May 14, 2014
Campaign litter I wonder if congressional candidate Brendan F. Boyle would let me know where he lives so that, on my next trash day, instead of leaving my trash at the curb to be picked up, I can spread it around his neighborhood for all to see. If he doesn't think this is a good idea, why is he leaving his trash - that is, political signs - all over my neighborhood? It's trash and an eyesore, and I expect better from anyone seeking my vote. Ken Myers, Lafayette Hill Disclosure salute Responding to a letter from a group of retired Pennsylvania judges, only 11 of 47 congressional candidates in the Pennsylvania Primary committed to support federal legislation that would require full, complete, and immediate disclosure of all contributions exceeding $10,000.
June 11, 2013
By Bob Mensch and Jay Costa The term welfare is defined as the general well-being of an individual or group of individuals. However, when used in association with government services, the term has, unfortunately, developed a negative connotation. One state agency that suffers from the use of the term is the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. This name isn't even an accurate description of what the agency does. Ninety-five percent of the department's funding is focused on health and human-services programs, not traditional welfare programs.
February 12, 2013 |
For years, neurologist William Young of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Headache Center has heard his patients say how bad they felt when other people did not take their migraines seriously. "Every day, I hear stories of the ignorant or mean-spirited things people say to them about having their disease," he said. "People make it obvious that they think they're morally weak because they're not functioning well because of a mere headache. " He says the federal government has the same attitude when it comes to researching the condition, which affects 12 percent of the adult population and can leave some people in terrible pain more days than not. So, when an intern asked about a research topic, Young jumped at the chance to study stigma in migraine patients.
January 28, 2013
"One of the greatest losses in not expanding Medicaid [is the loss of] opportunity to put together all the various pieces of the system. " - Al Black, COO, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. " . . . We cannot ignore the $4.1 billion in state-only taxpayer costs over the next eight years that could occur as a result of expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania. " - Carey Miller, spokeswoman, Pennsylvania Department of Welfare. "It's confirmation of a trend.
December 7, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the final days of Jovan Belcher's life, he could have taken advantage of numerous avenues for support provided by the Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL. This past July, the NFL established an emergency hotline that operates 24 hours a day and connects players, staff, and family members in crisis with mental-health professionals who are not affiliated with the league or its teams. There are also numerous symposiums and support personnel whose jobs are to ensure the well-being of the players.
April 11, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: What's the best thing to do when someone insults me for being myself? My hair has been bright blue for the past two semesters of college. I like it. I'm young, and my family is letting me express my "wild" side while I'm in school. Six months ago I went to meet my ex-boyfriend's mother, and the first thing she said to me was, "You're one of my son's phases, right? Boys don't actually bring girls with blue hair home to Mama. " Abby, it was with my ex's encouragement that I dyed my hair this bright color.
July 28, 2011 |
With his 46-year-old schizophrenic son in jail, Sam Ruggieri wasn't thrilled about the lack of psychiatric care available behind bars. But he couldn't help looking at recent headlines involving mental illness and wondering about the alternative. In March, a 23-year-old Upper Merion man fatally stabbed his parents and twin brother after years of struggling with what relatives had decided was schizophrenia. Then, last month, a Hatfield police lieutenant shot and killed his 17-year-old son while fending off an attack from the teen a day after a mental-health clinic had released him. "How can you not hear stories like that and think about your own situation?"
March 1, 2011 |
In past contract negotiations at the Philadelphia Orchestra, it has been musicians who have quietly held, or explicitly exercised, the threat of damaging action: a strike. But in current talks, it is management tolling unprecedented and severe consequences: bankruptcy. Management has intermittently used the prospect of Chapter 11 in talks during the last few months in its drive to reduce labor costs, people familiar with the talks say. Players - who could see a 20 percent cut in base pay and the loss of 10 positions - are taking the threat seriously.
March 4, 2009 |
On their first date, Mike Englisch and Kelly Magnin started with a classic icebreaker - where do you live? Englisch, 24, wondered if Magnin, 23, would find his answer a turnoff. It turned out that Magnin was worried about exactly the same thing. "One of us said, 'I live at home with my parents,' " says Englisch, "and there was that awkward moment of silence before the other one was like, 'Oh, I do, too.' " It may not be the most glamorous of digs, but more twentysomethings may look to Mom and Dad for shelter during the recession.
October 29, 2008 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to end a food program for Philadelphia schoolchildren smacks of the kind of "compassionate" conservatism we have had to contend with for eight years. More than 120,000 children count on the 17-year-old Universal Feeding Program, which provides free meals to every student in some schools, instead of requiring applications. In case USDA officials are ignorant of the successes of school feeding programs, I invite them to read one Philadelphia story: mine.