traveling Through the Headlines

Marty McFly, the fictional character portrayed by Michael J. Fox in the Back to the Future trilogy, whose first installment pretty much defined 1980s...

Sympathy for the Man Who Would Never Be King

I don’t know who to feel sorrier for. On one side stands our president, Donald Trump, who nine months after his surprise Election Day...

In Search of Moderation

It’s not every day that a witty quote about alcohol can be seen as a political aphorism, but when six months into office the...

Maccabiah’s Opening Ceremonies Add to Pluralism Debate

It may have been the quickest wedding in modern Jewish history, but the nuptials of Avi Steinberg and Rachel Dixon certainly didn’t take away...

Breaking the Bank

Pennsylvania seems to have a knack for spending money it doesn’t have — or isn’t willing to get. Just take a look at the commonwealth’s...

Celebrating the Fourth Means Celebrating Each Other

Have you ever noticed how our public nonreligious holidays blend together? With the exception of Flag Day and Veterans Day, which for most people are...