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NEWS
June 10, 2016
I HAVE BEEN a fan of Muhammad Ali since way back in 1966, and it's been a love affair ever since. I first met him on Sept. 11, 1976, at his Deer Lake training camp in Pennsylvania. I was stunned when Ali walked out the door. Finally, I got to meet my idol, and it was everything I figured it would be, and more. After that, I went up there every weekend, and what a blast. I got to be in the same room while Ali was eating and watching a fight, so he could prepare for his next opponent.
NEWS
June 10, 2016
ISSUE | SEXUAL ABUSE Pa. bill essential to heal victims and church Passage of Pennsylvania House Bill 1947, which would remove the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution for child sexual abuse and raise the age at which a victim may file a civil suit to 50, is critically important ("Justice or financial ruin? Two views on a Pa. bill," Sunday). Contrary to the scare tactics of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, this bill would work to purge the Catholic Church of the stigma of clergy abuse and reduce the possibility of abuse, revitalizing the priority of children and families.
NEWS
June 9, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Trump's Waterloo? Highly offensive, telling, and a grave miscalculation: All these descriptions come to mind concerning Donald Trump' criticism of Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge overseeing the case against Trump University, as "a hater" who has an "absolute conflict" in handling the case because he is "of Mexican heritage" ("Trump's attacks on judge spark concerns," Sunday). Offensive because Trump is impugning the professional reputation and integrity of a man born in the United States whose only supposed offense is that he is of Mexican descent.
NEWS
June 8, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Give families hope How wonderful it would be if universal pre-K could be the intervention that would help Philadelphia's children realize their potential. I say this as a preschool educator for 32 years. But children need to leave school for homes that are safe and nurturing, not torn apart by the detritus of poverty - inadequate nutrition, housing, and supervision - and not tainted by anger and violence. Instead of focusing on what and/or whether to tax, we need - as compassionate, creative, and hopeful citizens - to conduct multifaceted interventions.
NEWS
June 8, 2016
ISSUE | MUHAMMAD ALI A role model for us all Muhammad Ali was a near-mythical figure with a worldwide reputation and aura ("The Greatest," Sunday). He was arguably the best heavyweight fighter of all time, but we remember his life for demonstrating so much more than that. He was an iconic civil rights advocate and a prodigious fund-raiser for the Parkinson's disease that ended his life at 74. More importantly, he was devoted to his faith. Rather than be drafted and serve in the military, which he objected to on religious grounds, he was stripped of his boxing title and faced imprisonment.
NEWS
June 8, 2016
ISSUE | D-DAY Black heroes, too Watching newsreel footage of the D-Day landings at Normandy, we see only white faces. Missing are the 1,700 African American soldiers who were there as well. Some were manning barrage balloons, while others were serving in quartermaster companies. I'd like to mention one: Sgt. Waverly B. Woodson Jr., a Philadelphia native who served as a supply sergeant and pharmacist in the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion. Though he was severely wounded, he stayed on the beach, set up an aid station, and worked for 30 hours treating an estimated 200 soldiers.
NEWS
June 7, 2016
ISSUE | HOMELESSNESS Montco making gains In Montgomery County, we realize that ending homelessness is a community effort (" Will reaching out be enough? " May 26). In 2014, we launched Your Way Home Montgomery County, a partnership of government, philanthropy, nonprofits, and community to end homelessness and housing instability for hardworking families and vulnerable residents. In its first two years, YWH increased exits from shelter to permanent housing fromĀ 30 percent to 46 percent, and more thanĀ 94 percent of the rehoused people have maintained housing stability.
NEWS
June 7, 2016
YOUR RECENT editorial, " Charter Schools Office rightly exercising its power ," (May 23) demands a response in the interests of fairness. ASPIRA acknowledges the legitimate concerns of the School Reform Commission and the Charter Schools Office in taking all necessary steps to ensure renewed confidence in ASPIRA's business model and practices going forward. But these concerns have no bearing on ASPIRA's success in educating our community's students. Ours is a record of outstanding achievement.
NEWS
June 6, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Not quite Rocky I was amused to read the letter that said Bernie Sanders should "go the distance" like Rocky Balboa ("Sanders is Democrats' Rocky," Wednesday). But where the analogy breaks down is in realizing that the championship match is the general election in November, not the Democratic National Convention next month. Former presidential candidates George McGovern and Michael Dukakis have taught Democrats that electability matters. If I thought America was ready to elect a 74-year-old Jewish socialist as president, I'd be all in - but it ain't gonna happen.
NEWS
June 4, 2016
ISSUE | CHILD WELFARE A reason for change I applaud social worker SaraKay Smullens' commentary about the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and the city's reaction to the downgrading of DHS's license because of failures in our system. Smullens' approach is refreshing: Use this rebuke to improve our system, not to spend money we don't have arguing about whether the downgrade is warranted. As a pediatrician in Philadelphia for more than 30 years, I know - as do the many others who work with our most vulnerable citizens - that the goodwill and hard work of most of the DHS staff are not sufficient when caseloads are too heavy, services are fragmented and limited, and support - financial and philosophical - is inadequate.
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