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January 30, 2007
DID anyone besides me see the irony in the president's visit to DuPont last week? He traveled from D.C. to Wilmington, barely 100 miles. A motorcade could have made the trip in maybe 90 minutes and only cost the taxpayers 150 to 200 gallons of gas. But he flew Air Force One. The irony: He went there to talk about energy conservation! Bob Johnson Warminster
NEWS
August 17, 2006
SHRINKING the state Legislature? That's an idea whose time came long ago. Philadelphia is covered by a total of 35 state reps and senators, yet only 17 City Council members. Take the state population, 11 million, divide by 203 state reps and 50 state senators. That's one legislator for each 43,000 residents. Now take the city population of 1.5 million and divide by 16 council members. You get about 94,000. Why not eliminate 15-20 folks from the Harrisburg trough and turn that money back to us in the city?
NEWS
July 28, 2010
I fully appreciate Emily Mendell's problem with forgetting to bring environmentally friendly bags to the store ("If green is to be ingrained, we need better role models," Sunday).  In Taiwan, you simply pay for the plastic bag if you want one. Are Americans ready for even such a mild solution? I think Mendell and others want to blame  the government, BP, and just about anyone but themselves. Americans are  willing to ask for solutions from others and, yet, fail to ask the tough questions of themselves.
NEWS
June 11, 1986
It's nice to see that the City of Philadelphia is wasting tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayers' money to rid the streets of the dangerous and dreaded "johns. " It is hard to comprehend that several police officers are involved in a type of crime where there are no victims and no assailants, only two people who are conducting a business transaction that is legal in some parts of our country. The only real crime is that the john involved in the transactions does not pay the standard 6 percent sales tax for the service.
SPORTS
May 14, 1996 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
"Waste not, want not. " - Anonymous It has been abundantly clear from the beginning of spring training that the Phillies were not the sort of team that could spill chances to win, toss them casually out the window like candy wrappers, otherwise fritter them away. Specifically, strong outings by starting pitchers were to be savored like a fine cognac. That is a commandment, however, that has been routinely disobeyed by the local nine to this point of the season. Seven times in the first 36 games the Phillies have gotten a quality start - at least six innings, three or fewer earned runs allowed - and still lost.
NEWS
April 24, 1986 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
With reluctance, the Whitpain Board of Supervisors has approved the first aerial waste-disposal system in the township for a two-lot subdivision at 600 Morris Rd. Last month, property owner Donald Brady asked for permission to subdivide his six-acre tract. Because the property could not support a septic system and there was no public sewer on the site, he also asked for permission to install an aerial spray waste system. The spray waste system would use chemicals to treat the waste.
NEWS
July 5, 1988 | By Douglas Pike, Inquirer Editorial Board
It's always in season for people to seethe at the waste of their hard- earned dollars. Right now there is the federal probe into an alleged black market in inside dope about fat Pentagon contracts. There's the new agreement that for safety reasons a $5 billion nuclear plant on Long Island will never operate. And, no matter when, "welfare cheats" always make some taxpayers grind their teeth. Although even ill-gotten gains are cycled through the economy, "waste" is a fair label any time the public's money gets spent without producing the intended benefit.
NEWS
December 4, 1997 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
America's No. 1 trash picker has a few things to say about the holidays. Loosely translated, they add up to something like, "Bah, humbug!" William Rathje, an archaeologist who specializes in garbage, looks on the time from now until New Year's as the season to be wasteful. "You wrap all these things, and you put all these gewgaws and froufrous all over them," he says. "You buy people all these presents that they don't want. " And those cards. "There are literally hundreds of millions, if not billions, of Christmas cards that are mailed every year - and everything that you can do to cut down that list is significant.
NEWS
April 26, 1990 | By Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The city has a new toxic avenger. His mission: to make the city less safe for organized grime. Kim Hollaender, who was named yesterday as environmental prosecutor in the district attorney's office, said he planned to target not only illegal dumping but any "corrupt organizations" found to release "dangerous, deadly substances" into the environment. Hollaender, an assistant district attorney named to the new assignment by District Attorney Ronald D. Castille, noted that organized crime has often been linked to the waste disposal business.
