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)
July 1, 2011 |
ON A TRANQUIL, tree-lined street in Ocean City, a woman with a sunny smile soaked the blue and pink hydrangeas in front of her bungalow one recent summer morning. Startled at first by a reporter, her warmth returned when she spoke of her deep roots in "America's Greatest Family Resort," the generations that had come and gone right there on Asbury Avenue over the past century. When asked about the dark sign nailed to the porch of her peach-colored cottage, though - the one that read "Don't Change Ocean City" with a little crossed-out beer bottle on it - storm clouds arrived.
April 14, 2011 |
ED BARKOWITZ THERE ISN'T a team in the Eastern Conference that the Flyers can't beat. And, as they showed in their struggles against lowly Atlanta, there isn't a team they can't lose to, either. The inconsistency is maddening, but this team undoubtedly responds when it must. The most significant response will need to come from rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was yanked in the regular-season finale. Nobody in the East has been better than Buffalo recently, so this won't be a quick, first-round walk like last season, when the Flyers disposed of New Jersey in five.
February 24, 2011
I am sorry to see that the issue of alcohol has been brought up again in Ocean City ("Shore BYOB battle brewing," Saturday). The argument that business there is hurting because alcohol is not available is hogwash. Have you noticed the crowds on the boardwalk and the long lines at restaurants? I realize that the restaurateurs are only asking that customers be permitted to bring wine or beer into their establishments, but that is one slippery slope. If this passes, next there will be a proposal to allow bars and liquor stores.
January 3, 2011
BRAVO FOR someone standing up for civil and human rights in the face of a thinly veiled attempt at blackmail and extortion to which our City Council seems willing to acquiesce. The Scouts are using "court costs" like some 30 pieces of silver in exchange for the value of our anti-discrimination laws. Mel Heifetz is my neighbor and friend, and I'm proud of what he did with his offer to buy the Scout HQ - standing up for what's right not what's expedient. The city's "solution" is tantamount to giving in to blackmail by the Scouts who were using the city's having to pay the cost of litigation as a weapon to subvert legally enacted civil and human rights defined under the city charter, the very laws the mayor and City Council are sworn to uphold.