September 3, 2011 |
As a former deputy secretary of PennDot under Gov. Tom Ridge, I have had the opportunity to see most of Pennsylvania from my car. From Venango County to Pike County to every county in between, I have traversed almost every highway and byway in this great state and have enjoyed every minute of it. While the landscape of Pennsylvania is beautiful, many of its roads, bridges and transit systems are in need of serious repair. Pennsylvania's infrastructure is aging significantly due to decades of underinvestment.
June 19, 2012 |
To Chris Kunda, the incredulity is as predictable as it is understandable. "We get 10 people a day who say, 'What do you mean, I have to buy a case!?' " said Kunda, owner of a King of Prussia beer business on Henderson Road, a bustling commuter strip and highway feeder in Montgomery County. For fourscore years, Pennsylvania has been an island among the states, requiring its beer "distributors" to sell beer by the case or keg or not at all. Now, that system may be confronting its most serious challenge to date.
September 26, 2012 |
In a last-minute effort, the state of Pennsylvania is again relaxing requirements for residents to obtain a photo identification card to vote in the forthcoming election. Starting today, all voters should be able to apply for the so-called voting-only picture ID by making one trip to a PennDot licensing center. The move was formally announced in a Commonwealth courtroom Tuesday morning where Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. is being asked to decide whether state officials have an adequate plan in place to insure all voters who need ID can access one. PennDot Deputy Secretary Kurt Meyers said the new policy to obtain a voting-only ID was implemented to address concerns by the state Supreme Court in its review of the controversial new voter ID law. In its opinion earlier this month, the court directed Simpson to block the law before the Nov. 6 election if he finds that the state has not done enough to ensure all voters can get the necessary photo ID to vote.
August 8, 2010
Pennsylvania 1817 Delancey Pl. , $5,850,000. 210 W. Washington Sq. unit 7se , $1,100,000. 718 S. Eighth St. , $760,000. 131 N. 20th St. , $700,000. 324 S. 16th St. , $695,000. 800 Admiral Peary Way unit 1845 , $666,950. 4212 Spruce St. , $661,000. 725 S. Marvine St. , $642,525. 205 Headhouse Ct. , $600,000. 730 N. Uber St. , $580,000. 604-636 S. Washington Sq. unit 2416 , $570,000. 236 Queen St. unit B , $555,000.
January 31, 2012
THE Pennsylvania House has declared 2012 "The Year of the Bible. " An official government resolution now calls the Bible the "word of God" and defines a "national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures. " The vote: 193-0. If 2012 is the Year of the Bible, that means it can't be the Year of: God, Jesus, America, patriotism, jobs, puppies wearing flag bandanas, babies, and, of course, babies with jobs wearing flag pins. Jokes aside, this sort of pandering is a problem.
January 24, 2013 |
Flu is declining in Pennsylvania, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday. Flu patterns are difficult to predict, and the state is still recommending vaccination against the virus. It is still considered widespread around the state. But for nearly every other measure - outpatient visits due to flulike illness, laboratory samples testing positive for the virus, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths - the week that ended Saturday saw less flu than the previous week.
June 13, 2012 |
Republicans have lost Pennsylvania in the last five presidential elections. Mitt Romney's pollster did not include it on a list of seven crucial battleground states in a PowerPoint presentation for donors last week. And President Obama has solid leads in recent polls here. Some analysts have gone so far as to argue that Pennsylvania should be labeled "light blue" - leaning Democratic - instead of a true swing state. Yet in the early going, both sides are making major moves to contest Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral votes.