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?
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.
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.
August 27, 2010
Applebrook's Catherine Elliott used a tournament-best 74 to capture the Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia's 104th Stroke Play Championship on Thursday at Manufacturers Golf and Country Club. Elliott, tied for sixth place after the first day of the 36-hole competition, overtook 18-hole leaders Marji Goldman and Kerry Rutan of the Philadelphia Cricket Club to post a two-day total of 155. Elliott won by a stroke and claimed the Mary Thayer Farnum Cup. Elliott, who helped Penn win the Ivy League title this spring, also claimed the WGAP's Silver Cross, which is awarded to the player with the lowest combined scores from the Farnum Cup and the qualifying round of the Amateur Championship.
September 10, 2012 |
The Berean Institute has been evicted from its landmark building in North Philadelphia. The historic school, which was founded in 1899 to provide job training to African-Americans, has been ordered to "quit, vacate and remove all belongings" from the state-owned building at 19th Street and Girard Avenue by Friday, according to a letter dated Sept. 6, 2012 from the state Office of the General Counsel. The letter was addressed to Dr. Lorraine Poole-Naranjo, president of the Berean Institute, who said Monday afternoon that the school will move to a new location.
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.
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.
August 17, 2012
IN DECIDING not to grant an injunction to block implementation of Pennsylvania's unfair voter-ID law, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. gave "substantial deference to the judgment of the Legislature" to regulate elections, even if some had partisan political motives in enacting the law. As to the heavy burden that the law places on individuals trying to exercise their fundamental right to vote? That doesn't matter as much. It is an interpretation of the law that is reasonable but wrong.