March 1, 2016
ISSUE | YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Greed wipes out landmarks' names The public is rightfully outraged over the trademarking of the names of buildings in Yosemite National Park ("Yosemite landmarks get new names," Jan. 15). The concession company DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite obtained trademarks on such iconic buildings as the Ahwahnee hotel, Curry Village, and the Wawona Hotel under a contract that expires Monday. DNC submitted a $51 million bill for the use of the historic names of buildings it doesn't own. The Ahwahnee will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Curry Village will become Half Dome Village, and the Wawona Hotel will become Big Trees Lodge.
January 12, 2016 |
AS HUMAN BEINGS, we possess plenty of instinctual reactions that play important roles in the propagation of our species. For instance, when confronted with a threat, we feel an urge to fight or flee. So it remains a bit of a mystery that, despite years of natural selection, the urge we feel when confronted with a good idea is to form a committee and ensure its demise. Clemson plays Alabama Monday night for the so-called national college football title, and if history is any indication, it will be an awful, awful game.
December 18, 2015
CHRISTINE FLOWERS and I are not always on the same page regarding religious and secular issues. However, I have great respect for her constancy regarding her beliefs and the ability to articulate them. That being said, we can only trust that the message of hope and welcome, recently voiced by young children singing Christmas songs, as told by Ms. Flowers, will remain steadfast as they grow. It won't be easy or assured. The message must survive the greed, narcissism and hate which we, as adults, continue to teach them by example.
September 14, 2015 |
NEARLY 100 teachers, students, nonprofit workers and community advocates marched from City Hall to Comcast Corp.'s Center City headquarters last night demanding that the cable goliath fund Philadelphia's debt-ridden school district. The protesters spared the company no mercy. "I hope you hear our babies cry," the Rev. Gregory Halston said outside Comcast's 58-story building. Halston, the pastor of New Vision United Methodist Church on North Broad Street, decried Comcast's tax breaks over the construction of its headquarters.
September 3, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hundreds marched Sunday through Charlotte's central business district ahead of the Democratic National Convention to protest corporate greed in a demonstration that was lively but smaller than organizers had touted. About 600 marchers carried signs and banners, banged drums, and chanted on a sunny afternoon as part of the March on Wall Street South. Their numbers were a fraction of the thousands that organizers expected for what had been planned as the week's biggest protest.
May 21, 2012 |
A pack of avaricious wolves that has been circling Harrisburg is salivating to feed on the working poor with a bill that would legalize exploitative payday loans that could carry interest rates in the triple digits. Dressed in the clothing of consumer protection, the bill strips away Pennsylvania's long-held and strongly enforced protections against predatory short-term loans. Sponsored by Rep. Chris Ross (R., Chester), the legislation would drop-kick the state's 24 percent annual-percentage-rate cap. As a result, individuals with marginal incomes, including truck drivers, nurses, and clerks, could be pushed into a cycle of debt.
May 11, 2012
Q: My husband's ex-wife always guilt-trips her daughter into going all out for her on her birthday and on Mother's Day. My stepdaughter gets a very small allowance, so her dad is the one who has to pay. I think this is his ex-wife's way of sticking it to my husband, above and beyond the hefty child support and alimony she already gets. I want to put a stop to this, but I don't want to be a wicked stepmother. Please respond quickly. I overhead my stepdaughter tell my husband that her mother wants a certain Michael Kors watch, and the thought of that going on the credit card we both pay for makes me want to scream.
January 19, 2012 |
"GREED" drove Center City dentist Owen Rogal and his daughter Kim Rogal to defraud 15 insurance companies out of nearly $5 million from 2002 to 2011, District Attorney Seth Williams said yesterday. "This is a case that only happened because of greed," Williams said at a news conference. "He could have continued making a more comfortable living than probably 98 percent of all Americans as a dentist, but because he saw this as an opportunity, he took it. " Rogal, 71, owner of the Pain Center, on 12th Street near Lombard, and his daughter, his office manager, who lives in Delaware, surrendered yesterday and were charged with 15 counts of insurance fraud, 12 counts of theft by deception and related counts.
January 13, 2012 |
It was as if Oliver Stone had written a Mitt Romney sound bite when this week the candidate was quoted as saying, "I like firing people. " After all, Stone directed Michael Douglas, as Gordon Gekko, saying similar things in the 1987 movie classic Wall Street . Men in their 40s and 50s still quote Gekko: "Lunch is for wimps"; "I create nothing. I own"; "What's worth doing is worth doing for money"; "If you're not inside, you're outside"; and of course, "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
December 2, 2011 |
This, from the have-you-no-shame, you-got-some-nerve, just-go-away files. First up, the Queen of Greed, only because she just reared her vindictive head - again. When last we shipped off Arlene Ackerman, she had unapologetically pocketed a buyout package close to a cool $1 million. We thought we had seen the last of her. But, no. Like the Terminator, she's baaack. Seems the former school superintendent has further held up the cash-strapped district by applying for unemployment benefits.