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July 4, 1993 | By AMITAI ETZIONI
The Founding Fathers did not bother to write down a bill of particulars for our social responsibilities to match the Bill of Rights. In the days of closely knit communities and religiously committed individuals, one's responsibilities were all too clear - it was rights that needed enshrining. However, as public opinion polls keep reminding us, it seems we have come full circle - rights are now taken for granted while responsibilities are shirked. A study has shown that young Americans expect to be tried before a jury of their peers but are rather reluctant to serve on one. A survey of youth conducted by the People for the American Way found that, when asked what was special about the United States, the young people responded: "Individualism and the fact that it is a democracy and you can do whatever you want.
SPORTS
December 13, 2001 | By Tom McGurk INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When Erika Messam takes the court, she carries with her a lengthy to-do checklist of responsibilities in her mind. Need a clutch rebound? The 5-foot-8 senior from Pemberton delivers. A three-point basket? Knock it down and cross it off the list. Running the fastbreak, dishing off to the open player or provide leadership to the younger athletes? Check. Check. Check. Accomplishing all those things is tough enough for one player, but it's amazing stuff when you consider Messam is listed as a point guard.
NEWS
December 24, 1991 | By KIM SORVIG
America's founders never had junior-high Civics. The Constitution shows this quite clearly. Somehow, its authors missed a social message almost as ubiquitous as "wash your hands before eating" (and equally unpopular among adolescents): "Rights bring responsibilities. " The founders gave no voice to that basic social equation. America has a brilliant, 200-year-old Bill of Rights, but no comparable, complementary Bill of Responsibilities. The founders elevated our rights to be part of the nation's highest law, but citizens' responsibilities are spelled out by laws and policies far below the constitutional level, as if they were minor details to be bartered and fiddled with to fit the moment.
NEWS
December 8, 2004
WHILE cracking down on scofflaws in Philadelphia, why don't we go after the fathers who owe thousands in child support while we're at it? Is it fair to penalize only careless drivers while letting careless, negligent so-called "dads" avoid their responsibilities to the children they helped bring into the world? Marilyn Cedeno Philadelphia
NEWS
April 13, 1997
Mother's Day is approaching, and we want to hear from you. Tell us what it's like to be a mom in 1997. How has motherhood changed since your mother raised you? What kind of responsibilities do you juggle? What are the greatest challenges? What are the greatest joys? Send essays to Community Voices at the address above.
NEWS
April 28, 1997 | By Frank Spatocco
Many of us who volunteer time to a youth or community group never seem to realize the time spent year in and year out. Days fly, yet all we do is continue with our responsibilities, as we have chosen to get involved. Most of us work, sometimes two jobs, and have family responsibilities and other commitments. I guess there are many reasons we get involved. Maybe it's conscience, dedication, or just the enjoyment of working with kids. But it is not enough; we need more volunteers to take responsibility and reduce the workload.
NEWS
November 5, 1988
As technology has become more hyperactive, we the people have become more laid-back; as the deposits in its memory banks have become more fat, the deposits in man's memory bank have become more lean. Like Harold Pinter's servant, the machine has assumed the responsibilities that were once the master's. The latter has become the shell of a once thoughtful, though indolent, being. It is the Law Of Diminishing Enlightenment at work. - From the introduction to Studs Terkel's "The Great Divide"
NEWS
March 16, 2004
POOR PGW, crying again! Well, I don't want to hear it or pay more for it! My bill is already $250 a month! I am sick and tired of PGW. Granted, there are some PGW customers who could care less about paying their bill. I do my best to pay as much as I can every month. What about the people who do not qualify for any kind of assistance because they are not below poverty level but are middle-class and finding it hard to keep up? PGW, PECO and the Water Revenue Bureau are raising rates.
NEWS
July 25, 1991 | By Laurie Halse Anderson, Special to The Inquirer
Upper Gwynedd Township Commissioner Thomas Kemper has announced his resignation from the Board of Commissioners effective next Thursday. Kemper's term was due to expire Dec. 31, and he was not running for re-election. According to Township Manager Leonard Perrone, Kemper told the board that his increasing responsibilities at work would not leave him enough time to responsibly fill the position as commissioner. Kemper has served on the board since June 1984. Kenneth Kroberger is the only person running for Kemper's seat in the fall election.
