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ICE agents carry out detention operations throughout the country. Photo provided by ICE.

Some reports have stated that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) police officers are indiscriminately operating on the Berks County highways.

[OP-ED]: Donald Trump’s lost opportunity

 07/26/2017 - 09:12
Donald Trump could have quickly begun reshaping American politics. He heard voices that others didn’t, understood what those people wanted to hear and articulated much of it. But when it came time to deliver, it turned out that he had no serious ideas, policies, nor even the desire to search for them. EFE

There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. Donald Trump had many flaws, but during the campaign, he tapped into a real set of problems facing America and a deep frustration with the existing political system. Additionally, he embraced and expressed -- somewhat inconsistently -- a populism that went beyond the traditional left-right divide. What would things look like at this point if President Trump had governed in the manner of a pragmatic, jobs-oriented reformer who was relentlessly focused on the “forgotten” Americans of whom he often speaks?

[OP-ED]: By all means, take issue with ‘The Bell Curve.’ But read it first

 06/23/2017 - 08:47
t’s a shame that the controversy regarding “The Bell Curve” centered on the book’s delineation of the differences in measured intelligence between blacks and whites

When “The Bell Curve” by Charles A. Murray and Richard Herrnstein was published in 1994, I was a junior in college and didn’t know anything about the book except that it had my white literature professors in an uproar. A few of them inveighed against the book’s premise -- the very notion of intelligence as something people possess in varying degrees -- and then the whole controversy eventually died out.

[OP-ED]: Rather than heading to the silver screen, take a moment this summer to look inward

 06/16/2017 - 12:30
Try Michael Sandel’s “Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?,” which covers a wide range of thought provoking questions about civic life and describes the philosophical foundations for competing impulses. (The wonderful 12-hour Harvard lecture series is available to view on YouTube, as well.)

 Last week, I packed my husband and two sons off to enjoy their much-anticipated viewing of the new superhero movie “Wonder Woman.”

I used to partake in such outings to the summer action blockbuster, but by the time “Wonder Woman” came out, I was already sick and tired of being browbeaten by countless feminine-power “hot takes” and “think pieces,” plus the inevitable reports of outrage.

[OP-ED]: En lugar de dirigirse a la pantalla grande, dedique un momento este verano a la introspección

 06/16/2017 - 12:26
Recomiendo “Justice: What´s the Right Thing To Do?”, de Michael Sandel, que cubre una amplia gama de interesantes preguntas sobre la vida cívica y describe los fundamentos filosóficos de impulsos contradictorios. (La maravillosa serie de 12 horas de lecciones de Harvard está disponible en YouTube, también.)

La semana pasada, envié a mi esposo y a mis dos hijos a disfrutar de la muy anticipada película de súper héroes, “Wonder Woman”. 

Antes, solía ser parte de esas salidas al cine para ver la película de acción del verano, pero para cuando se estrenó “Wonder Woman”, ya estaba harta de las innumerables promociones y análisis sobre el poder femenino, más las inevitables expresiones de indignación.

[OP-ED]: Our Education, Born from Swamps

 05/15/2017 - 15:27
In lower income neighborhoods, students can struggle without access to proper educational materials, exposure, and parental poverty. 

The story of education in lower income neighborhoods is an all too familiar one. The struggle to obtain a stable education is a story of overcoming conditions that are less than favorable, much like the swamp plant. What is causing these students, especially Latinos, to fall behind? How can they grow from these meager and impoverished conditions?  

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"Impeach the Freak": Bitter welcome for Trump on return to New York

 05/05/2017 - 03:08
Trump protesters hold up a banner in front of the USS Intrepid where later this evening President Trump will attend a dinner with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, in New York, New York, USA, 05 May 2017. EPA/PETER FOLEY

The President of the United States returned to New York on Thursday for the first time since taking office in the White House on Jan. 20, although several protests were awaiting him in the city where he was born. In NY, he met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and praised Australia's universal public health system.

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Sen. Bob Casey Takes Twitter to Stop Deportation of Honduran mother and child

 05/04/2017 - 03:49
El Senador Demócrata de Pensilvania Bob Casey es un ferviente defensor de los derechos de los inmigrantes ilegales. Foto del senador en 2009 proporcionada por Wikimedia.  

 U.S. Sen. Bob Ca­sey un­leashed a Twitter campaign on Wed­nes­day af­ter learn­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion was de­port­ing a Hon­du­ran mother and 5 year old son who took ref­uge in the United States be­cause their lives were in dan­ger in their home coun­try.

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Sen. Bob Casey Carga contra Trump por caso de Deportación Infantil en Pensilvania

 05/04/2017 - 03:34
El Senador Demócrata de Pensilvania Bob Casey es un ferviente defensor de los derechos de los inmigrantes ilegales. Foto del senador en 2009 proporcionada por Wikimedia.  

El senador Demócrata del estado de Pensilvania lanzó el miércoles una campaña en Twitter para tratar de detener la deportación de una madre hondureña y su hijo de 5 años, detenidos en el centrod e Detención de Berks County desde el pasado diciembre. 

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Philly Grows Into Its Anarchist Shoe

 03/29/2017 - 09:18
Wooden Shoe es una librería que encierra una atmósfera distinta a la de otros establecimientos dedicados a la venta de libros, aquí el enfoque es colaborativo y político. La librería está ubicada en el 704 South Street.  Foto Archivo Particular.

Past a chalkboard that says, “Come inside to read a good book,” on one side and “Don’t be an asshole!” on the other, you come across a tattered SEPTA Union Strike poster from the early twentieth century, preserved underneath an equally withered-away lamination. A few cautious inches deep inside of this surreal time machine, a pillar manages to stand from the 1890s home of an anarchist feminist writer and speaker who lived near Drexel University.