March 31, 2016
ISSUE | GENDER EQUALITY Women deserve credit throughout history My praise to the Inquirer for its March 20 commentaries about Lucretia Coffin Mott, a 19th-century Philadelphia abolitionist, women's rights advocate, minister, and homemaker ("A worthy substitute for Hamilton"), and about America's tradition of ignoring women's contributions ("In the name of fairness, don't erase women's history"). Including women's achievements in our everyday writing and teaching of history, instead of artificially designating the 31 days of March as something called Women's History Month, would be a sensible step toward the equality so many of us seek.
April 7, 2014 |
Braulio Montalvo, 80, formerly of Lafayette Hill, a pioneering family therapist who did much of his work at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, died Monday, March 31, of pulmonary fibrosis at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. He was raised in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and lived in Fort Lee, N.J.; Mount Airy; and the Philadelphia suburbs before moving to Albuquerque in 1985 to care for his aging mother. Although he had dreams of becoming a cartoonist or a sculptor, the intuitive Mr. Montalvo gravitated toward the field of family therapy.
April 20, 2012
A Pennsylvania judge rejected a bid Friday from gas drillers and legislators to intervene in a legal challenge to the state's recently passed gas-drilling law. Senior Commonwealth Court Judge Keith Quigley ruled that both the industry and the legislators were already being adequately represented by the state attorney general and by documents pertaining to the passage of Act 13. The law, signed by Gov. Corbett in February, was enacted to...
April 24, 1998
For Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and many Protestant ministers who strongly oppose the "life partners" legislation before City Council, it is a moral issue. For Episcopal Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. and for other Protestant and Jewish clergy, it's also a moral issue - but they support the three bills. The legislation, which Council will vote on in two weeks, would allow gay and lesbian partners of city employees to qualify for medical benefits, exempt gay and lesbian couples from the real estate transfer tax, as married couples are, and allow city employees to designate anyone, regardless of relationship, to receive their pension benefits.
June 24, 2010 |
Lower Merion School District did not break the law when it imposed a redistricting plan taking away the right of nine South Ardmore students to choose a high school, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson issued a 31-page decision just after 2 p.m. from the federal courthouse in Center City. It was sent to reporters via e-mail. Baylson's opinion said the school district took into account other factors as well as race when it crafted a controversial redistricting plan for its two high schools.
December 10, 2014 |
AN ISLAMIC advocacy organization is suing a Bucks County township for discrimination after the town's zoning board rejected an application to erect a mosque. According to the lawsuit filed yesterday by CAIR-Philadelphia in federal court, Bensalem Township is demonstrating "burdensome, discriminatory and unreasonable land use regulations" by blocking local Muslims' ability to build a mosque. The proposed Islamic worship site would be the first in the suburban town just north of Philadelphia.
April 15, 2004
FIRST, THE good news: Mayor Street has given Philadelphia Gas Works a reprieve and will quit strong-arming the utility for an annual $18 million. PGW has had to borrow the money in the past, making its billion-dollar debt load even worse. Street, in the past, has counted on the money to help the city's budget. Now, he has informed city council that he's suspending the money grab for five years. Just as helpful is his decision to give PGW more time to repay a $45 million loan advanced by the city.
September 21, 2004
YES, Abe Krieger, we "liberals" are trying to sink you. We liberals want fair pricing for medication where the consumer AND the company benefit. We liberals want EQUAL treatment under the law, not whoever spends the most money wins. We liberals would like quality health care for all. Remember, the new Iraqi constitution ensures health care for all, at U.S. taxpayer expense. That means the person working two jobs, paying taxes, with no health care, is paying for an Iraqi citizen to get medical treatment and medication that is unavailable to her. Isn't it amazing that the icon of conservatism, Rush Limbaugh, who rails constantly about that "liberal" organization, the ACLU, is receiving help from them in response to his drug trial?
March 24, 1986
Joseph C. Mihalich, in his March 3 Op-ed Page article requesting equal treatment for athletes relative to drug testing, is way off base trying to equate treatment of athletes with carpenters, doctors, lawyers, etc. Athletes can never be treated the same as ordinary people unless newspapers had carpenters sections, doctors sections, lawyer sections as well as sports sections so that the names of carpenters, doctors, lawyers, etc., become common...