March 16, 2015
ISSUE | ELEPHANTS Ringside decision Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey says elephants will leave the traveling circus because consumers have spoken, but a shadowy, Washington-based spin factory with a history of fighting for smoking, obesity, drunken driving, and cruelty is still stuck in the past ("Activists paid up, the elephants go," March 11). Yes, a number of animal groups reached a settlement with the circus to end years of costly litigation. Ringling's decision to retire the elephants follows that settlement and comes on the heels of cities such as Los Angeles and Oakland banning the use of bullhooks.
November 6, 2014
YOUR PAPER recently published an oped by Chad Dion Lassiter, the President of Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, that called real-estate development company Templetown Realty and Temple University, "the new Jim Crow. " The objective of Mr. Lassiter's letter is to raise awareness of the allegedly heavy-handed tactics used by the realty company and Temple to displace the poor African-American community that surrounds the campus, and to call for a campaign of civil disobedience against the university's expansion efforts.
March 15, 2013 |
The corridor between the Delaware River and the Amtrak rail lines should be the focus of Delaware County's development efforts in the next 10 years, officials of a county-retained planning firm told County Council members Wednesday. Council Chairman Thomas McGarrigle agreed, noting the recent loss of oil-refinery jobs in that corridor. Theresa K. Sparacino, vice president of the Delta Development Group of Mechanicsburg, Pa., speaking to council members and an audience of civic leaders, went further, offering a menu of the county's promising demographics.
January 8, 2013
HERE'S A QUESTION: Have you seen your first 2013 paycheck (if you're lucky enough to have one)? Notice anything? Like, less money in your take-home pay? And - be honest - did you know that was coming? Or did you think that since you don't make $400,000, you were held harmless when we didn't dive off the "fiscal cliff"? "I think people will be surprised," says veteran economist David Kautter, managing director of American University's Kogod Tax Center. "It's one thing to listen to debates about taxes and spending, but it's not real until it impacts you. " You now may know that what happened to your paycheck is part of the deal between Congress and the White House.
October 26, 2012
WE, THE PEOPLE . . . aren't sleeping very well. An election is upon us, and the country is at a crossroads, with lots of challenging problems that we worry won't get solved. The Daily News People's Editorial Board had a hard time deciding on just one or two issues we think the president should make priorities, so we decided each of us would make our case. Here's what's keeping us up at night: This is a great country of inventors and creators. We invented a way of governing ourselves that has been an inspiration for freedom-loving people all over the world.
September 21, 2012 |
Poverty rose significantly in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties over the last two years, while the city's median household income in 2011 ranked second-worst among the nation's 25 largest cities. The findings were released Thursday in the American Community Survey One-Year Estimate, an annual sampling of three million people conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report has a higher margin of error than the census, which is a separate undertaking. "These are very bleak and disconcerting statistics," said Mark Zandi, chief economist with Moody's Analytics, the economic-consulting firm in West Chester.
May 22, 2012 |
An alarming new study shows more New Jersey residents than ever are struggling to provide for their families. A record 885,000 people in the state lived below the poverty line in 2010, according to the study released Sunday by the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute. The poverty rate increased from 9.4 percent in 2009 to 10.3 percent in 2010, based on the latest census figures available. Among the poor were 300,000 children, the state's most vulnerable and neediest residents.
October 11, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Americans have been forced to take a crash course in money management, and class is still in session. Falling home prices and rampant foreclosures. Flat wages and high unemployment. Volatile stock prices and no safe refuge for savings. An unforgiving recession and the threat of a sequel. One economic challenge after another has tested the financial strength of most everyone in recent years. Although results are mixed, many families have shown they are up to the task.
September 22, 2011 |
MORE Philadelphians are living in poverty today than a decade ago, and the city's median household income has plummeted, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates being released today. This comes even as there are more city residents who have their high-school diploma or GED, and more who have a bachelor's degree. The rise in poverty and the drop in income are especially stark among the city's African-American residents. The new estimates tell "us that Philadelphia is a pretty harsh place to grow up," said Mariana Chilton, a professor at Drexel University's School of Public Health and a national expert on hunger.
January 12, 2011
EVERY OTHER January, as a new Congress and Legislature take office, there's a glimmer of hope for reforms to scale back salaries and perks. There's a chance that an ember of empathy sparks elected officials to common sense, to live closer to the lifestyles of those they represent. Already, that glimmer, that ember, is fading. In Congress, a new Republican House, led by Speaker John Boehner, voted to cut its overall budget 5 percent but isn't touching members' salaries, currently $174,000.