March 4, 2013
Can't put a price on internships Far from being exploitive, our law firm's internship program has provided valuable training and real-world experience that no college education can provide. Furthermore, far from keeping people unemployed, our internship program has helped push many Philadelphians into positions they otherwise would not have been qualified for, helping them and the local economy as their income increases ("Wanted: Talented, driven. Pay: $0," Feb. 24). There may be plenty of subpar internships out there, just as there are plenty of subpar jobs.
January 15, 2009 |
This year will mark the fifth anniversary of Pennsylvania's gaming law, originally conceived as a way of protecting the state's horse-racing industry. Neighboring states such as Delaware and West Virginia had instituted slot-machine gaming to boost purses at their racetracks. But the bill's initial intent got hijacked at some point. Signed by Gov. Rendell in July 2004, the bill was sold not as horse-racing protectionism, but as a tax-relief vehicle. Revenue from gaming, it was said, could be used to trim property taxes.
January 12, 2007
Some may be happy about slots arrival By what litmus test does Steve Zettler (letter, Jan. 4) unequivocally state that "virtually the entire citizenry does not want slots parlors anywhere ever"? I know many people of modest means who enjoy playing slots with no expectation of retiring on their winnings. They enjoy the thrill of small-time gambling for the price of two tickets to see the Eagles or a Broadway show. Why should anyone assume those who play slots are poor, uneducated people who know no better?
December 5, 2006 |
Persuading the city's leadership to eliminate the business-privilege tax will be the top priority of the Philadelphia Bar Association's incoming chancellor, employment lawyer Jane L. Dalton. Dalton is an avid list-maker who writes down the books she wants to read and movies she wants to see. She has started a new list - of her Bar Association priorities. They include promoting judicial independence and boosting participation among the group's 13,000 members. "We want to encourage people to become more involved," said Dalton, of Philadelphia, the first woman partner at Center City law firm Duane Morris L.L.P.
August 3, 2006
Re the "True blues" food column by Marilynn Marter (June 29): We eat and drink color! In my experience in the food industry, taste is one of the important qualities in evaluating food, but how the food looks is equally important. The art of cooking and the act of eating require all five senses: taste, sight, touch, smell and sound. Try cooking with an artist's point of view. I once prepared a lunch that included no fewer than a dozen fruits and vegetables. The juicy red watermelon paired with the yellow tomatoes and delicate purple slivers of red onion tasted as refreshing as they looked.
September 23, 2005 |
CASINO critics like to claim that state-supported gambling levies a regressive tax on the poor. Seems the poor spend more "disposable" income on the slot pulls, scratch offs and shell games that more and more states have come to rely on. In short, they are more susceptible to the lure of flashing lights and spinning cylinders than the better-heeled among us. As a result, social scientists tell us, the poor sacrifice much more for the greater...
May 20, 2004 |
Last month, I presented a resolution in Philadelphia City Council honoring the memory of Cesar E. Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers. His grandson Paul came from California to accept this honor. Chavez believed that the strongest act of humanity is to sacrifice ourselves for others. He believed that the toughest things were worth it because they had to be done. He always said "Si, se puede," which translates to "Yes, it can be done. " This simple imperative was the great moral heart of his politics - the politics of a God-fearing, God-loving man. In the spirit of Chavez, champion of migrants and other workers, I am proud to cosponsor a bill by Councilman David Cohen that would modify Philadelphia's wage and net profit tax to substantially reduce wage tax burdens on the working poor.
May 8, 2003 |
The perennial discontent over property taxes and politicians' perennial resistance to assuaging taxpayers' concerns is spurring a push to have voters take responsibility for a solution. An Assembly committee is scheduled to consider today a constitutional convention to deal solely with the property-tax issue. "We're not going to do it ourselves," said Sen. John Adler (D., Camden). "Both parties are too skittish to do it. " If both houses of the legislature approved the measure and the governor signed it, voters would be asked in November whether they favored the constitutional convention.
April 23, 2002 |
The effort to convene a constitutional convention to reform New Jersey's tax structure and end what many consider to be an overreliance on the local property tax is badly misplaced. It is, in effect, an indictment of past legislatures and governors - and presumably the current administration - for lacking the courage or political will to address the issue effectively, if at all. Save the taxpayers' money; forget the convention. The legislature can solve the problem tomorrow by doing what everyone involved knows must be done: Raise either of the state's two broad-based taxes - sales or income.