November 21, 2015 |
Calling the federal government "inept" and "bloated," Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told a Philadelphia audience Thursday that the country's "secret sauce" of innovation and entrepreneurship is at risk of being destroyed by government overreach. "We are making entrepreneurship excessively difficult in this country," Fiorina said to about 100 people at the University of Pennsylvania. "We have become a nation of rules, not a nation of laws. " Fiorina spoke at the Keystone Conference on Business and Policy, hosted by Keystone Business magazine, a Philadelphia-based publication started this year.
October 16, 2015
ISSUE | THE MILITARY Exposed to burn pits I am a retired U.S. Army reservist, and like the veterans in Sunday's story ("Did open-air burn pits sicken vets?"), I was recently denied compensation by the Department of Veterans Affairs. During Operation Desert Storm, I served in northern Saudi Arabia near the neutral zone. Documentation exists that we were exposed to burn pits as well as sarin gas and petroleum fires. Sandstorms occurred almost daily. As a reservist, I don't have a trail of military medical records, which makes it easier for VA to deny my claim.
October 1, 2015
ISSUE | U.S. GOVERNMENT Avert a shutdown I came to Congress because I wanted to work to keep our country and economy moving forward. That is why I will not use the threat of a government shutdown to fight political battles. Anything that keeps Americans out of work, threatens to delay benefits for our veterans, and weakens our economy is not a valuable negotiating tool. In 2013, as a Chester County commissioner, I was frustrated that the federal government unnecessarily shut down for 16 days.
August 13, 2015 |
MANY PEOPLE praise the Lord with prayer and exhortation; Wilbur Mack did it with his voice. That powerful bass-baritone reached the roof of the Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, and thrilled the parishioners gathered in their pews for Sunday worship for more than 50 years. "He loved praising God with his voice," his family said. Wilbur E. Mack, a trustee emeritus of Grace Baptist, a longtime federal government executive, Army veteran of World War II, and devoted family man, died July 30. He was 92. He was born in Greenville, S.C., and even as a war veteran had to endure the pervasive racism of the segregated South.
May 5, 2015 |
Local government cannot by itself fix problems of violence and unemployment like those brought to light in last week's Baltimore protests, Mayor Nutter said Sunday. Government, philanthropies, and corporations must cooperate to provide education and create employment for struggling inner-city residents, particularly in communities of color, to improve conditions in America, he said. Nutter appeared on the CNN talk show State of the Union with William A. Bell, mayor of Birmingham, Ala.; and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.)
April 24, 2015
THE WASHINGTON Post yesterday offered two items - one on trust in government and one on how much lobbyists spend - that just might be connected. The first item comes from a Pew Research Center study showing just 23 percent of Americans trust the federal government to do the right thing "at least most of the time. " The second item compares government spending on congressional staff to private-sector spending on lobbying Congress. The latter is greater than the former.
March 26, 2015 |
WHIPPANY - Gov. Christie described his political philosophy, including his belief that individual rights are derived from God, in front of a crowd Tuesday that included several people he grew up with. At a town-hall-style meeting in a packed community center in Morris County, the Republican governor - who said he would decide on a 2016 presidential campaign in "the next three months" - responded to a question from a gun-rights supporter by saying his authority to change existing state laws was limited.
January 26, 2015 |
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. . . . It's a plane. . . . No, it's a drone. The federal government is finalizing new rules for using unmanned small aircraft - commonly called drones - for uses such as monitoring oil fields and pipelines, and real-estate photography. The regulations are eagerly awaited by businesses, including the news media, the motion-picture industry, and farmers who say remote-controlled mini-aircraft equipped with cameras could benefit people and create jobs.
November 29, 2014 |
On the summer Sunday after a white policeman killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., the Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler climbed his historic Society Hill pulpit to introduce his congregants to a minister in Ferguson - via speakerphone. "I thought it was important on that day they hear from someone on the ground," Tyler remembered. "They were angry, upset, confused. " In Oxford Circle, his friend and fellow clergyman Bishop Dwayne Royster was already making plans for how the two could travel to Ferguson.
October 8, 2014 |
WHATEVER happened to good old American know-how? The nation that invented modern management seems to be suffering a crisis of competence. The Secret Service can't protect the White House. Public-health authorities can't get their arms around a one-man Ebola outbreak. The army we trained in Iraq collapsed as soon as it was attacked by Islamic extremists, and our own veterans can't get the care they need at Veterans Affairs hospitals. And, lest we forget, it was only a year ago that the White House rolled out its national health insurance program, only to see its website grind to a halt.