March 17, 2016
ISSUE | LONG-TERM CARE Premiums too costly Premium increases of up to 130 percent for long-term-care insurance will be a financial nightmare for thousands of seniors in Pernnsylvania ("Insurers explain hikes in long-term care," "Insurers bailing out," Friday). They will put policyholders between a rock and a hard place: Do we accept and pay the increases, if we can afford them, or will we be forced to let the policies lapse and lose the value of the premiums we have paid? Even worse, we would be without coverage, because getting a new policy at our age would be financially prohibitive if we could find a company to offer a policy.
June 14, 2013
Fans of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 can't help but hear an echo of the novel's plot in the real-life drama playing out over the leak of information about massive U.S. government spying programs. The admitted whistle-blower, former National Security Agency contract worker Edward Snowden, apparently exposed the NSA's telephone and Internet data-gathering in an attempt to trigger a public debate about the extent to which our privacy has been compromised in the name of national security.
October 4, 2012 |
OK, WE ALREADY know that Mitt Romney is no Jack Kennedy, but neither is President Obama. We know that they're both likable enough, that their campaigns sometimes remind us of that ad, "Where's the beef," that neither is going to exploit his opponent's youth and inexperience, and that the Soviet Union does not dominate Eastern Europe (anymore). So, going into Wednesday's overhyped political Super Bowl of a presidential debate in Denver, it might be good if you ask yourself: Will Romney - behind in the polls in key battleground states - be better off if he hits Obama with a memorable "zinger"?
February 5, 2012 |
Question: I'm an Indian national residing in the United States. I was scheduled to fly from Houston to Mumbai on British Airways recently. My itinerary involved a short stopover in London. In Houston, while checking in with British Airways, I was denied boarding because my work visa was not stamped in my passport. The original visa stamped in my passport had expired and I was traveling to India in order to get my renewed visa stamped at the U.S. consulate in Mumbai. I was carrying an application that permits me to continue living and working legally in the U.S. and to travel abroad.
October 28, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Today's record-low mortgage rates are out of reach for millions of U.S. homeowners who would benefit from them most. One in four homeowners with a mortgage - 11 million people - owe more than their home is worth. These "underwater" borrowers have virtually no shot at refinancing and their plight is a drag on the housing market and the broader economy. The Obama administration is hoping at least 1 million of these borrowers will take advantage of its refinancing program under more lenient rules unveiled Monday.
September 25, 2011 |
The normal tug-of-war between a pharmaceutical company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over approval for a drug has been turned on its side with midodrine, a medicine that helps about 100,000 patients a year avoid the potential dangers of low blood pressure. Shire Pharmaceuticals Inc., with U.S. headquarters in Wayne, no longer makes the drug, but it wants the FDA to give final approval of midodrine to lift a regulatory cloud. Barring that, it wants the FDA to approve Shire's plan for new trials or hold a hearing that might kill the drug.
January 12, 2011
"Voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played. " - Baseball Hall of Fame Instruction to Voters THE "INTEGRITY, sportsmanship, character" determination has become the Catch-22 of the annual BBWAA election of eligible former players to the Hall of Fame. That's Catch-22, as in catch 22 guys who used performanc-enhancing drugs during their careers and triple that number will go uncaught.
June 15, 2010 |
Anglo-American polemicist, literary critic, and political wag Christopher Hitchens has been called, usually to his great dismay, America's last public intellectual, a contrarian who philosophizes with a hammer, and a political gadfly. Hitchens, whose books include Thomas Jefferson: Author of America and God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything , will discuss his new tome, Hitch-22: A Memoir , Tuesday night at 7:30 at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library, 1901 Vine St. On Monday, while waiting for a flight to Miami at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., Hitchens, 61, talked by cell phone about his life, his politics, and his distaste for religion.
November 17, 2009 |
On the same day the U.S. Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate had reached a landmark 10.2 percent, President Obama signed a law extending unemployment benefits by up to 20 weeks in some states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. "I was so relieved," said Dawn Brown, 41, a mother of two from North Wales who lost her market-data research job in June. "It just took all the worry away. " But the new law won't help Brown at all - or anybody else who has been laid off since late June.
January 6, 2006 |
THE FIGHT in Iraq has not been going as smoothly as originally advertised by the White House. An expanding insurgency has been noted for two years by military leaders on the ground, was predicted by the CIA, and even the president has now acknowledged an organized resistance. Turning past stories about federal indictments, appointments and espionage on the front pages in the last few weeks, you might have seen continued partisan rhetoric promoting an immediate withdrawal from Iraq while the president wants to keep the status quo. Neither course works.