April 30, 2016 |
When Joseph Hill Coles was 17, he sold drugs for food, slept in LOVE Park, and withstood the indignities of adult homeless shelters. One of an unknown number of homeless youths in Philadelphia, he risked injury, emotional torment, and worse, living open and unprotected on the streets of the city. "Anger consumed me," said the young man, who aged out of foster care. "I was someone no one seemed to want. I was running wild, a complete mess. " Coles, now a 22-year-old youth advocate, shared his story at a hearing Thursday before the joint City Council Committees on Children and Youth, and Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless.
April 22, 2016 |
THIS IS AN open letter to the young people of Philadelphia. Specifically the kids growing up in the zip codes - 19132, 19121, 19133, and 19134 - with the lowest life expectancy, the kind normally seen in war zones. But really, this letter is for all the young people who live in poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods from which people have long ago disinvested and disengaged. Where poverty runs so deep that it probably seems there isn't a shovel big enough to dig yourself out, with crime that traps you in your homes and educations so substandard that even under the best circumstances, you'll probably always be playing catch-up.
April 9, 2016 |
Below is a transcript of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' interview Wednesday with The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News editorial boards. Questions were edited for space. Above each question is an audio player containing both the question and response. Your browser does not support the audio element. Sanders: This campaign is a very different type of campaign than we have seen for a very, very long time. I honestly believe that we have the possibility of pulling off one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States of America.
March 19, 2016
By Donte L. Hickman Recently, I had a conversation with a leading pastor about what is necessary to shift the trends and transform the urban centers of America. He shocked me by saying that he believes poverty is not the root cause of gang violence, substance abuse, and lethargy among some in the black community today - lack of faith is. He began to highlight our own individual upbringings in abject poverty and argued that he and I obviously were able to choose positive paths of productivity.
March 12, 2016 |
Services will be held Saturday, March 12, for Herman C. Ahrens Jr., 91, an editor, educator, and lay leader of his church in Lansdale. Dr. Ahrens died Wednesday, Feb. 24, of a heart ailment at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health. Born in Port Washington, Ohio, he came from a family that valued religious faith. His father, the Rev. Herman C. Ahrens Sr., was a minister; one of Dr. Ahrens' sons is pastor to a United Church of Christ congregation in Columbus, Ohio. A graduate of Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, Dr. Ahrens earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, and completed a bachelor of journalism degree with honors from the University of Missouri in 1950.
March 5, 2016 |
Kids from rough neighborhoods can't escape real-world violence when they use social media. Instead, a new academic study finds something that families, schools, and police have learned the hard way: Negative experiences from the streets spill over into the "digital hood" - and can even start there. "Facebook not only mirrors the challenges and dangers of life in a disadvantaged community, but also amplifies the most negative aspects of the community," the researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University concluded.
February 27, 2016
By W. Wilson Goode Sr. The Maasai tribe in Kenya is known around the world because its members are mighty warriors. They are fierce fighters, and they are protectors of the women and children in the villages. I speak of them not because they are mighty warriors, but because of the way they greet one another. They don't do it the way we do it. We say, "Good morning," "Good afternoon," or "Good evening. " They greet others with a question: "How are the children?" Well, how are the children?
February 20, 2016
By John J. Taylor Pennsylvania leads the nation in drug-overdose deaths among young adult men. According to the Trust for America's Health, the state suffered 30.3 deaths per 100,000 young adult male residents. When all ages and genders are combined, Pennsylvania ranks ninth in the nation. It is clear that we are in the midst of an ever-increasing epidemic in which the grief from these tragedies does not end when the family leaves the grave site. It can and often does consume surviving family members with an unrelenting emptiness and lifelong sadness.
February 11, 2016
I ENJOYED your take on Meek Mill's visit to Boys' Latin. I want to commend both Ronnie Polaneczky and Jenice Armstrong for having the courage to address the topic. That's a special quality. From my seat, both do an superb job inspiring, empowering, educating and motivating women and minorities. I'm painting a picture for you with a different brush. I can barely draw stick figures, so my painting will be paint by numbers: 1. So many, for a litany of reasons (crime, drugs, poverty, broken homes, prison, etc.)
February 4, 2016 |
Jay Timmons was preaching to the choir in GlaxoSmithKline's sun-drenched lobby at its Navy Yard offices. Timmons, who heads the National Association of Manufacturers, emphasized the value of manufacturing, expressed concerns about what he described as business-stifling regulation and overtaxation, and stressed the importance of introducing young people to careers in manufacturing. His audience of about 60 manufacturers, business association officials, and consultants didn't sing out any amens - it wasn't that kind of crowd that gathered Tuesday to hear Timmons' talk as part of his nationwide 2016 State of Manufacturing tour.