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April 18, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Sage Piszek heard that the first barrel of used cooking oil was full, he was puzzled. Already? Maybe rain had somehow seeped in. But when he checked, it was full ... of oil. That told Piszek that the project in South Philadelphia's Indonesian community, the first of its kind in the region, was working. On Tuesday, officials - including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator - and community members gathered for a ceremonial pump-out of that first barrel.
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - State lawmakers gave utilities a passing grade for their handling of the Feb. 5 ice storm that knocked out power to nearly one million households. But each company, they said, has room for improvement. In testimony before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Thursday, executives for Peco, PPL, and First Energy said that although the ice storm was more destructive for Pennsylvania than Hurricane Sandy, its outages were resolved faster and customer satisfaction was higher.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
George Santayana famously said, "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. " But when it comes to Russia and Ukraine, Western leaders can't seem to decide which century's lessons they should take to heart. When Vladimir Putin's forces invaded Crimea, a stunned Secretary of State John Kerry initially opined: "It's a 19th-century act in the 21st century. " In other words, 21st-century rules of an interconnected world barred anything as atavistic as forceful seizure of European territory.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A higher-than-usual number of accidents due to lingering conditions after a heavy winter storm overwhelmed Pennsylvania Turnpike responders during the massive Valentine's Day pileup in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, turnpike officials told a Senate panel Tuesday. Mark Compton, the Turnpike Commission's chief executive officer, told the Transportation Committee that there were "gaps" in the agency's response. But he said the high volume of accidents across the turnpike during the morning rush hour on Feb. 14 because of scattered, fast-forming icy patches tested the agency's ability to reach the 100-plus vehicle pileup between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Was it the pistachios? The Muppets in the Toyota? The Cheerios girl angling for a puppy? You may think you know which Super Bowl ad you liked most. But through the efforts of Temple University scholars and a company called Innerscope Research, the picture has been clarified with the tools of hard science. As it has done for several years, Boston-based Innerscope measured certain physiological characteristics of people watching the much-ballyhooed commercials, including heart rates and breathing patterns.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
There has been very little excitement about Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.'s Action Plan v2.0 for Philadelphia public schools. But that's understandable. It's not that people don't like Hite or what he is trying to do. But they have been down this road before, and this time there's even less reason for optimism. It's the School District's little money problem - a deficit that at one point exceeded $300 million - that makes people skeptical. Hite's predecessors, Paul Vallas and Arlene Ackerman, got mixed results even when the district could get its hands on more cash.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
The tree that stood across the street from the Edkinses' house came crashing into their Radnor yard during the ice storm. The power went out. They got a generator, and the Edkinses prepared themselves for the days ahead. Responsibility for the tree, luckily, was not an issue. "We talked to [our neighbors] ahead of time, and we said that since it was shared . . . we would just split" any cost of removal, said Christine Edkins. "When it happened, everybody came out, because everyone is so close.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
IF A TREE falls in the yard but no one is around to claim it, does it have a keeper? That's the question the Daily News asked yesterday, following a record number of downed trees in the wake of this week's snow-and-ice storm. Many in the city were lucky to escape the power outages that affected swaths of the city and badly hit the suburbs - but those with saplings and shrubbery around their homes had a different experience. "It's tough because we can't control the fact we have so many trees, but it's very dangerous during storms like this," said Noreen Spota, administrative coordinator for the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
NEWS
December 18, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
WOODBURY The Gloucester County hazardous-materials team should meet and train more regularly, coordinate better with county public safety agencies, and develop a long-term plan to improve performance, an investigative panel concluded in a review of the team's response to last year's train derailment and chemical spill in Paulsboro. The county appointed the three-person panel in January, after a dozen firefighters from Washington Township quit the countywide Hazmat team, saying the air-monitoring equipment they used while responding to the toxic spill was inoperable.
NEWS
October 22, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BACK IN 1982, the nation was terrorized by the Tylenol poison scare. Although the fatal poisonings of seven people, including a 12-year-old girl, from taking cyanide-laced Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules were confined to the Chicago area, repercussions were felt everywhere. Johnson & Johnson, parent company of McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the drug's manufacturer, pulled 32 million packages of Tylenol off the shelves of stores throughout the nation, taking a huge nose-dive in profits as a result.
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