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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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January 27, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority to manage demand response, the market for compensating electricity customers who reduce their power consumption during peak demand hours. Big electricity generators, who compete with demand response in power markets, had challenged FERC's authority. They argued that the federal agency may only regulate wholesale sales of electricity, and that demand response intrudes on the retail market, which is the sole province of state regulators.
NEWS
January 4, 2016
Rana Elmir is the deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan As an American Muslim, I am consistently and aggressively asked - by media figures, religious leaders, politicians, and Internet trolls - to condemn terrorism to prove my patriotism. I emphatically refuse. Make no mistake: The terror imposed by those who sympathize with Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State extremist group), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, and other groups is just as foreign to me as the terror advanced by mostly white men at the alarming rate of one mass killing every two weeks in this country.
NEWS
December 20, 2015 | By David Sell, Staff Writer
Sixteen-year-old Craig Terry was one of the young men to whom Mayor-elect Jim Kenney apologized Friday at the My Brother's Keeper Philadelphia Summit, when he said too many young men of color in Philadelphia are stopped and frisked for no reason. Kenney, 57, said that his 26-year-old son "looks like me," meaning white, and that neither he nor his son had ever been frisked by police. "I apologize to you for times you have been disrespected, for the times there was no explanation why a police officer stopped you," Kenney told more than 200 people at Community College of Philadelphia.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia city controller and the Nutter administration tangled over Fire Department response times Wednesday. City Controller Alan Butkovitz contended that the Fire Department has been slower in responding to emergencies under Mayor Nutter. Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer countered by contending that Butkovitz misapplied national standards and that the city's response times for fires were better than national averages. Butkovitz was unmoved, calling it "preposterous" that Sawyer was questioning his research.
NEWS
December 10, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shoulder to shoulder they stood: imams in kufis, ministers in robes, rabbis in skullcaps, elected officials and community leaders in business suits. Against that backdrop at City Hall on Tuesday, Mayor Nutter condemned the "ignorant act" of the person who left a severed pig's head outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society mosque and school in North Philadelphia. The head was found Monday morning. Dropping part of a pig at a mosque has a special significance because pigs are anathema to Muslims who observe halal dietary laws.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sunoco Pipeline L.P. said Friday it accepted responsibility for a contractor who conducted repair work without permits on its Mariner East Pipeline project earlier this year, resulting in a $59,000 civil settlement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Sunoco said a contractor that it did not identify had submitted permit applications for the work, but performed the repairs before the permit was issued. The repairs were in Berks, Blair, Cumberland, Huntingdon, and Perry Counties.
NEWS
October 24, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The architect on site before the deadly 2013 Market Street building collapse told a jury this month that he knew the conditions were unsafe and reported his concerns to the contractor, but not to the city. He should have been legally required to do so, according to a member of Philadelphia City Council who has proposed legislation that would compel architects and others to report dangerous conditions on construction and demolition sites. "If you don't like the shade of the color of the drapes, that's not what I'm talking about," said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. "But if there is something structurally unsound that could cause a catastrophe, then you have the responsibility to say something.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
SUPERINTENDENT William Hite has just about had it with the outsourcing firm Source4Teachers. The Cherry Hill firm "guaranteed" improvement this fall in the district's fill rate - the percentage of vacant classrooms covered by substitute teachers - over the previous system run by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The company said its rate would be 75 percent by the start of school and 90 percent in January. That guarantee fell apart from the first week of school when the Source4Teachers fill rate was about 11.5 percent.
NEWS
October 9, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Public Safety Training Campus in Chester County opened in May to provide hands-on training for fire, police, and emergency medical professionals. Now, aspiring first responders in the Octorara Area School District, which serves parts of western Chester County and Lancaster County, can be added to the list. Octorara Senior High School's Homeland Security and Protective Services Program is partnering with the county so its students can use the state-of-the-art equipment and tactical village as part of a pilot program.
NEWS
September 4, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
IN HIS LETTER Tuesday about the upcoming Holy Year that starts in December, Pope Francis expanded on the general idea that all people who seek forgiveness will be forgiven as an experience of God's mercy. He added that during this special year, also known as a Holy Year of Mercy, all priests will have authority to forgive women who have had abortions. In many parts of the world, only bishops have had the authority to forgive abortion. Francis' letter doesn't represent a change in the church's doctrines.
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