April 18, 2015 |
For nearly two decades, Tyra Bryant-Stephens has worked to lessen the asthma crisis among children in Philadelphia neighborhoods where rates of the potentially deadly condition far outstrip the national average. In 1997, the physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia founded the Community Asthma Prevention Program, which she has led ever since. The staff of 12 includes nurses, educators, and lay home visitors. Bryant-Stephens also is active with the American Lung Association.
March 30, 2015 |
In Iowa this month, Gov. Christie bragged that he had "spent the last five years dismantling" what he called environmental protection "overreach. " The Republican governor's comment, made at an agricultural summit featuring other potential 2016 GOP candidates, reflected a policy of "balancing the need to pare back the onerous regulations and layers of red tape on businesses in New Jersey with a commitment to protect the environment," a Christie spokesman...
January 14, 2015
ISSUE | N.J. ECONOMY U.S.-sourced goods, services smart move I am very happy to see that New Jersey is about to expand its buy-American rules, thanks to state Senate President Steve Sweeney's efforts. The government provides massive fiscal incentives to companies that still end up relocating production, so it is time to work on other solutions. It is a much more sound policy to use public contracts as a way to maintain jobs and production in this country. Critics contend that those contracts might cost more in the short-term, but we need to also think long-term.
December 24, 2014 |
Due to climate change, the iconic New Jersey forest known as the Pine Barrens may start to lose its namesake trees over the next century, a recent study concludes. As temperatures rise, the Pine Barrens may become the Oak Barrens. "The regeneration potential of pitch pine - the likelihood that they would be able to establish in a place - really plummets in the middle of the century, and that's purely a climate change signal," said Alec Kretchun, a forest ecology researcher at Portland (Ore.)
October 3, 2014
IN A SPEECH to the United Nations recently, President Obama said that climate change is a more serious threat than terrorism. So, why aren't more Americans terrified? A parade of panicked politicians talk about the Islamic militant group ISIS as if it were a combination of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union, faulting the president for not taking drastic action sooner. But climate change? What's the hurry? A majority of Americans (67 percent, in an August Pew/USA Today poll)
September 29, 2014
ISSUE | NFL PROFITS Taxing league rule The National Football League holds a nonprofit designation from the IRS. Surprised? I certainly was. Since 1966, the NFL has not paid one wooden nickel in federal taxes. The NFL, demonstrably the most profitable of businesses, rides tax-free, and it is time that this gift to the 32 billionaire team owners be looked at for what it is: a raid on our pocketbooks. Fans buy the tickets that have made the owners billionaires, and then we are forced to pony up and bear their tax burden.
September 19, 2014 |
IT WAS ONLY about three years ago Joanne Graham - longtime resident of working-class Eastwick, wedged between the overpasses of I-95 and the Cobbs Creek floodplain under the shadows of jumbo jets landing at Philadelphia International Airport - started to think seriously about the environment. The environment on her block, that is. The nonstop flooding in Graham's stretch of Eastwick, which is causing a corner of her home to slowly sink, turned the part-time consultant into a community activist.
June 5, 2014 |
TOM STEYER, a politically active hedge-fund billionaire from San Francisco who calls global warming "the greatest moral crisis of our time," draws the sign of the cross on his left hand with a ballpoint pen every day. His right hand will soon be busy writing something else: large checks that he hopes will help elect Democrat Tom Wolf as the next governor of Pennsylvania. Political advisers say the progressive, unconventional retired financier has decided to invest a fortune - estimates range from $8 million to a whopping $15 million, depending on the closeness of the race - to block Gov. Corbett from a second term because he believes that the Republican "den[ies]
May 28, 2014
Oldies but goodies Thanks to Wesley Stace for his fair and honest review of the Barry Gibb concert ("Barry Gibb, sole remaining Bee Gee, rocks Wells Fargo with brotherly love," May 21). It was pure joy for my husband and me to hear this music, as Gibb and his band delivered wonderful material highlighting Gibb's 50-year career. Too often, Inquirer reviewers seem favorable to younger performers, failing to give older, experienced musicians the credit they deserve. Denise Minger, Trevose Not tuning out Rumors of KYW's and the industry's demise are greatly exaggerated ("KYW ratings plunge," May 15)