January 4, 2014 |
HARRISBURG In the state Capitol, Pete DeCoursey was both the guy you wanted to talk to - and the one you didn't. The Philadelphia native, who uprooted himself more than two decades ago to pursue a journalism career, made his name in government and political circles not just by the stories and columns he wrote for the online news service Capitolwire, but by who he was: a sometimes stubborn, sometimes prickly, always whip-smart reporter with a penchant for...
December 18, 2013 |
With political fund-raisers cramming the weekend calendar, cash flows like booze at the annual Pennsylvania Society event in New York City. Historically, recipients of the bounty are almost always those at the top of the political food chain. But this year, two rank-and-file lawmakers were the guests of honor at separate buzz-generating fund-raisers at the homes of prominent New Yorkers this past weekend. Call it the coming-out year for gay pols. Both Rep. Brian Sims (D., Phila.)
November 18, 2013 |
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tried to hide behind an Argonauts jersey last week. Justifiably embattled for personal failings so gross and numerous they make Lenny Dykstra seem genteel, Ford apparently hoped the XXXL football top would obscure his troubles better than it hid his girth. It didn't work. First, he wore it into City Council's chambers. Most members responded by turning their backs on him, a protest that, we can assume, reflected their feelings toward Ford and not Canadian football.
November 11, 2013 |
TRENTON Chris Christie wasn't the only one taking a victory lap the day after the election. Steve Sweeney took one, too. New Jersey's Senate president, a Gloucester County Democrat, exulted after his reelection Tuesday, mocked the Senate Republican minority leader who had funneled money to his challenger, and proclaimed that Democrats - who didn't lose a seat in the Senate despite a blowout win by Gov. Christie - would not be cowed by the Republican governor,...
October 8, 2013
WITH THE pathetic state of the American government, I am surprised there wasn't an army of citizens trying to take over the capital, so the people's lives can be addressed! All of these politicians have forgotten about the people. What good is health care when you have no jobs, no way to eat, no way to respect oneself, no way to live? Everyone, including the president, is out of touch with the people, who are suffering untold misery in this economic "depression" that they say we don't have.
October 4, 2013
It's hard to imagine, but the Philadelphia Daily News actually overreached more in its editorial against driller XTO Energy ("Drill Seeker," Sept. 13) than Attorney General Kathleen Kane did in her filing against the company. To compare an accidental leak that, according to state and federal regulators, caused no lasting environmental impact to a West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers is absurd. Let's be clear: an accident happened. The company responded immediately and cleaned the site.
September 19, 2013
Elite schools hurt Central High School and Masterman produce elite students year after year, yet now the libraries at both are closed ("Budget crisis shutters libraries at 2 top schools," Sept. 13). Where is the outrage? We cannot allow this to continue. City Council and Mayor Nutter do nothing but argue over which funding plan they should use to provide the School District much-needed cash. Simple solution: Do both. Meanwhile, Tom "The Slasher" Corbett, who masterminded this attack on Pennsylvania public schools, continues to withhold $45 million already dedicated to Philadelphia.
September 15, 2013 |
MT. CARMEL Baptist Church is a West Philadelphia landmark, a place of worship where political heavy hitters come to pray, and a force for social change in its neighborhood and beyond. We talked with the church's pastor, the Rev. Albert F. Campbell, about his congregation's beliefs, its good works, its considerable history and its challenges in the here and now. Who we are: Campbell described Mt. Carmel as a "traditional Baptist church" that has evolved and adapted to the community around it. When Campbell, 81, became pastor 47 years ago, the congregation was made up of neighborhood residents, who'd walk to the church every Sunday with their families, he said.
September 13, 2013
ONCE AGAIN, America's double standard rears its ugly head. All this outrage about Syria's use of chemical weapons, but when the U.S. was spraying Agent Orange all over Vietnam and Cambodia, nothing was said. Where was the outrage then? There are vets still suffering the effects of this defoliant and still being ignored by the VA. How much time and money did the U.S. spend trying to convince the American public that Agent Orange was not the cause of their health problems? Yes, I am now and always have been an Obama supporter, but I cannot go along with this plan to use military strikes against Syria.
September 12, 2013
AS WE ALL try to figure out what's wrong with America, I think we forget what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they created this government. They didn't expect politicians for life with no chance of parole. They didn't expect politicians to spend more time on getting re-elected than they do on the needs of the people. They didn't expect politicians constantly giving themselves pay raises and additional perks that the rest of us don't get. They didn't expect politicians to spend more time on vacation than actually working.