January 23, 1992 |
"We must liberate the electoral process from the tyranny of the campaign dollar. " ". . . We must close the loopholes that allow special interests to throw their money around. " ". . . We must select our judges on the basis of what they know instead of who they know. " There was lots of fife-and-drum, good-government stuff yesterday in Gov. Casey's State of the Commonwealth address. The question is, were his declarations worthy of a brass plaque, or were they merely boilerplate?
January 21, 2016
By Topher Spiro and Meghan O'Toole How can Pennsylvania address income inequality, improve the lives of mothers and children, and save money - all at the same time? This might sound too good to be true, but the commonwealth can accomplish all of these things by expanding the reach of just one type of program: nurse home visiting. Home-visiting programs connect parents with nurses, social workers, and other professionals who provide coaching and guidance on healthy child development and link families with other important services.
March 21, 1992 |
Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk angrily warned yesterday that the Commonwealth of Independent States was "doomed" unless Russia stopped trying to dominate the fledgling organization. Speaking at the end of the third summit of commonwealth leaders, Kravchuk sarcastically criticized Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and accused Russia of wanting to be the sole successor to the former Soviet Union. Throughout the day, Kravchuk and other Ukrainian officials indicated that Ukraine, with a population of about 52 million, might soon pull out of the commonwealth, a move that would seriously weaken or kill the alliance that replaced the U.S.S.
February 17, 2016
By Jim Cawley, Maari Porter, and Pedro A. Ramos Amid last week's wintry blast, Gov. Wolf unveiled his 2016-17 budget proposal, a frigid reminder of the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves as a commonwealth. With a new fiscal year just around the corner, Pennsylvania remains burdened by the inadequate 2015-16 budget signed on Dec. 29 by the governor, in which he vetoed $7 billion in spending after prolonged wrangling with the Republican-led legislature. Current funding levels are woefully insufficient for a properly functioning commonwealth and, barring further action in Harrisburg, could in fact threaten the education of our children and the well-being of many of our most at-risk populations.
December 9, 1991 |
The leaders of the powerful Slavic republics of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus officially declared the Soviet Union dead yesterday and signed a historic agreement creating a commonwealth of their three independent states. "We, the republics of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, as the founding states of the U.S.S.R., state that the U.S.S.R. as a subject of international law and geopolitical reality ceases to exist," said the agreement signed by the presidents and prime ministers of the three republics.
January 13, 1986
I agree 100 percent with Harold J. Weigand's column of Jan. 4, "Go easy on that center," relative to the city's plans for a convention center. The City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania should not use our tax dollars for a project of questionable necessity; and the proposed location is ludicrous. L.W. Born Jr. Philadelphia.
June 7, 2012
Golf Association of Phila. SENIOR FOUR-BALL STROKE PLAY At Heidelberg; par 70. Gross Division Mark Leaman, Honeybrook; Marlin Detweiler, Lancaster. . . 65 Tom Borsello, White Clay Creek; Mike Domenick, Phoenixville. . . 67 Mark Walker; Kenneth Zimmer; Laurel Creek. . . 67 Don Donatoni, White Manor; Michael Rose, Talamore. . . 67 Carl Everett, Merion; Neil McDermott, Llanerch. . . 69 Richard Lownes; James Muller, Manufacturers.
June 4, 2000
Pennsylvania calls itself a commonwealth. But often it acts as if that title is a cynical joke - never more so than when it gets to squabbling over what it owes its schoolchildren. As you may have heard, the latest installment of "cry wolf" by the city schools has ended, as usual, not with the threatened padlocking of empty-pocketed schools. No, it ended with some typical fiscal abracadabra by state and city officials that delays the day of reckoning for another year. (The money woes are real; it's just the threats that aren't.
November 9, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has asked a court in Philadelphia to overturn a decision stripping the state of a significant portion of its share of the tobacco settlement payments. In a motion filed in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Thursday, Kane is seeking to overturn an arbitration panel's ruling last month that the state had not met its obligations under the 1998 agreement with major tobacco companies and therefore must forfeit a percentage of its annual payment.
May 2, 2002
AFTER SEVEN YEARS of Tom Ridge and one of Mark Schweiker - and the Republican philosophy of the less government the better - where does the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stand? Right near the bottom in chart after chart comparing the commonwealth to other big states in the vital areas of jobs, population growth and education. Come the general election in November, Pennsylvania needs at least one gubernatorial candidate who will provide bold, visionary leadership. Someone who sees Pennsylvania not only for what it is, but for what it can be. In the Democratic primary for governor, only one candidate fills the bill: Ed Rendell.