December 11, 1991
After Pennsylvania Auditor General Barbara Hafer appointed International Longshoremen's Association official James Paylor to the Delaware River Port Authority, the big question was how long it would take before the ILA leader engaged in a conflict of interest. Not a man to leave people in suspense, he reportedly did it at his first board meeting, held late last month. According to two members present at the closed meeting, Mr. Paylor got his chance when the DRPA's proposed freight transfer facility came up. He immediately urged that a stevedoring company the ILA is negotiating with should handle the work at the new facility, called an intermodal yard.
November 20, 2012 |
It could be months, if not a year, before state gaming regulators decide on a location for Philadelphia's second casino. But some neighbors of the planned Provence casino on North Broad Street, proposed by developer Bart Blatstein, already have formed a coalition to advance their interests. Calling themselves the North Broad Community Coalition, the group has 13 members with concerns about quality-of-life issues such as traffic and crime, as well as the viability of local businesses.
August 25, 2000 |
So many critical decisions - in medicine, the environment, even national defense - are being driven by emotion and narrow interests, when dispassion and the common good should prevail. Of great help would be a better ability to translate sound science into public understanding. I was reminded of this while reading a new biography of Henry A. Wallace, American Dreamer. Years in Iowa sparked my interest in Wallace, FDR's wartime vice president, but particularly in his role in the agricultural revolution: Millions were fed because of this talented geneticist's championship of scientific farming, especially hybrid corn.
June 6, 1990 |
Over the past decade, labor unions have been denounced as "special interest groups" whose leaders and members are intent upon securing high wages and benefits for themselves, with little or no consideration for other workers or the effects that such demands have on our economy. Unions are blamed for inflation, plant closings and our inability to complete in world markets. Nothing could be further from the truth. The mission of labor unions in our society has always been to improve the working and living conditions for all Americans and to represent the interests of our working poor and the unemployed, the most exploited by our economic system.
May 6, 1995 |
Norman Caplan, 53, a lawyer, poet, storyteller and friend, took his life with an overdose of prescription medications on Thursday at his home in Society Hill Towers. To his friends, Mr. Caplan was brilliant, compassionate, clever and witty, gifted with a wonderful memory and a knack for telling stories. He was preoccupied with things other than the law, which he practiced just enough to get by. His interests ran to the cosmic, and for about five years early in the 1970s, he published and sent to his friends a monthly newsletter called "Cosmic Consciousness," a compendium of interviews, stories, reviews and poetry, having to do with a higher level of being.
April 2, 2000 |
The Pennsylvania legislature would better serve the public if it strengthened its rules regarding personal financial disclosure so that citizens can watch for possible conflicts of interest, Gov. Ridge said Friday. Treasurer Barbara Hafer, Auditor General Robert P. Casey and Attorney General Mike Fisher agreed, in interviews, that the legislature's disclosure rules should be toughened. In a statement, Ridge said he supported the lawmakers' right to do private work outside the legislature.
April 15, 1993 |
Making his first appearance in Philadelphia, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev last night presented himself as an unconditional opponent of the use of force to try to solve international problems and as a strong advocate for a "multi-polar, multi-centric," democratic, humanistic new world order. "I firmly believe that the civilization of the 21st century should be built on a balance of interests rather than a balance of forces," he said, adding that he meant not just economic interests but the broader "interests of humankind.
October 30, 1997 |
Jiang Zemin knows what he wants out of this week's visit to the United States: respect, legitimacy and the lifting of a 12-year-old ban on the transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to China. And President Clinton has promised to deliver all three. What is not clear is what the United States gets in return. The Sino-American relationship to date has been decidedly one-sided, with China getting most of what it wants - trade, investment, technology - and the United States getting little except a $40 billion trade deficit, no improvement in China's human-rights record and promises that Beijing may honor its treaty obligations.
October 22, 1993 |
Does the United States have a national interest in the unfolding events in Haiti? As Congress tussled this week with President Clinton over who has the ultimate authority to deploy troops to the Caribbean nation, the question took on added urgency. Unlike the humanitarian exercise in distant Somalia that began more than a year ago, Haiti's volatile political drama stirs a feeling among Americans that there could be a direct impact on U.S. interests. The question, however, is whether U.S. lives are worth risking to protect those interests.
January 6, 1991 |
If diplomatic maneuvers and military brinkmanship do not produce a compromise over Kuwait, there is a strong likelihood of a war with Iraq this winter. Before asking whether an American-led attack would be justified - or whether it would succeed - one must ask a more fundamental question: What are America's strategic interests in this conflict, and would they be served by this war? I believe that such a war would be harmful to U.S. geopolitical objectives both in the Middle East and in the emerging post-Cold War international order.