August 8, 2003
WE salute Mary Carey, the self-professed porn actress who's making a run for the Governor's Mansion in California. She symbolizes, we feel, how completely wacky the recall effort aimed against Gov. Gray Davis has become. Consider this, in a field that is getting crowded with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gary "Diff'rent Strokes" Coleman, Davis could get 40 percent of the vote in the recall election and lose and a Republican candidate, who only attracts 10 percent of the vote, can end up winning the office.
March 30, 2004
OUR FIRST thought on reading about the Governor Rendell speedwagon in yesterday's Daily News was that it could be worse: the guv could be speeding and talking on the cell phone and eating, like so many drivers out there who make driving so dangerous. Instead, Eddie's not only got a driver doing the speeding for him, from the photos we've seen, he doesn't even appear to be on a cell phone, but a regular phone. Granted, that's not to condone Rendell's speed racer behavior. For one thing, there's the obvious potential danger, not only to other drivers, but to the governor.
April 29, 1987
Gov. Casey comes to town today to take a look around St. Christopher's Hospital. That's very nice. It should be an enjoyable visit. There's this one problem, though. Casey's looking around because the hospital could lose a $23.8 million state grant. Without the state grant, another $14.8 million in federal matching funds and $30 million in private donations will disappear. You don't have to have a Ph.D. in mathematics to see that loss of all that money would make St. Christopher's new $72 million hospital an impossibility.
September 30, 2004
I commend Gov. Rendell's declaration making Sept. 27 "Family Day," and his encouragement that parents talk to their children about drug and alcohol abuse. I'd like to offer a suggestion. Given the direction he is taking Pennsylvania, he might want to encourage parents to speak to their children about gambling addiction, too. As the fastest growing addiction among teens, and one not as easily detected as substance abuse (no slurred speech or dilated pupils), parent will need to speak clearly and firmly about the dangers posed from slot machines and other gambling.
March 5, 2003
I AM UPSET about the health benefits of the retirees from Bethlehem Steel, which filed Chapter 11 and sold its assets to ISG of Cleveland. They are losing their benefits on March 31. What are these men and women suppose to do? This is affects my mother's health insurance. She's a widow and has my dad's coverage. He worked 29 years and gave his life for his benefits. My mother takes 40 medications daily, plus weekly shots that cost $100 each. She also needs blood transfusions. I hope the governor pays as much attention to this as he did to attending the Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney.
November 9, 1994 |
So, what do we get for governor? Tom Ridge is 6-feet-3 and 205 pounds. He's a guy from Erie who grew up kind of poor, won an academic ride through Harvard and fought in 'Nam as an Army sergeant. He received a law degree at Dickinson, married his longtime heartthrob on the rebound (her second marriage) and adopted two kids: boy, girl. He often wears a hearing aid, the result of a childhood infection. He dyes his hair to look younger than 49. Why? "I just touch it up," he says, "I just do. " He's a Republican who cozied up to Mayor Rendell, who likes the mayor and who might be a little more receptive to pleas from the city than most GOPers.
March 31, 2004
A PICTURE is worth a thousand words. That should make the March 29 front page ("Too Fast Eddie") worth a small fortune. Either my old eyes are deceiving me, or Fast Eddie Rendell AND his State Police driver have failed to fasten their seat belts! William Palmer Philadelphia Condi on the spot Condoleezza Rice says that only "law" and "precedent" keep her from testifying publicly to the 9/11 Commission. At least one real reason is her ridiculous assertion a while ago - after ex-Rep.
July 13, 1988 |
Gov. Casey has sent a message to Senate Republicans that he's willing to compromise on stalled state budget matters. The vehicle he used was the Republican-passed $1.5 billion Pennsylvania Department of Transportation budget. The budget, which Casey signed during a news conference last night, keeps the department working and pays PennDOT workers, some of whom haven't gotten paychecks since July 1. Casey called the signing "a breakthrough . . . a very strong signal of our continuing willingness to compromise" on the state budget impasse.
November 13, 2002 |
Here's a hoagie recipe dedicated to Fast Eddie, our former mayor and future governor. Back in the summer of '99, the folks at Wawa introduced the Rendelli, a spicy sub they named after the guy they called the "number one hoagie fan in Philadelphia. " The Rendelli lasted only a few weeks on the menu board, but while it was around it sure was a hit. Like all of Wawa's sandwiches, this one was available in Junior, Shorti or Classic size. The recipe here makes a Shorti (six-inch sub)
April 11, 2008
INSTEAD OF sending our troops over to Iraq and Afghanistan to protect those countries for whatever reasons, how about if Gov. Rendell, the former mayor, starts to use some of the troops from the 28th Infantry Division (the "Bloody Bucket" Division of the World War I and II fame) to patrol the subway concourses and protect the citizens of Philadelphia from being killed, beaten and robbed by thugs who are using the subway for their own "needs and satisfactions. " Bobby Eddis, of the Philadelphia FOP, hit the nail on the head when he said they ought to have the "Granny Squads" back in the Philadelphia Police Department.