June 20, 2015
ISSUE | GIRARD COLLEGE Hershey kisses Milton Hershey School's connection with Girard College stands strong, and, like Girard, Hershey prides itself on providing children with an opportunity to escape poverty ("Merger with Hershey would be sweet," June 16). We have collaborated with Girard for years and will continue to share our expertise. Like Stephen Girard, Milton and Catherine Hershey set out a clear vision of helping children succeed. Hershey visited Girard's campus, embracing some of his practices.
June 17, 2015
ISSUE | LEARNING Shared effort Mayor Nutter points to compelling evidence that early learning contributes to long-term academic, social, and economic achievement ("Nutter, Kenney trumpet new push for early-childhood learning," June 3). The city's Running Start effort is built on the concept of collective impact to improve the well-being and academic prowess of young Philadelphians. Similarly, the Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership and its complementary home visitation models serve pregnant and parenting families until the youngest child reaches 5 years of age and enters school.
June 3, 2015 |
NEVER underestimate the power of a journalist's instinct. In 2001, Philadelphia Inquirer business reporter Bob Fernandez was sent out to Hershey to get the "local angle" on a big, global story - the use of slave labor in the cocoa fields of West Africa that benefitted big chocolate makers, like the Pennsylvania-based Hershey Co. On that assignment, he recalled, he was surprised to learn that a controlling interest in the chocolate business...
May 9, 2015
ISSUE | SICK LEAVE Home rule forgotten I find it astounding that the rationale of State Sen. John Eichelberger (R., Blair) in trying to abolish Philadelphia's sick-pay law is that local governments should not be allowed to govern, when it's a core Republican value that local communities should be able to do so ("Phila. sick-leave law is praised," April 22). Furthermore, the state House majority leader's spokesman, Steve Miskin, contends that government should not interfere with the private sector.
May 8, 2015 |
On a frozen Thursday in March, dawn turns the eastern sky a brilliant shade of pink. Doug Oliver doesn't get to see it. He's roaming the southbound subway platform at the Erie station, where no light can reach, having come not for a ride, but for votes. He's asking people to make him, a 40-year-old former public-relations executive who has never held public office, the next mayor of Philadelphia. He works fast, and not just because it's cold. Every seven minutes, the 40-some people on the platform are whisked away, replaced by another 40 who trickle downstairs for the next rush-hour train.
April 29, 2015 |
DEESHA DYER has come a long way from her days of handing out free condoms at Fluid and other local nightclubs. These days, instead of trying to persuade partygoers to get themselves tested for HIV, she's in charge of all of the social functions at the White House. Yeah, you read that right. The White House as in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. As the new White House social secretary, her job is to work closely with first lady Michelle Obama to compile guest lists for opulent dinners honoring visiting dignitaries such as Chinese President Xi Jinping, who's coming in September.
February 2, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Garry Gilliam approached his Seattle Seahawks teammates after catching a touchdown on a fake field goal to start the Seahawks' comeback in the NFC championship game and asked them, "Did that actually happen?" He could have been talking about more than the unlikely touchdown. Gilliam, a Harrisburg native who played for Penn State, reached the NFL after missing two seasons of college football because of a devastating knee injury and a subsequent staph infection, and switching positions for his last year of college.
June 14, 2013 |
Upon his death in 1831, Stephen A. Girard, industrialist and philanthropist, endowed Philadelphia's Girard College with what was then the largest private charitable donation in U.S. history. Pursuant to the era's thinking on social problems, the facility housed and educated white male orphans, enabling them to achieve more productive lives. In 1968, the college was opened to minorities after a long legal struggle led by William T. Coleman Jr. of the law firm Dilworth Paxson, founded by a legendary reformist Philadelphia mayor.
May 23, 2013
By Pablo Eisenberg The Pennsylvania attorney general's long-awaited investigative report on the scandalous conditions at the Milton Hershey School for poor children is, unfortunately, a whitewash. The fix appears to have been in, this time not by the Republican cabal that ran the school for 25 years, but by the newly elected attorney general, Kathleen Kane, and her fellow Democrats. It's clear that no one, and no party, wanted to challenge the powerful Hershey Trust, whose trustees manage the school, to make the changes needed at the institution.