Rich Tucker

Posted February 15, 2014

In the mid-1980s the reconstituted band Starship (formerly Jefferson Starship, formerly Jefferson Airplane) enjoyed a number one hit with “We Built This City (on Rock and Roll).” Turns out they were on to something. About the city, if not the rock and roll.

Posted February 08, 2014

At the end of the classic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day off, after the credits role and the music stops, actor Matthew Broderick shatters the fourth wall and tells the audience, “It’s over. Go home.” Hanna Rosin has essentially the same message for human males. It’s over. For you.

Posted January 10, 2014

Shakespeare wrote that some men are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them. But what did he know? A more modern idea seems to hold that no man is great.

Posted December 20, 2013

There are some trends that one can fight against, and others that one must simply embrace. It is the job of a statesman to determine which is which. And that brings us to the proliferation of Christmas music.

Posted December 14, 2013

It’s that time of year again. Time for another supposed “war on Christmas.” Critics on the right complain that liberals are trying to stamp out religion, while many on the left will go looking to be offended by every little thing.

Posted November 25, 2013

It’s usually impossible to tell when an era is ending. Few predicted the market crash that would end the Jazz Age, for example.

Posted November 16, 2013

Ever since Abraham Lincoln delivered his stirring Gettysburg Address at that great battlefield in Pennsylvania 150 years ago, people have been parsing it.

Posted November 02, 2013

It takes a lot to convince a company to move jobs out of the town that bears its name. But that’s the step Hershey took a few years ago, driven in part by cronyism.

Posted October 12, 2013

Journalism is traditionally known as the “fourth estate,” because journalists sat apart from the three estates that made up parliament. They weren’t simply scribes, writing down everything that happened there. They would also report on whether the lawmakers were following through on their promises.

Posted October 05, 2013

As the baseball playoffs approach, beware: As some fans in Boston found out the hard way, snapping too many cell phone photos may be bad for your camera. Or at least your beer.

Posted September 17, 2013

Last year, for one day only, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania put the oldest known copy of the Constitution on display to, fittingly, mark Constitution Day.

Posted September 07, 2013

I recently began walking around my neighborhood carrying a bag and picking up animal waste.

Posted August 31, 2013

Has the United States become too dumb to survive? Not yet, but some aim to take us in that direction.

Posted August 24, 2013

NASA is between a rock and a hard place. Or, to be more correct, it’s in a hard place, because it cannot find a rock.

Posted August 17, 2013

We should all hope Detroit can survive. If it doesn't, get set to draw that graph of human progress again, this time with a line going back down.

Posted August 06, 2013

Our future depends on young people. Government should get out of the way and give them the ability to build that future.

Posted July 21, 2013

Whether or not you shop at Wal-Mart, you’ve already benefitted from the mega-retailer’s ceaseless efforts to cut prices. A 2005 study found that the nationwide expansion of the store had driven down everyone’s cost for food-at-home, commodities and overall consumer products. Competition among retailers drives down prices for all shoppers.

Posted July 06, 2013

The other day Barack Obama was about to hop in his private 747 and jet off with his massive entourage to tour Africa. Carbon footprint? Elephantine.

Posted June 23, 2013

The auto industry, of course, is a prime example of what happens when the government intervenes.

Posted June 10, 2013

There’s one place where the churning job market becomes more placid: the federal government. A federal job is forever, or just about.