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‘Ruby’ in Tacloban

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It was a happy time when we arrived in Tacloban on Monday, Dec. 1: Christmas was coming, Pope Francis was coming, the weather had been good, and most of the people we talked with, including poor people, said things were a little better. There were some more jobs and some families had solved their housing problem, even if only temporarily.

Posted: December 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Angry Afro-Americans

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Angry demonstrations shook 170 American cities in the days before Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day, when, according to custom, Americans gather to thank God for the land that received them when they fled hard times in Europe and 100 other places. We may realize that the demonstrators are nearly all Afro-Americans, and we remember that America was not a land of freedom but a place of slavery when they started arriving in the 17th century. Slavery lasted almost 200 years, until President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in 1863.

Posted: December 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sunshine and rain in the Jesuit cemetery

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We drove north from the city along the Hudson River, and just south of Albany we made a long looping turn to the left and headed west along the Mohawk River. Along most of the way we had seen only bare black forests; we had missed the yellows and flaming reds of autumn leaves.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lucy and the 30-hour work week

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For most New Yorkers and Filipinos, Sunday is a time of reflection, rest and recreation. People are at their best. It may be that in order to build a more just and prosperous world, we need more days off. We may need a 3-day work week. Here’s what happened one Sunday in New York. The account aims to show how we can benefit from free days.

Posted: November 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Powerlessness in the United States

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America voted Republican and repudiated its first black president. It seems to some, myself included, that while the voters censured Barack Obama and issues like his universal healthcare law, they were really censuring issues that lie much deeper in American society, namely the inequality and powerlessness that characterize its present economic and political systems. The voters looked with frustration and even hatred at Obama and his Democratic Party, but they did not lay a hand on the underlying evils. Voting Republican may make matters worse.

Posted: November 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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