February 13, 1987
Charles W. Bowser's reply to his critics is typically a "losing" attorney's response when he does not have a valid defense. He resorts to a smoke-screening technique because he must say something to defend his actions. In his response, he left out the basic inflammatory comments. Why? If he believed them to be correct he should restate them proudly. Whether he cares to admit it, Mr. Bowser is a prominent leader in the black community because he is a partner in a law firm and because of his political status.
December 4, 2000 |
Ever since Councilman Nutter introduced smoke-free workplace legislation in May, there's been a loud and heated controversy over the issue. Even though the legislation covers workplaces in general, all of the debate has focused on restaurants. You may be thinking that this is a typical conflict between health and environmental interests on one side, business profits on the other. This is exactly what the cigarette companies want you to think. In fact, there will be no losses to restaurants.
May 2, 2013 |
The Eagles twice passed on Geno Smith, and it's reasonable to wonder whether their interest in the West Virginia quarterback was ever that significant. This topic was debated leading up to the draft, and intrigue was added when owner Jeffrey Lurie accompanied coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman on a personal scouting visit to West Virginia. "First off, it wasn't a smoke screen," Kelly said Tuesday morning on WIP-FM (94.1). "We were as thorough with Geno as anyone else with our evaluation.
December 15, 1990 |
Over the years, I have developed a grudging and entirely perverse admiration for the tobacco industry. The corporate heads, the lawyers, the lobbyists could teach Outward Bound a thing or two about survival skills. Every time the cigarette pushers are cornered into an hypocrisy, terminally trapped in an inconsistency, forced up against a scientific wall, they get loose. They go off whistling, and jiggling the extra change in their pockets. But their current ploy has a can-you-top-this quality.
December 6, 1998 |
It is one of America's most prized public-health secrets. And it is locked in the boardrooms of the nation's major cigarette companies. Will smoking rates fall as a result of price increases announced by the companies recently to pay for a $206 billion deal with 46 states? In particular, will fewer children smoke? Or will tobacco companies, using the complicated financial structure of the deal, find ways to discount prices and keep people smoking? "No one outside of the industry can predict precisely what will happen to cigarette consumption this year," said Kenneth Warner, an expert on health policy at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
December 20, 1993
A week ago, we were sadly certain that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would approve legislation overturning local ordinances banning assault weapons - setting back efforts to curb violence in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. We envisioned the gun-loving majority of legislators voting - like the sportsmen's club members many of them are - to keep gun access easy, even if the price is lives lost in the cities, far from the woodsy tranquility of their hunting grounds. Happily, our scenario was all wrong.
September 13, 2002
MICHELLE Malkin's most recent column, in which she seeks to diminish African-Americans' demands for reparations, is one of many instances that the Daily News has dutifully trotted her out as a token "woman of color" to give validity to thinly disguised racism. Her claim that the Filipino people should sue the U.S. government, Spain and the Catholic Church for crimes against humanity could be taken seriously if she weren't using that as a smoke screen - and I agree with her that the Filipino people should receive reparations from the above criminals.
October 9, 2011
George Parry is a former state and federal prosecutor practicing law in Philadelphia The exciting word is spreading through the "Occupy Wall Street" picket line that President Obama is about to straighten out yet another segment of the immoral capitalist class that has been gleefully polluting the planet in pursuit of obscene profits. Unlike the customary big-business types, who are easily identified by their corporate jets, expensive suits, pinkie rings, and cigars the size of small baseball bats, this group hides behind an earnest, salt-of-the-earth image.
September 23, 2005 |
One of the reasons the Phillies say they still are in the National League wild-card race is the more relaxed atmosphere in the clubhouse (i.e. no Larry Bowa). Bowa is working for ESPN and XM Radio this season, but he talked Wednesday on WFAN-AM (660) in New York about recent comments by former players, specifically those made in this week's Sports Illustrated. "There's a lot of sensitive players on that team, and a lot of them really did not like the fact that I had played in Philly, won a World Series in Philly," he told the radio station.
May 16, 1986 |
A Municipal Court judge has convicted Gloucester City Mayor Robert Bevan of simple assault for forcibly removing the city treasurer's son from a closed council session in March. Brooklawn Judge John Jehl, who issued the decision Wednesday night, fined the mayor $105, including court costs. In an interview yesterday, Bevan said he would not appeal the ruling. "Appeal?" the mayor asked. "No, I'm not going to appeal. I don't want to cost the taxpayers any more money. " Bevan had been accused of simple assault by Robert Gorman, 24, an accounting student at Rutgers University in Camden.