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Off the Cuff: September 2012

For almost all of my life, I’ve been involved with journalism–depending on newspapers and magazines for most of my information, delivered with an evenhanded view […]

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Off the Cuff: August 2012

It’s as if a disease is spreading coast to coast, popping up in villages and cities in every state: Profligate spending by our politicians and […]

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Off the Cuff: July 2012

As a longtime observer of Philadelphia, I am convinced that the city has a death wish. In fact, it makes a mess of everything it […]

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Off the Cuff: 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago this month, I began writing this column. That’s a half-century of poking at what ails Philadelphia, and there’s been no lack of […]

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Off the Cuff: June 2012

For some time now, I’ve been thinking about the mess the country is in and what a lousy job you’re doing in Washington. I know […]

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Off the Cuff: May 2012

In their hysterical push to make the Trayvon Martin killing proof that racism is still very much alive in America, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, […]

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Off the Cuff: April 2012

Ed Rendell has it right: Every major city needs a strong investigative ­newspaper—a newspaper of record—and Philadelphia needs the Inquirer. Two months ago, the former […]

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Off the Cuff: March 2012

When historians look back at the last half-century in America, they’re going to shake their heads in wonder and ask: What were they thinking? How […]

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Off the Cuff: February 2012

I keep thinking about a blog post that one of our writers here at Philadelphia magazine recently put up. Victor Fiorillo was riding the trolley […]

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Off the Cuff: January 2012

Recently, an editorial in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye and immediately brought back one of the unhappiest periods of my life in Philadelphia. […]

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Off the Cuff: December 2011

The recent Fumo affair reminds me of one of those old black-and-white movies that show the scene of the peasant mob coming for the duke’s […]

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Off the Cuff: November 2011

I’ve been trying to come to grips with my anger and frustration with what’s happening in America, without much success. The crisis we’re now facing […]

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Off the Cuff: October 2011

Of all the problems America is talking about—and wringing hands over—the one that stands above the rest is the terrible job we’re doing educating our […]

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Off the Cuff: September 2011

I’m sure all of us are tired of hearing about the lousy economy and the sorry state of Washington politics. But like a lot of […]

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Off the Cuff: August 2011

Now that I’ve taken a month off for navel-gazing on the Margate beach, I’m back, and my timing couldn’t be better: I’ll slip right into […]