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April 11, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IF CHRISTINA SANKEY had been an angel-faced toddler when she went missing, we might know by now how she wound up dead, half-naked and alone, between two parked cars in West Philly on a frigid winter morning. The city would've been galvanized by her death. Government officials would've promised to find out how she met her tragic end. Someone would've created a sidewalk memorial, and others would've led prayer vigils to honor the life that was lost. But Christina, 37, had the mentality of a 2-year-old, but not the physique.
NEWS
March 5, 2013
IF MOST OF US shrugged when sequestration kicked in on Friday morning, chalk it up to the cry-wolf Congress that already took us to the so-called fiscal cliff before retreating. But this time, it's real, and the random hacking cuts that the government is now forcing on itself - $1.2 trillion over 10 years - is the equivalent of using a chain saw to cure a hangnail rather than a more-thoughtful surgery. The cuts won't be fairly distributed - the chain saw will be lopping limbs from defense, immigration, education, housing, and disaster and emergency relief.
NEWS
May 12, 2009
CENTRAL planning by the Washington elite, elected and appointed, determined that Chrysler, owned by shareholders, investors and banks, should be forced into bankruptcy. The new owners would become 55 percent the United Auto Workers, 35 percent a foreign auto company, 10 percent we the taxpayers, along with another 5-10 billion tax dollars in addition to the $8 billion lost in the bankruptcy. In essence, Washington decided that it would force property to be transferred from one owner and given to another, along with a bunch of our tax dollars.
NEWS
July 5, 1986
Ronald Reagan got a lot of mileage out of his continual talk of our need for less government. After six years of government under Reagan, our government somhow got bigger than ever. That doesn't mean the Reaganisti haven't called off the federales who were harassing your local industrialist for putting poison in your drinking water. It doesn't mean they haven't made headway in building the character of the poor by denying them federal help. What it means is that the Reagan administration, behind the genial Charlie McCarthy figure of the president, has built up the government in other ways.
NEWS
May 29, 1988 | By Bridgett M. Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here in the land of political lunches, tour-bus traffic jams and skyscraping monuments is where two Montgomery County senior citizens debated on Capitol Hill whether to cut the nation's defense or increase taxes. On Tuesday, Estelle Goodman, 80, of Wyncote, and Alfred Webb, 76, of Plymouth Meeting, tried to balance the federal budget for 1989. They had three hours. They failed. It was OK, though. The point of the task was to teach Goodman and Webb, along with 171 other senior citizens, the difficulty inherent in deciding how to spend 226 million people's money.
NEWS
December 26, 1990 | BY RODNIE JAMISON
The time is now for us the people to take charge of our own destinies, to take, if you will, responsibility for our own lives - all of the people, now, before things descend too far out of hand. Our taking the responsibility is, after all, what this thing called democracy was intended to be about. My source for this notion is our Declaration of Independence. Just to remind you, that pivotal document states " . . . all men are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights . . . that among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" (or of property)
NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Zarar Khan and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani officials struck a deal late Thursday with a fiery Muslim cleric to end four days of antigovernment protests by thousands of his supporters that largely paralyzed the capital and put intense pressure on the government. The demonstration came at a time when the government is facing challenges on several fronts, including from the country's top court. The Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister earlier in the week in connection with a corruption case, but the government's anticorruption chief refused to act Thursday, citing a lack of evidence.
NEWS
February 7, 1995 | For The Inquirer / MICHAEL PLUNKETT
Thirty students from Cherry Hill schools got a taste of government yesterday at the municipal building. They met with key city officials.
NEWS
October 15, 1986
I agree on the part of President Reagan's first inaugural address in which he said, "Government is the problem. " His appeal has been as the champion of the individual against big institutions, the promise of liberty against the oppression of government. I state this in response to the Sept. 28 Review & Opinion article by Sidney Blumenthal, "Rehnquist's ideology favors government authority. " Christopher Seese Philadelphia.
