November 3, 2009
A COMMUNITY COLLEGE is the setting for a sitcom on NBC, but the health and improvement of the nation's community colleges is no joke. In fact, if President Obama has his way, community colleges will be an engine of the economic recovery. It looks as if millions of students already have the same idea: About 40 percent of 18-24 year olds - a record - are in college, says a new study by the Pew Research Center. Recent gains are attributed to a surge in enrollment at community colleges.
October 15, 2009
TWO POINT 6 million U.S. jobs were lost last year, and unemployment continues to climb, with many experts predicting the rate will exceed 10 percent by early next year, if not sooner. The situation is far worse for younger workers, minorities, single moms and millions of others living on or below the poverty line. While faith organizations continue their work serving those in need in their communities, many groups also recognize that we need to support serious efforts from our political leaders to reduce poverty.
September 7, 2009
By David N. Taylor and Jay Timmons This Labor Day, America is in its 20th month of recession, making this the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. More than six million jobs have been lost across the country, and manufacturing has suffered disproportionately, accounting for 1.8 million of those lost jobs. So it's difficult to understand how our federal lawmakers could seriously consider legislation that would depress economic growth and job creation for the next 20 years.
August 23, 2009 |
The winds of change blew across the rapidly evolving green-technology landscape earlier this year, taking with them nearly 200 jobs from Lower Bucks County. The latest generation of wind turbines needs bigger blades than the 140-foot-long, 6-ton models that Gamesa Technology Corp. Inc. has been making at its factory in Fairless Hills. So company officials announced 184 layoffs in January and said the blade work would be transferred to a larger Gamesa plant in the center of the state, near Altoona.
August 20, 2009 |
With no less urgent a message than this one - that the nation's economic future is at stake - labor and environmental leaders today will launch a 22-state "Made in America" jobs tour that will include a stop in Philadelphia, likely later this month. The main purpose of the tour, which will end in late September with a rally in Pittsburgh, is to emphasize that a clean-energy economy "is the next industrial foundation for America," said Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers of America.
August 13, 2009
It never ceases to amaze how politicians who shout to the sky that they are independent thinkers conduct themselves as if they're being led by the hand. Perhaps legislation clearly aimed at creating more jobs for electrical workers was State Rep. Bill Keller's bright idea. But how did he come up with it, given that the Philadelphia Democrat was a longshoreman, not an electrician? Hey, back in the day, Keller was also a member in good standing of the longshoremen's union. So maybe that's why he's running interference for an amendment pushed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union.
August 6, 2009 |
Xavier Brown extended one hand into the thicket of vines and leaves and gently touched a sprouting green pepper. "This," he said, "is ours. " Brown, 17, stood on a cracked patch of concrete, admiring the small garden at West Philadelphia High School, one of a series of plots run by local youth through the Urban Nutrition Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. This summer, 75 students at West Philadelphia, Sayre, and University City High Schools learned about nutrition, gardening, and cooking.
July 7, 2009
Continue fight against warming The passing of the Waxman-Markey bill in the U.S. House is not the success it might appear. In fact, we have hardly made a dent in the fight against global warming ("House passes climate bill," June 27). While it is vital that the United States takes a strong stand to limit emissions, we have again proven that petty politics can eclipse the overwhelming scientific evidence that global warming is a reality and must be addressed. Those who don't accept the reality of global warming have again succeeded in holding us back from taking the necessary measures to clean up our environment.
May 3, 2009 |
From her seat at the Franklin Institute last week, one of nearly 300 on hand for the unveiling of Mayor Nutter's plan to make Philadelphia "the greenest city in America," Leanne Krueger-Braneky drew praise from a White House envoy. Van Jones, a green-jobs trailblazer and now an adviser to President Obama, lauded Krueger-Braneky for her leadership on sustainability issues in Philadelphia long before political officials embraced the cause. Two years ago, even Krueger-Braneky wasn't familiar with the terms "green jobs" and "green economy.
April 29, 2009 |
If talk about greenhouse gases or carbon footprints makes your eyes glaze over, think about this: New parks and leafy trees throughout the city, more farmers' markets with fresh food for sale, cheaper household energy bills and - most importantly - more than 10,000 new jobs. That's Mayor Nutter's vision for the city in his new sustainability plan, Greenworks Philadelphia. The agenda, which Nutter was to reveal today, sets 15 targets to make Philadelphia a greener place to live by 2015.