July 26, 2014
The disclosure of a state Ethics Commission inquiry this week is yet another hopeful sign that four Philadelphia legislators will finally be held accountable, if allegations prove true that they accepted cash offered as bribes during an undercover investigation that state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane shut down upon taking office. The ethics panel review comes on the heels of a welcome decision by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to put the sting allegations before an investigative grand jury.
May 14, 2014
Campaign litter I wonder if congressional candidate Brendan F. Boyle would let me know where he lives so that, on my next trash day, instead of leaving my trash at the curb to be picked up, I can spread it around his neighborhood for all to see. If he doesn't think this is a good idea, why is he leaving his trash - that is, political signs - all over my neighborhood? It's trash and an eyesore, and I expect better from anyone seeking my vote. Ken Myers, Lafayette Hill Disclosure salute Responding to a letter from a group of retired Pennsylvania judges, only 11 of 47 congressional candidates in the Pennsylvania Primary committed to support federal legislation that would require full, complete, and immediate disclosure of all contributions exceeding $10,000.
April 21, 2014
After attempting to clear himself in the George Washington Bridge scandal with a report he commissioned, Gov. Christie has relaunched his presidential campaign. Hence his cynical declaration last week that campaign contribution limits should be scrapped. Instead of restrictions, the governor said, there should be quick and thorough disclosure. But Christie has a history of fighting disclosure. He has stonewalled public-records requests, forcing citizens to sue for information. He has used the Republican Governors Association, which he chairs, to travel the nation bolstering his presidential aspirations, while refusing to disclose what the state has spent to enable his security entourage to accompany him on out-of-state political trips.
December 29, 2013 |
What if your doctor made you sicker by doing what he was supposed to do and providing the standard of care? The question isn't an idle one. My friend Amy Reed is facing death after undergoing a procedure that hundreds of thousands of women have each year. She had a hysterectomy to deal with a benign tumor called a fibroid. After her sixth child, it made more sense to have her womb removed instead of dealing with low blood counts and frequent doctor visits. A doctor herself, she needed the energy to juggle clinical practice, a lab, a bustling home, and her husband, a driven cardiothoracic surgeon.
November 2, 2013 |
Twitter is the new IPO on the block, but it isn't yet profitable like its social-networking rivals Facebook and LinkedIn were before their initial public offerings. Twitter is different in one other aspect as well: Under the new JOBS Act provisions, the soon-to-be-public company doesn't have to disclose key financials. Twitter is not something retail investors should buy until after its IPO comes to market and they get a more transparent look at its finances. The JOBS Act's Title II allows companies with less than $1 billion in revenue not to disclose some important data.
May 13, 2013 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mayor W. Wilson Goode have launched a fund-raising effort to pay the legal bills of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's son, who has been under federal investigation for months. Rendell said he agreed to pitch in after Rep. Fattah contacted him for help. Rendell, in an interview, estimated that the Philadelphia congressman and his wife had spent $250,000 to help Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., 30, and said the costs had become a "little bit of a struggle" for the family.
March 5, 2013 |
Citing concerns about the accuracy of a citywide reassessment that is key to overhauling Philadelphia's broken property-tax system, Controller Alan Butkovitz called Monday for the "full disclosure of the mechanics of this process. " In a letter to Mayor Nutter, Butkovitz questioned the findings of the Office of Property Assessment (OPA), which said the reassessment was comfortably within industry standards. That standard says assessments should be on average within 15 percent of sales prices.
August 24, 2012 |
I'M TRYING to buy into it, I really am. That is, the Union mantra: In the long run, youth ultimately will trump experience. But with the way this season has gone, it's not easy to believe. When you look around at the rest of Major League Soccer, clubs boasting experienced talent aren't the ones struggling to make the playoff picture right now. If the Union removes the interim tag from manager John Hackworth's title (and, at this point, I truly believe it's just a matter of when, considering the turnaround he's made with what he has)
August 4, 2012 |
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is rather like Philadelphia as a whole: There's a lot to love about the place, but the sight of so much squandered potential can be hard to take. From Eakins Oval, looking northwest at the monumental steps and edifice of the Art Museum, the scene is magnificent. But turn around 180 degrees, and you're staring at a parking lot inexplicably situated on some of the most prime public real estate in the city. The new Sister Cities Park, across 18th Street from the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, may just be the most captivating 1.75 acres in the city, capturing, as Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron wrote, " the refined whimsy of Paris' Luxembourg Gardens " and packing it "into a space a quarter the size of Rittenhouse Square.
May 29, 2012
Question: Eight months ago, after a brief illness, my 57-year-old friend's husband passed away. Their marriage had always been a bit rocky, and after his death we learned that he'd been involved in some questionable activities. Needless to say, her emotions ran the gamut from disbelief to anger to grief. During this time, I was there for her to listen, care, and encourage, and supported her decision to seek professional counseling. But now I'm concerned she might be moving too quickly through this process.