June 17, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Children deserve the benefits I want to thank City Council President Darrell L. Clarke and those who voted for initial approval of a tax on sugary and diet drinks ("New soda tax plan: 11/2 cents," Thursday). This tax will support an additional 6,500 pre-K slots; provide $48.7 million to renovate recreation centers, libraries, and parks; and fund 25 community schools. I worked in the Department of Parks and Recreation for almost 10 years, helping community groups raise money for programs at rec centers for their children.
May 8, 2015 |
P.T. BARNUM never uttered the phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute. " Biographers pin it on a critic or a con man of his era, which sure seems to make more sense. To say such a thing would have been bad business, especially if, as the story goes, the famous promoter was trying to convince the public his fake petrified giant was the real thing and not a plaster-built copy of another fake petrified giant. Barnum eventually fessed up to avoid a lawsuit brought from the guy who owned the other fake.
November 21, 2014 |
THE ANSWER has a question. Why did Nike issue a sneaker in Sixers' red, white and blue with his No. 3 on each heel without his permission? Allen Iverson has a long association with Reebok - the company's "The Answer" was wildly popular in late 1990s and early 2000s. And last night, Iverson and rapper Jadakiss were scheduled to appear at TGI Fridays on City Line Avenue - A.I.'s favorite dining spot - to promote the Villa x Reebok Pump. Iverson's attorney, Derek Challenger, reportedly sent a letter to Nike objecting to the No. 3 shoe, which according to Nikeblog.com, has already been released in Asia.
September 24, 2014 |
MIAMI - There will be no "Mission Accomplished" banners hanging from Citizens Bank Park if the Phillies surpass last season's win total with more than two victories in their final six games. Outsiders will see that feat as further proof that a culture of mediocrity has enveloped the franchise. But some team officials, no doubt, will maintain that competitiveness is close. That, after all, is how the Phillies thought after last season's 73 wins. They doubled down on a strategy of augmenting an older core with even older players through free agency.
July 25, 2014 |
THE TRADE deadline is a week away and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will say that there aren't any untouchables on his roster. And he should say that, because saying anything else is simply bad business. But if the Phillies expect to compete at some point in the next 2 years - and that's the mindset of a front office that's against going the route of a 5-year rebuilding plan - you don't trade the only star on your roster who is in his prime. You don't trade a 30-year-old who happens to be one of the best pitchers in baseball.
July 3, 2014 |
MIAMI - It is bad business to wave a proverbial white flag 30 days before the trade deadline, and that is why Ruben Amaro Jr. preached patience Tuesday. There is no need for the Phillies general manager to sacrifice leverage with other teams by proclaiming his roster for sale. And it is important to maintain an illusion of competitiveness for the paying customers. "My mind is open to everything," Amaro said Tuesday. "We'll listen to everything. We'll try to assess the most advantageous move we can make, and we'll go from there.
November 13, 2013 |
STEPHANIE AVERS was pumped up and ready. She had made the drive from Lancaster County to South Philadelphia to watch her favorite NBA team - the San Antonio Spurs. Wearing a black jersey with the name and No. 20 of Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili, Avers was sitting directly behind the San Antonio bench in seats that range from $80 to $130 at the Wells Fargo Center before service fees. It's become an annual ritual for Avers to come see the Spurs in Philadelphia to play the Sixers.
March 15, 2013 |
Dignity - its price, cost, and value - emerges as such a central theme in the Arden Theatre's new production of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun that there's no way the experience is just about repressed African American life in 1950s Chicago. The play addresses current racial issues as much as those in its own time - along with the perspective anyone needs for equilibrium in a money-obsessed world. First, though, one must settle into the particular landscape created with unassuming (and unassailable)
March 12, 2013 |
Flu season may be gone, but City Council's debate over paid sick leave is just heating up. Last week, a Council committee voted in favor of the "Promoting Health, Families, and Workplaces" ordinance, which would give workers in the city a certain number of earned sick days each year, the amount depending on where they are employed. The bill now goes to Council for a vote, which could happen as early as this week. This bill is the brainchild of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)
February 5, 2013 |
First in a series that looks at the NL East teams. IT WASN'T all that long ago that a big-market team in the Northeast emptied its wallet each winter in an attempt to win the National League East even before pitchers and catchers reported to Florida. Built around homegrown, All-Star infielders, the team's management aggressively attacked the free-agent market to add future Hall of Famers, former Cy Young winners and fellow All-Stars to the roster. It was an endless pursuit of perfection (and hopefully, the postseason)