May 23, 2016 |
When Widener University honors me this weekend by allowing me to be its commencement speaker, I will share with the students the reaction at our dinner table several months ago when the invitation arrived. "Dad, the students must be bummed," was the response from our eldest son, himself in college. His dismissal became a source of motivation. How to achieve my objective, I wasn't so sure. My thought process included reviewing well-received commencement addresses. Only I'm not Bono, Bill Gates, or Ali G. I'm not particularly funny.
May 13, 2016 |
I ALWAYS considered myself to be Trans Gender. No, it has nothing to do with bathrooms. My biological apparatus matches both my birth certificate and sense of reality. What I mean is that I've always looked at things from an essentially gender-neutral perspective. While I suppose there are some quirky differences between the ways men and women view the world, and while I admire the marketing savvy of the author of "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," I never put much stock in the idea that our minds were fundamentally different.
April 18, 2016 |
Jim Kenney was 15 minutes into his pitch for a 3-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and still hadn't mentioned the word obesity . Philadelphia's mayor was far more focused on the city's pre-K crisis than its residents' waistlines. "We have a 26 percent poverty rate," he told me. "We have an incarceration rate of almost 7,000 people at any given time. And if we don't change generationally, educational opportunities, training opportunities, job opportunities for people, we're never going to get that 26 percent poverty rate down.
April 12, 2016
I CAN'T understand why our political leaders are not going into the city's areas of concern to discuss gun issues with young people. I'm sure they will find answers such as no jobs, lack of leadership and a host of other issues. You can't solve problems unless you go to the source. Once these issues are found, only then will we be able to change things. With all the new construction being planned and currently taking place in our city, Council members should be demanding that young people be accepted into a apprentice program in their district to give them a skill that will help them with some direction.
February 19, 2016
By Michael Saltsman Gov. Wolf proposed raising Pennsylvania's minimum wage by 41 percent, to $10.15, last week as part of his 2016-17 budget. Perhaps he's thinking second time lucky. Last year, as part of his first budget, he proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10. While the nickel-higher proposal is new, the economics of it remain the same. In 2014, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analyzed the effects of a $10.10 minimum wage applied nationally. It concluded that 500,000 jobs would be lost nationwide if it took effect.
January 20, 2016
Two facts stand out about the constituency that has rallied to Donald Trump. His supporters are angry, and they come overwhelmingly from the less affluent reaches of the Republican Party. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is betting on the aspirations of these voters over their anger, and it's just possible that he's on to something his opponents are missing. For the angry vote, there is a lot of competition. The main dynamic of last Thursday's Republican debate was the clawing and jabbing between Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Trump.
December 27, 2015
Services catering to children, seniors and pets. Child-enrichment, especially STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, tutoring, sports agility/leagues, swimming. Adult entertainment, such as "paint-and-sip" studios. Senior care, nursing-home searches, hospice facilities, senior learning. Animal care, grooming and boarding. Food, especially noodle/salad bars, fresh-juice bars, artisan pizza, and low-calorie restaurants. Property management (for real estate, boats and vacation property)
December 17, 2015 |
BEFORE LAST week, Temple football had produced four All-Americas, each of whom played between 1970 and 1986. None were defensive players. One, offensive lineman Bill Singletary, had his number (64) retired. Another, quarterback Steve Joachim, won the Maxwell Award. Running back Paul Palmer finished runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. Now, senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich has gone past all of them as the most celebrated Owl ever to put on a helmet. And it might not even be close.
November 29, 2015 |
The Willingboro convenience store worker fatally shot during a robbery Wednesday had come to America several years ago for better opportunities, and was sending money back to his family in Ghana, the store's owner said Friday. Matthew Mwinsori, 32, of Willingboro, was shot around 8:20 p.m. outside the Quick N Go in the 100 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Investigators on Friday were still looking for the shooter, who was seen entering the store on surveillance video. Sunny Singh, owner of the store, said Mwinsori had worked there and at a gas station Singh owns for almost a year, and that Mwinsori was closing out when the robbery occurred.
November 22, 2015 |
The winter holidays - starting with Thanksgiving this week - can be much more than a time for families to gather and celebrate. Mike Newell, a certified critical care nurse and case manager, says the visit to Grandma can also be an excellent time to assess how she is faring and consider whether you need to take extra steps to care for her. Newell is founder of Lifespan Care Management in Haddonfield. The company ( www.lifespancm.com ) offers health coordination and advocacy services for individuals and families.