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NEWS
March 10, 2016
By Helen W. Mallon Just days after the Oscar for Best Picture went to Spotlight , the movie detailing how the Boston Globe pursued the child sexual-abuse scandal and cover-up by the local archdiocese, a similar story was reported out of Western Pennsylvania. A grand jury investigation into the Archdiocese of Altoona-Johnstown revealed that hundreds of children were sexually abused by priests over a span of 40 years. And, once again, church officials were accused of participating in a massive cover-up.
NEWS
March 10, 2016
By Kenyatta Johnson As our communities develop, we must protect everyone, including long-term homeowners with low to moderate incomes. To ensure these residents aren't priced out of their homes, we must extend the Longtime Owner Occupancy Program (LOOP). LOOP is a 10-year real estate tax discount for longtime city homeowners whose neighborhoods are experiencing rapid development and drastic increases in property assessments under the Actual Value Initiative (AVI). Originally called "Gentrification Relief," LOOP is designed to prevent unaffordable real estate spikes in gentrifying neighborhoods.
NEWS
March 10, 2016
By Kelvin A. Jeremiah The surge of growth and prosperity in many Center City neighborhoods is having little impact on Philadelphia's 400,000 families living below the poverty line. Struggling daily to meet basic needs, a Philadelphia family must earn $45,400 annually to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a 2014 report issued by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. However, the 2015 average annual income of Philadelphia Housing Authority's (PHA) current and wait-listed families remained at $15,300.
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Leonard Pitts Jr
By Peter J. Pitts In an attempt to halt Bernie Sanders' rise in the polls, Hillary Clinton is waging a campaign against his single-payer health plan. Remarkably, one of Clinton's main criticisms is that Sanders' scheme would undermine the cause of federally controlled health care by giving too much power to the states. Yes, we must be in an election year. As Clinton has put it, Sanders "wants to roll Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Affordable Care Act program, and private health insurance into a national system and turn it over to the states to administer.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By William Goodfellow
The populist presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been fueled by the deep disillusionment millions of Americans feel about what they believe is a rigged political and economic system. A stark rift has opened between those two candidates and the establishment wings of the two parties. A similar rift has opened over foreign policy, and the issue separating the populists from the establishment candidates is the Iraq war. In October 2002, Sen. Hillary Clinton voted for the resolution to authorize the use of force against Iraq.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Betsy E. Huber
F ield of Dreams , the iconic 1980s movie, coined the phrase, "If you build it, they will come. " As it pertains to energy infrastructure, Pennsylvania needs to follow the same philosophy. Not long ago many were concerned about the cost and availability of much-needed energy resources. Gas crept north of $4 a gallon and some residents in the Northeast, including Pennsylvanians, felt the effects of propane shortages during cold winter months. With the development of the Marcellus shale in Western Pennsylvania, we have an opportunity to play a major role to ensure increased access to affordable, clean-burning energy resources.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Karen Stokes
We are three months into Mayor Kenney's term. In the wake of his first budget address, I am reminded of the small role I played in easing his transition into office, and of the more than 25,000 dedicated city employees who often don't get the credit they deserve. Together, we provided the mayor with important "tools" that allow him to advance his agenda and ensure a seamless flow of services to Philadelphia's residents. A year before his term in office ended, Mayor Michael Nutter hired me to design and manage a transition plan.
NEWS
March 4, 2016
By Christopher D. Benson There couldn't have been a better moment for the movie Spotlight to win at the Academy Awards - for best picture and best original screenplay. Coming within days of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's threatening remarks on freedom of the press, these Oscars serve as validation of the journalism profession. They also recognize the rendering of the story behind the story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative series exposing sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
NEWS
March 4, 2016
By Linda Blair, Susan Glazer, and Susan Perloff We believe the American people must elect a woman to the presidency. Not any woman, this woman: Hillary Rodham Clinton. We believe a Clinton victory will smash the proverbial glass ceiling, and the heights to which women can rise will have no limit. We rally 'round her not solely because she is a woman. She is the best-qualified candidate, and she happens to be female. We are a few years older than the front-running Democrat, all former classmates at Elkins Park Junior High and Cheltenham High School.
NEWS
March 4, 2016
By Karen Murphy Drug overdose deaths are claiming the lives of more Pennsylvanians today than even motor vehicle accidents. In 2014, 2,500 individuals - seven people a day - succumbed to fatal overdoses from prescription opioids and heroin in the commonwealth, a staggering 20 percent increase over the previous year. Sadly, we expect that number to grow when 2015 statistics are released this summer. Drug addiction is the public health crisis of our time. In fact, it is the worst public health crisis I have seen in more than 30 years as a health professional.
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