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NEWS
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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NEWS
August 24, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, in an email to his political supporters Monday morning, said he takes "full responsibility" for failing to disclose $160,050 in gifts in the last five years. That represents an evolution of Williams' approach to the controversy, which went public when his amended statements of financial interest were first reported on Aug. 15. "One of my requirements as an elected official is to fully disclose all gifts and or in-kind services I receive, even those from my closest friends and families," Williams said in an email issued by his campaign.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Snapchat, the popular social-media app, has been getting a workout in its first political convention season as delegates and visitors use it to share photos, videos, and personal observations instantly everywhere. It's also becoming a political weapon in the hands of sponsors who pay to reach the mostly younger users of the app. Special convention filters allow users, who access them for free, to superimpose colorful pictures or words over their images. Some are fairly neutral, such as "Protest cam" - a reference to the thousands of protesters who have flocked to the city.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, Staff Writer
Hours after Donald Trump said he hoped Russia had hacked into Hillary Clinton's private server and obtained some of her email correspondence as secretary of state, GOP surrogates sought to reshape Trump's message. "I'm sure what he means is they should be released to the FBI," former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said at a news conference in South Philadelphia, referring to the roughly 30,000 emails Clinton deleted, which she has said were personal in nature. The State Department had requested Clinton's emails to comply with a House investigation into the 2012 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Question: Today, my parents informed me (not asking) that they're coming to town for a month when my second baby is born, renting a place nearby as we have no room in our city apartment. I said, "Honestly, that's a little long, two or three weeks would be better," and they, mostly my mom, got totally huffy and said a bunch of stuff like, "We have a right to come to your city whenever we want," "We have lots of friends here," and "You don't have to entertain us" (yeah, right), "This is baffling," "You're being ridiculous.
NEWS
July 6, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
Parents, we've all been there in the dark of night. Staggering half-asleep into the wailing baby's bedroom and quickly administering a bottle or breast so everyone can collapse back into bed. Don't do it, say Pennsylvania State University researchers. If you can resist the habit of making feeding your first response, your baby likely will sleep better and may weigh less as a result. This recommendation is one of a list of good-parenting guidelines that the Penn State team distributed to more than 130 families in the Harrisburg area.
NEWS
June 19, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, Classical Music Critic
Those who have longed to hear the ceaselessly modern voices of The Crossing sing something old - as in J.S. Bach old - will finally get their wish, though in poetically fragmented form. Having established itself as a new-music ensemble over the last decade, The Crossing and its cofounder/director Donald Nally now take on a massive work of compassion and suffering - political and social implications included. The project is built around the 1680 crucifixion oratorio Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude, interspersed with seven new companion pieces by contemporary composers from around the world, each with highly individualistic voices.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Pat Toomey
DEAR ED, Thank you for your kind words about me in your recent "open letter" in the Daily News. I have long enjoyed our good working relationship, and look forward to continuing it. In this time of extreme partisanship, it is very valuable for our state and our country to have mutual respect across the aisle, as you and I have shown is possible. On the critical issue of stopping gun violence, we share much common ground. As you noted, in 2013, I was proud to cross the aisle and join Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to support an expansion of background checks to prevent more people with criminal histories and dangerous mental illnesses from obtaining guns.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Socially responsible investing used to be on the fringe. Now, it's officially mainstream, said Amy O'Brien, managing director and head of TIAA Global Asset Management's Responsible Investment Team. But for any given company or group of them, what constitutes the relevant ways to be socially responsible or sustainable? "Jargon is certainly part of the problem," O'Brien said. To solve that problem, the fund-tracking firm Morningstar earlier this year introduced the industry's first scoring system for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds for ESG, or environmental, social, and governance metrics.
NEWS
June 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
Bill Lyon has done it again, striking a chord with readers. Soon after the legendary retired Inquirer sports columnist disclosed he is battling Alzheimer's disease in a piece posted on Philly.com Saturday, and slated for publication in the Sunday Inquirer, a torrent of support from readers followed. Lyon's column, " My Alzheimer's fight: Never, ever quit ," has been shared on Twitter and Facebook, and emailed from friend to family. Online, commenters wrote in to celebrate the sportswriter, to cheer on his fight, and to thank him for sharing his experience.
NEWS
April 8, 2016
ISSUE | JURY DUTY A civic responsibility If only 14 percent of Philadelphia residents summoned to jury duty show up, it's past time for the Inquirer to run a series about all the privileges of being an American ("Seeking new way to get jurors," Monday). Jury duty is not supposed to be - never has been - cushy, convenient, remunerative, or entertaining. It's an obligation of all legal residents, who should be proud to serve. |Bruce M. Brown, Bryn Mawr
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