October 31, 1991 |
Incumbent Darby Township Commissioner Lamont Jacobs says he will try to expand the township's offering of social programs if he is re-elected. Jacobs, 37, a Democrat representing the township's First Ward, said last week that he wanted to begin a program for single mothers on welfare in the township that would teach the women job-application skills. Jacobs said he had proposed the plan to the nonprofit group Community Action, which he hopes will agree to fund it. The project also would provide baby-sitting for the mothers going to job interviews.
August 18, 1991 |
Harry L. Webster, 70, who helped establish community and social service programs in Chester, Bucks and Montgomery Counties, died Friday at Leader Nursing Home in Lansdale. Mr. Webster lived in West Chester and Doylestown for more than 40 years and spent much of that time working to help local communities establish health clinics, education programs, community centers and camps. Mr. Webster was born in Coaldale, W.Va. He was a decorated Army platoon sergeant and a veteran of World War II. In 1947, he married Christine Clark and moved to West Chester, where he worked as a supervisor for Lukens Steel in Coatesville and taught science at Downingtown Industrial School.
November 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Negotiations to avert the year-end fiscal cliff advanced at a glacial pace Wednesday, with a dispute over how to tackle the soaring cost of federal retirement programs emerging as the latest roadblock to progress. Democrats complained that Republicans have yet to name their price for enacting legislation that would preserve tax cuts for the vast majority of Americans next year while raising revenue from the wealthiest 2 percent. Republicans, meanwhile, insisted that it is up to President Obama to offer a plan to restrain the cost of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security - the government's biggest and fastest-growing programs - in exchange for GOP concessions on taxes.
April 17, 2003 |
On Monday I had the opportunity to talk and listen to Rick Santorum, junior U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania, as he spoke to The Inquirer's Editorial Board about his favorite subjects: tax cuts, and how well the war in Iraq has gone. I know I am in danger of being called unpatriotic, but I was against the war, and from my urban perspective the jury is still out on the success of the Iraqi invasion. Now that Saddam has been deposed, the hard part comes: establishing a new governing body.
January 16, 2006 |
The attractive woman in the gray tailored suit looked the teenager in the eye and asked, "Three years from now, where do you see yourself?" LaTara Johnson, 16, cuddled her five-month-old daughter, Zahara, on her lap and confidently answered the familiar question: "Coming out of school. Going to a job. And taking care of Zaza. " "And not pregnant," the woman prompted. "Right!" the teen said. Only time will tell whether Johnson achieves her goals, but the very fact that she has set them is a good sign - and a testament to the influence of Sara Eldridge, 38, the woman in the suit.
August 23, 1995 |
The Rev. Gibbs Peterson uses music to attract people to The Potter's House, a nondenominational church he founded in a vacant building in Upper Darby. He and his wife, Marian, from Santa Fe, N.M., say they will establish social programs.
March 18, 1986
Americans have been force-fed the argument of social programs versus defense long enough. Social programs have been the main course for decades and this tasty temptation to spend large sums of money to help the least among us has in effect become unappetizing. Is it too much of a good thing or is it too much of a bad one? Social programs, in general, have had some benefit for very few people. It is arguable that those people have been absorbed into a formidable mainstream that would have been impossible for them without some assistance.
June 24, 1986 |
Criticizing the Reagan administration's record toward the poor, a panel of prominent Democrats met yesterday to call for new directions in social programs to help the poor help themselves. The panel of nationally recognized scholars and politicians warned that if the government continues to pretend there is no problem, America soon could be faced with a lost generation of jobless, hopeless and unproductive people. "Several million people, unless we do something about it, are heading toward a permanent status as wards of the state," said former Virginia Gov. Charles S. Robb, chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council that co- sponsored the forum.
January 26, 2012 |
ALTHOUGH IT is great to see the Daily News endorse the work of a living Philadelphia artist, the photographer Zoe Strauss, the most interesting part of this article is that the Daily News shares the concerns regarding the Mural Arts Program put forth a decade ago by the Heretical Society, which was an independent artists' organization that provided a critique of the culture industry in Philadelphia, and which disbanded in 2001. The final statement of the Daily News editorial is very similar to the last line of the Heretical Society tract, the essay "No More Ugly Murals.
November 7, 1995 |
Thirty years ago, the persistent condition of poor people in America gave birth to the War on Poverty. Having enjoyed two decades of economic prosperity, the country was disposed to extend assistance to those who did not benefit from that growth. Americans embraced both the spirit and purpose of those social programs with the best of America's values, intentions and tradition. Today, the rewards and benefits of economic growth are enjoyed by fewer people. While stock prices, corporate profits and productivity have climbed steadily, real wages have fallen.