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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
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.
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.
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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SPORTS
April 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After they play their final three games this week and then watch the playoffs on TV, the sad reality will hit the Flyers: They wasted a career season by goalie Steve Mason - despite what a certain NBC "analyst" says about him. Mason, who turns 27 next month and believes he has not yet reached his prime, has finally given the Flyers an elite goaltender. But despite his being among the NHL's leaders in save percentage and goals-against average, the team will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday rejected a controversial application for a Bucks County hazardous waste treatment facility because the business failed to demonstrate compliance with flood-hazard regulations. DEP said it denied Elcon Recycling Services' siting application for a proposed liquid hazardous waste treatment facility in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex in Falls Township, the former United States Steel Fairless Works site. The agency said that Elcon had not complied with its request to provide a hydrologic analysis, including any historical data, to demonstrate that the proposed site has not been flooded in the past.
NEWS
January 12, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
When Paul Rozin was growing up, his parent thought food waste was terrible, telling him to "finish your food. Think of the starving children in Europe. " The psychology worked. "I would eat my food," he said. Now, Rozin is a cultural psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and one of his research areas is food attitudes. He spoke recently at the Last Food Mile, a national conference on food waste sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Food waste happens all along the supply chain, from farms to stores to restaurants, but waste in the American home is the single largest component, with the average family of four discarding an estimated 1,164 pounds of food a year - about three pounds a day. A third of that is inedibles, such as chicken bones and orange peels.
NEWS
January 2, 2015
A FEW YEARS ago, NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley got into a lot of trouble for making the audacious observation that sports figures didn't need to be role models. Legions of fans and professional journalists (who are simply glorified fans with a byline) were outraged at this attack on the fundamental principle that the person who jumps highest must aim highest, the person who tackles the running back must also be able to tackle life's problems with grace, the person who hits it out of the park must swing for the cheap seats in real life as well.
SPORTS
December 16, 2014
THE EAGLES were down 7-0 after a blink. They were down 21-0 in points and 167-0 in yards after about 3 minutes of the second quarter. Chip Kelly's plan, whatever it had been, was no longer. The plan was on fire. The season was on life support. And Mark Sanchez was on stage. For better or worse, it was his moment. The Eagles did not want to put the game into his hands. You know that, even though they would never admit it. They wanted this to be a LeSean McCoy game, one in which they re-established their dominance on the ground and had the Hippocratic oath tattooed on Sanchez's forehead.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2008, Philadelphia's households recycled 8 percent of their waste. Pretty much the only good thing experts could say about it was there was ample room for improvement. Then, the city started weekly pickup. It moved from multiple containers for recyclables to single-stream recycling that didn't have to be sorted curbside. It began an awards-based program. The kinds of materials that can be recycled increased. On Thursday, city officials announced the 2014 rate - 21 percent, triple what it was six years ago. The amount increased from less than 55,000 tons to nearly 128,000 tons.
SPORTS
November 4, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WHEN IT comes to the 76ers, obviously there are many ailments. Many are borne out of the fact that the talent level isn't on par with their opposition almost every night. But when the challenge is against yourself, those are the battles coach Brett Brown wants his players to win. So far, not so good in one of those areas, foul shooting. Going into last night's game against the Houston Rockets, the Sixers were next to last in the NBA in free-throw shooting percentage, making only 61.5 percent (48-for-78)
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben and Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writers
Bruce Ribner, the infectious-disease doctor who helped save the lives of two medical missionaries with Ebola this summer, shared some shocking, frustrating, and darkly amusing details of his experience with a ballroom full of colleagues Wednesday in Philadelphia. The idea that Ebola had landed at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta inspired such fear that pizza places refused to deliver and officials threatened to disconnect the sewers. "These are high-intensity patients," he told the standing-room-only-crowd attending ID Week at the Convention Center.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
How can you bore me? Let me count the ways: 99. Fortunately, we don't have to sit/stand through all 99 Breakups , just 11, in Pig Iron's disappointing, self-indulgent, and thoroughly fatuous new work. My overwhelming feeling was, "What a waste!" A waste of a superb venue, a waste of fine performers I recognized from many other shows, and a waste of Pig Iron's honored spot in opening on the Fringe Festival's first official night. Not to mention a waste of my time. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a magnificent building, filled with major paintings.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
ILLEGAL DUMPING is nothing new in Philadelphia, but even the most discreet of muck miscreants had managed to keep it to vacant lots and side alleys. But in recent years, Deputy Streets Commissioner Donald Carlton said problems with illegal dumping have seeped into the city's downtown business corridors and shopping avenues, making those who have to witness it bitter about litter. Of the 900 public litter baskets on street corners across the city, he said many are being used as household garbage receptacles when they are intended to give residents and visitors a place to stash their trash.
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