June 11, 2002
After Friday, low-income parents who would have been eligible to enroll in the state's FamilyCare medical program will be out of luck. New applications, which can be handed in at any county Board of Social Services office will not be accepted after Friday. Thousands of eligible parents won't be able to apply. Many low-income parents hold jobs that do not include health insurance, and with the high cost of health care and prescription medicines, this means they will not get the medical care they need.
June 6, 2002 |
Let's face it, guns are a permanent fixture on the American landscape. Fortunately, most American voters believe that substantial responsibilities go hand in hand with the right of law-abiding citizens to own a gun. That includes the voters of New Jersey. Despite this, the debate about gun rights continues to paralyze the search for public-policy solutions to the real issue - gun violence and the guns that make their way into the hands of criminals or, sadly, adults and children who are so troubled that they take out their frustrations and despair on those around them.
May 11, 2002
The U.S. Constitution guarantees even the harshest government critic the right to gripe about a legislative decision. It gives citizens the right to worship the religion of their choice and the press the right to publish without government constraint. But it doesn't confer upon Americans an equally clear-cut right to own or pack a pistol. Or does it? The Justice Department this week formally adopted the controversial and troubling view of Attorney General John D. Ashcroft - arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that the Second Amendment "broadly protects the rights of individuals" to own guns.
June 19, 2001
TELLING KIDS THE FACTS won't hurt them; in fact, it could make a big difference in their lives. We have known this to be true when it comes to sex education - and now believe the same is true with guns and gun safety. Straight talk about sex, no matter how uncomfortable it makes adults, helps prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. This belief was confirmed recently by a national review of teen pregnancy prevention programs conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a non-profit, non-partisan group.
June 4, 2001 |
LET US, FOR a moment, take the sex-education pushers at their word: If you teach a child how to use a condom, they say, you're promoting safety - not usage. That's what a new review of sex-ed curricula claims. "The overwhelming weight of evidence shows that sex education that discusses contraception does not increase sexual activity," concludes Douglas Kirby, a senior researcher at ETR Associates in Scotts Valley, Calif., in a report titled "Emerging Answers. " Of some 250 programs, Kirby identified eight (a whopping 3 percent)
April 10, 2001 |
The littlest was 9-year-old Adam Keating, a first-timer whose legs splayed out behind him as he propped himself on his elbows, steadying his aim. Adam's father, Matt, knelt at his shoulder, murmuring advice. Nearby, Renee Mentzer, 14, waited confidently. John Flynn, the senior range officer, strode back and forth behind the group. "Line ready on the left? Ready on the right?" He paused. "Commence fire. " All was silent for a moment, then came the spit of .22-caliber rifles as six children pulled their triggers.
March 13, 2001 |
The police chief who asked to be suspended after accidentally leaving his unloaded gun in an elementary school bathroom returned to work yesterday amid support from residents and local officials, who announced they will throw a party for him on Friday. "In a society where we've seen repeated examples of leadership doing the wrong thing, this has received so much attention because here's leadership doing the right thing," Mayor Leon Spencer said. Spencer said Albert McCarthy - who was suspended without pay Wednesday after admitting that he had misplaced his gun - will be honored at an "appreciation reception" Friday at the Kennett Fire Hall.
March 2, 2001 |
Judging from the letters to the editor following Scott Flander's recent article on gun permits, you would think that I favor abolishing gun ownership in Philadelphia. Nothing could be further from the truth. I understand, respect and defend the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The Daily News story and the response it generated have brought this issue to the fore and created a great opportunity. It's time for the advocates on both sides of this volatile issue to put their deep differences on the back burner and focus on the middle ground.
February 12, 2001
The Daily News cares only about its own rights So, the Daily News feels dissed by our overpaid, overperked City Council making decisions at "closed-door" meetings, without public knowledge or press coverage. Excuse me while I wipe a tear from my cheek - welcome to America's new "democracy. " Big Brother is alive and well, and the news media play right into the hands of our ever-increasing police state. You didn't object to tactics used on peaceful protesters at the Republican National Convention.
October 29, 2000 |
In May 1995, after 15 minutes of huddling with GOP leaders, Republican State Sen. Frank A. "Hank" Salvatore changed his vote and helped pass a law to block Philadelphia from enacting tougher rules for people who carry concealed handguns. He was the only senator from the city to support the measure, and he refused to discuss his about-face. It provoked a great deal of criticism. Salvatore not only ran again in 1996; he defeated his earnest but underfunded Democratic opponent in a landslide.