July 5, 1998 |
History is being preserved here, not in time capsules or temperature-controlled rooms but in children's plastic swimming pools. In the dark and musty lower level of a former barn on Swedesford Road, parts of trees more than a century old are soaking in polyethylene glycol 1000. The thick slabs, four feet in diameter, are the remnants of the oak and sycamore trees that beautified the front lawn of the 18th-century Zook House at Exton Square Mall. They were taken down in February to make way for a Boscov's department store as part of the Rouse Co.'s mall-expansion project.
January 5, 1986
Not one piece of research has yet uncovered a single instance of a civilization or nation that underwent a massive buildup of military weapons and did not eventually use them. We must work to encourage leaders and governments to spend their precious resources for schools, hospitals and desperately needed economic development rather than for bombs and preparations for war. And that goes for our own country. For we have a responsibility for the world and its inhabitants to cherish and preserve it for those who - God willing - will be the future generations.
August 30, 2005
After reading about the Lazaretto Quarantine Station in Tinicum Township, I began thinking about my grandparents, who immigrated from Lithuania ("Township rescues historic site on Delaware," Aug. 22). They did not come from Europe to New York, but to Philadelphia. I think that if people could find out if their ancestors were at Lazaretto Station, they would be willing to donate money to help preserve this historic building. Are documents available to the general public to find out who came to America through Philadelphia ports and who was detained at this quarantine station?
February 15, 1986
The ballroom of the Bellevue Stratford is one of the most beautiful in the country and certainly the East Coast. It should be preserved at all cost. Any building of merit that has survived 70 years or more in our throw-away culture has a special claim on our sympathy and attention. We have no moral right to destroy good craftsmanship of past generations, but we do have a responsibility to future generations to pass along todays noteworthy buildings intact. The ballroom has its own entrance, stairs, elevator and therefore could be easily saved and happily used.
June 18, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - AARP, the powerful lobby for older Americans, was hammered Friday by fellow activists for refusing to oppose any and all cuts to Social Security benefits, a position the group says it has long held as a way to extend the life of the massive retirement and disability program. The group, which has 37 million members, adamantly opposes cutting Social Security benefits to help reduce the federal budget deficit, said David Certner, the organization's director of legislative policy.
January 7, 2013 |
Connoisseurs of democratic decadence can savor a variety of contemporary dystopias. Because familiarity breeds banality, Greece has become a boring horror. Japan, however, in its second generation of stagnation, is fascinating. Once, Japan bestrode the world. Now the Japanese buy more diapers for adults than for infants. America has its lowest birthrate since at least 1920; family formation and workforce participation have declined in tandem. But it has an energy surplus, the government-produced overhang of housing inventory is shrinking, and the average age of Americans' cars is an astonishing 10.8 years.
November 1, 2004
Delran's plea for an open-space tax Delran is at a crossroads. Six years ago, council asked residents to support a local open-space tax, and it was defeated. Since then, residents have experienced high-density development and the negative impact such development has on our local school system and taxes. Thirteen other towns in Burlington County have local open-space taxes, and these towns have gone on to preserve precious land. This year Cinnaminson, Delanco, Shamong and Tabernacle also have open-space questions on their ballots.
February 4, 1997
Imagine if it were illegal to save for your children's college tuition. Suppose you had to pay each year from cash on hand. Imagine being prohibited from buying a house until you had all the money for the purchase price. Imagine being forbidden to save or borrow to finance unforeseen expenses - a new roof or leaky plumbing or a car breakdown. It's fashionable to apply the strictures of home budgeting to the federal government. Witness the cliche, "A family has to live within its means.
January 13, 2004 |
AMERICA'S first MBA-president has shown remarkable skill in using other people's money. Whether it's massive tax cuts, no-bid contracts for Iraq reconstruction, farm subsidies or an expensive Medicare prescription drug plan, President Bush has delivered. But at what cost, and who ultimately pays? This largess is effectively being paid for with borrowed money. Couple huge spending increases, even in non-defense discretionary spending, with three massive tax cuts, and you have a recipe for long-term disaster.