September 1, 2016
ISSUE | ETHICS Gifts come with a cost The late Gov. Bob Casey had a rule: No gifts could be taken by staff. Period. This bright line seemed rigid, but it made life simpler and avoided any appearance of impropriety. Once you allow officials to accept even modest gifts, it can be a slippery slope to more serious gifts and conflicts ("How D.A. nabbed Eagles passes," Sunday). It is easy for public officials, most working hard and foregoing private-sector income, to feel entitled to perks.
June 8, 2016 |
Philadelphians living in some of the hillier parts of town are pushing back on a city Planning Commission proposal to make it easier to build decks, driveways, and homes on steep slopes. Since implementation of the new zoning code in 2012, any development on land with more than a 25 percent slope (mostly in the Northwest part of the city) must get a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The planning board staff wants the discretion to exempt many steep-slope projects from the agency's permit review process.
July 31, 2015
ANY BOY SCOUT can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure Eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they're not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women. Of course, these days you won't hear a lot of people talking about the uniqueness of the male/female dichotomy. It's not considered polite to point out that only women can have babies, with the complementary help from men. Beyond that, it's now illegal to tell two women they can't marry each other, and God forbid we slip and call Caitlyn by his/her former name: Bruce "Olympian" Jenner.
August 14, 2014 |
Temple football coach Matt Rhule said he feels bad for the person who has to sit next to his son this week at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Nine-year-old Bryant Rhule is "out of his mind" about the Taney Dragons, his father said. The Rhules live in Center City, and Bryant Rhule plays for a younger Taney team. He attends the World Series each year with his grandparents, who live in Montoursville. "I wake up at 5:30 every morning and he's up with the app on his phone like, 'Look, Dad, look,' " Rhule said after Tuesday morning's football practice.
March 26, 2014
AS IF it's not bad enough that right-wing politicians have come between a woman and her doctor in decisions regarding her reproductive rights, now her boss may be able to join them. The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today about whether a company can refuse to include no-cost contraceptive coverage in its health-care plans, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, because of the owners' religious beliefs. We're not talking a religious company. We're talking a secular, for-profit company, or, in this case, two companies whose cases have been joined for argument purposes.
January 31, 2013 |
DAVOS, Switzerland - Be optimistic, and invest more in hiring and training young people, instead of complaining about their lack of skills. That was, in short, the message from two Philadelphia academics who came to the World Economic Forum here last week. Peter Cappelli and Katherine Klein were part of a delegation from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School that came to this ski resort. They advised the world's most influential business leaders - the CEOs of Citibank, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, and Goldman Sachs, to name just a few - on how to achieve economic growth and job creation.
January 24, 2013 |
Size matters says two New Jersey men who sued Subway, the sandwich franchise that advertises "footlong" sandwiches. The two men - from Burlington and Ocean Counties - measured their footlongs after seeing allegations from others that the sandwiches are falling short. They sued on Tuesday following a national debate in the social media about the size of the footlongs. Subway issued a statement on Wednesday saying officials had not received a copy of the lawsuit and it does not comment on pending litigation.
August 9, 2012 |
LONDON - The rivalry with those varmints north of the border was finally on. The U.S. against Canada: Yuengling vs. Molson, states vs. provinces, the Red, White, and Blue vs. the Great White North. That was the feeling Monday night, as the Americans and Canadians waged a soccer war for the ages. It was physical, it was intense, it was emotional. It took a goal by Alex Morgan in injury time of overtime for the U.S. women to advance to the gold-medal game. Just 14 hours later, it was time for Round 2: the United States and Canada in the quarterfinals of the Olympic women's basketball tournament.
June 19, 2012 |
As we near the end of the Supreme Court's term, many Americans are awaiting a decision on health-care reform with anticipation or trepidation. By the end of the month, the court is expected to decide whether the reform law's requirement that individuals purchase health insurance is constitutional. The principal argument of those in favor of the mandate is that individual decisions to purchase or not purchase health insurance substantially affect interstate commerce — to use the language the Supreme Court has used for nearly a century — and therefore fall within Congress' regulatory powers.
July 19, 2011 |
Question: I have a dilemma related to my ex-hus- band. We've been divorced a year, separated two. We were together more than five years. We were both very hurt by the breakup, but ultimately it was my decision to leave. There was no infidelity, no abuse. It was complicated but not vicious. Since the divorce, we've talked only to work out tax/financial issues, since we have no children together. It was always amicable, but awkward. This summer, my good friend from college is getting married to my ex's oldest friend (they actually introduced us)