July 11, 2011 |
TRENTON - Two measures that proponents say would make decisions about end-of-life care easier for New Jerseyans and their families have been sent to Gov. Christie's desk. One bill would mandate that the state create a document enabling patients to indicate their preferences regarding life-sustaining treatment. The other would create an advisory council to study the quality and cost-effectiveness of end-of-life care services and how easily they can be accessed. The Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly approved both measures last month.
May 19, 2009 |
Philadelphians yesterday approved two ballot questions changing the City Charter. One change will posthumously promote to the next rank any Philadelphia police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who die in the line of duty. That will mean increased support for survivors, as death benefits are based on an officer's or employee's rank. The measure passed overwhelmingly. The second allows Council to change how it lets the public know about meetings, legislation, and contracts up for bid. Passed with strong support, it gives more latitude in deciding how notices are disseminated.
December 5, 2000 |
Last week marked introduction of an important advancement in measuring the impact and effectiveness of services to the community. Established by the United Way of America, a training organization for 1,400 independent United Ways nationwide, it is called the United Way State of Caring Index. As a measure of a compassionate America in the 21st century, this was created as a new approach to check the health and well-being of our nation. It tracks multi-year trends, from 1988 to 1998, and provides critical information on pressing social issues.
March 30, 2012
City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging the state legislature to move forward on bills that would protect victims of childhood sexual abuse. "No one really understands what these young men and women experience unless you've been there," State Rep. Louise Bishop (D., Phila.), who said she was a victim of abuse at age 12, told Council. "No one understands how to treat them. No one understands what it feels like and no one is able to help them until a law is put into place.
June 12, 2013 |
The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday launched an online tool to promote electric vehicles by comparing the costs of fueling an EV vs. driving on gasoline. According to the state-by-state comparison, the eGallon price in Pennsylvania is about $1.21, meaning that a typical electric vehicle could travel as far on $1.21 of electricity as a similar vehicle could travel on a gallon of gas. In Delaware, an eGallon is $1.29 and in New Jersey, where electricity is more expensive, an eGallon is $1.51.
May 5, 2013 |
The stock market is in a groove. The Standard & Poor's 500 has climbed six months in a row and finished the week at a record high. Sounds good, right? A qualified "yes" may be the best answer, considering that in the last three years, stocks began to tumble in May, and rallies turned to routs by midsummer. Recent history doesn't necessarily suggest another market decline, but some flash points that triggered the previous routs are still with us. The global economy can't seem to break out of slow-growth mode.
January 31, 1995 |
Fairmount Park Commission workers Dan Dolan (left) and Jim Moffett remove one of the dozens of abandoned vehicles dumped illegally near Whitby Avenue and Cobbs Creek Parkway in Cobbs Creek Park. Commission officials said that the removal was expected to take several days and that measures would be taken to prevent future dumping, with help from police. The action follows a Daily News column by Dan Geringer last week about discarded cars in the park.
June 19, 2010 |
Natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy Corp. has announced that a shareholder measure on hydraulic fracturing, cosponsored by a Delaware County religious order, received 25 percent support at the company's annual meeting. The measure, introduced by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, a Roman Catholic order based in Aston, was one of a dozen offered this year by environmentalist shareholders of natural gas companies. Six of the measures came to votes. All were rejected. The proposals asked management to make a risk assessment of hydraulic fracturing, a controversial technique for extracting trapped natural gas from impermeable geologic formations.
February 18, 2010 |
To be healthy, it helps to be wealthy - or at least not poor. That was brought home in stark fashion yesterday by a new report that ranks Chester County residents the healthiest in Pennsylvania, and Philadelphians the least healthy. Camden County came out near the bottom in New Jersey. The findings were not a surprise to health-policy experts, who say factors such as obesity, education, and exposure to crime and pollution - all related to poverty - are at least as important as good medical care for maintaining health.
December 1, 2001
In a city that lost 70,000 residents over the last decade, it's foolhardy for Philadelphia leaders to content themselves with halfway measures to halt the flight. What they need to do, instead, is set policies that send out a clear message that Philadelphia - as the slogan goes - "loves you back" in ways that make a real difference. One smart way to do that has been proposed by City Councilman James F. Kenney, along with a number of Council colleagues. In their view, City Hall needs to scrap its insular, in-bred approach to hiring police, firefighters and other municipal employees.