June 10, 2015
ISSUE | EARLY LEARNING Role for mentors I worry when I hear about the city's efforts to expand early-childhood learning that we are heading toward a socialist state in which subsidized child care will remove poor children from their homes to get their mothers into the workforce and off the dole ("Nutter, Kenney trumpet early-childhood learning," June 3). If anything helps at-risk children living in poverty, it is good parenting and a sense of hope. Instead, we're told that the answer is more child learning centers, agencies, day cares, and pre-K.
June 10, 2015 |
FOUR YEARS AGO, a Philadelphia school nurse literally breathed life into the lungs of a child in respiratory and cardiac distress. She compressed her chest until medics arrived to take over. The child recovered at CHOP and went on to have a successful heart transplant. The front page story on Christmas Day told of the greatest gift her parents would ever receive - their little girl discharged with a brand new heart. That same week, 50 school nurses were laid off. By year's end the district was operating 100 nurses short.
June 9, 2015
CAMDEN COUNTY Metro Police put out a public safety alert on June 3 reporting that six people had apparently experienced heroin overdoses in the community and that one of those victims had passed away. I was comforted to see that this potentially life-saving alert was relayed by various local media outlets, but disappointed that none took the crucial step of reminding people about New Jersey's Overdose Prevention Act, which was signed into law on May 2, 2013. This law allows overdose witnesses to call for help without fear of arrest and expands access to naloxone (a/k/a Narcan)
June 5, 2015
IT IS OUTRIGHT stupefying if not downright dubious for former Council member Jim Kenney to be front-runner for mayor of Philadelphia, but not have a concrete plan for improving Philadelphia schools or supporting U.S. veterans. Since 1991, Jim Kenney sat as a Council member at-large. Under his stewardship, the School District of Philadelphia laid off nearly 3,800 teachers and shifted nearly $727 million to charter schools. As for veterans, the Philadelphia VA office is now being investigated for misrepresenting and ignoring veterans' claims.
June 5, 2015 |
IN RECENT WEEKS, Comcast's four franchise renewals in Philadelphia have attracted a healthy share of public attention as well as a string of headlines. Understandably, an undertaking of such substance deserves careful and deliberate management to ensure a mutually beneficial outcome but, like many events of such high profile, publicity can blur the details. A cable television franchise renewal offers a local franchising authority - the city of Philadelphia in this case - the opportunity to identify the cable-related needs of the community in exchange for the cable provider's use of public rights of way in order to deliver services to its customers.
June 2, 2015
WHILE READING Julie Shaw's Thursday article on the shooting of Jose Gabino Aparicio-Jeranimo for his backpack, there were many thoughts processing through my mind. Seeing what Assistant District Attorney Gwenn Cujdik stated about the victim having a green card, being here legally and believing that coming to the United States for a better life was the right choice most definitely gave me the urge to speak up. In my opinion, it is ultimately in the hands of our failing justice system, not as a state but the entire nation.
June 1, 2015
Bad Boyd plan The Philadelphia Historical Commission wisely stopped the wanton destruction of the Boyd Theatre movie palace last week ("Boyd plan is not worthy of the block," May 21). The developers, apparently ignorant of the elegant, French Art Deco architecture, showed total disrespect for the city's cultural heritage by needlessly leveling what could have extended the life, value, and usefulness of this still-viable facility. The developers should not be allowed to use what's left of the structure for a facad-ectomy , a phony ploy to get financial credits for so-called building conservation.
May 29, 2015
PHILADELPHIANS ARE passionate about fighting for quality public education. We have marched in the streets countless times. We deserve high quality public neighborhood schools and a school district that listens to us as students, parents and community leaders - and we are willing to fight for it. Unfortunately, the school district has shown again that it is unwilling to take our voices into account and is pushing through a school-closure plan in Kensington....