October 13, 2014 |
CANADENSIS, Pa.- 7:30 a.m: A school bus cruises along a foggy country road, carrying children to school. A few cars back, a black armored vehicle rolls past a blinking sign. "Closed to hunting," it reads. Minutes later, a man waits for breakfast at the nearby Mountainhome Deli. "Did they get that guy last night?" he asks a woman behind the counter. "No, no, no," she tells him, resigned. It is Wednesday, the start of another day, the new normal in the Poconos. "That guy" needs no introduction.
July 1, 2014
LAST WEEK'S U.S. Supreme Court ruling eliminating safety barriers between protesters and patients at clinics where abortions are performed in Massachusetts was insensitive and insulting, yes - but hopefully narrow enough to have limited impact at other clinics. The court banned 35-foot buffer zones around the state's clinics, ruling with the plaintiffs that the enforced distance prevented them from exercising their free speech and providing "counseling' to women entering the clinics for abortions.
May 22, 2014 |
State Rep. Margo Davidson survived challenges Tuesday from primary opponents who cast her as too conservative for her strongly Democratic 164th District in Delaware County. Davidson won a close race over Billy Smith, a defense lawyer from Lansdowne. A third candidate, Dafan Zhang, finished in a distant third place. Davidson, a two-term incumbent from Upper Darby, made history when she was elected in 2010 as the first Democrat, first woman, and first African American to represent the 164th District.
May 16, 2014 |
WITH TOM WOLF firmly in control of Tuesday's Democratic primary election for governor, we have to wait and see who is likely to share his ticket in November. That's right, we're talking about the race for lieutenant governor, that one-heartbeat-away post with the principal task of overseeing the state Senate. Haven't been paying attention? Don't feel bad. You're not alone. Two Democrats - state Sen. Mike Stack III of Philadelphia and former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz of Johnstown - are neck-and-neck front-runners in two polls this week on the five-man field.
May 15, 2014 |
Margo Davidson made history four years ago when she became the first Democrat, the first female, and the first African American state representative in her Delaware County district. But since that election, the political landscape has changed. The district's lines have been redrawn and it is now solidly Democratic. Perhaps more significantly for Davidson, who is considered a somewhat unconventional Democrat, she has two challengers from her own party. Billy Smith, 39, a defense attorney and former Lansdowne Borough councilman, is campaigning against Davidson's vote to increase restrictions on abortion clinics and her support for school vouchers.
May 9, 2014 |
THE FOUR Democrats seeking to challenge Gov. Corbett 's bid for a second term entered the last two weeks of their primary race with goals well-defined. Tom Wolf wants to stay in character as the calm, confident, in-command front-runner. Allyson Schwartz seeks to reclaim her mantle as the liberal lioness leading the pack. Rob McCord strives to emphasize his endorsements while continuing as the troublemaker. And Katie McGinty hopes Schwartz and McCord do the job of tearing down Wolf while failing to elevate themselves.
February 27, 2014
Now whom to call? The passing of Harold Ramis this week was a body blow for many fans, especially later baby boomers. His brilliant writing took the smug, iconoclastic, and chaotic comedy of Saturday Night Live and SCTV and translated it brilliantly for the big screen with massive, generational, crossover appeal. His list of writing and acting achievements reads like a rite of passage for us. His characters' dialogue entered the everyday lexicon - from Carl Spackler in Caddyshack to the accidental hero, Pvt. John Winger (Bill Murray again)
February 6, 2014 |
John Patrick Stanton, 86, of Jenkintown, a leader in the anti-abortion movement in the Philadelphia area for more than four decades, died Friday, Jan. 31, of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Until the week he died, Mr. Stanton worked on issues concerning the unborn and mothers with unplanned pregnancies. He founded the Pro-Life Coalition of Southeast Pennsylvania and later established a statewide organization, the Pro-Life Federation. Mr. Stanton was a cofounder of the Pro-Life Educational Foundation, and simultaneously served as treasurer for the Pennsylvania branch of the National Right to Life Committee.
January 7, 2014
A NEW study about abortion makes it clearer than ever that it's becoming a luxury that only the wealthy will be able to afford. New draconian state laws are forcing so many abortion facilities to close that only women who can afford to travel will be able to access the procedure. The Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization, has reported that more abortion restrictions were enacted in the United States in the past three years than during the previous decade. Some 22 states enacted 70 laws curtailing abortion rights last year alone.
December 5, 2013
A MASSACHUSETTS law that says that "no person" may enter or remain in the 35-foot buffer zones established outside abortion clinics in the state has set off a controversial legal battle about the proper balance between the rights of speakers and the rights of those who must listen to them. Although several federal courts have upheld the law over the past few years, the Supreme Court has now agreed to review it. The high court should uphold it as well. The petitioners, including a grandmother in her 70s who stands outside abortion clinics hoping to talk to women on their way in, claim that the law is an impermissible infringement on their right to express their opinion.