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April 18, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The 18-story city office building at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, formerly the headquarters for Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania, will be closed through the weekend as contractors try to repair the building's elevators, damaged by water from a broken pipe. Mayor Nutter said Wednesday that the 1,900 workers assigned to various departments inside the building should check with their supervisors to see if they should report to alternate work locations for essential services Thursday.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
ACCORDING to a Wall Street Journal report about his new book, Memphis coach John Calipari has the metaphor exactly right when he says that the NCAA is like the old Soviet Union in its final days: "It was still powerful. It could still hurt you. But you could see it crumbling, and it was just a matter of time before it either changed or ceased to exist. " This is correct. Here is the proposal: That the NCAA put itself out of business. What would replace it would not be a large umbrella organization but a series of individual sports/sports group organizations.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Last week, thousands of Pennsylvanians who complained that their power prices had jumped unexpectedly this winter - sometimes doubling or tripling their bills - got something all too unusual in today's marketplace: help, if a bit belated, from a government agency. The Public Utility Commission essentially warned the state's competitive electricity suppliers that they won't be able to pull the same stunt next winter, even if their own costs rise more than expected - at least not by burying crucial warnings about potential price spikes in the fine print of customer agreements.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
The Shawnee players said the first days of practice under first-year girls' basketball coach Chrissy McGovern were drastically different. And awfully difficult. The team was coming off consecutive Olympic Conference Patriot Division titles and had won a total of 46 games over the previous two years, so McGovern didn't need to reshape everything. But that is exactly what she did. More importantly, she took a program that had enjoyed success to an even higher level. And it all started with buying into her defensive philosophy.
NEWS
March 18, 2014
IT'S LIKE A KID asking the teacher for more homework. When I heard that South Philly auto-body repairman Domenico Nigro wants more oversight and regulation by the city or state, that's what I thought. What business owner wants more government involvement in his or her affairs? The answer: One who cares about the safety of customers and other citizens. People who do heavy repair work on your car are not required to be certified to guarantee their competence. That just floors him. Nigro's wife, Victoria, is a hair stylist and is tested and certified by the state.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Bonhage McGovern, 95, of Gloucester City, a secretary at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia in the 1970s and 1980s, died on Sunday, March 9, at the Deptford home of a relative. Born in Kensington, Mrs. McGovern graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School in 1936. For a while, she worked at Campbell Soup Co. in Camden. At St. Joseph's, where a relative was an administrator, Mrs. McGovern "worked in one of the offices for donations," daughter Kathleen Reed said.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fights between financial businesses and their regulators usually take place in the dark, at least until there are charges, or a settlement. But last week owners of two private companies pushed their struggles against what they claim is overbearing government into the public eye: Energy trades. Together, twins Kevin and Richard Gates learned math at Conestoga High School, earned chemical engineering degrees at the University of Virginia, and helped found TFS Capital of West Chester, where they and their partners manage more than $1 billion in other people's money.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie faces a tricky challenge in reclaiming his political edge as news leaks about investigations and new claims fuel a steady stream of media coverage that keeps scandal in the headlines. With his poll numbers sliding after the George Washington Bridge revelations, the best thing Christie can do is his job, several Republican strategists said. "Stories like this take on a life of their own," said Charlie Gerow, a Republican consultant with the Harrisburg firm Quantum Communications, which is advising Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett on his reelection campaign.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Four months ago, the healthcare.gov website wasn't looking so dandy to Ted Trevorrow. The insurance veteran and freshly certified Affordable Care Act navigator was shaken by the exchange's disastrous rollout and the cascade of Web errors that followed. "It took some luster off the ACA," said Trevorrow, speaking at Resources for Human Development's office in Roxborough. But these days much of that luster has returned to the site's bronze, silver, gold, and platinum plans. The website has rallied.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said Wednesday that he would shut down the government if Gov. Christie does not publicly commit to fulfilling the state's pension obligations in this year's budget. "If I have to shut the government down, I will," Sweeney, the top elected Democrat in state government, said in an interview with The Inquirer. "When the governor hands us a budget, it has to have that pension payment in it. " Christie is to present his annual budget in February.
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