September 15, 2014 |
As his wife, Pat, watched anxiously, Jack Monaghan climbed the slatted dune fence that once separated their Strathmere home from a state park, and pointed down at the crashing sea. "There used to be a beach out there," he said last week. Now, exposed black boulders and a slender, 10-foot cliff are about all that remain of Corson's Inlet State Park's southern shoreline. In just a month, the Monaghans and state officials say, ocean waves have carried away most of the 98 acres of sand dunes where park visitors strolled or fished or beached their boats, and where endangered piping plovers, black skimmers, and least terns scampered and nested.
July 12, 2012 |
Golden opportunity for city It was a pleasure to see Jane Golden, the executive director of the Mural Arts Program, receive such well-deserved recognition ("For Phila.'s next mayor, consider a broader canvas," Sunday). While her work and words present her as an admirable woman of enviable achievement, the accompanying photographs give you an even better sense of her character: vital and vivacious, intelligent and engaging, not someone posing for a media moment. Anyone who has had even a brief interaction with her would know this to be true.
May 13, 2012 |
Rights at Risk The Limits of Liberty in Modern America By David K. Shipler Alfred A. Knopf. 400 pp. $28.95 Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler believes America has "lost its way" since 9/11. "Constitutional rights are routinely overwhelmed," he says in his new book, Rights at Risk, "largely out of sight in criminal courts and interrogation rooms, in offices of prosecutors and immigration bureaucrats, and in schools. " While we talk about freedom and liberty a lot, there has been little opposition as the Patriot Act empowered the federal government to ask store owners what books we buy and what videos we rent, and to compile these and our political preferences in government files.
January 23, 2012 |
When the National Federation of State High School Associations announced in late April the most sweeping changes in wrestling weight classes since 1988, many in the sport's local community were left scratching their heads. Ten of the 14 high school divisions were increased in weight. The most glaring change was the subtraction of a middle weight class and the addition of an upper weight - the 195-pound division. And though four weight classes were retained - including 145, 152, and 160 - they effectively represent a shift to a heavier overall lineup.
December 16, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans - nearly one in two - have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families. "Safety-net programs such as food stamps and tax credits kept poverty from rising even higher in 2010, but for many low-income families with work-related and medical expenses, they are considered too 'rich' to qualify," said Sheldon Danziger, a University of Michigan public-policy professor who specializes in poverty.
June 12, 2011
Christopher DeMuth is D.C. Searle Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, and was AEI's president from 1986 to 2008 Competition is a fact of life - the driving force of biological evolution and a constant presence in all human interactions. It is also a method of organization, used to promote efficiency and excellence and to resolve conflict peaceably. Competition is the key to the success of private-market economies and is used in many other areas; for example, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes spur competition in the sciences and in journalism.
May 15, 2011 |
TEHRAN, Iran - The spiritual mentor of Iran's president has harshly criticized him for his role in an internal power struggle that has split the country's hard-liners, indicating that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's own support base is badly fraying. The cleric is the latest high-profile figure to censure Ahmadinejad, who set off the spiraling political confrontation last month by firing the intelligence minister without consulting the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who quickly reinstated him in a public slap to the president.
November 9, 2010 |
Newton Lake has a problem. The weeds around it are too damn high . A fringe of underbrush, bushes, and saplings is flourishing at the water's edge in this 103-acre Camden County park in Haddon Township, Collingswood, and Oaklyn. The "riparian buffer" of greenery, now fading to autumn brown, filters pollutants, inhibits erosion, provides habitats - and obscures many views of Newton Lake and Creek. "Why does it have to be six feet high?" asks longtime lake neighbor Bob Gauld, who has organized a petition drive (300-plus signatures so far)
December 21, 2009 |
Jorge Cavenas insisted there was a car under there somewhere. The New York City man had left his family's minivan in an Atlantic Avenue parking lot overnight, only to return yesterday to find that snow from Saturday's massive storm had covered the vehicle so that only a small section of the rooftop luggage rack was visible. "I think I'm going to be here awhile," laughed Cavenas, 37, using a broom and a small ice scraper to remove the snow. "Maybe all day. " Over in Ocean City's Gardens section, where winding streets through neighborhoods of snow-covered vacation homes made the place look like a winter wonderland, year-rounder Kim Raymond had resigned herself to the fact that digging out her car and driveway would take all day. "I put some chili in the crock pot this morning, and by the time I'm finished out here, it'll be ready," said the 37-year-old ER nurse.
November 14, 2009 |
Kim Corbi, a lifelong resident of Ocean City, N.J., is accustomed to seeing dunes. But not where she saw them yesterday. Some of the dunes designed to protect the town from the anger and caprice of the Atlantic Ocean had been transported to residents' front yards. The sand was driven landward by relentless howling wind, rain, and crashing waves from the worst coastal storm to pound the Jersey Shore in more than a decade. "It's the first time I've seen anything like this in a while," said Corbi, who works at a Wawa store on 34th Street.