Dolphins players kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Saints in London in 2017. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images) The NFL unanimously voted to approve a national anthem policy that didn’t involve a vote and wasn’t unanimous. If anyone wondered how this new policy would fly in the 2018 season, they’re not wondering now. The season doesn’t begin for more than three months, yet this policy and the rush to implement it didn’t pass the smell test for 24 hours. Right away, players who have sparked this national conversation showed they would not be silenced or told to go to their room, even as team owners stomped their feet, wagged a finger and ordered them to do just that. “It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic,” the league wrote in announcing the policy. “This is not and was never the case.”(So this isn’t about … [Read more...] about Column: Policy can’t make anthem controversy, protesters disappear for NFL, Miami Dolphins
I was in New York City last week for my son’s college graduation.We celebrated the end of his formal education – and secretly toasted our emancipation from college tuition payments.He’s the last of three. The first entered college in 2008. And, due to a less than strategic gaping of birth years, it’s been a full decade of transporting kids and transferring money to Temple University, West Virginia University and now Parsons School of Design.Turns out, their mother and I — with some baby boomer grandparent assistance — became our own post-recession economic stimulus program pumping cash into the economy and millennials into the workforce.In the end, we’ll be either heralded or scorned depending on how the great millennial experiment concludes. Early results should coincide with the last parent-plus payment in 2030.Our generation, which came of age in the 1980s, was, of course, well aware that, “the children are our future, teach them well … [Read more...] about Don Cunningham column: So these millennials are going to lead the way?
Here is a phrase that is more seemingly, by the day, descriptive of the nation’s rising political climate: “Fifth Column.” It has been generations since the country experienced the common and popular use of “fifth column” in daily conversations. My first encounter with strange words or phrases happened when I was 5 or 6 years old, just before World War II. I heard them used by my elders. “Fifth Column” was one of them. Lately, it is again prominent in my memory. Its use then was in connection with the people’s fear of war and the prospects of Japanese invasion. The world war was to eventually engulf and swallow our fledgling Commonwealth. A bit of essential history: we were once officially known as the “Commonwealth of the Philippines.” We were under the protection and tutelage of the United States. The Commonwealth was inaugurated on November 15, 1935 and lasted until July 4, 1946. Those of my … [Read more...] about OPINION: The ‘Fifth Column’
Next week, we introduce a new Monday column by Susan Anderson-Khleif meant to help widows and widowers cope with long-term grief. The overwhelming personal feedback we received to our recent series on coping with the death of a spouse underscored how difficult this life passage is for so many widows and widowers. Anderson-Khleif's column is a response to that, and if grief is an area of concern in your life, we hope you'll find it interesting, healing and useful.Anderson-Khleif is a widow and retiree from Sleepy Hollow with a Ph.D. in family sociology from Harvard University.Her column will post Mondays on dailyherald.com.As always, thank you for reading. … [Read more...] about Introducing a new column on long-term grief and healing
Today's a rough day, Sixers fans. Yes, the future is bright, but the future is not today. Everyone could use probably some cheering up, so let's comfort ourselves by looking back at one of the team's all-time greats.Allen Iverson has been a full-hearted champion of the Process in Philadelphia, routinely showing up courtside to support his "little dudes" Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the rest of the Sixers throughout the incredible run that ended Wednesday night in Boston. One thing A.I. isn't so psyched about? AI. In a silly satire column at Fortune, Ashwin Rodrigues says Iverson is fed up with the burden of expectations for artificial intelligence. Allen Iverson, former guard for fourteen seasons in the NBA, would like to clarify he will not be at the forefront of blockchain technology, content moderation techniques, or supply chain management. “It is becoming impossible for me to read the daily technology trades without seeing a reference to AI. Everyone says AI is the … [Read more...] about Spoof column says Allen Iverson is upset about artificial intelligence buzz