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March 12, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JORDAN LUNSK is in deep doo-doo. The Lawndale man, 39, faces charges of aggravated assault, criminal trespassing and related counts after he picked a fight Saturday with an off-duty cop over dog waste, police said. In that incident - which took place outside the officer's house on Oakley Street near Levick, about a block from where Lunsk lives - Lunsk refused to pick up his dog's excrement from the officer's lawn, police said. The two first exchanged heated words, then blows.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
IN AUGUST 1988, Jay Paterno was a 19-year old reserve quarterback on his father's Penn State football team. Jay stood near his dad in the New Orleans Superdome during the Republican National Convention as Joe Paterno delivered a spirited seconding speech for the presidential nomination of George H.W. Bush. I was there, too. I remember a Pennsylvania lawmaker spent $150 on buttons touting JoePa for governor. When I asked the coach about it, he said, "He sure wasted $150. " Fast-forward 26 years and the question facing 45-year-old Jay Paterno is whether his Democratic campaign for lieutenant governor is a waste or a winner.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WILLIAM MARTIN had a way of strolling into a room, cool and confident, master of all he surveyed. He would usually have a wisecrack to break the ice. Some of those he greeted might not have been amused, but you couldn't help but be charmed by this happy guy. "He had the ability to make you crack a smile even if you preferred otherwise," his family said. Because of his cheerful, outgoing manner, Bill was a natural as a greeter at New Covenant Baptist Church, where he made parishioners feel that they had come to the right place for spiritual sustenance.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORTHEAST PHILA. The scent of burning wood wafted over a Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood Tuesday as firefighters continued to monitor mulch piles that had burned out of control for more than a day. The blaze began about 2 a.m. Sunday at the waste-wood site operated by Northeast Philly Mulch on Tomlinson Road near Roosevelt Boulevard in the Somerton section. Fire Department Capt. Clifford Gilliam said crews used heavy equipment to break apart the towering stockpiles of mulch before they could attack the blaze.
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
GRANTED, it isn't the worst - it has golf courses, after all, and plentiful April tee times - but there is a special place in hockey hell for teams that waste the kind of goaltending the Flyers currently are wasting. The truth is that, if Steve Mason continues to play at the level he is playing, the Flyers should be a playoff team. History says it, as does common sense. The slow start should not matter, the fired coach should not matter, none of it should matter if Mason stays within the top handful of goalies in the NHL. That is where he is today, even as the team around him slinks around the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
NEWS
October 11, 2013
I MOVED TO South Philadelphia a little over a year ago. During that time, at the corner of my street, the sewer drain has been fixed almost once a month, as it is crushed by trucks (usually a city sanitation truck) that cannot navigate the left turn without hitting the curb/drainage entry. In fact, a crew of about five men was just there last week fixing it, and yesterday it was destroyed/crushed again. Seems to me like a complete waste of city/taxpayer money. One would think that after doing this for this long, someone in charge of this senseless repair should know better and come up with a better solution.
NEWS
August 16, 2013
THERE are many ways that the U.S. government can save money, and one of them is to cease the disposing of medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes and other equipment that could be recycled to nursing homes and other such facilities. The V.A. Hospital at 38th and Powelton disposes them in Dumpsters, and that is a disgrace. If any employee attempts to salvage any of this equipment, they will be fired and at times prosecuted. I feel this is a disgrace, and something should be done to alleviate this practice.
NEWS
July 31, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A FORMER EMPLOYEE of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals filed a whistle-blower suit accusing the agency of failing to properly train officers and failing to report the theft of controlled substances. Michael Houck Sr., who was hired as assistant director of humane law enforcement in September, claims he took his concerns to top officials at the nonprofit several times but was rebuffed. Houck was fired in May, allegedly for making racist and sexist comments, but the suit claims it was in retaliation for his speaking out. In the complaint Houck, a retired Philadelphia police sergeant, alleges that the agency failed to file a police report in March when vaccines, drugs and rabies tags taken from the agency were found by West Chester police.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | By Jay Price, McCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
KABUL, Afghanistan - A federal watchdog agency says the U.S. military is endangering the health of troops and civilians working at the main Marine Corps base in Afghanistan by burning solid waste in open pits even as two of the base's four incinerators - built for $11.5 million - go unused, and the other two are running below capacity. The federal Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says in a new report that the open burning at Camp Leatherneck, in Helmand province in the far south of the country, violates Pentagon regulations and poses long-term health risks for camp personnel, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
NEWS
July 9, 2013
FRIENDS, YOU CAN'T make this stuff up. Just when you think your opinion of Pennsylvania politics has hit rock bottom, our "leaders" drill down to find new levels of ineptitude and wastefulness. I'm talking about the Legislature that ended its annual budget season by doing nothing, nothing and nothing, then left until late September, now returning to Harrisburg to finish the budget we were told was done. Why? Oh, you missed it over the holiday break? You were distracted by lawmakers and top-of-the-pyramid (or, to critics, bottom-of-the-barrel)
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