February 11, 1994
Many people, even frequent opponents, have described Gov. Casey as "compassionate. " His public pronouncements on topics like welfare have seemed to support that view. When governors of other states were looking to eliminate general assistance welfare to adults, Casey vowed the opposite. "I'll be damned if I'll tell the walking wounded of our society that we're going to throw you down the steps to find a job," he said in 1992. Even some members of the Legislative Black Caucus who walked out on Casey's budget message Tuesday - protesting "draconian" proposals to cut welfare - have referred to the governor as a man they knew to be compassionate.
March 10, 1988 |
Henry Moore thought he was buying a house when he gave his money to real estate man Morris Geller. "He wanted to help me," remembered Moore, a retired maintenance man. Anyone watching the two negotiate the deal would have thought "we were in heaven," Moore said. But after months of hard work on the North Marston Street house - after replacing plumbing and windows, after painting and stuccoing - Moore learned the bitter truth: he had spent $1,200 on a house that wasn't his. Geller had no connection to the property he sold Moore, city records confirm.
June 28, 2013
IT LOOKS as if Pennsylvanians have figured out Gov. Corbett's shell game. His "no new taxes" approach at the state level has led to a combination of deep cuts in the budgets of local school districts, plus a round of local tax increases to lessen the impact. The situation is true not just in Philadelphia, but in districts across the state. Voters in Pennsylvania are not happy with the situation. A statewide poll commissioned by Public Citizens for Children and Youth and the Pennsylvania Center for Budget and Policy shows that voters are aware of the cuts.
January 8, 1987 |
A new one-hour weekly chase/adventure series with a Southern California locale but aspirations to international vagabonding bows tonight on the CBS network. "Shell Game," a kind of "Remington Steele" operating on both sides of the law, takes over Channel 10's 8-to-9 p.m. slot formerly shared by "Twilight Zone" (zapped) and "Simon & Simon" (moved to 9-10 p.m. as lead-in to "Knots Landing"). "Designing Women" (formerly 9:30-10 p.m.) is being placed "on hiatus," which is networkese for the taxi squad.
October 18, 1986
The wandering shell game that passes for Philadelphia's quest to find a safe, long-term, affordable way to get rid of its trash has cranked up for fall. It's a ritual by now, like watching the playoffs. But it's not half as rewarding. In fact, it's one of the most costly spectator sports this city has ever seen. And if 1986 appeared to hold promise of conclusion, look again. Instead of biting the bullet, City Council wants to chase a few more rabbits. Let's talk about Rome. Mayor Goode and his deputies - trying to pry support from Council for a trash-to-steam plant at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - proposed an expense- paid tour of a small-scale version of the plant that recently began operating in environmentally conscious Oregon.
March 15, 1989
More cops. That's what Philadelphians say they want. And that's what Mayor Goode has promised to give them. The mayor promised 400 more police this year, and 300 more in each of the next three years. With a price tag of $14 million for just the first 400, you might ask these questions: Just where the money will come from? Will the additional cops really materialize? How deeply will critical social programs be cut to pay the bill? Most important, will any of this folderol produce a better-policed city?
September 16, 1986 |
Once in a while, I put aside my nagging skepticism about politics and politicians just long enough to pop my head up into the prevailing winds to see whether anything has changed. It was during one of these brief reconnaissance missions that I encountered U.S. Rep. James Florio, D-NJ, a longtime veteran of the toxic waste wars in the U.S. House of Representatives. Florio, a soft-spoken and thoughtful man, sat on an arm of a chair at a recent reception organized in his behalf, and we spoke about whether the country would survive Reagan and the conservatives.
June 10, 1988 |
There's a heavy female streetwalking problem in Sea Isle City. It appears about this time every year, just when the shore traffic starts getting heavier. Sometimes the results aren't pretty. About three years ago, the citizenry got up in arms about the streetwalkers. Actually, they took them in their own hands and started whisking them off. The streetwalkers of Sea Isle City are not your typical long-legged city kind, to be sure. In fact, these shore females have stumpy, scaly legs and pretty rough-looking exteriors.
June 29, 1990 |
Heeeeeeeeeeelp! School's out! Kids at home. Nagging. Fighting. Whining. "Take me to the pool, Mom . . . I want to go to Sean's house and watch 'Ninja Turtles,' Dad. . . . Sorry, Mom, I left the gate open and the dog got away. . . . I want to go to the 7-Eleven, Dad. . . . Timmy changed the channel. Wahhhhhhhhhhh! . . . Sound familiar? Well, a local author and public-relations whiz has come up with a way to make these summertime blues a little more bearable. And she also has some suggestions for lightening up long car trips, baths, sick days, rainy days, bedtime, even time spent in waiting rooms.
January 26, 2013 |
When businesses threaten to move from city to suburbs or across state lines but just a short drive away, state economic-development offices spring into action in the name of saving or attracting jobs. Their carrot of choice may be a tax credit or an outright grant. Paying to retain jobs is an all-too-frequent practice, and it drives all sorts of diligent, taxpaying business people nuts. The Washington advocacy group Good Jobs First calls it a "fraudulent shell game. " It released a report Thursday that blasted several states for "pirating" jobs from other states, noting that in some areas, the use of incentives had increased during these slow job-creation times.