Editorials

It seems that every single time President Donald Trump has the opportunity to act “presidential,” he summarily mucks it up. Post-inauguration, when the country could have benefitted from genuine calls for unity? Trump was focused on the (dismal) size of his inauguration crowd. When terrorists attacked and murdered people in the streets of London? Trump tried to pick a Twitter fight with the mayor of London. When white supremacists marched on a Virginia city, killing a counter-protester? Trump equated the two groups of demonstrators in a staggering, seeming-defense of neo-Nazism. And now, as Hurricane Harvey continues to pound the Gulf Coast, leaving an untold number of Americans dead and displacing thousands in what could shape up to be the worst natural disaster in American history? Trump’s back again on his crowd size.

The appalling white nationalist violence in Virginia earlier this month, and our president’s unbearably terrible response, set off demonstrations by racial- and social-justice activists across the nation. Last week, thousands marched down Broad Street, with Philadelphians of every stripe and background together condemning white supremacy. Tens of thousands turned out Saturday in Boston to drown out the preaching of a group of racist demonstrators. Efforts are underway across the nation to remove vestiges of institutional racism, like Confederate flags and monuments to Confederate leaders.

 

The horrifying violence in Charlottesville, Va., has had significant reverberations throughout the country in the past few days. 

PGN’s semi-annual Wedding Issue is among the staff favorites. We get the opportunity to hear local couples gush over the moment they decided to take the plunge, get a front-row seat to their wedding plans and be inspired by the challenges and obstacles they’ve overcome to get to that important moment. 

It’s easy to view President Donald Trump as a clownish caricature; however, no matter his level of blustering buffoonery, we can’t discount the effect his rhetoric is and will have on the country, and our community in particular. 

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