January 29, 2012
To mark the 275th anniversary of the birth of Revolutionary War pamphleteer Thomas Paine, answer these questions about his life and essays. 1. Where in England was Paine born? a. Lewes. b. London. c. Sandwich. d. Thetford. 2. For a time, Paine was a master stay-maker, with his own shop. What product did stay-makers produce? a. Anchors. b. Buttons. c. Corsets. d. Upholstery tacks. 3. When did he arrive in Philadelphia?
January 9, 2012
IN 2005, Upper Darby surfaced on the Delaware Valley's radar. That was not necessarily good news for Philadelphia's bedroom suburb. The media suddenly were filled with accounts of "scumbags," "bums," "thugs" and "criminal enterprise" coming from new Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The last phrase landed him in court. The outspoken top cop, who rose through the ranks of the Philadelphia Police Department and then became chief of police in Middletown, Pa., and Portland, Maine, before returning to his home turf, has a dual reputation as SuperCop and also as a media-friendly quote machine.
December 12, 2011
SO, LET'S GET this straight: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius doesn't think that teenage girls are mature enough to avoid overdosing on emergency contraception medication that consists of a single pill , but that they are presumably mature enough to deal with an unintended pregnancy, arrange an abortion - or have a child? That's one conclusion you might draw from Sebelius' decision to become the first secretary of Health and Human Services - in, like, ever - to overrule a science-based recommendation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that would have made the so-called "morning-after pill" available on drugstore and supermarket shelves.
December 9, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Thursday that it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-after contraceptive pill off a drugstore shelf. Citing his own two daughters, Obama said: "I think most parents would probably feel the same way. " Plenty of pediatric leaders and women's advocacy groups did not, as reaction flowed in to the administration's decision a day earlier to prevent the over-the-counter sale of the anti-pregnancy drug to sexually active girls of younger ages.
October 28, 2011
IN WASHINGTON, Congress has under development a federal bill seeking states' reciprocity rules for granting the individual's "right to carry" sidearm guns. In Pennsylvania, any resident who, by legal scrutiny, has forfeited his right to carry concealed sidearm weapons could go to some other state, pass a less-strenuous background check followed by lesser firearm regulations and then return to Pennsylvania's cities legally armed and dangerous. All the while, nationally, city populations are under siege with the growing menace of lethal weapons.
October 14, 2011
Common sense on jobs bill Politics didn't kill the so-called jobs bill of 2011; common sense did ("Politics killed the jobs bill," Thursday). We were fed the same line about how the so-called stimulus package of 2009 would create jobs and improve the economy. We can all see how well that worked out. So now all we need to do is spend about another half-trillion dollars we don't have and expect it to work this time? I don't think so. Stupidity (or is it insanity?) is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
October 4, 2011
There was something tragic about the plea made to Chris Christie last week by a woman who wants the coy New Jersey governor to run for president. "I really implore you," said the woman, after listening to Christie speak at the Reagan Library, "as a citizen of this country, to, please, sir, to reconsider. ... Go home and really think about it, please. Do it - do it for my daughter. Do it for our grandchildren. Do it for our sons. Please, sir, don't - we need you. Your country needs you to run for president.
September 1, 2011
AS REPORTS GO, the newly released five-year plan for policing the city is a lot like the commissioner who authored it: more common sense than flash. It's a smart approach that covers the basics rather than relying on whiz-bang technologies. The core of the plan strengthens one of Commissioner Charles Ramsey's major initiatives, the Police Services Area (PSA), which divides police districts into smaller units to allow for more "personalized" policing: beat cops, foot patrols, and a stronger connection between police and the communities they serve.
August 16, 2011 |
Peggy Weber Bradford stays slim with the aid of a support group the size of cyberspace. Her "Steps to Good Health" Facebook page is the heart of a growing online community of nearly 1,500 people. Its members help each other lose weight via Bradford's 10,000-steps-a-day walking (or vacuuming, or lawn-mowing) system, which she's more than happy to share. Free. "A lot of people are scared to go to a gym," says Bradford, whose mega-chunky "before" photo provides an astonishing contrast to the lanky, athletic woman who stands before me, 73 pounds lighter.
August 9, 2011 |
YOU ARE drunk. You may have been celebrating or you may have been wallowing, but you're drunk, all the same. You just don't think you're that drunk. You get behind the wheel because you don't see your car as a weapon. It's not a gun or a knife, but it is metal, it is heavy and it is under the control of someone who is not in control - you. You hit something. Or, more accurately, someone. No one is around but for the mangled, bloody person you hit. What do you do?