June 3, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 A wasted vote I did not serve in the military. I did not lose a son or daughter who did. I am at an age when I can recognize that I am not erudite or wise enough to describe or understand what that might be like, and that I won't last the years required to learn. But I have learned this much: Bereft families do not stand over the graves of their fallen telling them that they wasted their time. Come November, we will all be called to serve. Forget Hillary Clinton and every other white-noise name you see. There is only one name that matters.
May 26, 2016 |
After a public uproar over Elcon Recycling Services' plans to build a hazardous-waste treatment plant near the Delaware River in Falls Township, Bucks County, the proposal has yet to move forward. Elcon is two months behind a self-imposed schedule to submit the next part of its application to the state. On Monday, three months after a raucous meeting that drew a crowd of 300, the company would not say when the application would be ready. Representatives said it was still a work in progress.
April 23, 2016
The fossil-fuel lobby's desperate defense of the largest source of anthropogenic carbon pollution, coal-fired electricity plants, could choke Pennsylvania's efforts to tailor federal pollution control efforts to the state's needs and take advantage of more promising energy resources. Instead of helping people who depend on coal for power and a living make the transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy sources and jobs, industry leaders are trying to stall President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired plants to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
April 6, 2016
'LET'S GO. Let's go. Push it. " During his 241-game reign so far as head coach of the 76ers, coach Brett Brown has shouted those words to his players thousands of times. From the day he was hired in August of 2013, that is the style Brown felt would give his team its best chance to compete. He might be shouting those same words to management come the end of the season. Brown has won just 46 of those 241 games, and has never been given a roster with a chance to succeed. It is understandable if Brown's words to management this offseason are the same as they have been to his players: "Let's go. Let's go. Push it. " Because, quite frankly, this third year of The Process has been a complete waste.
March 22, 2016
ISSUE | SPECIAL ELECTIONS Better to save money and get a larger turnout Special Pennsylvania House elections last week produced the wasteful spending and low turnout associated with such votes on days other than primary or general election days ("Democrats easily win Pa. House special elections," Wednesday). Such elections cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. The turnout for two special elections in Philadelphia was less than 10 percent, while 16 percent voted in an election in Westmoreland County.
March 11, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My mother and mother-in-law are both awful at gift-giving, for me, my children, my husband. Wrong size (after asking and being told the correct sizes), awful choices on color, style - most of their gifts are promptly donated to charity, after profuse appreciation and thanks, of course. My mother-in-law has given my college kid a gift certificate for a restaurant that her college town, where she lives year-round, does not have.
March 6, 2016
Almost $3 billion a year in expensive cancer drugs is wasted because their single-use packages contain more medication than is needed - and the leftover drug is thrown away for safety reasons, according to a new analysis by researchers. The study focused on 20 cancer drugs that are infused - administered intravenously or injected - at doctors' offices or hospitals. They come in doses based on patients' weights and body sizes, but often the doses are too large and the remainder is tossed out, the analysis found.
February 29, 2016 |
Two years ago, about 10,000 gallons of chemicals spilled into the Elk River just upstream from Charleston, W.Va., where Lisa Tordo's relatives live. For a month, Tordo said, the family couldn't drink water from its faucets. That's one reason she worries about Elcon. The Israel-based company wants to build a hazardous-waste treatment facility - and eventually its U.S. headquarters - not far from Tordo's home in Lower Bucks County. The proposed plant in Falls Township would treat about 150,000 tons of hazardous wastewater a year.
February 25, 2016
At a rowdy public meeting Tuesday night, numerous residents spoke out to oppose - and a smaller number to support - a proposal to open a hazardous-waste-treatment plant in Bucks County. The crowd of about 300 shouted, booed, and cheered, repeatedly yelling at one another and at speakers from Elcon, the Israeli company proposing the facility. Critics have raised concerns that the plant - which would be in Falls Township, one mile from the Delaware River - could contaminate the river, a major drinking-water source.
February 13, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Fire Department will no longer use "brownouts" or forced staff rotations - two controversial policies implemented by former Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor Kenney announced Thursday. Kenney, whose father was a battalion chief, announced the change in conjunction with a report issued by City Controller Alan Butkovitz, which found both practices "jeopardized public safety" and cost the city $20 million in overtime. In 2010, on the heels of the recession, Nutter instituted the rolling brownout policy, closing several engine companies during day and night shifts, and reassigning firefighters to save money.