May 7, 1991 |
The "What If" game of politics is usually played with promises about just how wonderful the future will be if X is elected. Candidates ask you to have faith, trust their ideals and elect them to office on the basis of little more than faith and trust. In his campaign for the Democratic nomination for mayor, Ed Rendell asks you to rely on more than faith and trust. He asks you to reminisce with him about the future. He reminds people of his last campaign for mayor and points with pride to his platform in the 1987 primary as a road map to the city's future.
December 22, 1994 |
For months, the township's tax collector ignored Montgomery County's treasurer and controller, and snubbed the taxpayers. Certified letters from County Treasurer Jay Moyer were returned to sender. Phone calls from County Controller Richard Buckman went unanswered. Nasty letters from mortgage companies started to land in taxpayers' mailboxes. And people started to wonder whether Don Flynn even existed. Flynn's office owed the Spring-Ford School District $710,000, the township at least $27,000, and the county almost $100,000.
September 26, 1993 |
During Thursday morning's broadcast of WPVI-TV's AM Philadelphia, Frank Moore, general manager of Lower Bucks Cablevision, was deluged with angry phone calls. Moore had scheduled a show called Race and Reason by White Aryan Nation leader Tom Metzger for Oct. 4 on the public access station operated by the cable company. But the ABC affiliate's news magazine show featured Ku Klux Klan member Harry Heriegel of Penndel, who had brought Metzger's tape to Moore. Heriegel announced that Metzger's show was obsolete and that he intended to telecast a show on the public access station featuring his own white supremacist viewpoint.
June 19, 2011 |
I'll warn you first that what you are about to read comes from Demos, a liberal think tank based in New York City. I neither endorse nor oppose Demos' opinions. I just found some of them interesting in light of an e-mail I received from a lawyer who donates time to borrowers at Philadelphia's mortgage-foreclosure diversion court. In my May 29 column, I wrote that the government didn't have much of a track record solving housing's problems, citing the Home Affordable Modification Program's results as an example.
September 23, 2008 |
Wayne Bryant didn't keep any personal items in his office at the School of Osteopathic Medicine. He didn't use the computer, and he never asked the dean's secretary for help with administrative matters. "He was always on the phone or reading the newspaper," said the secretary, Wendy McCrann, as Bryant's political corruption trial entered its second week yesterday. Federal prosecutors have charged Bryant, the former state senator, with soliciting a "low-show" job at the school in exchange for his influence as chair of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
April 27, 2005 |
It sounded like a routine drunken-driving arrest when Upper Darby Police Officer Jerome Brown described the night he charged Dante Panichi 3d with DUI in 2003. Yesterday, Brown told a Delaware County jury that he saw Panichi's silver Lincoln swerving between lanes on Township Line Road in Upper Darby. Brown testified that he followed the vehicle about a half-mile and then pulled the driver over. That's when Brown said he smelled alcohol and when Panichi, of Bala Cynwyd, told the officer he had drunk a few beers at Anthony's, a local bar and restaurant.
May 9, 1996 |
City Hall has misplaced a few things over the years, including three sophisticated computer printers worth a total of $270,000 and a $146,000 machine that treats sludge. They're part of $14 million worth of equipment reported missing in the 1990s alone. Where did it all go? No one seems to know, said City Controller Jonathan A. Saidel in an audit of the city's Procurement Department released yesterday. Saidel warned that city government property is disappearing at "an alarming rate.
April 29, 1993 |
A manufacturing firm in Bensalem, Bucks County, yesterday was found liable for age discrimination and ordered to pay $60,267 in damages to a warehouseman who was laid off at age 61 after 14 years of service. Robern Inc., which makes aluminum railings and medicine cabinets, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell to pay an additional $11,680 in attorneys fees and costs, and to reinstate the ex-employee, Harold F. Curtis. Curtis was making $9.85 an hour at Robern when he was terminated Feb. 15, 1991.
December 2, 2007 |
I'm all about little objects of interest lately. Whether poised on stacks of paper or simply perched as decoration, this small ceramic bir d sculpture is always sitting pretty ($30). Available at www.curiosityshoppeonline.com . (1) With its soft geometric shape, Wingard's ceramic Truffault lamp ($284-$368) would bring a beautiful monotone texture to a living room or bedroom. Available in white and yellow at Open House, 107 S. 13th St. (2) I'd love to have someplace to write and think - away from the computer, that is. The mid-century styling of George Nelson's Swag Leg Desk ($1,745)
October 29, 2001 |
People who joke about mountains of paperwork haven't seen Ray Kostin's desk. Or, to be more precise, desks. His archives need more than one. Out on the old double desk behind the service counter, the stack is snowdrift-size. It's so big it has a presence and character all its own, so big it's almost sculptural. The folks at Rittenhouse Lumber, which Kostin owns, joke that they're glad they have insurance - just in case the stack should fall on someone. It's a magnum opus 43 years in the making.