March 8, 2016
ISSUE | RECREATION Give the city credit for Schuylkill trail The Schuylkill River Development Corp. was prominently mentioned in Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron's column about the upcoming construction of the Bartram's Mile Trail ("Another big step, Feb. 26). The SRDC is a small nonprofit working with Philadelphia on the tidal Schuylkill River Trail (named Schuylkill Banks). While we are managing construction of the project, the city's Department of Parks and Recreation had the vision, led the design effort, and secured the funding.
March 6, 2016 |
Pennsylvania is racing New Jersey to the bottom as Standard & Poor's considers another reduction in the Keystone State's credit rating. S&P has threatened to cut Pennsylvania's AA-minus rating for general obligation debt by one or more notches. In a report to clients this week, the agency cited the state's "failure to pass a budget package for fiscal 2016 that addresses long-term structural balance" - financial-analyst code for the state's seeming inability to agree on boosting its cash reserves or lining up pension-fund income with the relatively generous checks paid to hundreds of thousands of retirees.
March 1, 2016
ISSUE | PORNGATE Give Kane credit, not criticism While praising a panel of the Court of Judicial Discipline for rejecting a proposed deal and insisting on a public airing of the charges against Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, the Inquirer did not lose sight of its overriding principle in all things related to this matter: to vilify Attorney General Kathleen Kane ("Justice ought to be judged," Friday). The editorial chastised Kane for disclosing Eakin's emails "only selectively" and noted that "facing criminal and impeachment proceedings, [she]
February 11, 2016
By N. Aaron Troodler Pennsylvania has long been a pioneer in school choice, providing tax-credit programs that enable tens of thousands of low- and middle-income families to place their children in the most appropriate educational settings. But the state's budget stalemate threw these crucial programs into a dangerous limbo. Ultimately, Gov. Wolf took the necessary steps to free up the $150 million in scholarship funding from Pennsylvania's unique tax-credit programs, which give pre-K-to-12th-grade students the ability to attend the nonpublic schools best suited to their needs and beliefs.
January 31, 2016 |
Tens of thousands of Philadelphia's poorest citizens leave millions of dollars in federal tax credits on the table each tax season. This year, the city is making a new effort to see that money claimed. The city announced Friday that it will provide free tax preparation services at nearly 30 locations for many who are eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), part of an outreach program called "You Earned It. " An estimated 40,000 Philadelphians eligible for the tax credit have not taken it, leaving about $100 million in tax credits unclaimed, according to the city's revenue department.
January 17, 2016 |
Timber Creek senior Randy Bell cuts the fat when talking about the earlier portion of his basketball career. "In ninth grade I was chubby," he said, chuckling, a thought even more laughable when one looks at the 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior. Timber Creek coach Rich Bolds has known Bell since he was 8 years old and admits in those days the youngster wasn't particularly fluid on the court. Still, Bolds even then forecast that Bell could be a special player. "Even when he was a little kid and chubby, his vision was off the charts," Bolds said.
January 8, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Give Obama credit I applaud President Obama for taking concrete action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in America ("A tearful Obama acts on guns," Wednesday). His executive actions will make a significant contribution to reducing the estimated 40 percent of gun sales that don't involve background checks - especially at gun shows and online. I'm also pleased that the president is adding federal resources to improve gun safety technology (smart guns)
December 28, 2015 |
On his first full day as mayor, Michael Nutter flung open City Hall's doors to thousands of Philadelphians who waited hours to shake the hand of someone they believed could become one of the city's finest mayors. By many measures, Nutter did not disappoint. After eight years of his leadership, the city has its lowest homicide rate since 1967, its highest credit rating ever from Standard & Poor's, and the rewards of a well-run government. It was frustrating to see Nutter too often choose taxation to stave off the impact of the 2008 recession, but his strategy kept the city on its feet and allowed it to hit its stride, as Center City's energy and prosperity began spilling into nearby neighborhoods.
November 21, 2015 |
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Thursday called on Catholics to urge Gov. Wolf to release approval letters for corporate tax credits that help pay for scholarships for low-income K-8 students who will attend Catholic and private schools next fall. Chaput, who oversees the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said the tax credits were vital because they "assist many thousands of needy children. They do it by enabling Pennsylvania businesses to donate to qualified scholarship organizations.
November 5, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Attending the Accessories Council's annual ACE Awards - with its bottomless bellinis and butlered caviar hors d'oeuvres - is like spending the evening inside a luxe jewelry box lined with burgundy crushed velvet. Look, there's designer Carolina Herrera. And did you see Ivanka Trump? Oh, snap - Alexander Wang (I just love his hair). And, clutch my Judith Leiber, there is actress Taraji P. Henson, better known as Cookie Lyon on Fox's hit TV series Empire , clutching a Judith Leiber.