June 10, 2016 |
THE REALITY of rebuilding a Major League Baseball organization is that even the most meticulous of front offices needs to run into a considerable amount of good fortune. Take the Cubs, for example. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer deserve plenty of credit for the turnaround they've orchestrated. Yet for all of the shrewdness they displayed in acquiring Jake Arrieta, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell, it was plain dumb luck that they were able to add a hitter such as Kris Bryant to the mix. Some years, there is a Bryant available at No. 2 overall.
May 27, 2016
ISSUE | MINIMUM WAGE Working hard for a better living An article about fast-food worker and activist Shymara Jones effectively described her rationale for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and her significant effort to achieve that goal ("A voice for change," Sunday). She has a high school diploma and some college credits, but her labor-organizing activities have demonstrated initiative, leadership, and the potential to succeed in a more lucrative occupation. It appears she would be better off diverting that effort to focus on getting a higher-paying job. She indicated that increased income would make her happy and more independent.
May 9, 2016
1 A tree grows near State Road and Linden To kick off this year's Love Your Park Week, Mayor Kenney will help plant trees near the fishing pier in Pleasant Hill Park in Torresdale today. More than 100 volunteers are expected to help clean and mulch at the park, starting at 8:30 a.m. The mayor and other dignitaries speak at 11:30 a.m. 2 Juniata Park Parade returns After a 15-year absence, the Juniata Park Parade is back, beginning at 1 p.m. today. This year's parade features the Samuel Fels High School Band and the Polish American String Band.
April 25, 2016
Pennsylvania delegate Jan C. Ting has pledged to support Donald Trump. He was incorrectly listed as uncommitted in a chart in Sunday's Inquirer. In a story Sunday, the Inquirer incorrectly reported the number of residents in Warminster, Bucks County, with a high school diploma or some college. The story should have said that 63 percent of residents have a high school diploma or some college.
August 28, 2015 |
JOE DAVIS picked himself up out of the gutter of drug addiction and went on to a life devoted to helping others climb out of the same gutter. In his early days, it didn't seem that things could have gotten much worse for Joe. He was a drug addict for 20 years, then was shot in the spine and rendered a paraplegic. Nothing was going right for him. He wasn't even able to kill himself successfully. Actually, it was his attempted suicide in the mid-1980s, when he swallowed 300 pills and put himself in a four-day coma, that turned his life around.
May 20, 2015
I ENVISION my son one day embarking upon the science career he desires. I expect my daughter to attend an Ivy League law school, where she'll use her gifts of deduction and reason to level the scales of justice. I know there are thousands of children with similar visions. Unfortunately, our city's leaders seem to have a different end in mind for the children of Philadelphia. While our public schools are projecting an $85 million deficit with no certain way to fill the gap, City Council is considering Bill 150406, which was sponsored by 6th District Councilman Bobby Henon with the support of the Nutter administration.
December 30, 2014 |
Angel Rodriguez was stuck, living in the projects in Camden, bouncing among low-paying jobs, struggling to support himself and his disabled mother. He had tried to find jobs that pay above minimum wage - more than the few dollars he earned working at grocery stores or as a cook in a hotel - but his resumé had an obvious gap. "Every job I would go apply to, they would go, 'Do you have a high school diploma?' " said Rodriguez, 22. "I would have tell them no, because I'm not the type of person to lie on my application.
October 22, 2014 |
What's the value of a high school education? Recent U.S. Census data says it's worth at least $10,386 - the difference between the average income of high school graduates and the income earned by dropouts. Seeking to help county residents earn high school diplomas - and potentially more money - the Camden County Library System has enlisted in a New Jersey State Library-aided program that offers a second chance to dropouts. The Career Online High School (COHS) program, which has brought a slew of new laptops to the county library system, can accommodate up to 35 county library card holders who are at least 19 years and have completed their freshman year of high school before dropping out. First to enroll in the program was Nancy Torres, 29, of Camden.
February 25, 2014 |
With a $25 million annual budget, Congreso de Latinos Unidos has a big impact in Hispanic and African American neighborhoods in North Philadelphia. Operating a health clinic and charter school, the nonprofit also offers programs dealing with parenting, housing, truancy avoidance, domestic violence, job preparation, drug abuse, mental health, after-school care, and HIV. Any one of the programs could have been a full conversation, but what Cynthia Figueroa, 40, Congreso's president and CEO, wanted to discuss was data and the importance of measuring whether programs actually made a difference in people's lives.
February 19, 2014
WITH THE RISING cost of college, people have been asking if it's worth the investment. But that might be the wrong question. We know that many employers demand a college degree - any degree - as a requirement for someone to be considered for an interview. It's frustrating for laid-off workers without degrees to be ignored or undervalued despite their years of experience and skills. That's the economy we have, with more people than jobs available. Still, if you have to borrow to go to college, the real question is not about the degree but rather the debt.