March 15, 2002
IT'S NOT SURPRISING that many people in Chester County are upset at a judge's ruling that a plaque listing the Ten Commandments must be taken down from outside the county courthouse: It feels like a slap at Judaism and Christianity, because the commandments are the centerpiece of both religions. That's the very reason why it's unconstitutional to post them on a public building. It proclaims government support of religion that is expressly forbidden by the U.S. Constitution. But how many of the good people out there know that the county commissioners have argued essentially that God has no part in the Commandments, that they are a historic, secular document.
March 25, 2012 |
Scott W. Gaylord and Thomas J. Molony?are both professors at the Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, N.C. The next wave of abortion regulation has arrived. Pennsylvania currently is considering whether to join 23 states that already have laws regulating - and in some cases requiring - the use of ultrasounds in connection with abortion procedures. Similar legislation is pending in nine other states, and the trend shows no sign of stopping. The ultrasound laws are being hotly debated in state capitals and roundly criticized on editorial pages.
July 16, 1992 |
The Central Bucks school board has appointed Assistant Superintendent N. Robert Laws to fill the soon-to-be-vacated superintendent's spot. The appointment was approved in a 7-2 vote Tuesday. Laws was awarded a four-year contract at a starting salary of $95,000 a year. He will take office Aug. 1. Board members Charles D. Baker and Donna L. Faunce opposed the appointment. Baker wanted the district to conduct an outside search for a candidate. Faunce said Laws' starting salary was too high.
October 11, 1995 |
Rita Adessa was at the podium yesterday alongside the Liberty Bell, where she and many others spoke against Colorado's Amendment 2, a measure designed to keep communities in that state from passing laws protecting the rights of homosexuals. Adessa is executive director of the Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force. Other speakers included lawyers, public officials, teachers, union leaders and clergy. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing an appeal of the amendment.
July 16, 1991 |
If minimum wage laws, job safety laws, overtime regulations and such are good for employees in American businesses, it stands to reason they are good for employees of America's Congress, too, says the Washington-based National Federation of Independent Business. Complaining that Congress has "systematically exempted itself from nearly every major civil rights and labor law passed in the past 50 years," the group has launched a campaign to make Congress abide by its own laws. Such as: 1. Civil Rights Act; 2. Americans With Disabilities Act; 3. Equal Employment Opportunity Act; 4. Equal Pay Act; 5. Fair Labor Standards Act; 6. National Labor Relations Act; 7. Occupational Safety and Health Act; 8. Social Security Act; 9. Civil Rights Restoration Act; and 10. Age Discrimination Act. Explained Mary Reed, legislative representative of NFIB: "Even those laws that do cover Congressional employees do not permit those employees to sue their employer in federal district court (as private employees can)
February 27, 1992 |
I have just read Al Barkins' Guest Opinion, "Making our streets safe," in which he expresses his views on gun control. He starts off OK, but he goes downhill rapidly after the first three or so paragraphs. He appears to be a fairly intelligent person honestly looking for a middle ground on gun control. He states that the National Rifle Association is "right on" when it states that the myriad state laws regulating gun control haven't made a significant dent in this carnage. Yet he proposes more laws against the sportsmen.
July 18, 2013 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned "Stand Your Ground" laws Tuesday, saying the measures "senselessly expand the concept of self-defense" and may encourage "violent situations to escalate. " On the books in more than 30 states, the statutes have become a focal point of a complicated national debate over race, crime, and culpability following the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. The volunteer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of murder charges on Saturday.
September 1, 1986
In his complaining Aug. 25 Op-ed Page article "There's a Catch-22 in airport parking," Dan Rottenberg admits that he broke the law when he left his car in a no-parking zone. If his daughter's bags were too heavy for her, she could have used a portable and collapsible lightweight wheeled carrier, a type which my wife and I have carried all over the world for years and available everywhere. The three-minute limit at the airport pickup area was decided upon to keep traffic moving in a congested area.
June 6, 2003
EVERYBODY in the city wants to control other people. There's too many bills. The solutio to any problem? Introduce a bill. It's ridiculous. Lawmakers try to "get inside you," make you walk, dictate the way you talk, and how you act. BACK OFF! If you were any closer, you'd be wearing my clothes! Sam Katz wants to introduce a bill about skateboards - and there's still a bike problem. It all has to do with the ignorance of the operator. There is no bike patrol.
February 5, 2015
STATE TREASURER Rob McCord was obviously a desperate man last spring. His bid for the Democratic nomination for governor was lagging. He had already put $2 million of his own money into his campaign. But, he needed more - mostly to pay for a series of scummy TV commercials he was launching against the clear front-runner in the race, Tom Wolf. So, what did he do? He started pressuring would-be givers to write big checks to his campaign. It wasn't exactly pay-to-play. It was more like pay . . . or else.