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?
July 31, 2011 |
When a stingray took a swipe at a swimmer off Island Beach State Park last week, a park official likened it to the ocean's version of a dog bite. "The ocean is filled with sea life. I think a lot of people have lost the concept that the ocean is a living room for thousands of marine species," said Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, N.J., explaining the official's comment. "People aren't the only things out there. " Indeed, at this time of year with the beaches packed with swimmers, sometimes it's hard to remember the deep blue Atlantic is an ocean, not a pool.
July 26, 2011 |
Athletes and Twitter. It's a train wreck waiting to happen. For some reason, sports professionals, both men and women, turn into twits when they tweet. The latest example is ex-NBA star Steve Francis who - according to a police report obtained by TMZ - allegedly groped 20-year-old Shauna Simien in Texas in May of 2010. The police report indicated that Simien filed a complaint immediately after the alleged incident. The woman told TMZ that she is a singer who had signed with Francis' record label and was meeting with him on the day of the alleged assault.