December 11, 2014
ISSUE | FERGUSON, MO. Call for backup Since when is the absolute guarantee of a conviction the basis for deciding whether to charge an individual with a crime ("Close read shows the Ferguson grand jury got it right," Dec. 7)? That would seem to be Currents columnist Michael Smerconish's conclusion in defending the prosecutor's decision not to bring charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, but it skirts the very issue Smerconish portends to address.
November 21, 2014 |
NOBODY PICKED on Wilson Goode when he was a kid when his big brother was around. James Goode, three years older than the future Philadelphia mayor, didn't shy away from a fight, especially when it came to protecting his younger brother. "I was not a fighter," Wilson Goode said. "He took care of me. " James Henry Goode Sr., who grew up with Wilson, three other brothers and two sisters picking cotton and tobacco on a sharecropping farm in Seaboard, N.C., longtime operator of an auto-repair business in Southwest Philadelphia and a devoted supporter of his brother's political ambitions, died Sunday.
January 21, 2014 |
MELVIN ELLIS was good at keeping secrets. A 35-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, Melvin worked for many years as both a bodyguard and personal investigator for former Mayor W. Wilson Goode. What did he actually do for Goode? That was between him and the mayor. He didn't even tell his wife. He also worked with Sen. Edward Kennedy and Frank Sinatra. What did he do for them? He'd never tell. "That was why he was in such demand," said his wife, the former Suzanne Malseed.
November 30, 2012 |
LIKE MANY PEOPLE, Najee Goode likes to type his name into Google and see what pops up. He was doing exactly that in the fall of 2009 when, surprise, surprise, he discovered a guy named Najee Goode was a promising football player at West Virginia University. "That was pretty exciting. A guy with my name who was good in football," this Najee (pronounced nah-GEE) said. That Najee, a rookie, is now a backup linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "Oh, yeah. I'm a big fan," this Goode said.
November 30, 2012 |
LIKE MANY PEOPLE, Najee Goode likes to type his name into Google and see what pops up. He was doing exactly that in the fall of 2009 when, surprise, surprise, he discovered a guy named Najee Goode was a promising football player at West Virginia University. "That was pretty exciting. A guy with my name who was good in football," said this Najee (pronounced nah-GEE). That Najee, a rookie, is now a backup linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "Oh, yeah. I'm a big fan," this Goode said.
January 19, 2011
'Day of Service' misses King's point I have watched with dismay as the so-called Martin Luther King Day of Service has grown more popular each year ("More than 75,000 help put King's legacy into action," Tuesday). I believe that Dr. King would not have participated in one of these days of service. Dr. King was not a servant. He was a rebel. He fought and struggled for justice and equality. While I do believe that volunteer service is laudable, I don't believe we are honoring him by doing it on his holiday.
January 17, 2011 |
W. Wilson Goode is on the pulpit of Zion Baptist Church at Broad and Venango, fidgeting with his BlackBerry. It is a familiar place for Goode, filled with sympathetic and longtime allies, a place where his famously stiff delivery can give way to an only slightly awkward Baptist preacher's brimstone. A place where, at 72, he can flap his arms and do a little hop and wipe sweat from his brow and tell stories of how a woman with a spoon in the dirt ended up building an entire church.
August 18, 2010
IN J. MATTHEW Wolfe's Aug. 16 op-ed ( "Brownouts: Unsafe & Unsound" ), he states his opinion on several local laws that he believes are unnecessary, including "a law that requires any company seeking to do business with the city pay all of its employees, even those not involved in city work, 150 percent of the higher of the state or federal minimum wage," and that "all of these laws apply nowhere else in Pennsylvania. " First, the local living wage and benefits laws that I sponsored require that certain city contractors pay at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage with comparable basic health benefits for full-time employees.
August 12, 2010
CHARLES W. Bowser, who died yesterday at 79, tried twice to become the city's first black mayor. As an independent in 1975, Bowser came in second to Democrat Frank Rizzo but ahead of Republican Tom Foglietta. In '79, he came within 37,000 votes of winning the Democratic primary against eventual mayor Bill Green. But while his own candidacies were unsuccessful, Bowser blazed a trail for African-American leaders in this city. His advice, support and political savvy were critical to the election of the man who did reach that milestone in 1983, W. Wilson Goode.
May 13, 2010 |
When he left office in 1992, W. Wilson Goode Sr. set about putting what he called his "real feelings" about the MOVE tragedy into writing. "Sadly I realized that the police had killed two birds with one stone - MOVE and me," Goode wrote in his autobiography, In Goode Faith. But today, at 71, with two more decades of perspective, a doctorate from a Baptist seminary, and a distinguished gray goatee, the city's first black mayor says he has moved on from such a harsh assessment of the significance of May 13, 1985.