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NEWS
December 20, 2014
ISSUE | MAKING SAUSAGE Sharpened veto pen Even though there has been little mention of the line-item veto for a long time, its restoration would be the best thing Washington could do. Lawmakers currently add earmarks to bills, provisions that mean handouts for fat cats as rewards for campaign contributions. This results in a higher priority for reelection than to do what's best for the nation. It also wastes taxpayers' money and contributes to unsustainable budget deficits. The line-item veto would allow a president to veto wasteful earmarks.
NEWS
December 19, 2014
LET ME BEGIN with a statement of fact. Editorial cartoons are not meant to be fair and they cannot hurt you. That said, they can, in the words of one of my ink-stained brethren, punctuate the conversation with satire, mockery and gross exaggeration, ridiculing and lampooning everything from pompous politicking to holier-than-thou hypocrisy. Nobody said it was pretty, but it is oh, so American. Cartoons are supposed to provoke thought, encourage speech and usher in change. And change cannot come soon enough.
NEWS
December 19, 2014
I READ YOUR recent articles about Bradley William Stone with great sadness. As I read the articles I couldn't help but wonder if this was a veteran in denial with respect to possible mental-health issues he may have been experiencing but didn't recognize or was unwilling to admit he had. Those of us who work in organizations that offer services to our veterans see this more often than we care to. These veterans may exhibit behaviors that raise a...
NEWS
December 18, 2014
GUN-CONTROL zealots like Helen UbiƱas don't miss a beat when it comes to exploiting tragedy. Here's a more accurate breakdown: Of the 30,000 "deaths by gun," more than two-thirds are suicides. Not much we can do about this; if guns had any link to suicide rates, Japan would have the lowest suicide rate in the world instead of one of the highest. Of the 10,000 or so homicides by gun, the vast majority are criminal-on-criminal or likely self-defense homicides. Studies have shown consistently that at least three-fourths of homicide victims (regardless of weapon)
NEWS
December 17, 2014
ANTHONY REYNOLDS got fired on Sunday, Dec. 7. Before that, the 51-year-old West Philadelphia native worked as a cabin cleaner at the Philadelphia International Airport making $8.50 an hour. For nearly six months Reynolds left work disappointed because his employer denied him a wage increase to $10.88 an hour, which was mandated by Philadelphia voters and Mayor Nutter. Over those six months, Anthony worked through the Ebola scare despite inadequate safety procedures, he supported his co-workers when they striked for better conditions and he testified twice in City Council about his working conditions.
NEWS
December 16, 2014
I MOVED TO Center City in 1988. I lived four blocks south of the Gallery. It was very convenient living so close to a major mall. The Gallery was not a great mall, but it had three anchor stores (Strawbridge and Clothier, Sterns, and J.C. Penney) that made it a decent place to shop. Unfortunately, all three are gone. In November 1988 I had a fall and became a quadriplegic. At that time the Gallery was very accessible because each of the anchor stores had elevators that went to every level.
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