Concerned Philadelphians say the new Sugarhouse Casino will ruin its surrounding neighborhood. But if you lived in that decaying neighborhood, as I do, you'd feel differently. You might just perceive it as our best hope for the future.
My wealthy friend tells me I won't make big money until I cast off my “poverty mentality.” To get rich, she and others in her class insist, you must think rich. Why do I remain unpersuaded?
I'd never taken a cruise before. In fact I'd always derided cruises as an artificial form of travel. Then I took a ten-day cruise to the Caribbean and discovered I'd been right all along.
Philadelphians were shocked recently when the Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn abruptly withdrew from his deal to develop the Foxwoods casino. But some of us— who successfully fought Wynn's attempt to hijack the Maxfield Parrish Dream Garden mural in 1998— knew better. There's a lesson here for timid Philadelphians: The supposed movers and shakers aren't always as tough or resourceful as you think.
Who is to blame for the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal? The vast majority of cases coming to light today occurred 20, 30 and 40 years ago— the post-Vatican II years, when liberalizing experimentation within the Church was at its height, and sexual norms were tottering throughout society.