Friday, December 3, 2021
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Editor’s Note: To learn more about the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, please visit https://cathedralphila.org/.
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Thursday, December 2, 2021
Sondheim left vivid lessons for politicos in the way he lived his life -- through his values and the things he found important. Here are some Sondheim credos that every pol and every campaign can benefit from:
1) Less is more.
If you've gotten your point across, don't oversell the message. Keep is short and direct. In so doing, your message is more likely to be remembered and maybe even taken to heart. Put another way: Stand to be recognized; speak to be heard; sit down to be remembered.
2) Content dictates form.
What you're saying should determine how you say it. The way you say it, the context in which you say it, the audience you chose to deliver it to, the setting and the emphasis you choose to place on the message are all determined by the content of the message itself.
3) The devil's in the details.
If you don't do details well (or don't have the time for them) delegate the details but pay attention to them nonetheless. Botched details can upend your whole campaign and cost you the election. Plus, getting the details right will free you to succeed at the Big Things.
4) Be prepared to kill your darlings.
You may have favorite themes, favorite ways of saying things even favorite people you like to have as part of your team. That's fine. But you must be prepared to jettison any of these if things aren't work out. Adapting also means shedding what isn't working.
5) Work very, very hard.
Over a span of nearly 70 years Sondheim worked relentlessly and produced a staggering catalogue of work. If you want to reach the top and be at the top of your game, you've gotta work hard every day. There's no magic to it. Succeeding is grueling and also involves sacrifice!
Finally, though Sondheim doubtless held liberal political views (Broadway is Broadway) he apparently never felt a need to preach those views either through his art or in his public pronouncements. To the extent that political leanings are expressed in his works they are expressed through the characters and within the context of the stories for which he composed the music and lyrics. He was not a librettist so he didn't write the stories. In many ways he seemed to take a libertarian view. He wasn't one top inflict his politics on the public a la Springsteen or De Niro. He simply seemed to take a "live and let live" approach to things. His comprehensive two-volume set of lyrics and memories of his shows contains no references to his private affairs or his politics that we're aware of. That's refreshing!
Huge crowds packed the old Lord & Taylor store at the Moorestown Mall for the opening of Turn 7. A long line snaked around the store at the opening. Inside, shoppers wadded through boxes and crates and aisles of bargains, digging for surprising finds. Turn 7 gets its name from Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy law and it gets its goods from stores and manufacturers that have gone out of business and/or liquidated merchandise that they could not sell.
Prices are slashed and marked down to $2, $5, $7, $10, $20 or $30. Nearly all the items are $30 or under. You can also find well-known brand names like Nautica, Fruit of the Loom, Bass and Sketchers and the bargains are not limited to apparel. You'll also find toys, electronics, linens, household items, etc. But, be forewarned: everything is sold as-is and there are no returns, refunds or exchanges. All sales are final. So, you'd be well advised to examine your merchandise carefully before buying as some articles or irregular and some small appliances or similar items may have been returned to stores after they were purchased by someone else and opened. It's even possible that some may have been floor models, we're not quite sure.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Senate and Assembly Republicans have filed an action in New Jersey Superior Court to block enforcement of a policy imposed by the Murphy administration and Democrats in the Legislature that restricts access to the Statehouse for both the public and legislators.
“We’re petitioning the Court for emergent relief to block enforcement of an exclusionary policy that we believe is unconstitutional and undemocratic,” said Senator Steven Oroho, the incoming Senate Republican leader. “With the policy taking effect today, we felt compelled to take action to ensure continued public access to the Statehouse and the legislative process.”
The new restrictions require visitors, legislators, and staff to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result for entry to the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton.
Anyone who doesn’t provide the required documentation would be denied entry to the complex, including the Legislative Statehouse, Statehouse Annex, and Legislative Staff Building/South Addition, which cover the Senate and Assembly chambers, committee rooms, and staff and member offices.
“Many Republicans in my caucus object to this new Statehouse policy because it is unfair to the public and is unconstitutional. Unfair because of how it affects the public from participating in the democratic process, and unconstitutional because the commission has no authority over how lawmakers legislate – especially in the Statehouse,” said Assemblyman John DiMaio, the incoming Assembly Republican leader. “Democrats cannot prevent legislators from representing the people who elected them, but that is what they are trying to do.”
The policy, which takes effect today, was adopted initially on October 26 by the State Capitol Joint Management Commission over the objections of Republicans.
Oroho also expressed concerns about the conflict that will arise from enforcement of the policy.
“On a personal level, we’re deeply concerned about the unnecessary conflict the Democrats’ policy creates by turning the State Police who guard the Statehouse into the vaccine police,” Oroho added. “Our Troopers have a hard enough job in the current environment without being forced unnecessarily into the middle of this extremely divisive and emotional issue. They deserve better.”
New Jersey State Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed support for a legal challenge filed today by Republican legislators to a policy imposed by the Murphy administration and Democrats in the Legislature that restricts access to the State House for both the public and legislators:
“It seems clear that Democrats far exceeded their authority in adopting a policy that’s intended to limit public access to the State House in a manner that’s discriminatory and violates clear constitutional protections afforded to legislators when performing official duties on behalf of their constituents,” said Kean (R-21). “A ruling from the Court to block enforcement of this policy would be a big win for open, transparent, and accessible government.”