January 28, 1993 |
The current Pennsylvania Supreme Court controversy involving Justice Rolf Larsen's grave accusations about several of his colleagues (and vice versa) has precipitated another round of lamentations and exhortations from those who propose to replace a less than perfect system - the electoral process where less than perfect voters elect less than perfect judges to do less than perfect jobs of interpreting and enforcing less than perfect laws - with the merit selection of judges, an even less than perfect system.
March 3, 2016
ISSUE | PA. JUDICIARY Use a merit system Pennsylvanians have emerged from a judicial election with a historic number of vacancies and a historic amount - more than $16 million - spent on attack ads. As all of Pennsylvania's living governors, we urge all members of the state House of Representatives to support merit selection of statewide judges. Local judges would not be affected. Pennsylvania is one of the few states that elect judges in partisan elections. Merit selection is a commonsense solution used in many states and would be a vast improvement over our system, in which judges are often selected based on fund-raising prowess, name recognition, ballot position, or party affiliation.
January 19, 1986
Delaware's Gov. Castle, in his State of the State address to the legislature last week, outlined a program for improving public schools that deserves implementation at least on a trial basis. It provides for compromises to reconcile different views on education reform. Delaware school districts are having difficulty attracting qualified teachers in sufficient numbers because of relatively low starting salaries. The problem is expected to worsen as New Jersey raises starting teacher salaries significantly.
February 12, 2013 |
When Prohibition was repealed at 5:32 p.m. on Dec. 5, 1933, millions of Americans galloped to their favorite speakeasies to raise a glass of champagne - or beer or whiskey or gin, or whatever else stood on well-stocked shelves - to celebrate the passing of an almost 14-year period in which the manufacture and sale of alcohol was banned in the United States. But it didn't take long for puritanical instincts in some states - especially Pennsylvania, famous for its Blue Laws against many forms of Sunday recreation - to take hold.
December 13, 1995 |
The three Montgomery County commissioners went to the public budget hearing yesterday ready to defend their proposed $278.9 million 1996 spending plan. Officials armed with figures and facts packed into the commissioners' boardroom already jammed with county residents and row officers, including the sheriff and the district attorney. There was an impassioned plea for more money for Norristown's Elmwood Park Zoo, and there was a handful of disgruntled county employees. But no budgetary battle was fought yesterday.
February 13, 1986 |
The recent Inquirer series, "Disorder in the Court," has prompted reconsideration of the way in which we select judges. Disturbed by the pervasive influence of politics in electing as well as appointing judges, reformers have called instead for "merit selection. " Under a typical merit system the governor fills a court vacancy with a judge chosen from a list of candidates recommended by a special nominating commission composed of lay people, attorneys and current judges. After serving one year the judge stands unopposed for election to a significantly longer term.
January 18, 1989 |
A four-month study of Bucks County's jobs and salaries has recommended that a merit-pay system be implemented for nonunion employees. The study, released yesterday by the county commissioners at their weekly agenda meeting in Doylestown, also recommended that the county adopt a job- classification system and establish base salaries for employees depending on factors such as experience, responsibility and supervision exercised. The county has never had a job-classification system or salary structure for nonunion employees, according to Peat Marwick Main & Co., which performed the study.
May 10, 2008
Support for ex-judge I vehemently disagree with the editorial ("Judge removed: A vote for merit selection," May 7) in which you excoriate our client, former Philadelphia Municipal Judge Deborah S. Griffin, and use her to make a case against electing judges. "Merit selection" vs. "elective selection" was not the issue in Griffin's case. Griffin did not have political or media backing when she ran for judge. She relied on her strong moral character, intestinal fortitude, supportive family, and faith in her ability to prevail against all odds.
October 28, 1988
It's time for the annual Class 500 flap. This time, it's Mayor Goode who deserves the heat for ignoring his promise to clean up the city's social- political patronage system. Last year, you'll recall, the mayor was on the attack over how the grants, which go to assorted charitable, cultural and civic activities, had gotten out of control. That followed the revelation that, among other things, Council President Joseph E. Coleman had stashed away nearly $500,000 of Class 500 money in accounts for two nonexistent groups.
March 5, 1998 |
Brett Butler says Mike Piazza is selfish. Tommy Lasorda says Butler should know selfish, since he practiced it so much during his career. "He could tell you what he was hitting against righthanders and what he was hitting against lefthanders," Lasorda, the Dodgers' former manager and now a vice president for the club, told the Orange County Register. "He's full of it. It was a terrible statement. Whatever his reasons were for saying it, they were stupid. " Butler, who is retired, questioned Piazza's abilities as a leader, noting that he seemed more concerned about personal statistics.