August 28, 2015
Close read An article on Philadelphia's adult literacy efforts revealed an important flaw: There is no hard data to show that the program works ("Bridging the knowledge gap," Monday). There is a reference to 1,500 adults "completing classes" and "getting help," but those mushy terms could mean anything. In a city with a never-ending education funding crisis, shouldn't a program that costs $1 million a year be able to show some real results? |Jim Landers, Abington No emergency The recent coverage of the age of Philadelphia's emergency fleet was missing an important fact: The mileage on these vehicles ("Fire trucks burn out," Friday)
June 30, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled legislature on Sunday began fast-tracking yet another budget proposal that Gov. Wolf has said he will not support: privatizing the state-run liquor stores. The measure, introduced Sunday evening by GOP senators, would allow beer distributors, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and others to sell for takeout wine and hard liquor, which now can be purchased only at one of the state's wine and spirits stores. The proposal, which passed a key Senate committee, also calls for leasing the wholesale operations of the state Liquor Control Board.
October 4, 2013 |
Q : I FEEL LIKE I'm drinking too much. I want to go to rehab and stop drinking all together. I have expressed this to my family, but they say that because I never drink when I have to work or when the family is in crisis, that my problem is not a problem. For the record, I drink between eight and 12 shots of hard liquor daily and have been doing this for about five years. I do stop occasionally. I've even gone six days without a drink without going through any form of withdrawal symptoms.
July 29, 2013 |
W INE, LIQUOR, Beer, Champagne is painted in big, red letters at the entrance. Inside the dingy, glass front door of Stop 'n Shop Discount Liquors on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard, a wall is plastered with alcohol ads featuring women in thong bikinis and hot pants. Business is good, said manager Tom Prom, 32. But being open seven days a week until 10 p.m. in a scruffy section of Pennsauken, Camden County, requires precautions. Someone on staff is always armed and security cameras and monitors record just about every square foot inside and outside the store, he said.
July 1, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A day that began with a ray of promise for the Corbett administration's big policy initiatives ended with accusations, recriminations, and seemingly no resolution in sight. The state House of Representatives abruptly adjourned around 8 p.m. Saturday without getting to a widely expected debate on a bill that would raise billions of dollars for roads, bridges, and mass transit, including SEPTA. Soon after, the chamber announced it was taking the unusual step of scheduling voting sessions for Monday and Tuesday - after the midnight Sunday budget deadline.
June 30, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - All signs pointed to a frantic weekend in the Capitol as Gov. Corbett and the Republican-controlled legislature raced to meet the deadline to pass a state budget by midnight Sunday, as well as strike a compromise on the governor's three key initiatives - and perhaps help Philadelphia with its school funding crisis, as well. By early Saturday, no deal had been struck on any of the so-called Big Three: privatizing the sale of wine and hard liquor; funding roads, bridges, and mass transit; and reining in public-employee pension costs.
June 19, 2013 |
TUMWATER, Wash. - Lisa Jones, a bank teller, received a rude awakening after she and other Washingtonians voted to dismantle their state's liquor system. The first bottle of gin she bought at a supermarket had a cheap shelf price - until taxes at the register added $7. But, a year later, the appeal of one-stop shopping has her hooked. "I actually think I end up buying liquor more often," said Jones, putting a bottle of Burnett's gin in her basket with the cat food, cereal, and frozen fries as she and her 13-year-old son wandered the aisles of a cavernous Fred Meyer superstore.
June 6, 2012 |
HARRIBURG — In what some are calling a setback for privatizing the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the union representing state wine and liquor stores has ratified a new four-year contract that appears to require private business in the liquor business to hire displaced LCB workers — and give them the same salary and benefits. The new contract between the state and members of two United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) locals representing 3,500 people in the state's wine and spirits stores would, among other things, seemingly obligate any employer that sells wine and hard liquor — including a private business — to adopt all the terms and obligations of the contract.
December 14, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - The options in Pennsylvania for people to buy wine and beer from private retailers would expand and the state-controlled liquor stores would remain open under a bill approved yesterday by a state House panel. But the bill represents a radical departure from the objectives of the House Republican floor leader and of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to close the state stores and auction wine- and liquor-sales licenses to private operators. Prospects for the bill are not clear in the full House, and a raft of proposed amendments was expected to emerge on a topic that has proven to be complicated for the Legislature.
October 14, 2011
Q: For the first 40 years of my life, I rarely drank. Then I had a really bad day about four years ago, and I decided to have a couple of shots of tequila to reduce my agitation. Well it worked, and it also made me very horny. I started making it a nightly ritual. Over the next three years, I slowly increased the amount of alcohol I drank to maintain the effect. When I hit eight shots a night, I realized this might be a problem and started cutting back. Over the next year, I reduced the number of shots to two, then changed what I was drinking.