August 6, 1997
On compassion, responsibility, history Our society is a compassionate one, and so it is tempted to excuse the individual from responsibility because of past injustice or social ills. A concern with these deficiencies is necessary if we are to improve our society, but this concern ought not to be carried so far that the idea of personal, moral responsibility is eroded. . . . When our nation accounts to history, we will not have the defense of diminished capacity. And when our heroes are counted, they will be the ones who recognized that individual responsibility is a celebration of freedom, not its denial.
August 2, 1993
The man who called TV the "vast wasteland" more than 40 years ago is still among its harshest critics, calling TV violence a health hazard as important and neglected as cigarette smoking once was. For Newton Minow, feisty former Federal Communications Commission chairman, the choice is simple: "If television is a business like any other," he wrote this summer, "Congress should legislate an end to the industry's abuse of our children. " If, however, it is to be protected from government meddling because it is part of the nation's free press, we have a duty, he says, to demand greater moral responsibility in return for broadcast TV's use of the public airwaves.
November 1, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My father passed away a year ago, after being married to "Valerie" for 14 years. After his death, she got his life insurance. She paid for his funeral and the burial. She also bought a new house and a horse within two months of losing our father. Four months later, she was dating another man. My sister and I didn't ask for anything except a few articles of Dad's clothing. Having spent all the insurance money, Valerie is now asking me and my sister to give her money for our father's headstone.
June 25, 1986 |
The state Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the city may refuse to award a $1.4 million food-service contract to the Freshie Co. because the company is under indictment for allegedly fixing contracts with the public schools. After Freshie, the lowest bidder, was disqualified, city officials immediately awarded the contract to the next lowest bidder, Service America Corp. of Stamford, Conn. In his ruling yesterday, Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. upheld a Commonwealth Court decision issued Friday.
February 2, 1993 |
When Jannie Blackwell found herself confronting a snarling dog, an angry SEPTA police officer and shouting homeless people in a SEPTA subway concourse last weekend, she was just doing what she's always done. Sticking up for the wretched of the Earth. Maybe it had something to do with her childhood in the Richard Allen Homes, or maybe it was moral conviction, but when she finished Cheyney University and started teaching, she started seeing a vocation in helping. More than 20 years later, she's still at it, feeding the homeless, finding people and companies that want to donate and, now as a City Council member, preparing to battle the Rendell administration's budget plans to cut the homeless program by $2.2 million.
March 5, 1994
There are two kinds of responsibility. There is moral responsibility, powerful and immutable. And legal responsibility, which is negotiable. There are also two kinds of ethics. There are moral ethics, which are grounded solidly, and legal ethics, subject to the kind of interpretation that would make an eastern European figure skating judge blanch. For instance, NBC-TV was morally irresponsible when it put igniters in a truck for a show on General Motors' pickup trucks, which seem to have a disquieting tendency to blow up. It was ethically dubious as well, so NBC fired a bunch of people, fell all over itself apologizing and replaced its news boss.
June 18, 1999 |
The owners of 12 Shadeland Avenue homes slowly sinking into an old municipal landfill moved closer to getting government relief when the state House approved a bill yesterday that included $650,000 for their relocation and demolition of the buildings. State Rep. Nicholas Micozzie (R., Delaware) added the money to a statewide capital budget bill passed by the Senate this week. Gov. Ridge expects to sign the bill, said Jerry Veaser, a spokesman for the governor. Micozzie said the use of the money depends on matching funds from Upper Darby Township for a total cost that he estimates at $1.3 million.
December 19, 1989 |
Members of the Gloucester County Mosquito Commission "abdicated their leadership role" as overseers of the independent agency and instead acted as a rubber stamp to approve excessive purchases of chemicals and cleaning agents, a grand jury report says. The report, made public yesterday, also criticized the seven commission members, all of whom resigned simultaneously last week, as political appointees who "relied upon false impressions and blind faith" and who did not accept moral responsibility when their lack of oversight resulted in the loss of taxpayers' money.
June 4, 2007
EVER SINCE the Daily News published my letter about the proposed stop-and-frisk campaign that mayoral candidate Michael Nutter has proposed, I've been inundated with responses from members of the black community. Many have been positive, some negative, and I want to share them. Some people are afraid of a police state, many have concerns about abuse of power by the police and fear a return of practices like those of the Rizzo era. Although many black people fear the police, I grew up when Frank Rizzo was mayor, and we have more to fear today than at any time back then.
January 25, 1996 |
Sometimes it seems as though the modest two-story dwellings on Foster Avenue where the Shubins and Paulauskys live have wills of their own. Built on a decaying landfill, they lean, twist and bow toward each other - much to the inconvenience and dismay of the owners. They are sinking into the ground. Baths do not drain, doors swing open, cakes bake unevenly. And those are the distractions. "It's not safe," Hal Shubin said as he sat restlessly in his kitchen, which slopes toward the Paul-auskys' home next door.