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February 28, 2015
ISSUE | PENSIONS Clarke had a plan Farah Jimenez and Phil Goldsmith criticized City Council for failing to address the city's more than $5 billion unfunded pension liability but missed a strong effort by Council President Darrell L. Clarke to do just that ("The pension problem," Feb. 22). No one was a more aggressive advocate than Clarke for an effective option developed by a working group convened by Temple University's Center on Regional Politics. That option, one of many identified in a report titled "What to Do About Public Pensions: Options for Funding and Reform" (temple.edu/corp)
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | BY DARRELL CLARKE
  GOVERNMENTS are too often inflexible and slow to react, a source of consternation for many of its critics. It's ironic, though, that Philadelphians so frequently forget that the system of checks and balances, formulated decades ago in our back yards, is by design. Governance - the structure of government - matters. And when it comes to planning and development, the structure set forth in the charter no longer suffices. Anyone who has tried to shepherd a development project from the first drawing to the final brick knows that the process in the charter ranges from frustratingly cumbersome to utterly incomprehensible.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | BY DOYLE McMANUS, Los Angeles Times
    For weeks, Republicans have lambasted President Obama for what they claim is a major foreign- policy failure: His refusal to use the term "Islamic" to describe the terrorists of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. "The president and his administration dogmatically refuse to utter the words'radical Islamic terrorism,' " Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said on Fox News. "You cannot defeat an enemy if you refuse to acknowledge what it is. " So I hope Cruz and his colleagues noticed what Obama actually said at last week's White House meeting on - OK, here comes the bland official term - "violent extremism.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
AS THE Feb. 26 anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death approached last year, Lawanda Horton was amazed that barely anyone had written about Trayvon on the Twittersphere. Time had passed, but very little had changed for black males in America since Trayvon had been killed by a white Hispanic man who thought he looked suspicious, she said. So, she decided to act. To amplify the voices of those most affected by racial profiling, Horton invited black men and boys to write letters to Trayvon about being stopped, watched and harassed in events driven by fear, prejudice and stereotypes.
NEWS
February 25, 2015
ON BEHALF of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, I congratulate Gov. Wolf for his recent announcement that Pennsylvania will move away from the Healthy PA plan to a much more comprehensive full expansion of Medicaid. The federal money has already been set aside to expand preventive and lifesaving health care to hardworking women and their families in our state, and we finally have a governor willing to implement this program. The expansion will be 100 percent financed with federal money through 2016, and by at least 90 percent in 2017 and thereafter.
NEWS
February 24, 2015 | BY DOUG NEIDICH
  GIVEN WHAT Salon describes as the "corruption spiral" that Florida Gov. Rick Scott faces back home, it's not hard to see why he came to Philadelphia this week for a few days of freezing weather. What makes less sense is the economic development narrative that Gov. Scott is peddling here in Philadelphia, with the stated goal of poaching Pennsylvania businesses and jobs. What Gov. Scott is prescribing is a heavy dose of a classic "southern strategy" - lower taxes, cut spending, deregulate, weaken worker rights, yada, yada, yada.
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