February 8, 2013
The New Jersey Supreme Court should block Gov. Christie's latest attempt to roll back its landmark rulings on affordable housing. Christie provoked a standoff over the court's Mount Laurel decisions in 2011, when he attempted to unilaterally abolish the bipartisan board created to carry out the court's affordable-housing directives. Christie wants to transfer the functions of the Council on Affording Housing, which is independent of the governor, to the state Department of Community Affairs, which is run by a member of his cabinet.
December 23, 1986
This is in reply to the Dec. 15 editorial "For doctors who really care. " The Action Alliance of Senior Citizens and your editorial are urging doctors to sign the Participating Physicians Agreement for Medicare. You equate participation by physicians with being a caring doctor. I feel deeply that I must take exception with this false presumption. You also imply that physicians don't sign because of financial reasons and you state that non-participating physicians can charge whatever they want.
December 30, 2011 |
This has not been a good year for despots. North Korea's Kim Jong Il met his maker, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is under arrest, and Syria's Bashar al-Assad faces a future that looks rocky. But in Philadelphia, City Council members get to rule their districts with an iron hand - at least for now. Philadelphia is one of a dwindling number of big American cities where local legislators adhere to a courtly tradition called councilmanic prerogative. Like its royal antecedent, the prerogative grants the city's 10 district Council members the right to do as they please in their own patch.
September 2, 1990 |
To make sense of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's claims that Kuwait is really part of Iraq, it helps to go back nearly 70 years to a meeting in a tent in the Arabian desert, where a British high commissioner arbitrarily drew what became the Kuwait-Iraq border. One night in November 1922, Sir Percy Cox, Britain's representative in Baghdad, summoned to his tent Sheik Ibn Saud, soon to become ruler of Saudi Arabia. Cox announced in sharp tones that, in view of an impasse on boundary disputes, he would decide the borders of Arab nations.
January 25, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Auto Show's organizers really want to make it easier for you to buy a car. Though high-minded enthusiasts like me stroll through every year as if it were a temple that could not be sullied by moneychangers, the show is there to sell cars. It's estimated a quarter-million people will shuffle through the exhibits from Saturday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb. 7, and $3 billion in dealership transactions a year typically stem from the eight-day event. With that in mind, dealers and show organizers have incorporated new technology to make connecting buyer to seller easier on both sides.
October 27, 1996 |
Since we were in the neighborhdd traveling through Italy, we thought we'd bop in on San Marino for lunch. San Marino is one of those cute little European countries that have managed to wangle their way through history as independent entities while the rest of the continent bumps and grinds through rough-and-tumble times. Along with Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein and Vatican City, San Marino relies on the good humor of the rest of the world to let it stay cute, little and independent.
May 8, 1986 |
Despite President Reagan's ban on U.S. business dealings with Libya, the Pentagon will be permitted to buy a fleet of new bulldozers built by a company partly owned by Moammar Khadafy's government. "An award to a wholly owned subsidiary of a foreign corporation that is 15 percent owned by the government of Libya will not violate the Libyan sanctions regulations severing all direct economic relations with that government," concluded the General Accounting Office, which routinely adjudicates government contracting disputes.
May 14, 1986 |
After initially suggesting that they were bound to award the contract to the lowest bidder, Pentagon officials reversed themselves yesterday and suggested they would try to avoid giving a $7.9 million contract for bulldozers to Fiat because the company is partially owned by Libya. "We're concerned that no profits resulting from our contracts end up in Libya," said Glenn Flood, the Pentagon spokesman. "We don't want that. " Flood said that Pentagon attorneys were reviewing existing regulations to determine whether there was any way to reject the bid by Fiat-Allis to build 178 combat bulldozers for the Marine Corps.
January 24, 2016 |
Sylvia Simms rarely speaks publicly at School Reform Commission meetings. But nearly five hours into a contentious session on Thursday night, the former Philadelphia School District bus aide dropped a bombshell, offering a walk-on resolution that altered the fate of a struggling Germantown public school. "I have pent-up emotions about the way the district has allowed many of our schools in low-income neighborhoods to fail our students and their families," Simms said. "Families are literally crying for alternatives, and they have shown us by their choices that they are not pleased by the way we are educating their children.
May 3, 1986 |
Some senators are incredulous, but Pentagon officials insist they had no choice but to award a $7.9 million contract for combat bulldozers to an Italian company in which the Libyan government has 15 percent ownership. Since the company, Fiat-Allis, was the low bidder, the Pentagon's legal opinion was that it must get the work, Fred C. Ikle, undersecretary of defense for policy, told a Senate subcommittee Thursday. Since 1977, Fiat, the Italian car company and parent company of Fiat-Allis SpA, has been partly owned by the state-run Libyan-Arab Foreign Investment Bank.