April 7, 2000
The best interests of the child. " That's what everybody involved in the Elian Gonzalez case says they want. Most claim to know what that is, despite the army of psychologists who have been recruited. Elian's Cuban father, who traveled to the United States yesterday, says his best interests are to go back to Cuba. Elian's Miami family wants a bunch of shrinks to testify about where Elian will be happiest (presumably, not in any country run by Fidel Castro). A variety of politicians suggest that Elian needs permanent resident status - so his father can be free to say he really wants to live here.
July 21, 1989 |
Former Phillies manager Lee Elia said yesterday he would be interested in becoming the Phillies' new director of player development, and would be willing to move back to Philadelphia if necessary. "It would interest me," said Elia, currently a coach for the Yankees. "I've spent 20 years with the Phillies organization. That's been my life. I'm flattered to be considered. I have a good rapport with (general manager) Lee Thomas. I'd love to talk to him. But, until I do and find out the job description and get permission from the Yankees, I really can't say anything.
January 1, 2001 |
In October, at the urging of local car dealers, the state legislature passed House Bill 2200, which made it illegal in Pennsylvania for automakers to sell vehicles directly to consumers through the Internet. The Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative Harrisburg think tank, lambasted the bill as special-interest protection for "old-style, haggle-till-you-drop car dealers who fear competition. " Not so, said one of the bill's sponsors, Rep. William "Bud" George, a Clearfield County Democrat.
January 31, 1998 |
The nation's top economic and defense leaders told Congress yesterday that American interests will be imperiled if Congress fails to approve $18 billion to replenish the reserves of the International Monetary Fund so it can aid beleaguered Asian nations. But their arguments met a cool reception, and the Clinton administration clearly faces a major lobbying challenge if it hopes to win congressional approval of the aid. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen, Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan urged members of the House Banking Committee to boost funding for the IMF so it can help stabilize economies in South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia.
February 7, 2003 |
Angry members of Philadelphia's $3 billion-a-year hospitality industry added their voices to the shouting at the Convention Center yesterday, demanding to meet with elected officials and threatening to sue if their time line is not met. Leaders of three groups representing 56,000 tourism, hotel, restaurant and related workers spoke in a sidewalk rally on Market Street, complaining that the center's board Monday elected two leaders who lack hospitality...
September 17, 1997 |
Brushing aside complaints from liberal Democrats and labor unions, President Clinton sided with Republicans and big business yesterday in asking Congress to approve legislation giving him authority to negotiate new trade deals. In a draft bill he sent Congress, Clinton did not include terms committing him to protect labor and environmental interests as part of any trade deal he negotiates. Instead, he pledged to fight for those interests separately, either in side agreements to trade treaties or through petitions to the World Trade Organization.
November 3, 2000 |
Even for a bare-knuckle Northeast Philadelphia state Senate election, the mail piece is pretty rough. "We all have that 'uncle' who slipped us beer," reads the headline over a picture of a teenager clutching a beverage can. "Too bad Uncle Hank is your state senator. " The mailer continues: "Hank Salvatore sponsored legislation easing penalties for those selling beer to our kids. Why would he do that? Because he's in the beer business. " In the Fifth Senatorial District race, Democratic challenger Mike Stack is attacking Republican incumbent Frank A. "Hank" Salvatore as never before about the intersection between Salvatore's family beer distributorship and his legislative activities.
October 12, 1999 |
One of the major problems today is that no one believes in anything. As a registered voter, I would like to believe that candidates for political office are guided by principle and commitment to a position on significant issues. Unfortunately, most politicians place the interests of themselves first and principles and policies second. Case in point: John White Jr.'s endorsement of Sam Katz for mayor. I find it difficult to believe that White, who claims to have the best interests of Philadelphia at heart, could endorse a candidate who is his polar opposite on critical campaign issues.
February 17, 2004
ONCE AGAIN, Philadelphia's smoke-and-mirrors routine is presented in all its crowning glory by your report "Street questions Rendell's motives" (Feb. 11). When Mayor Street accuses Gov. Rendell of putting "his own political interests ahead of the interests of the city," this is epitome of the pot calling the kettle black. After all, it was Street who did the gigantic stadium deals NOT for the city, but at the behest of the same master manipulator who got Rendell to create Comcast's new slush zone . . . oops, "Keystone Opportunity Zone.
October 24, 2006
THE KILLING of the Clean Cars program by our state legislators once again shows voters how little they care for you. One major culprit in these political games are the lobbyists and the interests they represent. My idea is to put a referendum on the ballot and let voters decide to outlaw lobbying altogether. Their money and perks sway our elected officials from representing those who vote them into office. Its not about political parties, but what's right and fair for those represented by these elected officials.