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.
July 25, 2016 |
Danielle Arnold-Schwartz, a teacher in the Lower Merion School District, considers education her calling. Yet, when her 16-year-old daughter began mulling the same career path, she advised her to choose a second major, just in case. The profession, Arnold-Schwartz warned, has been undermined by skin-and-bones school budgets, testing overkill, increasingly rigorous teacher evaluations, and dimming public respect, among a raft of relatively recent negatives. "I don't think you'll find this as satisfying as you think," she told her daughter.
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.
February 7, 2013 |
SHAMOKIN, Pa. - The black mountain of coal waste that looms over Route 61 here is both a grimy testament to an ephemeral economy and an apt symbol for this town time has discarded. That anthracite refuse came from long-shuttered mines and collieries, closures that have halved Shamokin's population since the 1930s. Many of the remaining 8,000 residents are as old as the tattered clapboard houses they occupy. (Since 1996 the town, about 70 miles northwest of Allentown and 70 miles northeast of Harrisburg, has issued just four permits for new single-family homes.)
February 25, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - As he begins his tenure facing a $2 billion budget gap, struggling schools, and aging bridges and roads, Gov. Wolf said there's another key area to improve: his state's self-esteem. "I think one of the responsibilities that leadership in Pennsylvania [has] to address head on - not only the structural issues in education, transportation, all those things, but also the psychological issues that keep us, hold us, back," Wolf told other governors during a panel discussion of their states' economic challenges.