September 3, 2014
AS A Daily News subscriber, I am glad that Chris Brennan's article "For the Record, publisher is sorry" addressed the Philadelphia Public Record 's changing response to widespread criticism of its use of anti-Asian slurs. I am disappointed that Mr. Brennan did not take the opportunity to educate my fellow readers about the historical roots of such slurs. Since the 1980s, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has documented the stereotype of the Asian perpetual foreigner as being the cause of numerous hate crimes perpetrated against Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs)
September 2, 2014
ISSUE | LABOR DEAL Center agreement best for city, workers The Inquirer rightly noted the major gains already realized at the Convention Center as a result of the seamless four-union workforce and new customer-friendly work rules ("Union rules needed," Aug. 24). Unfortunately, the carpenters' union has mounted a propaganda campaign, falsely claiming its members are victims of a lockout. Center management, SMG, and all six center unions spent months hammering out a new Customer Satisfaction Agreement that gave exhibitors more leeway in setting up booths.
August 29, 2014
YOUR RECENT editorial ("You Know the Drill") paints an alarmingly incomplete picture regarding natural-gas development in Pennsylvania, and, specifically, the significant steps Gov. Corbett has taken to make sure it is done right. The Daily News seems fixated on the mechanics of how Pennsylvania collects taxes and fees from the gas industry, rather than whether it is paying its fair share. Since 2008, more than $2.1 billion in personal-, corporate- and sales-tax revenue has been collected from the gas industry.
August 28, 2014 |
NOT LONG ago, the media focused attention on professional athletes. Sometimes there was adulation; more often, criticism. That's acceptable, considering that pro athletes earn handsome salaries, and the best ones millions of dollars. They are also adult entertainers who are paid to play sports. But over the past few decades, the media also has placed college and high-school athletes in the fishbowl. Coverage goes beyond their performance on the playing field, too. Off-field behavior, personal life and legal issues are also fair game, though the negative coverage of these adolescents is questionable because they are still considered amateur athletes.
August 27, 2014 |
IT'S LATE August and Walmart is selling 10-cent spiral notebooks. Flip-flops and bathing suits are in the clearance bins, and backpacks and khaki pants, saddle shoes and golf shirts are overflowing in the aisles. The smell of chalk dust and pencil shavings is in the air and the School District of Philadelphia is $81 million short. Do the same math wizards that run the flu vaccinations also control the district? Because every winter when our civilization is coughing, throwing up, battling a high fever, running for the toilet and sneezing out son of Flubber, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce that there is a flu-shot shortage.