September 13, 2016
By Tom Borelli Plans for a new oil pipeline just went up in flames - literally. This summer, radical environmentalists in Iowa set fire to pipeline construction equipment, causing nearly $1 million in damages. The incident was hardly isolated. Environmentalists nationwide are desperately working to stop pipeline construction. In Massachusetts, for example, several protesters locked themselves to their cars - with bike locks - in an effort to block construction of a pipeline in West Roxbury.
August 13, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Trump's flaws are dangerous A letter signed by 50 former senior Republican security officials claimed that Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency (Philly.com, Monday). Were I still teaching at Rider University, I would use Trump's response as an example of a person trying to reduce cognitive dissonance or discomfort. The letter criticized Trump's knowledge, values, temperament, and behavior. To maintain his self-esteem and avoid the hard work required to change, Trump impugned the signees' motives.
June 6, 2013
WASHINGTON - Defying Republican critics, President Obama named outspoken diplomat Susan Rice as his national security adviser yesterday, giving her a larger voice in U.S. foreign policy despite accusations that she misled the nation in the aftermath of the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The appointment, along with the nomination of human-rights advocate Samantha Power to replace Rice as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, signals a shift by Obama toward advisers who favor more robust American intervention overseas for humanitarian purposes.
May 8, 2013 |
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Right-wing extremists shout Nazi salutes and attack a man they believe is Jewish. Black-booted militants frighten aging Holocaust survivors. Writings of authors linked to a pro-Nazi regime are recommended reading for schoolchildren. Hungary is seeing a rise in anti-Semitism, which the prime minister is now vowing to fight. Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a gathering of Jewish representatives Sunday that anti-Semitism is "unacceptable and intolerable. " The meeting of the World Jewish Congress is being held in Budapest to draw attention to a rise in anti-Semitism in this Eastern European country.
May 3, 2013
DEAR HARRY: One of my chief financial concerns is having control of my finances. I have set up a will, legal and medical powers of attorney, etc., through a lawyer who specializes in elder law. I'm still leery of online banking because of the security risk, the risk of errors, the possibility of getting confused. I am nearing 83 years old and feel that I'm slowing down. I'm thinking of setting up an automatic-payment plan to handle my monthly credit-card bill. For years, I have had direct deposit for my Social Security and my pension, as well as automatic payments for all my bills other than my credit card.
January 9, 2013 |
We have to move away from the divisive "guns or no guns" debate to avert a cycle of senseless violence. Vice President Biden and his new task force on gun violence should consider the long-term potential of new technology to address the problem. We have tried a variety of approaches, including background checks under the Brady bill, the assault-weapons ban, increased police protection, and public awareness campaigns. These options may have temporarily or partly addressed the problem, but none have worked well.
November 13, 2012
Questions that need answers Journalists need to pursue the following questions concerning the resignation of CIA Director David H. Petraeus ("Lawmakers question FBI probe of Petraeus," Monday): How does a journalist/author deal with a source with whom there is a sexual relationship? And vice versa? Both of them are compromised, right? And if the source is the head of the CIA, then there is no limit to the end of questions that raises. When will someone ask them? If the FBI seemingly stumbled on this relationship, when did the FBI director know?
September 10, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Not so long ago, in the name of security, top state House leaders championed the need to give the chamber's guards the power to carry guns. Not anymore. House officials have quietly decided to strip the roughly 16 uniformed guards, who also act as the chamber's sergeants-at-arms, of their firearms. They did so after discovering that one had been carrying a gun for years despite a criminal history. That security officer was fired in early May, and three who supervised him resigned shortly afterward, according to House records and interviews.
January 13, 2011 |
Ride the Ducks has its work cut out for it in Philadelphia. The duck-boat company is facing a number of lawsuits and trying to get city approval to resume operating. And now the feds are breathing down its neck. Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and other federal officials have told the National Park Service and city officials that Ride the Ducks' former loading zone along 6th Street north of Market poses a security risk to the federal courthouse.
November 7, 2007 |
And now, for something completely bizarre featuring a rapping rodent named G-Hog and a gaggle of flashdancers trying to get teenagers interested in health careers. Clearly, I'm in need of some counter-programming after all the gun violence and vicious political ads of recent weeks. But how to do justice to one of the strangest uses of $4,157 in taxpayer money in Pennsylvania history? I'm talking about the Department of Labor and Industry promoting Health Careers Week (Nov. 5-9)