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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
June 25, 1986 | By Melissa Weiner, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 2, 1993 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 18, 1999 | By Michael Stoll, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
December 19, 1989 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 25, 1996 | By Justin Pritchard, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
March 21, 2012 | Freelance
Rick Santorum and I go way back. That's how it feels anyway. Over the past 15 years, I've written more than a dozen columns condemning something Santorum said. This column is different. I come to praise Rick Santorum, not to bury him. Put simply, Santorum is authentic. Like him or not, he says exactly what he thinks. And that surely helps explain why he poses a pesky challenge to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, who says exactly what he thinks will get him elected. Santorum also speaks in simple, moralistic language: Some things are good, and other things are evil.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 20, 2005
Free choice Kenneth A. Briggs seems to argue that authority and free choice are diametrically opposed (Currents, Feb. 13). Utter nonsense! From earliest times, the basis of Judeo-Christian teaching, i.e. the Bible, and indeed the philosophers who conceived of a democratic form of government, made it crystal clear that freedom of choice is inherent to the nature of mankind but comes with awesome personal responsibility for the consequences of...
NEWS
January 16, 2003 | By the Rev. Francis X. Meehan
The invasion of Iraq by U.S. forces seems more and more imminent. One senses a certain passivity. Could it be that, 30 years after Vietnam, too many relate to war more in the mode of spectator? One thing has become abundantly clear: Our country's embarkation on new hostilities with Iraq is essentially a moral question. It is the moral dimension of the issue that weighs most heavily on people's minds. Will an upcoming war with Iraq be a just war? My own sources of information, my faith tradition, the communications of authoritative spokespersons in my church, my own sense of the impact of Scriptural teaching on our times, my examination of the writings of economists, military leaders, international analysts, Middle Eastern experts - all of these lead me to believe that our invasion of Iraq would not fulfill just-war criteria.
NEWS
October 24, 2002 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
At the opening of the Arden Theatre's production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, dissonant contemporary music overlays the sounds of a radio playing '40s tunes and birds chirping in the back garden. Director Terrence Nolen's choice acoustically underlines the continued relevance of the play, since it deals with the moral responsibility for the consequences of profiteering and greed. It goes without saying that Miller's tragedy - first produced on Broadway in 1947, and the work that made the reputation Miller would so brilliantly embellish in his subsequent work - is timely and urgent in an era of rampant corporate thievery.
NEWS
June 18, 1999 | By Michael Stoll, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
January 8, 1998 | By Chris Satullo, Deputy Editorial Page Editor
Playing football on skis on an icy mountain. Veering off a marked trail to slalom through woods. In the wake of two celebrity deaths, these clearly seem foolish risks to take, certainly by anyone whom others love and depend on. This observation, of course, comes from someone who routinely drives 50 m.p.h. on the inner lane of Kelly Drive at morning rush hour, holding the steering wheel with one hand while the other rakes an electric razor over his overnight growth. In other words, we all become accustomed, through willfulness, convenience and denial, to the casual taking of risks others would deem foolhardy.
NEWS
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.
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