March 17, 2015 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - George Zimmermann calls it a "living classroom. " Leaving PowerPoint presentations and books behind at Stockton University, the professor leads his students into the Pine Barrens that surround the Atlantic County school like a vast emerald ocean. They walk among shortleaf pines, white oaks, red maples, and Atlantic white cedars while taking up tough questions: How can they manage the forest's health? How can they protect it from fires, pathogens, and insects?
July 19, 2014 |
The odds appear stacked in Parx Casino's favor. At a public input hearing Thursday ahead of a township vote on whether to renew the casino's gaming license, comments from township and state officials and regulators were almost universally in favor of renewal. "This has not only been a home run," State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R., Bucks) said of the eight-year-old casino. "This has absolutely been a grand slam for Bensalem Township. " Parx officials opened the meeting with a presentation about the gaming facility, discussing the millions of dollars of tax proceeds that have gone to the township, the 2,000 jobs the casino supports, and its donations to community groups.
October 14, 2013
Weigh anchor Former Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman is correct in his assessment of the historic value of the USS Olympia, a maritime monument to the Spanish-American War ("Saving a great old ship," Oct. 6). One only has to step on board to sense her history. The plan to move the Olympia to Dry Dock No. 1 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard has merit, and I would suggest taking the USS Becuna. Taking these ships from the Independence Seaport Museum is the first step in saving them.
July 9, 2013 |
THE ROYAL THEATER was going to rise after decades of neglect, and it would be glorious, just glorious. That was the talk back in the fall of 2000, when Kenny Gamble's Universal Cos. purchased the historic African-American theater and some neighboring parcels from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for $250,000. Gamble said at the time that he envisioned the reborn Royal as a live-music mecca that would trigger a stirring revival of South Street west of Broad - new shops, new restaurants, new possibilities.
August 13, 2012
There are two ways to run against President Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas. The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in U.S. history, 42 consecutive months of 8-plus percent unemployment, declining economic growth - all achieved at a price of another $5 trillion of accumulated debt. The ideological case is also simple. Just play in toto (and therefore in context) Obama's Roanoke riff telling small-business owners: "You didn't build that.
April 29, 2011 |
Two local fishing enthusiasts are out to prove that the "dirty Delaware" isn't so dirty after all by organizing Philadelphia's first Striped Bass Fishing Derby. The derby - from Sunday through June 5 on the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers - is the brainchild of local anglers Len Albright, 30, and Jason Strohl, 32 - longtime friends who bonded over their shared love of fishing. "We learned about the striped bass in the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers and realized that most people don't even know there are fish in those rivers," Albright said.
February 13, 2011
Much has been written recently about the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) and related projects, including the Arlen Specter Library planned for Philadelphia University ("Rendell inspires a grant backlash," Sunday). The Specter Library would aid in advancing education and preserving historical documents relating to some of the country's most significant events of the last half-century. Through documents, photos, recordings, and other materials, this library would help preserve the complex texture of such events as the Warren Commission, Supreme Court confirmation hearings, and legislative action.
December 29, 2008
Misdirected effort Every week or two, a letter to the editor questions the move of the Barnes Foundation to Center City. However, to my recollection, there has never been a time when its neighbors or Lower Merion in any way tried to assist the foundation to stay and make the priceless art collection readily available to others. Almost everyone who can get a ticket and wait for their future date to see it still gets lost trying to find the Barnes. No signs, no sidewalks. Within 100 feet of the entry you will finally see signs reading "Save the Barnes.
February 19, 2006 |
This industrial city gets its tap water from a river that flows sudsy and dark. City plants treat the water, but many people boil it and drink it with trepidation. As China gallops toward the modern era, access to safe and clean drinking water is beyond the reach of hundreds of millions of rural and urban people. Chemical spills, rampant pollution, and poor stewardship of the land have tainted much of the nation's water supply, and the groundwater under 90 percent of China's cities is contaminated.
April 8, 2005 |
Jonah Goldberg is a nationally syndicated columnist Bad news: A new United Nations report says the world's coming to an end. But, first, some good news: America's doing great! Seriously, forests are breaking out all over America. New England has more forests since the Civil War. In 1880, New York State was only 25 percent forested. Today, it is more than 66 percent. In 1850, Vermont was only 35 percent forested. Now it's 76 percent forested and rising. In the South, more land is covered by forest than at any time in the last century.